Animal Kingdom Facts

  • The icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, The Tree of Life, stands 14 stories, features more than 300 animal carvings and is 50 feet wide.
  • Towering four stories over DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Dino-Sue is an exact replica of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex ever discovered.
  • If you were to ride above Animal Kingdom in an airplane, you may discover that Animal Kingdom Park is shaped like Africa. If you look at the park map, you may also see the likeness.
  • At 580 acres, the Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom park is five times the size of the Magic Kingdom, making it the largest Disney Theme Park in the world.
  • There are approximately 250 species are represented by over 1,000 animals.
  • The first birth at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a kudu, a large African antelope.
  • Ten artists and three Imagineers worked full-time for 18 months to create the 325 animal carvings on The Tree of Life.
  • The parking lot fro Animal Kingdom is nearly 100 acres in size.
  • On open day, 22 April 1998, the parking lot was closed just 20 minutes after the park opened!
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom was first proposed in 1989
  • There are no cup lids or paper straws anywhere in the park because of the danger to the animals.
  • The original name for Animal Kingdom was Wild Animal Kingdom, it was changed so that it did not sound close to Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
  • The first tree planted at Animal Kingdom in December 1995 was an authentic Acacia xanthophlosa, grown from a seed that Disney acquired in Africa.
  • The park has about 100 species of trees and shrubs foreign to North American soil.
  • The Tree of Life is 145 feet tall, and the trunk is 50 feet wide.
  • The safari covers over 110 acres.
  • There are climate-controlled rocks on the safari, to encourage the lions to sit in view of the safari vehicles.
  • Sue the dinosaur, on display in Dinoland, is a replica of the most complete T-Rex ever found, which was 65 million years old.
  • The village of Harambe is based on the Kenyan town of Lamu.
  • 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 in the last decade . . . a distance equal to circling the globe 20 times.
  • There are 27 million gallons of water in Discovery River . . . thats an amount equal to 1,800 average-sized backyard swimming pools.
  • There are 2.6 million gallons of water contained in various water features that come in contact with animals. On average, the entire volume of water is treated and filtered five times daily, which means that 15.6 million gallons of water are treated and filtered every day.
  • Two Micronesian Kingfisher chicks were hatched at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, raising the world population of these birds by 3 percent.
  • Animal Programs veterinarians have successfully performed surgery on a tarantula spider, placed an artificial eye in a fish and removed a golf ball from a hungry snake rescued at a Disney golf course.
  • Disney Animal Kingdom scientists have discovered two new vocalizations never before reported in elephants.
  • Since 1995, the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund has devoted more than $6 million to conservation efforts around the world and has supported more than 230 projects.
  • The mammoth-sized Audio Animatronics yeti in the Expedition Everest attraction at Disneys Animal Kingdom has a potential thrust, in all of its hydraulic cylinders combined, of slightly over 259,000 pounds force – potentially more instantaneous power than a 747-400 airliner.