Monday, July 2, 2012

Animal Kingdom, by the numbers

When you crunch the numbers, Animal Kingdom is a pretty impressive park. Here's some quick stats about this park.

At more than 500 acres, it is the largest Disney theme park in the world, although due to the unique nature of the park, a majority of the park is not directly accessible to guests. (For instance, a large swath of land in the park is taken up by Kilimanjaro Safaris.)

In 2010, attendance was approximately 9.7 million guests, which made it the fourth most visited amusement park in the U.S. and seventh most visited in the world.

The park's main icon, the Tree of Life, stands at 14 stories tall and 50 feet wide and was built on the framework of an oil rig.

Although most people thinking of the park as consisting of four "lands" because that's where the bulk of the attractions are located (Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Asia, and Dinoland U.S.A.), there are actually seven areas (the other three being Oasis, Discovery Island, and Rafiki's Planet Watch). Each of these areas has its own unique story, and in many cases, attractions and scenery are tied together through elaborate backstory. (Sadly, there seems to be a push to get away from some of that for the sole purpose of making use of valuable real estate--for instance, neither Tarzan Rocks nor its replacement, Finding Nemo: The Musical fits at all with the Dinoland U.S.A. theme.

As part of its Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) commitment, a number of rare or endangered animals have been born since the park's opening in 1998--six elephant calves and eleven giraffes, for instance! Overall, there have been more than a hundred different species that have reproduced since the park's opening.

According to the Disney World web site (, it takes about three tons of food a day to feed the approximately 1,000 animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

For more amazing facts, check out the AllEars page Fun Facts of Animal Kingdom, which can be found here:

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