Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"Christmas Time" at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Seasons Greetings, everyone! 

Hope you're having a magical day and if you're celebrating, 
I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted. 

In mid-November, my family and I got to visit Walt Disneyworld during the "holidays". Yes, I know it was a tad too early to be celebrating, but I didn't care. This was going to be our family Christmas since I wouldn't be going home for the holidays this year. Plus, I was excited to be visiting the parks without the holiday crowds of people. On our last day there, we visited my old stomping grounds- Animal Kingdom. It was my first time getting to see it holiday style!

Seeing the Jingle Jungle parade was on my must-do list. Granted, I've never seen The Jammin' Jungle parade but I absolutely LOVE the soundtrack. Everything I read about it said it's just the regular parade with decorations. After seeing it, I don't believe that at all- the music is completely different! Yes, it's the same floats with decoration, but definitely worth it to see all the details (like the stockings on Goofy's float, pictured above) It's definitely a really cute parade that you should see if you ever have the chance. 

Camp Minnie Mickey was another must-do as well. I really wanted to see it one more time before they closed it forever, to make room for Avatarland. We decided to look around and take character photos while we waited for the next show of the Festival of The Lion King. Best idea ever: no lines! Each character spot had their own uniquely decorated tree.

The Minnie Tree was my favorite.

All of the characters were out in the holiday attire to greet us! I was a little sad Baloo and Louis didn't have the Christmas shirts they wore for the Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5k, but that just gives me incentive to run it next year ;) Minnie and Mickey were greeting guests in Asia (which is where they will be moving all of the Camp Minnie Mickey meet and greets when they close camp, from what I understand) and we didn't get a chance to say hello. I really wanted to visit them in their holiday attire! Maybe next time. 

Of course there were multiple rides on Everest (where my parents and I graciously volunteered to take photos of everyone else on the big drop; we totally got a kick out of that!) and Dinosaur (where I tried very hard not to recite the entire pre-show and attraction script).

My mom and I paid a visit to Santa-saurus while everyone else traveled on the Primeval Whirl.

I will admit, I haven't been giving Animal Kingdom as much love as the other parks on my recent trips, but it's definitely something I plan to remedy. I was really glad I got to see all the festiveness and hope I get to go back during the holidays sometime soon!


  1. Love AK at Christmas - I think the trees in Camp Minnie Mickey are my favorite. I like trying to figure out which tree belongs to which character. :0) Great pictures!

  2. Looks like so much fun! I definitely want to do Christmas at WDW one day.

  3. I did the Jingle Jungle 5K this year through Animal Kingdom, but I have to admit that other than that, I haven't been giving AK as much love either. I think it's the fact that it's not open as late as the other parks ( and I don't want to waste a whole days park ticket). But every time I do go, I enjoy it!