Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK) is a beautiful, lushly landscaped theme 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 my Best DAK Souvenirs that everyone should come home with after spending a few hours – or a whole day – at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
1. A photo in front of the Tree of Life.
The enormous 145-foot tall tree with all its beautiful animal carvings dominates the park and has green leaves (all fake!) all year round. It’s a classic DAK photo!
2. Mickey Ears in Jungle Prints
Mickey ears are available at DAK in lots of fun animal prints.
3. 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 Disney Springs! I always find something new!
4. 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.
5. DAK Coffee Mugs
A large selection of Disney merchandise and mugs can be found at Island Mercantile.
6. Pressed Pennies featuring DAK locations
There are currently 22 locations for picking up some pressed pennies at DAK, all with exclusive DAK designs.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. DAK Toothpick Holder
When guests ask me if we sell shotglasses, or worse double shotglasses, I tell them no. But, we do sell a large selection of beautiful toothpick holders, including some that even come in sets of four!
10. Your DAK Park Map
It’s fun to circle all the things that you did, the shows you saw, and all the great places that you got to eat at while visiting DAK!
We are so looking forward to seeing the new Rivers of Light show and to Avatarland opening in 2017!
They’ve replaced all 100,000+ leaves on the Tree of Life with ones that have hidden LED lights so that the tree glows and “dances” to a music video at night! Can’t wait!!!
Other great WDW souvenir ideas:
The Best Disney World 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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