The newest of all the Walt Disney World parks, Animal Kingdom, is one of the most distinctive theme parks out there. Where else can you go ride a roller coaster, see real animals like tigers and gorillas, and take a safari ride through a savanna? No where I am aware of, ha! Here are five other facts about AK that make it utterly unique!
1. AK opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. As with Disney’s other theme parks, AK too has centerpiece called the Tree of Life, which is more than 14 stories high and 170 feet wide at the base. Like any good tree, the Tree of Life has leaves. The only difference is that it has 103,000 transparent, five-shades-of-green leaves that actually blow in the wind.
2. The park covers 403 acres, making it the largest of the four theme parks at WDW. Plus, around 1,500 animals and 4 million plants (3,000 species) call AK their home. Wow!
3. AK has the largest groups of Nile hippos and African elephants in North America! Even more impressive is that AK scientists have discovered two new elephant vocalizations never before described.
4. At exactly 200 feet, AK’s Expedition Everest is the tallest ride at Walt Disney World, surpassing The Tower of Terror (199 feet), Cinderella Castle (189 feet), Epcot’s Spaceship Earth (183 feet), Space Mountain (180 feet) and AK’s The Tree of Life (145 feet).
5. There is one million square feet of rockwork at AK, which is TWICE the amount of rockwork in the Mt. Rushmore sculptures!
Written by: Brittany Madden