Editor’s Note: The WDW Radio Blog is pleased to introduce our readers to our newest writer, Erin Stough! She will be bringing a series of pop quizzes to test readers Disney and Walt Disney World knowledge.
17 years ago, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park officially opened on Earth Day – April 22, 1998, with a strong dedicated message of animal conservation and working with the natural environment. While there are some who argue that this 580 acre theme park is “just a zoo” and only a half day park, I loudly beg to differ. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a vast adventure where amazing sights and sounds are just waiting to be discovered. This park’s incredible collection of animals in their natural settings is just the beginning of all the wonders awaiting eager guests. Every single structure from the lamp posts to the benches to the buildings speak to the importance of nature. Michael Eisner said it best during his dedication speech in 1998 when he stated the following:
Welcome to a kingdom of animals, real, ancients and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn.
And welcoming guests into this nature wonderland is not a castle but a breathtaking Tree of Life. This iconic man-made Baobab tree is surrounded by scenic trails, animal exhibits and houses an entire attraction. But, how much do you know about the Tree of Life? Come test your knowledge and see who can claim to be the ultimate Animal Kingdom Explorer! Then, check back next Friday to see how many answers you got right along with a little bit more trivia about the correct answers!
1. How many animals are sculpted into the Tree of Life?
2. What type of tree did the Imagineers base the final look of the Tree of Life on?
3. The Tree of Life can with stand hurricane winds of up to _____ miles per hour?
4. How long did it take Imagineers and construction workers to create the Tree of Life?
A. 24 months
B. 36 months
C. 18 months
5. How many people worked on the animal sculptures carved into the tree’s trunk, roots and branches?
6. At what point did the Imagineers decide to place a theater inside the Tree of Life?
A. From the beginning
B. Half way through construction
7. Originally, the Tree of Life’s canopy was going to be in the shape of a _________?
A. No canopy
B. Geodesic dome
8. How many leaves are found on the Tree of Life?
A. 2 million
Erin Stough has always loved Disney, but the magic of the parks truly captured her imagination during a mother-daughter trip in 2011. The fire was ignited and Erin hasn’t looked back! When she isn’t devouring Disney related books, Erin spends time with her wonderful (and patient) husband and super pup Milo.