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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!