When it comes to Disney, you can’t help but think of the king of the jungle. Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers a rare glimpse into the lives of many animals. This massive park was build in 1998 with the utmost care and conservation effort. They recently celebrated the 10-Year anniversary of their inauguration. The 500 acre park is five times the size of the Magic Kingdom and reportedly cost Disney $800 million to build. It is also the largest single Disney theme park in the world! Here are a few things I bet you didn’t know about this family-friendly park:
- The first animals to inhabit the Animal Kingdom were giraffes and gorillas.
- The "Iconic Tree of Life" is based on the design and structure of an oil rig. The tree has more than 10,000 leaves and 325 animal carvings
- The opening of the Animal Park was celebrated in conjunction with an increase in ticket prices for Disney World. One adult admission cost $44.52 10 years ago. Today the price for the same ticket is $75.62
- The Kilimanjaro Safari Attraction is not only a popular one with guests it also allows the park to keep maintenance costs low. Zebras, elephants, rhinos, lions and more graze the land eliminating the need for mowing! This part of the park has never been mowed by machine.
- The Park opened with only one thrill ride, Countdown to Extinction, today the Park operates three thrill rides: Everest Coaster, Primeval Whirl and Kali River Rapids
- A park-wide audio cue signals animals that it’s time to come in for the night! Most of the animals go to shelters at night but if they want to stay out – it’s their choice.
The park is visited on a yearly basis by close to 9.5 million people making it the eighth most visited park in the world. Disney is the heart and soul of the Orlando area. The company helps to drive its economy and provides the oasis for rental investment properties to thrive in the Orlando real estate market.
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