There’s no denying that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had a rough year. After the unexpected delay of Rivers of Light (first to fall 2016 and then to 2017) to the poor performance of the park’s after-dark attractions, this year probably hasn’t been the blockbuster for this park Disney was likely hoping it would be. However, even though this park hasn’t exactly been exceeding expectations this year, it looks like Disney is looking to try and beef up attendance one last time at this park before the year ends with some interesting changes that have been made this week to try and take advantage of the upcoming holiday season.
If you are thinking about heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the next few weeks, here are all the new, temporary additions coming to this park in the next few days you should definitely know about.
1. Donald's Happy Holiday-O-Saurus Dance Party kicks off this weekend
With just over a week to go until Christmas day, it might seem like it is a little late in the season for Disney to announce a new holiday-themed entertainment offering, but with Disney’s Animal Kingdom now officially not getting Rivers of Light until next year, it looks like Disney wanted to add a little bit more to this park’s attraction roster in advance of the busy holiday season: Donald's Happy Holiday-O-Saurus Dance Party.
Kicking off in just a few days on December 18th, this new dance party will take place in DinoLand USA and will be offered every afternoon until December 31st. Aside from Donald and friends we don’t know what characters will be at these dance parties, but former dance parties at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the erstwhile Holidays Happen Here party have included some rare characters, so hopefully this new offering continues that tradition. And of course because Donald, Goofy, and their DinoLand friends will be participating in the festivities, we have been advised that the regular charter meet and greet locations around DinoLand USA will not be available during this dance party.
Aside from the really weird name, this new dance party seems like a common sense move for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, especially considering Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no longer the dance party capital of Walt Disney World thanks to the presence of the newly-enhanced Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show. Disney's Animal Kingdom seems like a natural place to continue this holiday tradition, and though dance parties aren't for everyone, it's nice to have a spot for guests to blow off energy that doesn't involve waiting in a long line.
However, beyond Walt Disney World’s need to have a dance party somewhere during the holiday season, there’s also another very good reason for Disney to quickly insert this last-minute addition...