Disney’s Animal Kingdom is offering new holiday offerings for the first time this year, and the festive magic is spreading from Dinoland, U.S.A. to Pandora! Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom during this time of year will witness incredible experiences both day and night. Here’s a rundown on the holiday decor and magic you’ll experience on Discovery Island, the heart of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

As you cross the bridge into Discovery Island, the holiday magic begins. A celebration of winter has taken over the island, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who call it home. With animal-inspired luminaries lining the rooftops and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds, Discovery Island is a village of white holiday decorations. 

Winter animals are displayed in the form of life-size artisan-sculpted puppets frolicking throughout Discovery Island by day. Puppets include foxes, reindeer, penguins, polar bears, and more! These holiday puppets will interact with guests and create a playful atmosphere along with serenading musicians.

As the day comes to an end, the rooftop luminaries around Discovery Island light up in the night sky, creating a festive glow throughout the village. The Tree of Life awakens with a series of winter-inspired tales along with a heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score! In between each Tree of Life awakening, the park icon will continue to sparkle and shimmer, alive with the spirit of the holidays and the magic of nature.

If Disney’s Animal Kingdom holds a special place in your heart, you’ll have to experience it in all of its holiday glory later this year! With so many new decorations, experiences, and offerings this holiday season, it’s time to start planning the most merriest vacation on earth.