Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK) is a beautiful, lushly landscaped Disney park. Disney has planted millions of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants all over the 500-acre park. It has a lot of fun jungle and animal themed shops and restaurants centered around Discovery Island, all the better to pick up a few souvenirs on your way out of the park so that you’re not carrying bags around with you all day.
Here’s a list of our Top DAK Souvenirs that everyone should come home with after spending a few hours – or a whole day – at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
A Family photo in front of The Tree of Life. The enormous 145-foot tall tree with all its beautiful carvings dominates the park and has green leaves (fake!) all year round. Classic DAK photo!
Mickey Ears in jungle prints Mickey ears are available in lots of fun animal prints.
Disney Trading Pins – DAK themed ones Stop in at Island Mercantile and check out the extensive pin collection. You’ll find pins here that aren’t available anywhere else on the WDW property, including at World of Disney in Downtown Disney.
Photos with Disney characters in their safari outfits Russell and Dug are out all day on the Animal Kingdom’s Greeting Trails, while Rafiki can be found holding down the fort at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
DAK Snow globes and coffee mugs A large selection of Disney merchandise and mugs can be found at Island Mercantile
Pressed Pennies featuring DAK locations There are currently 22 locations for picking up some pressed pennies at DAK, all with exclusive DAK designs.
Disney Worldwide Conservation button Make a donation at any merchandise location and get a free Conservation Hero button. There currently are 10 different ones in different colors. Caroline has collected well over $1,000 for the conservation fund while working at the DCP program.
Vacation Photos! All of the animals – all 1,700 of them! – and all of the rides..Dinosaur! Expedition Everest! Kali River Rapids! Dinoland!… are all extremely photogenic.
Your Park ticket! 🙂
We are so looking forward to Avatarland opening in 2016! They’ve already starting doing some work around the Tree of Life, replacing it’s 100,000+ leaves with ones that have hidden LED lights so the tree will glow at night! Can’t wait!!!
Other souvenir ideas:
The Best Disney Souvenirs: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/best-disney-souvenirs/
The Best Souvenirs of Epcot: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/best-epcot-souvenirs/
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