The Animal Kingdom is the 4th park to open at the resort, it opened on April 22, 1998, and it is the largest single
Disney theme park in the world, covering conservation, a philosophy once pioneered by Walt Disney himself.
Disney's Animal Kingdom is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, meaning they have met and
exceeded the standards in Education, Conservation and Research.
The Tree of Life: a sculpted 14-story (145-foot-tall [44 m]), 50-foot-wide (15 m) tree, is the centerpiece and
icon in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Tourists can walk around the whole park to see all 325 animals
carved in the bark of this massive tree attraction.
It's Tough to be a Bug - At the roots of The Tree of Life, a 3D Film showing what life is like as a bug. Based on A
March of the Artimals Parade
Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends - A children's show with live animals based on the film Pocahontas.
Backstage talks have been discontinued. As of September 2008, Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends is no
longer performed. News has yet to be released on a replacement.
Kilimanjaro Safaris - An open-sided safari vehicle. Animals from Africa freely roam through acres of savanna,
rivers and rocky hills, featuring real giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, lions and poachers.
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - A nature walk through a verdant African valley filled with Nile hippos,
birds and fish. Also features an exotic bird aviary, an underwater hippo viewing area, a savanna overlook, and a
large troupe of gorillas
Night Kilimanjaro Safari This ran during extended hours of the 2000 holiday season with a different plot.
Unpopular due to low light and fewer animals on display. Also required two cast members per vehicle.
Hissing Cockroach This insect was supposed to be housed in the bird aviary next to the gorilla islands.
However, the insect never was brought into the park due to concerns about it getting into the wild.
Rafiki's Planet Watch:
Wildlife Express Train - Ride the rails on this rustic African train that travels the savanna for a
behind-the-scenes journey through several animal housing and care areas of the park. In just over five minutes,
your guided train ride transports you to the core of the park's conservation center.
Habitat Habit! - An adventure trail in which you can see endangered Cottontop Tamarin primates up close.
Affection Section - An animal encounter with goats, sheep, pigs, chicken, llamas and more.
Conservation Station - The center of Disney's efforts to promote wildlife conservation awareness, including
wild animal experiences, interactive games and shows.
Flights of Wonder - Performed on the Caravan Stage. Shows birds such as vultures, hawks, colorful macaws,
crowned crane and the American Bald Eagle up close.
Kali River Rapids - Raft down the turbulent waters of the Chakranadi River aboard a 12-passenger raft
through an enchanting Asian rain forest.
Maharajah Jungle Trek - An 'adventure' into the wilds of the mystical Anandapur Royal Forest of Southeast
Asia. Encounters with Komodo dragons, tapirs and tigers. Set among the ruins of an ancient palace.
Expedition Everest - In this runaway-train roller coaster, Himalayan trekkers board refurbished steam trains
on their way to the base camp of Mount Everest, using a shortcut that passes through the "forbidden mountain"
guarded by the legendary yeti.
Discovery River Boats: This ran from park opening in 1998, until 1999. During which time it was also known
as "Discovery River Taxi", to stress its primary use was transportation, and "Radio Disney River Cruise".
Lucky the Dinosaur: This ran in 2005 only and the first free-roving audio-animatronic figure created by
Disney's Imagineers. Lucky has since been relocated to Hong Kong Disneyland.
The Boneyard - Slip, slide, slither and slosh through a play maze filled with fun fossils. "Exploration.
Excavation. Exultation." is the motto of the Dino Institute and nowhere is this truer than here. Would-be
paleontologists young and old play amidst a world of dinosaur discoveries like a Triceratops, T-Rex and Wooly
DINOSAUR (formerly Countdown to Extinction) - Whoosh back to primeval times for a wild ride of an expedition
to complete your dangerous mission. The clock is ticking on your Time Rover and you have mere minutes to
rescue a stray dinosaur.
Finding Nemo - The Musical - Debuted on November 12th, 2006, the original musical stage show developed
by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment tells the story of the Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo with new songs by
Avenue Q composer Bobby Lopez and puppets designed by Michael Curry. Production combines dancers,
acrobats, animated backdrops, and theatrical puppetry. Marlin, Dory and Nemo are depicted by actors holding
larger than life puppets while other characters utilize a number of puppetry styles. (This theatre, The Theatre In
The Wild, originally was home to Journey Into The Jungle Book and Tarzan Rocks).
Dino-Sue - Visit Disney's oldest "cast" member, clocking in at 67 million years. Dino-Sue is a reproduction of
the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found.
Cretaceous Trail - A shaded walking tour amidst plants and animals that have outlived the dinosaurs.
Primeval Whirl - Take a whirl into prehistory in one of these spinning time machines that are part of the zany
fun fair of Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama! Thrill to the sudden dips, hairpin turns and tight curves of this
rollicking coaster. Each colorful car spins independently so you never know how things will "turn" out!
TriceraTop Spin - Take the family for a spin aboard this whirling, twirling, friendly flying dinosaur. Climb into
one of these four-person dino vehicles and spin 'round, up and down. Expect a dino-sized surprise for kids
rising from the giant tin top at the hub of it all.
Journey through Jungle Book - A musical based on The Jungle Book incorporating gymnastics. It was
replaced by Tarzan Rocks.
Tarzan Rocks - A music and acrobatics show featuring songs from Disney's animated film Tarzan. This was
performed in The Theatre In The Wild, and was eventually replaced by Finding Nemo - The Musical.
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