In a move that surprises no one who’s been following along, Camp Minnie-Mickey, a land found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will be closed starting on January 6. (The last day of operations will be January 5.)
With this closure, the characters that were available for meet and greets will move to different locations around the park.
- Pocahontas will be found along the Discovery Island Trail.
- King Louie & Baloo from The Jungle Book will greet guests along Bradley Falls between Asia and Africa.
- Chip ‘n’ Dale will move to Rafiki’s Planet Watch on the walkway from the train station to Conservation Station. In addition, musician Gi-Tar Dan will be relocated here.
- Donald Duck will move to the Cretaceous Trail in DinoLand U.S.A., where guests can join him for a photo with Cory the Dinosaur.
As a reminder, Festival of the Lion King will also have its last performance at the current location in Camp Minnie-Mickey on January 5. The show will then be dark for about 6 months and, when it reopens, will be found in a new theater located in the Africa section of the park.
Camp Minnie-Mickey was always supposed to be a temporary land. The area will reopen in 2017 as The World of Pandora, otherwise known as Avatarland.
Date: December 15, 2013
Weather: High 70°F, low 45°F
Crowd Level: 3
With temperatures cooling off for a bit, I decided to head to Animal Kingdom. The park tends to get very close when it’s hot, and the cooler weather was welcome even though the sun was in and out all day. I admittedly don’t spend a lot of time in this park, as it’s my least favorite, but I wanted to see the Christmas decorations and get a feel for the changes that are happening around the park.
First things first: the Christmas Tree. Animal Kingdom’s version is outside the entrance touch points and is a pretty cool sight. I’m a big fan of the animal ornaments mixed with snowflakes.
Look for the possibility of some congestion at the entrances and FastPass+ kiosks this week starting the 18th as Animal Kingdom tests FastPass+ for day guests. Lower crowd levels in general should keep things fairly smooth, but it is something to watch for.
Once inside, I started on a tour of the shops. The shops at Animal Kingdom all seem so big and airy, and I really like the outside theming. And, you know, Christmas decorations!
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