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The Tree of Life

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At A Glance The center piece of the Animal Kingdom the Tree of Life serves as a reference point which can be seen throughout much of thepark, much in the same way that Cinderella's Castle does within The Magic Kingdom.

As you take the bridge off the last part of Osceola Parkway coming into Disney's Animal Kingdom, you get your first brief glimpse of the Tree of Life, the park's main symbol. Disney Imagineers went through hundreds of ideas, including something that looked like a "big spear of broccoli," until they came up with designs for the tree, which stands 145-feet and contains the images of more than 300 animals carved into the bark.

The Tree has more than 100,000 leaves, sewn on to more than 8,000 branches that stretch out to a breadth of 160 feet across the sky. The trunk is 50 feet wide, with the roots spreading out to 170 feet at the base. Like Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth at Epcot or MGM's Earful Tower, the Tree of Life is an unforgettable emblem of the Animal Kingdom.

Surrounding the Tree is The Tree of Life Gardens, a series of maze-like paths, covered in lush greenery and wild flowers. Guests can peer into the lives of ducks, otters, flamingos, cockatoos, lemurs, kangaroo and many other species of animals while they stroll through the opulent gardens.

Housed within the gnarled roots at the base of the Tree of Life is a 430-seat theater, showing "It's Tough to Be a Bug".



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