Tree of Life (Disney)
|Tree of Life|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Height||145 ft (44.2 m)|
|Base width||50 ft (15.2 m)|
The Tree of Life is a 145-foot (44 m) wooden tree, and has served as the icon of Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort since it debuted with the park on April 22, 1998. Inspired by the mythical tree of the same name, the Tree of Life features 325 carvings of existing and extinct animal species on its trunk and surrounding roots.
Engineered from a refitted oil platform and based on the natural forms of baobob trees, the Tree of Life is located on Discovery Island, roughly in the center of the park. Its leaves are made out of kynar. At the structure's interior base is a 400-seat theater that hosts It's Tough to be a Bug!, a 4-D film attraction based on A Bug's Life.
Tree of Life Awakens
The Tree of Life Awakens is a series of projection mapping shows that debuted on May 27, 2016, as part of the park's new nighttime operating hours. A media preview of the show was presented on April 19, 2016. Four presentations are featured throughout the evening:
- A playful deer and a watchful hawk.
- A hummingbird and flowers.
- A red fox in a winter setting.
- Animal imagery inspired by Pocahontas, Bambi, Dinosaur, Tarzan, Finding Nemo, Avatar, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King.
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- Bevil, Dewayne (April 20, 2016). "Disney previews 'Rivers of Light,' announces 'Jungle Book' show". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
- "This Summer Magical New Experiences Will Debut Across All Four Walt Disney World Theme Parks" (Press release). PR Newswire (Lake Buena Vista, Florida: Walt Disney World Resort). April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
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