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June 17

June 17, 2015 – Zuri’s Sweets Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“After an amazing day of tracking animals and trekking forests, reward yourself with some homemade sweets and treasured treats!”

On June 17, 2015, the confectionary Zuri’s Sweets opened at the Harambe Market in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. As with many stores and attractions within Disney Parks, Zuri’s Sweets tells the story of Miss Zuri, the owner, who started her business decades earlier and is considered an inspiration to others in Harambe for her entrepreneurial and imaginative spirit. The shop features about 80 kinds of treats, including several kinds of candy apples, animal-themed sweets, and a gourmet cocoa set.

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May 27

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May 27, 2017 – The Satu’li Canteen Opens in Pandora – The World of Avatar

“Indulge in the art and culture of the Na’vi while dining inside this former RDA mess hall, only at Pandora – The World of Avatar.”

On May 27, 2017, the fast casual restaurant Satu’li Canteen opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest expansion area Pandora – The World of Avatar. The restaurant features an internationally-inspired menu full of healthy dishes that include various proteins, grains, and plenty of vegetables. It also features a specialty dessert of Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse with a passion fruit curd.

May 24

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May 24, 2017 – Pandora – The World of Avatar is Dedicated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Now, anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting this extraordinary world can explore the astonishing landscape and ecosystem, soar on the back of a banshee and actually become part of the Avatar adventure.”

On May 24, 2017, the new area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, known as Pandora – The World of Avatar, was officially dedicated. Based on James Cameron’s hit film Avatar, the area brings the world of Pandora to life, where guests can explore the rainforests by sailing down the Na’vi River, hike among the Valley of Mo’ara, and fly across the sky on the back of a mountain banshee. This area covers 12-acres of the Walt Disney World Park, and took several years, and a collaboration between Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment, to come to life. The dedication ceremony featured James Cameron and Disney CEO Bob Iger as they introduced the park and opened it up to guests.

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May 4, 2012 – A Male White Rhino is Born in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“A rhino birth is a significant event because at one time the species was nearly extinct.”

On May 4, 2012, it was announced that a male white rhino calf was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This was the fourth white rhino born to 13-year-old Kendi, who was the first rhino born in the park. His birth is also significant as being the third generation of the line that started at the park. Disney is part of specialized conservation efforts to help save the declining rhino population, which has grown to over 20,000 worldwide.

April 22

April 22, 1998 – The Restaurant Pizzafari Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Make your appetite extinct with pizzas, salads, pasta, desserts, and more…”

On April 22, 1998, the quick service restaurant Pizzafari opened on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The restaurant features five themed rooms where guests can enjoy their single-serve pizzas, salads, and a variety of drinks.

April 7

April 7, 2006 – The Shop Serka Zong Bazaar Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

“Descend from Mount Everest and admire Asian artifacts while acquiring Himalayan, Yeti and Disney character merchandise.”

On April 7, 2006, the merchandise stop Serka Zong Bazaar opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Located at the exit of the popular Expedition Everest attraction, it features several Yeti-themed gifts, along with Asian themed goods, and combination pieces featuring the Yeti interacting with Disney characters.

February 17

February 17, 2017 – The Nighttime Show Rivers of Light Premieres in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.”

On February 17, 2017, the new nighttime show Rivers of Light premiered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Discovery River. The show was part of an overall evolution of the park, turning it to a day-to-night park, and features several floating sets, live performances, and water effects, celebrating the beauty and wonder of nature. The show also features scenes from the Disneynature series of films, as well as technology never-before-seen in a Disney nighttime show.