Asia is one of the themed lands in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Along with showcasing animals from throughout the continent, Asia is also the home of two of the park's major thrill rides. The section opened in 1999 as the first expansion land in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Just as the park's Africa section is set in the fictional village of Harambe, guests to Asia find themselves in the village of Anandapur, which means "place of delight" in Sanskrit. During its history, the village was part of a larger kingdom, also called Anandapur, which was ruled by benevolent maharajahs. Since then, the "residents" of the village have devoted much of the outskirts to the conservation and study of the region's animal life.