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You think you've seen it all at Disney but the Disney's Animal Kingdom is a spectacular theme park unlike anything you have ever experienced. Check it out!

The blueprint for the park came to life in January 1990 when Imagineering Concept Designer Joe Rohde met with Michael Eisner about a proposal for a new animal park. The original concept was simple: a traditional theme park, an Epcot style pavilion, and a nontraditional zoo. The Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom Project was officially unveiled on June 5, 1995 and ground was broken in August 1995. With a few changes here and there, including the name, over the next couple years the project was finally completed as Disney's Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998.

The best time to go to Disney's Animal Kingdom is 15 minutes before the schedule opening time. Go around the turnstiles right into the Tree of Life area. A little while thereafter, the more popular characters in Disney—Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy, arrive to welcome you to the park! Then Mickey comes about and gets on the truck beckoning you to take his lead into Harambe as the adventure begins in the Animal Kingdom! It also has an afternoon parade, Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade.

Landscaping of the Animal Kingdom is proof that the exquisite detail that Disney is known for also shines through in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The splendid landscaping and attention to details dominate the 500 acre park.

The Imagineers have concocted a rich blend of science and a protective environment for exotic animals. It lies on the southwestern edge of the Walt Disney World Resort. It's almost impossible to spot the barriers between the animals and you.

Disney craftsman had the difficult task of making something brand new, look very old - with crumbling walls and roots sticking up into the walk ways. To create just the right feeling, buildings are a maximum of 30 feet tall, while many of the trees are over 40 feet tall.

The park is beautiful with wondrous vegetation, a broadway class show (Festival of the Lion King), a 20 minute journey into an African savannah (Kilimanjaro Safaris), time travel back to the Cretaceous Period (Dinosaur), and lots of exotic birds and animals to discover.

A healthy baby white rhinoceros named Tom was born January 4, 2007 at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Tom, the sixth white rhino born at Animal Kingdom, was named in honor of Dr. Tom Foose, President of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). Kendi, the baby rhino's 8-year-old mother, was the first white rhino born at Animal Kingdom. There are five Southern White Rhinos in the herd at Disney's Animal Kingdom – three males and two females of various ages. At one time white rhinos were nearly extinct, numbering less than 100 animals. Thanks to conservation efforts there are now approximately 11,300 worldwide, with 196 in North American zoos. Look for Kendi and Tom to join the other rhinos on the savanna at Animal Kingdom soon. (Kayla, a white Rhino born February 2005, to Kendi (also born at Animal Kingdom). Kayla can be seen on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride.)

Ying and Yak, an Asian themed restaurant will debut in the Village of Anandapur in Animal Kingdom's Asia in Summer 2007. It will offer both table and counter service dining options, as well as house retail space with Asian-inspired merchandise, such as sushi plates and fine teapots. The restaurant will be operated by the Rainforest Cafe's Landry's Restaurants.

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