Happy Birthday Animal Kingdom!!
Earth Day! April 22, 1998 Anima Kingdom was born! In celebration of the parks opening here are some fun facts!
1. Tree Of Life
At 145Ft tall, 160Ft wide and topped with more than 102,583 transparent leaves in five different shades of green, there are more than 300 carvings on the Tree Of Life. More than 10 artists and three imagineers working full-time for 18 months.
2. Zebra Free
In 2012 Zebras were introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, but four months later were removed. It was rumored that the Zebras were to aggressive to keep around the safari, BUT there was never an official statement from Disney.
3. Most Endangered Species
Since the park opening in 1998, there have been 8 endangered white rhinos born at AK.
Some of the park birds are given fake eggs to sit on which makes older birds thinks they don’t need to repopulate while it shows the younger birds where they should lay there eggs.
5. Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest is the most expensive roller coster ever made with the cost of more than $100,000,000. At 199.5 ft tall it is just shy of having a red light beacon on top.
6. Kilimanjaro Safari
The Savannah is more than 110 acres making the ride bigger than the whole Magic Kingdom Park.
7. Animals Come First
There are NO plastic straws, cup lids or balloons at this park for the animals safety.
Before the Frozen hits Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the songs for Finding Nemo: The Musical which can be found at Animal Kingdom.
9. The Festival of The Lion King
This amazing triple threat show first opened at Camp Mickey April 22, 1998 but closed down January 5, 2014 to relocate in Africa June 1, 2014.
There are more than 4,500 Cast Members that work at AK, manning attractions, looking after the animals, working int he restaurants and of course working behind the scenes.
Feeding over 1,000+ animals that live at the park requires about 4tons of food per day.
12. The Discovery River
Contains more than 27 million gallons of water which would be equivalent to about 1,800 swimming pools.
to create the surrounding to Mt. Everest there are more than 900 bamboo plants,110 species of shrubs and 10 species of tress that were planted.
14.The Forbidden Mountain
5,000 tons of structural steel 2,000 gallons of stain and paint, 3,000 pre-fabricated steel “chips” and 10,000 tons of concrete was needed to create the mountain.
I hope you enjoyed the fun facts! My favorite part about animal kingdom would have to be The Festival of the Lion King, is such an AMAZING and breathe taking show that i hope they never get rid of!