What’s New at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A Popular Character Buffet Returns

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Tree of Life

We’ve been keeping up with the latest updates in the park and sharing them you, like the FIRST holiday decorations in the park! And guess what? We’re back with even more updates from the parks, so let’s get rolling!

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On with the updates!

Animal Kingdom Food Updates

Zuri’s Sweets Shop

The holidays are in full swing at Disney World right now and that includes the bakery cases! The cases at Zuri’s Sweets Shop are now full of holiday-themed treats!

Holiday treats

You’ll find cookies, rice krispies treats, and more in the cases.

We Tried These Holiday Treats in Magic Kingdom — Read Our Review HERE!

Tusker House

Tusker House reopened back in the summer of 2021 without its usual buffet. Now, though, the buffet is BACK at this character dining spot!

Buffets are back!

We had lunch at Tusker House to check out the buffet. We’ll have a full review up for you soon, but in the meantime, check out the first look of the buffet’s return!

Get a first look at the return of the buffet at Tusker House!

Animal Kingdom Construction Updates

The shrubs around the front of Dinosaur are still up.

Shrubs are still up

There haven’t been many updates over here, but we’ll keep an eye out!

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Animal Kingdom Merchandise Updates

Discovery Trading Co.

It’s time to go shopping! We hope you’re ready for a new Mickey collection, because that’s exactly what we found. You can now find a Blue Mickey Hoodie ($69.99)

Blue Hoodie

Blue Mickey Sweatpants ($59.99)


…a Pink Mickey Sweatshirt ($59.99)

Pink Sweatshirt

…a Black Mickey Sweatshirt ($59.99)


Black Mickey Sweatpants ($59.99)

Do you see the Mickey details?

…a White Mickey T-Shirt ($36.99)

Mickey Tee

…and a Yellow Mickey T-Shirt ($36.99).

Yellow Tee

There are also some new Mickey accessories including a Yellow Mickey Hat for $29.99

A perfect park outfit accessory!

…a Black Mickey Hat for $29.99

Mickey hat

…a Mickey Backpack for $49.99

A great option for a park bag!

…a Mickey Crossbody Bag for $29.99

Something smaller

…and an adorable Mickey Beanie for $24.99.


Mickey fans are SET on new merchandise!


Pandora fans — there’s another ornament for you to check out! It’ll cost ya $26.99.


At Windtraders, we also found this Pandora Water Bottle. The top of this one is so fun!

This is a fun design!

The bottle is $14.99.

Mombasa Marketplace

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is about to debut in movie theaters, but you can grab merch now like the Wakanda Forever Jacket! 


The jacket will set you back $79.99.

Creature Comforts

There is a lot of new holiday merchandise in Disney World and that includes Starbucks! Over at Creature Comforts, we found the Santa Mickey Starbucks Bottle for $29.99.

So festive!

You can also get a Santa Mickey Starbucks Tumbler for $29.99. This one is very festive!

So cute!

And last but not least, they have a Holiday Starbucks Mug Ornament!

Hang this on your tree!

To add this to your tree, it’ll cost you $17.99.

ALL of the Holiday Merchandise Available Now in Disney World

Those are all of the latest updates from Disney’s Animal Kingdom! We’ll continue to look out for the latest food, construction, and merchandise updates in the park, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, watch our video on Disney World tickets below!

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