Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Construction Update 1/16/15

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Construction walls are up around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Discovery Island in particular is covered in construction walls as Disney aims to improve the pathways for nighttime entertainment and other activities. All photos can be clicked on for larger versions. All links are sent to corresponding pages or rumor posts.

Walls are up on both the Disney Outfitters and Island Mercantile sides of Discovery Island as guests walk towards the Tree of Life.

While cranes for Avatar can be seen from the parking lot, there isn’t much visible from the park. The lone wall blocks off access to the Avatar section as well as the new table service restaurant being built along side Pizzafari.

Creature Comforts is now closed and will re-open as the Starbucks location for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Harambe Marketplace area has been an ongoing project for some time, and the emergence of a watertower as it’s first prominent feature is a harbinger of water towers regaining significance in Disney World…

This guy on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail wasn’t exactly constructing anything, but he definitely knows how to pick a winner.

Over at Flights of Wonder, the cast member playing Guano Joe was not the normal person.

On the Disney Outfitters/Dinoland USA side of Discovery Island, construction walls surround the Flame Tree Barbecue area.

From the Dinoland USA to Discovery Island bridge, views of the Rivers of Light construction can be seen.

Finally, the day is “capped off” with the progress of the Sorcerer Hat removal.