Animal Kingdom has some of the most distinct merchandise of any Walt Disney World theme park. From the off-world wonders of Pandora – World of Avatar to hand carved figures made in Africa, there’s some interesting goods to be found. To help you plan your time in Animal Kingdom, let’s look at some of the merchandise you can find in many of the park’s shops.
At the hub of the park, Discovery Island, you’ll find a wide selection of merchandise. Like other Disney theme parks, the heart of the park has some of the largest merchandise shops with a well-rounded selection of merchandise that represents a variety of lands and attractions in the park itself. Island Mercantile fits this bill. There’s merchandise from a variety of attractions and lands, and merchandise dedicated to the park itself. This is a great shop for commemorating your day at Animal Kingdom.
Also in the Discovery Island area is Discovery Trading Company. Here you’ll find lots of collectibles as well as special items like designer purses and jewelry. There is also adult apparel, much of which is fashion and lifestyle inspired. This shop is great for special gifts, even if they’re gifts for yourself.
Over at Dinoland U.S.A. you’ll find the zany Hester’s and Chester’s shop. This place is fun to see even if just for a quick stroll. It’s so campy and silly. The merchandise here is primarily toys, children’s clothing, and other novelty items. We found some good sale items in here too.
Near the Yaki and Yeti restaurant you’ll find an open air merchandise shop with merchandise that you won’t find anywhere else. Much of the apparel will appeal to yogis and people who enjoy the Eastern influences on mindset and mindfulness. There’s also interesting toys including dragon figures.
Finally, at Pandora – World of Avatar you’ll find merchandise you can’t find any place else. Themed after the wonderous creatures and plant life found on the planet of Pandora, some items are beautiful, while others may leave you asking “who approved that?” One such item is the plush tail guests can wear to resemble the Na’vi. Windtraders is located at the exit of Avatar Flight of Passage and is worth a stroll even if you don’t make it onto the ride.
Don’t forget about Disney’s merchandise delivery and package pick up. If you are staying at a select Walt Disney World resort hotel you can have your merchandise purchases sent back to your hotel. You can pick it up the next day at your hotel’s gift shop. Or, any park guest can have their items sent to Merchandise Pick-Up at the front of the park. Your purchase will be sent to the front, and held for you at the end of the day. That way you don’t have to carry your purchase around all day, freeing you up to spend more money, of course.
Do you like to shop around at Animal Kingdom? What’s the most interesting merchandise you’ve found?