Being a Disney Fanatic, we know everything there is to know about The Animal Kingdom. What the best times are to visit, when the best times to ride the popular attractions are, what restaurants offer the best food and so on and so fourth. When it comes to the Animal Kingdom we are experts. But what about what goes on behind he scenes? What about the history of the park? Here are 20 Fascinating Facts about The Animal Kingdom that even the craziest of Disney Fans are sure to enjoy.
1)-Over 300 different animals are carved into the Tree of Life.
2)-Ever wondered why the Lions always seem to be hanging around Pride Rock on the Kilimanjaro Safari's? The imagineers have piped chilled air through tiny holes on the ledge in order to entice the lions to hang around.
3)-You may have noticed that Animal Kingdom is the the only Walt Disney World theme park to have doors on the outside of their restrooms. Thats because the restrooms where designed as shelters just in case one of the predatory animals of the Animal Kingdom decided it wanted to turn guests into snacks.
4)-The core of the Tree Of Life is actually an off-shore oil rig, turned upside down. It had the perfect shape and rigidity needed to support the tree.
5)-The Tree of Life is 14 stories tall, contains over 8,392 branches, 103,000 fake leaves and can withstand hurricane force winds. How is that for an engineering marvel?
6)-Towards the end of the DINOSAUR attraction, look for the red, yellow and white pipes with chemical names and formulas scrawled across them. Those are the chemicals names for the ingredients of Ketchup, Mustard and Mayo.
7)-The Oasis Gardens in Disney's Animal Kingdom was originally going to be called "Genesis Gardens," before it was decided that the religious connotation of "genesis" might prove to be too controversial in the future.
8)-There are about 27,000,000 gallons of water in Animal Kingdom's "Discovery River." That will fill about 1,800 average-sized backyard swimming pools
9)-The highway sign in Dinoland USA is route 498 which pays homage to the parks opening date (April 1998)
10)-If you pay close attention while aboard the Kilimanjaro Safaris, you may notice that the pond that all the flamingos are in is shaped like Mickey!
11)-Zebras were introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safari ride in 2012—and removed just four months later. Disney never released an official statement but it has been said that the zebras were too aggressive—constantly biting each other, blocking paths, and in some cases they even attacked the safari vehicles! (The Zebras have sense been returned, we just thought this one was kind of interesting)
12)-Since the parks opening in 1998, 8 White Rhinos have been born in the Animal Kingdom. White Rhinos are highly endangered and there are roughly only 10,500 left in the wild.
13)-Part of the Animal Kingdom was originally planned to be “Beastly Kingdom,” an area featuring creatures such as dragons and unicorns. you can still find evidence of the incomplete land around the park like the dragon in some of the logos. The Beastly Kingdom area is now being made into Avatar Land slated to be finished in 2017.
14)-Expedition Everest cost more than $100,000,000 to build, making it the most expensive Roller Coaster ever made.
15)-Did you know that the entire Magic Kingdom (107 acres) can fit inside the Kilimanjaro Safari savannah?
16)-You won’t find plastic straws, cup lids, or balloons anywhere inside Animal Kingdom. These all pose potential health risks to the animals.
17)-The Carnotaurus in the Dinosaur! ride isn’t an exact replica of the real Carnotaur, the one the Imagineers created has bigger thighs, knobbier skin, and more height. They named it “Carnotaurus Robustus Floridana,” meaning “Stout meat bull from Florida."
18)-Feeding the 1,000+ animals that are housed at the park requires almost 4 tons of food per day
19)-At 199 feet tall Expedition Everest is the tallest of Walt Disney World's faux mountains. It is just below the Federal Aviation Authority's 200-foot limit, which would require it to have a flashing red light on its peak.
20)-The parking lot can accommodate 6,000 vehicles and is 100 acres in size, making it larger than the entire Disneyland California.
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