Park Closures: Typically, once the holiday season is over, there are a string of refurbishments, and this year is no different. Those closures are set to begin on Monday, January 4th. We previously told you about the Kali River shutting down for 5 weeks. We now know Disney Outfitters is closing until mid-March for an extensive refurbishment, with most of the merchandise being sold at the newly opened Riverside Depot. The Maharajah Jungle Trek is being shut down for quick two week refurb.
Pizzafari Menu Update: In a classic case of "About Time Already", Pizzafari has switched from that awful frozen pizza to handcrafted pizza. The choices are cheese, pepperoni, meat lovers and Mediterranean (which has toppings like kalamata olives and feta cheese). The eatery continues to carry a meatball sub, pasta Bolognese and salads. From the reviews I have seen, the pizza is a definite and substantial upgrade.
Crowds: Yea, the park is really crowded. But on the bright side, that means the park is open well past sundown. So if you are at the resort for the holiday, make sure on one of these days, you check out Animal Kingdom after dark. Plus, Animal Kingdom does not have a lot of holiday décor, meaning its not as crowded as some of the other parks on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Take advantage of that too.
Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 24 8am- 7pm
Friday December 25 8am- 8:30pm (Extra Magic Hours 7am to 8am)
Saturday December 26 8am- 9pm
Sunday December 27 8am- 9pm
Monday December 28 8am- 9pm
Tuesday December 29 8am- 9pm
Wednesday December 30 8am- 9pm (Extra Magic Hours 7am to 8am)