ANIMAL KINGDOM

WINTER FESTIVAL

2019 GUIDE

The Basics

The Animal Kingdom Winter Festival is a brand new holiday event at Walt Disney World for 2019. The heart and soul of this event happens on Discovery Island, where a dozen of beautiful winter animals greet you as you enter the park in the form of puppets. At night, the Tree of Life comes to life with a new seasonal projection show and every other land in the park has some new festive decor. Best of all, you can meet several classic characters in their holiday gear in DinoLand U.S.A. and Discovery Island. 

  • Taking place daily from November 8th - December 31st

  • No extra tickets required!

  • Features the Animal Kingdom Winter Sampler

  • 11 character meet & greet locations including Santa Claus 

  • Specialty sweet treats throughout the park

  • Holiday decorations in all five lands of the park

  • 2 evening entertainment offerings including Rivers of Light

  • Will include a special New Year's Eve countdown into 2020!

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Evening Entertainment

The Animal Kingdom Winter Festival features one new evening show, the Tree of Life: Awakenings. It is a festive twist to stunning display depicting winter tales with some adorable creatures. On top of this new show, the park's main nighttime spectacular, Rivers of Light, also takes place throughout the event and Animal Kingdom will host a special New Year's Eve celebration for the first time ever. 

  • Tree of Life: Awakenings - HOLIDAY VERSION! 

    • Takes place nightly throughout the event from 6 pm to Park Close

  • Rivers of Light: We Are One

    • Takes place nightly throughout the event at either 9 pm or 8 pm depending on the exact date. See calendar below for more details. 

    • Fastpass+ reservations are available in the Animal Kingdom tier 2 category but are not recommended unless you use this as your 4th Fastpass+ choice. Please note that dining packages are available at Tusker House Restaurant and Tiffins Restaurant. Additionally, there is the Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party that comes with reserved seating for the show and the Animal Kingdom Winter Tasting Sampler which will give you two (2) reserved seats to the second show between 12/22 and 01/4

 

Dining Events

During the Animal Kingdom Winter Festival, you can choose to purchase a dining package like you can throughout the year at two participating restaurants that come with reserved viewing for Rivers of Light: We Are One. Although, this is a relatively easy show to see standby or score a 4th Fastpass+. Additionally, there is the Winter Tasting Sampler that also comes with reserved viewing for the show. 

Animal Kingdom Winter Tasting Sampler

  • Available October 8th - January 4th, 2020

  • Provides guests with a special gift card to purchase snacks with

  • Can be used at over 40 food locations around the park

  • Includes a $10 digital bonus gift card that can be used at select quick service restaurants

  • Includes two (2) reserved seats to the second showing of Rivers of Light between December 22nd & January 4th, 2020

  • Priced at $50

Rivers of Light: We Are One Dining Package

  • Available throughout the year

  • Offered at Tusker House Restaurant and Tiffins Restaurant

  • Either an all-you-can-enjoy meal or an appetizer, entrée and dessert  (Depends on location)

  • Reserved viewing area for Rivers of Light: We Are One!

  • Breakfast Package at Tusker House starts at $46 for adults (10+) and $28 for kids (3-9) or 1 table service meal on the Disney Dining Plan

  • Lunch or Dinner Package at Tusker House starts at $60 for adults (10+) and $36 for kids (3-9) or 1 table service meal on the Disney Dining Plan

  • Lunch or Dinner Package at Tiffins Restaurant starts at $68 for adults (10+) and $26 for kids (3-9) or 2 table service meals on the Disney Dining Plan

Rivers of Light: We Are One Dessert Party

  • Available on select dates throughout the year

  • Takes place on the Asia side of the amphitheater

  • All-you-can-enjoy desserts, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including savory dishes!

  • Reserved viewing area for Rivers of Light: We Are One

  • Priced at $79 for adults (10+) and $47 for kids (3-9) now through January 31st, 2020

  • Priced at $89 for adults (10+) and $53 for kids (3-9) starting February 1st, 2020

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