Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Grows New Roots

The Tree of Life, the iconic symbol of Disney's Animal Kingdom since 1998, recently went through a lengthy refurbishment. The construction walls have been removed to reveal an expanded central hub and "root" area of the tree featuring all-new carvings for guests to enjoy.

Construction walls come down at the Tree of LifeConstruction walls come down at the Tree of Life

The new roots feature carvings of an elephant, rams, small bugs, crocodiles, and more. The renovated area also includes a wider walkway for guests and an improved viewing area for the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life is 145 feet tall and is covered in more than 103,000 leaves. The original design of the tree featured more than 325 animal carvings.

New carvings debut on Tree of LifeNew carvings debut on Tree of Life

Construction continues throughout Disney's Animal Kingdom, including the on-going construction work on the Avatar-themed land and the Africa marketplace.

Have you seen the new carvings at the Tree of Life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Elizabeth wrote on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 18:16:

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I haven't gotten to see the new carvings yet, but they look really cool - we've always enjoyed spotting animals on the Tree of Life, so it will be great to see some new ones.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 20:07:

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I'm looking forward to seeing them up close later this month!

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