In preparation for creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a core team of seven Walt Disney Imagineers, led by executive designer Joe Rohde, crisscrossed the globe in search of the essential look of life in the wild, amassing more than 500,000 miles . . . a distance equal to circling the globe 20 times. Sixty …
Walkabout boots all laced up? Pith helmet on good and tight? You bet your binoculars there
With all the sights and sounds of an outrageous island street
party, Disney characters have come to town on expedition with a
wild, whimsical, larger-than-life tribute to their animal friends.
Mickey Mouse and his good friend, Minnie, have just settled in for
a welcome respite and a cold lemonade. Winnie the Pooh and his
Hundred-Acre Wood pals are taking a break from their latest great
adventure for a “smackeral” of relaxation. Rafiki, Terk and other
beloved Disney friends have arrived to enjoy their favorite
vacation escape, the Adirondack-style Camp Minnie-Mickey at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Architecture for Disney’s Animal Kingdom is all about creating
urban spaces for wild animals, wild spaces for human beings and
congenial surroundings for close encounters between man and beast.
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom leads guests down a leafy trail through lush jungle glades into the adventurous heart of Africa for an intimate view of wildlife research with some of the world’s most fascinating animals.
For most of Disney’s Animal Kingdom
guests, Wildlife Express to Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a novel way to
travel by rail behind the scenes. It runs from the African village
of Harambe past state-of-the-art animal care facilities to Rafiki’s
Planet Watch, an interactive, fun-filled center of activity
focusing on animals worldwide.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom costume designers
have created a colorful line of animal-inspired fashions for
the park’s 2,500 cast members to help create an atmosphere of fun
and high adventure in everything from safari wear to color-bright
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Dino “Sue” — an exact replica of the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever unearthed — is Disney’s newest (and oldest) “cast” member in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The replica of Sue, which was excavated in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1990, is on display …