Festival of the Lion King Triumphantly Returns to Animal Kingdom as Part of Magnificent Harambe Expansion

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When you pull back the layers you see what’s at something’s core.

You want to understand why I love Animal Kingdom so much?  Just look at this.  In one section of one wall of a bathroom there are more layers of details and theming than even some of the most beautiful areas of the World Showcase that rightfully gets heralded as some of the best theming at Walt Disney World.  But it’s more than that.  Animal Kingdom captures the best of life and humanity.  It shows the beauty of our complexity and at the same time challenges us to think about the realities of our world and the one we are creating.  Because when you pull back the layers you see what’s at something’s core.  Animal Kingdom’s core is greatness.

 

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Hey, I know that guy.

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This is what passes as a restroom building at Animal Kingdom, sorry no floating lanterns here.

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This Avatar Na’vi blue screw reminds me 2017 is oh so far away.
It is hard to grasp just how important the size of this expansion is to the overall feeling of the area until you are standing there for yourself.

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These roots just show an impeccable eye and execution by Walt Disney Imagineering in this new area of Harambe. The layers and layers of details flow throughout the surroundings of Harambe Theatre and scales from the largest all the way to the most minute.
The adorning vegetation mirrors this effect as well.

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The blend of greenery and flowers is something Animal Kingdom always gets right and you can expect this space like the rest of the park to grow more beautiful as these trees and plants mature.
Even simple queue doorways have nice flourishes that disguise them into their surrounding story.

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Even speakers are hidden away into “hand crafted” boxes.

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