Animal Kingdom

Though all eyes have been on the Pandora expansion at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a new round of changes have been announced for the park, including the expansion of an existing land, a new walkway to help with traffic and two brand-new restaurants.

Best of all, construction has already started on many of these new structures, and they are all scheduled to be completed within the next year.    

1. Africa Marketplace will double the size of Africa

Concept Art

The biggest project Disney announced as part of this latest round of changes is the addition of the brand new Africa Marketplace area, which will build on the Harambe area of the park (where the Festival of the Lion King is located). This brand new area will effectively double Africa’s current size when completed and will expand the park into areas that were previously backstage.

Like the name suggests, the focus of this new area will be on shopping, with a number of new, themed gift shops surrounding a town square style area, as you can see in the concept art above. However, you'll find one other addition in this new area...

2. The centerpiece will be the Harambe Marketplace quick service restaurant 

Tusker House

In addition to all the shops in this new area, the Africa Marketplace will feature the all-new Harambe Marketplace quick service restaurant. The format of this restaurant will be like that of an outdoor marketplace where diners will be able to visit different walkup windows to select a variety of different African-inspired dishes.

This new restaurant is a much needed addition to the Africa area, which currently has a decided lack of quick service options outside of snack locations. Though Africa currently features the excellent Tusker House Buffett (and attached Dawa Bar), guests looking to fuel up quickly and go on to the next attraction don't have much of an option in this area, which is extra inconvenient as hungry guests outside the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride may not want to travel far. Fortunately, the Harambe Marketplace will finally give guests a viable dining option in this area. 



There is absolutely no mention at all of the impact on the poor animals with the night time opening hours.

I saw some of the worst conditions I've seen animals and birds kept in at this park previously and when I tried to make a complaint whilst there I was totally ignored - they couldn't care less about the animals. No animal should be kept in a concrete enclose for hours on end like I saw, it is so cruel.

This place only cares about profit, shame on them.

We were in AK today and all of these changes should fix everything that I thought was lacking in the park. We had to leave Africa to go to Pizzafari for a quick service and once we did, we did not want to go back and headed out of the park for the day. The changes mentioned in your article will be welcomed changes. Thanks for the good news!

While the new bridge will be a welcome addition, the rest will do nothing to increase attendance at the park. Just more ways to try to get more money from the guests. Seems that is Disney's primary mission.

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