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Adding capacity to Walt Disney World’s theme parks is all the rage these days for the Walt Disney Company as they face ever-growing crowds and in an attempt to improve the overall guest experience.  We’ve seen the expansions taking place at Magic Kingdom from New Fantasyland, to MK’s “hub,” and even at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where Harambe keeps growing and growing.  Although this latest connector pathway newly opened in Animal Kingdom’s Asia is of a smaller scale it aims for the same overarching goal.  Best of all, it feels as if the pathway had always been a part of the park while giving guests an enhanced, now 360˚ look at the Howler Monkeys exhibit.  It is the simple, almost unnoticed plussing that Walt Disney made his theme parks famous for and it’s exciting when even in the smallest of ways Disney Parks improve.  So to celebrate this latest Disney addition, I ask you to join me for a little walk through of the new path from the entrance to Kali River Rapids, to the shores of the soon to arrive Rivers of Light.

 

Our Journey Awaits Below
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A hot and humid Florida day in Asia and although Kali River Rapids could hardly be more tempting, the star on this day is a little pathway just off that-a-way.

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Just hitch a right at the Howler Monkey Tower.

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Animal Kingdom’s theming details are absolutely impressive and the markings on this tower are just wonderful.

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Walk with me, into the jungle.

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New breathtaking views of the Howler Monkey exhibit, though at Disney’s Animal Kingdom it feels largely like we’ve just come upon the ancient ruins that just happen to have a few beautiful inhabitants.

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Bamboo edges the wooden deck making for a nice leisurely stroll.

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This could be a theme park or perhaps paradise, we often forget which.

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What’s that we see peeking just through the trees?

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Why it’s a couple of monkeys of course. Is it impolite to stare?

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Everything down to the grass selection is part of the Imagineering decisions made at this new section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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It was amazing to see a guest of the theme park, excitedly pet the grass and show his family of elders asking, “do you remember this type of grass?” Even the smallest of details don’t go unnoticed, and that’s why we appreciate all of them.

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The pathway has thematic elements to mark the transition from one area to the other.

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A stunningly ornate tower.

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Animal Kingdom’s cast members delight in sharing animal facts with onlooking guests.

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For a park so expansive it had such few pathway arteries that flowing between areas wasn’t really an option until recently.

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Just having a little fun.

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Did I say towers? I meant Royal Pillars!

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Even a pathway at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can provide for adventure, something that is almost entirely unique to this Disney theme park.