The Animal Hospital and Veterinary Treatment Room located in Rafiki’s Planet Watch recently closed for refurbishment and is expected to reopen around mid-June. Several enhancements will take place during the refurbishment, and after reopening, Guests will have the ability to view procedures in which the hospital staff uses two new CT (computed tomography) scanners for animal diagnostics. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of only two animal hospitals in U.S. zoos with CT scanners on the premises.
The recent opening of the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill (a quick-service restaurant located at Disney's Wilderness Lodge) has enabled the Walt Disney World Resort to re-imagine the former Trout Pass Pool Bar, which will soon become the "Salon by the Springs," offering a variety of manicure, pedicure, and hair services. Construction to start this transformation officially began on Monday, March 20. The construction team will continue to work during the resort's approved noise hours of 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.
To service the growing parking needs of Disney Springs, Reedy Creek Improvement District is building a third parking garage and pedestrian bridge. Located next to the Casting building across from Disney Springs, this new garage will ultimately provide up to 3,000 additional covered parking spaces not only for Guests and Cast of Disney Springs, but also for the Casting and Partners (formerly SunTrust) buildings. The new structure will also include the same smart technology as the existing parking garages.
With a completely new land taking shape to open on May 27, Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will transport guests to the visually stunning land of floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. And, of course, there is a culinary chapter to the story of the Na’vi. Guests will be able to enjoy creative, flavorful dishes based on the healthful bounty of Pandora, with wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins at Satu’li Canteen (which will feature a grill in the dining room).
Visiting the Central Florida parks during "spring break" can be quite challenging due to the massive amounts of crowds that come to enjoy their time off. Out of all the area's theme parks, the busiest is the Magic Kingdom Park, but that doesn't mean that those who visit these attractions won't get rewarded for their patience. Indeed, the parks offer extended operating hours and additional shows during this time of the year. Oh, and fans can also look forward to new offerings, too. Let's see what's new this week.
Welcome to the second part of our newest Magic Kingdom Park photo-report, OTPN Readers. Don't forget to check out PART 1 of this update before proceeding.
In the previous part, we took a quick look around the Transportation & Ticket Center, the main entrance of the park, Main Street U.S.A., the central hub, and Tomorrowland. While we have already covered quite a few areas, there's still much more to see. It's time to head to Fantasyland (including Storybook Circus), Liberty Square, and more.