Disney Vacation Fun: Animal Kingdom Trivia

100_0160We’ve learned some fun trivia about Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, so today it’s time to chat about the park that speaks to our wild side, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

Many people look at Animal Kingdom and think it is just a zoo.  It is so much more than that though.  The idea behind Animal Kingdom was to bring awareness to conservation efforts and they do a great job of it while keeping you entertained.  While you’re strolling around the hidden paths of Animal Kingdom, impress your friends with your newest list of trivia.

How big is Animal Kingdom?

Animal Kingdom is actually a little over 500 acres where as Magic Kingdom is 107 acres, Hollywood Studios is 135 acres, and Epcot is 300 acres. 

How tall is the Tree of Life?

The Tree of Life stands 145 feet tall.  The branches spread up to 160 feet.

How many leaves are on the Tree of Life?

There are 103,000 leaves on the Tree of Life and they will actually blow in the wind.  They are transparent and come in five different shades of green to make it more realistic.  They are also 1 to 2 feet long.

How many carvings are on the Tree of Life?

There are 325 carvings on the Tree of Life.  These animals range from prehistoric to present day and mythical creatures.  Not to mention a Hidden Mickey or two.  They also took a year and half to complete.

How many species of animals does Animal Kingdom have?

There are around 250 different species of animals represented by over 1000 animals that call Animal Kingdom home.

Why is it that the lions can often be seen on the safari even in the middle of the day?

The Imagineers built them climate-controlled rocks.  These rocks are strategically placed in view of the safari vehicles.  These rocks blow air conditioning out which is what draws the lions to laze on these rocks in view rather than out of view.

How many species have reproduced in their new home at Animal Kingdom?

116 species have reproduced at Animal Kingdom since the park’s opening.  The first birth was a kudu. 

What have Animal Kingdom scientists discovered that others have not?

Animal Kingdom scientists actually discovered two new vocalizations that have never been reported before coming from elephants.

How many check ups do the Animal Kingdom vets perform yearly?

The team does over 600 wellness check ups each year.  This does not include the surgeries that they perform. They have done surgery on a tarantula spider, they gave a fish an artificial eye, and even removed a golf ball from a snake with eyes too big for it’s belly at one of Disney’s golf courses.

You can’t talk about Animal Kingdom without discussing poop, so how much poop has been analyzed so far? 

40,000 samples of poop have been analyzed by the Animal Kingdom lab technicians since the park opened. 

In honor of Animal Kingdom I have a fun fact about one of my all time favorite Disney movies. 

What character is the first to ever fart in a Disney movie?

Pumba from the Lion King is the first character to ever fart in a Disney movie.  It was very out of place for the family friendly company to do something that was not commonplace at all in cartoons at the time. 

So there it is my friends, your final list of trivia from the four major theme parks at Walt Disney World.  So go hog wild with it and test your friends.  If you enjoyed this and are craving more Disney parks trivia there is a ton of it out there.  There are books with facts and trivia and of course, you can always check Google.  But it’s always great to go straight to the source: ask the Cast Members, and they can give you all kinds of trivia and fun facts to amaze your friends.  So with new trivia in hand I wish you faith and trust, and showers of pixie dust.

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Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!

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