The Real Life Inspirations Behind 5 of Animal Kingdom’s Attractions
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1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Mount Everest boasts the world’s highest peak, with an elevation of 29,032 feet. Many climbers have unfortunately met their match on the well-known landmark.
Over 300 people have died traversing its terrain. Cold temperatures and low oxygen make it a formidable opponent.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Kilimanjaro Safaris is based on various safaris that can be found in Africa. Kanya and Tanzania are particularly popular places for these excursions.
The attraction was named after Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, standing at 19,430 feet high. Walt Disney World’s offering allows Guests to board a guided safari vehicle for a tour through a wildlife reserve inspired by the African savanna.
3. Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
This beloved show was inspired by Pixar’s fan-favorite film, Finding Nemo. The 25-minute performance features puppetry, songs, and real-life locations.
4. Maharajah Jungle Trek
The Maharajah Jungle Trek is a tribute to Southeast Asia. Guests will find native animals like the Asian tiger here.
Other native animals include Elds deer, the Malayan flying fox, and blackbuck. They can be found in areas such as India and the Philippines.
5. Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King was inspired by the classic film, The Lion King. This 40-minute show features song, dance, and puppetry.
Prior to the movie’s release, animators ventured to Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley for inspiration. The movie’s landscape mirrors that of the East African park.
We hope you enjoyed these real life inspirations behind 5 of Animal Kingdom’s attractions. Happy 25th Anniversary to Disney World’s beloved Park!