Talk:Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Nahtazu[edit]

The article says "The park's advertising makes frequent use of the made-up word "nahtazu", pronounced "not a zoo," to emphasize that it offers more than animal displays and that it aims for more of an open and free 'safari' feel in regard to the animals." I was under the impression that AK and Disney are no longer using the Nahtazu phrase in advertising and/or promoting the park. Can anyone confirm before I change the sentence into past tense? Thx. SpikeJones 20:28, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

I'm going to Animal Kingdom tomorrow for the cast-only preview of Expedition Everest (my girlfriend is a ride engineer in the park). I'll keep my eyes open and see if I see it. Raul654 20:32, 19 January 2006 (UTC)
I can confirm that they are no longer using "natazu" Raul654 20:43, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
I still see ads on THE INTERNET THAT USES NAHTAZU. --Dawgs0392 01:29, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Rumors of animal mishandling[edit]

I've heard of the above shortly after the park opened. Has anyone else heard this and can confirm or debunk it? I, frankly, enjoyed myself when I went there years ago and everything seemed to be pretty respectful towards the animals kept there. --JerryLewisOverdrive 19:17, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

I've never heard anything like that. I have heard quite the opposite, that Disney employed internationally recognised zoologists to help set up the park e.t.c., but nothing like mistreatment. --Speedway 19:39, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
There were some highly publicized animal deaths in 1998 but Disney was cleared of wrongdoing. [1] Whoville 13:43, 13 April 2006 (UTC)
When I was in high school, in 2002, my class took a trip to Disney World and a girl did not go in protest of the Animal Kingdom. I remember she said it was something about the way Disney obtained the animals there. She was very intelligent and works with animal conservation today, so I am assuming there is validity in what she was saying, and I am trying to find something online that further validates this. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 137.148.189.151 (talk) 19:54, 30 March 2007 (UTC).

The following news article does not specify reasons why the issues occured, but does support the notion that there are people who believe there were animal handling issues at the time the park opened. It can be used as a stepping point for further research on the topic: CNN article from 1998 regarding Animal Kingdom SpikeJones 20:19, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Yes, when the park opened I remember people complaining, but I'm pretty sure Disney was proven to take better than good care of the animals quickly after. --blm07 12:44, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
As a castmember who works for Kilimanjaro Safari I see animal care a lot and even have some friends in that department. There isn't any animal mishandling. Disney has highly trained people looking after the animals and plenty of policies and procedures to protect them, because a lot are endangered. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 97.97.36.155 (talkcontribs) 21 July 2007.
Almost one year later, I've run into an article that talks about the animal deaths. It seems that there were deaths, but they were accidents when the park first opened. I haven't heard anything since then about deaths, and certainly nothing about intentional deaths or abuse. From Wall Street Journal "Death of Wildlife At New Disney Park Is a Worry to Experts - 7 Apr. 1998":

Two weeks from the park's April 22 opening, the tally of animals that have died include four cheetah cubs, two rhinoceroses, two hippopotamuses, three herd animals and two West African crown cranes that were run over by park tour buses. "What we're talking about and experiencing is what you really can't plan for in many cases -- and that is the unknowns in dealing with exotic animals," Disney spokesman Bill Warren said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed most of the deaths and found no violations of federal animal-welfare regulations. "Upon inspection of the records, all the animals were receiving proper care under the Animal Welfare Act, which means they had access to vets and treatment for any problems that occurred," department spokesman Jim Rogers said.

--blm07 00:33, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Descriptions[edit]

Wow. Does anyone else think that this entire thing looks like it was taken directly from publicity materials? 24.62.27.66 19:16, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

Yes. Nearly all of the attraction descriptions read like gushing advertising copy from Disney. Whoville 13:43, 13 April 2006 (UTC)
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! - See the world through a bug's eyes as you peek into the hilarious and dazzling 3-D world of amazing and amusing insects as they astound you with a one-of-a-kind stage show. Laugh at the fun and startling in-theater effects like overhead giant spiders! The only thing that will "bug" you is if you miss it!
  • Discovery Island Trails - Saunter through these sumptuous garden pathways for glimpses of hilarious animal antics and captivating critters. Have face-to-face encounters with Galapagos tortoises, lemurs, cotton-top tamarin monkeys and other fascinating creatures.
  • Tree of Life - Marvel at this 14-story masterpiece sculpted by more than a dozen artisans. The 50-foot wide tree is the centerpiece of Disney's Animal Kingdom. The swirling tapestry of 325 animal carvings creates a staggering spectacle that is truly a sight to behold!
I love Disney, WDW and the Animal Kingdom, but this is pretty inappropriate. I'll see about fixing it up at work tomorrow. 24.62.27.66 02:14, 14 April 2006 (UTC)
Yeah. I was just thinking about that. I will try and reword it so it doesn't look like a Disney ad. Splamo 22:33, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

This article should have a cleanup template.

Complaint about Attractions[edit]

This section sounds more like a tourist brochure then an encyclopedia article. For proof:

Exibit II:

And finally: Exibit III:

In clausula, is portio oportet exsisto Vicified addo a magis adnotatio cuspis visum. (Translation: in conclusion, this section should be Wikified to give a more neutral point of view.) 74.103.190.217

merge proposal[edit]

Beastly Kingdom doesn't have enough info on it's own to warrant it's own page. SpikeJones 02:54, 9 April 2007 (UTC)

Since somebody merged the Beastly Kingdom article into this one...
  1. it needs to be re-written into WP standard style;
  2. the MAIN tag needs to be yanked;
  3. the original Beastly Kingdom article needs to be redirected here
  4. all files pointing to the original page need to be redirected
  5. the appropriate "unbuilt Disney attractions" page needs to be updated as necessary
any takers? SpikeJones 16:59, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Because the entire section amounts to trivia, which is counter to WP guidelines, and because none of it was cited, I've commented the text out. It's still in the source if anyone wants to tackle this but there's no reason to retain it if it isn't factual and quality. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.77.46.194 (talk) 23:06, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Originally WDW was looking at calling it Wild Animal Kingdom, they soon realized that it was in conflict with Wild Kingdom a TV show that's name is copyrighted. So Disney quickly dropped the Wild and it is known as Animal Kingdom. Technically its full name is Disney's Animal Kingdom. From http://www.solarius.com/dvp/wdw/animal-kingdom.htm —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rshah4 (talkcontribs) 14:42, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Article = Advert?[edit]

Many of the attraction synopses appear to have been written by a Disney executive. Whilst some of it IS being sorted out, there may be more of it, so be viligant, and destroy it on sight. Wikipedia is NOT an advertisement column! Malpass93 (talk) 11:28, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Care to cite an example of what you mean? --McDoobAU93 04:20, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Wild Africa Trek[edit]

Someone should add something on this new attraction/area of park that just opened. Jjaazz (talk) 05:02, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Navboxes[edit]

Is there some reason that there is a vertical navbox just under the infobox that is titled Walt Disney World Resorts, and another horizontal one at the bottom that is also titled Walt Disney World Resorts? This seems like duplication to me. If there is something in the vertical one that is not in the horizontal one, wouldn t it be better to move the information over and only have one navbox? Donlammers (talk) 01:03, 29 May 2011 (UTC)