5 Things You May Not Know About Disney's Animal Kingdom

Happy Earth Day and happy 20th anniversary to Disney’s Animal Kingdom! In honor of it’s birthday, here are 5 facts you may not have known about the park:

  1. There are over 4 million different plants and trees in the park which come from every continent aside from Antarctica!  The park is also home to nearly 2,000 animals which represent approximately 300 species. This includes endangered species such as lowland gorillas and Sumatran tigers.

  2. Animal Kingdom is the only park that was not designed to have the park’s icon (the Tree of Life) visible from the entrance. Guests first walk through a section of plants and wildlife before crossing a bridge and being introduced to the wonder that is the Tree of Life. This is also the only park that has a form of nature as its icon as opposed to some sort of building.

  3. Have you ever wondered how the animals are kept from roaming around the grounds of Kilimanjaro Safari, or the whole park for that matter? There are actually several invisible barriers that are keeping the animals in without making it obvious to park guests. Things like moats and camouflaged fences are used to make sure the animals stay where they should while giving the illusion that they are roaming freely.

  4. There were once plans to make a section of the park that would be known as Beastly Kingdom, which would have been devoted to mythological creatures such as unicorns and dragons. Sadly, at the time, the ideas for this section of the park were too grand and the Beastly Kingdom never came to fruition.

  5. Animal Kingdom is actually Disney’s largest park, expanding about 540 acres. That’s big enough to fit nearly two Epcots or five Magic Kingdoms!

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5 Ways I Incorporated Disney into My Wedding

Want a Disney wedding but don't quite have the budget? Here are some ways to incorporate a little Disney magic into your big day!

1. My Reception Shoes
During our ceremony I wore heels, but I knew long before the wedding day that I would not want those heels on all day long! So for my reception I slipped into my Jasmine Vans, which were a big hit with our guests (and my feet)!

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2. Centerpieces
I wanted to have some sort of Disney-themed centerpieces without them being over the top, so I chose 12 Disney love quotes (one for each table) and had them framed.

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3. Favors
Our favors were Mickey-shaped white chocolate lollipops (which were made for us by a family memeber) and doubled as the guest’s table cards! 

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4. Sweetheart Table Decorations
We used a Lenox Collection Mickey and Minnie figurine to decorate our sweetheart table.

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5. Cake Topper
Our cake topper was one of my favorite details from our wedding. I got ours from PSWeddingsandEvents shop on Etsy!

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Other Great Ideas:

First Dance Songs
Unfortunately I could not get my husband to agree to have our first dance to A Whole New World, but Disney has so many great love songs and there is a huge selection for your first dance as husband and wife – or your Father/Daughter or Mother/Son dances as well.

Bridal and Groom Accessories
Disney themed jewelry or bouquet accessories are a great way to incorporate Disney into your big day, and try some Mickey cuff links or fun Disney socks for the groom and his guys.

Invitations
Disney-themed invites are also a great way to spread some Disney magic. Sites like Etsy or Invitations by Dawn are great options and have beautiful invitations!

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Top Attraction in Each Magic Kingdom Land

Top Attraction in Each Magic Kingdom Land

The lands each represents a different theme, from old wild west to a futuristic world, and each hold memorable attractions that are unique to that theme. Today we go through the lands and discuss what we believe to to be their top attractions.

MY TOP 5 D23 WALT DISNEY WORLD ANNOUNCEMENTS

MY TOP 5 D23 WALT DISNEY WORLD ANNOUNCEMENTS

There were so many announcements made, between the parks, the movies and the various other aspects that go in to making Disney so magical, that it was difficult to narrow it down to just a few. I mean, I’m excited about pretty much all of them!