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#FeelGoodFriday: Holiday Snowflakes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Making a Big Impact

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

The holidays are a very merry time of year at Walt Disney World Resort, and this year is no different with the stunning holiday decorations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom featuring an extra special touch of magic this year.

The beautiful, white snowflakes woven into garland hanging on the shops and buildings in Discovery Island were handmade by artisans from the Augusta Training Shop, a nonprofit organization in Augusta, Georgia that employs adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, enabling them to discover their abilities and create rich and meaningful lives.

We recently had the chance to meet the inspiring artisans who made these snowflakes and hear their stories of the care and attention they put into making each and every one. And because the holidays are all about coming together, we knew we had to bring them to Walt Disney World Resort to personally see their one-of-a-kind snowflakes hanging for all to see at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The impact of Walt Disney World Resort reaches communities beyond our own here in Central Florida, and we’ve been honored to work with the Augusta Training Shop and showcase the amazing and inspiring talents of their artisans. 

It goes without saying that this holiday season at Walt Disney World is one to feel good about. We hope you love admiring these beautiful snowflakes just as much as we do!


  • The snowflakes really are beautiful! Are they for sale at Animal Kingdom?

  • This collaboration brought tears to my eyes! The Artisans and their work are both beautiful!

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