Fun Find Friday
January 28, 2011
Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom:
Discovery Island Trails
Everything at Disney has a story. Some of these
stories are easy to figure out, while other ones are hidden until
you find the right person that knows the story. Today I will be
sharing one of my favorite untold stories in Disney's Animal
|With Pizzafari behind you, you will
find this trail across the street. This trail is one of the
most overlooked sections of the park. Not only is it home to
our story, but it gives you an extremely close view of The
Tree of Life that most guests never get.
Before we continue down the path let me share with you a
story. Before Disney's Animal Kingdom was around
this area was empty. Animals were dying, trees were scarce, and it
there was practically no life anywhere.
One day, however, all of the animals found a seed on
the ground. A voice from the sky let the animals know that only the
strongest of them would be able to pick up the seed and plant it,
thus returning life to this barren wasteland. So the mighty elephant
stepped forward knowing he was surly the strongest of all the
animals. When he went to pick up the seed it wouldn't budge. All of
the other animals laughed at his weakness.
||The gorilla, knowing he was stronger than the elephant,
stepped forward and attempted to pick up the seed with no
success as well. Throughout the day one animal after another
attempted to bring life back to the area, but no one could
succeed. The kangaroos, hippos, toucans, rhinos, bears,
tigers, and more all failed.
Then from out of the crowd one animal stepped forward asking
the others if he could have a try. The other animals looked
at him and laughed, each knowing they were much stronger
than this puny little animal. The animal looked at the seed
and picked it up with no effort. The animals all stood quiet
while they watched this little creature plant the seed into
All of a sudden the emptiness that was in the area began to
disappear. Streams began to flow, trees and bushes began to
rise from the ground, and then, in the spot where the animal
had planted the seed, a giant transformation began to occur.
One tree grew larger and larger until it towered over the
animals. When the tree finished growing, the bark began to
transform into shapes.
An elephant appeared. Then a gorilla. There was a giraffe,
koala bear, fish, spider, and so much more. The area had
changed forever. It was no longer a barren wasteland, but a
place for new life that centered around this new tree: The
Tree of Life.
When the tree seemed to be complete, the animals
noticed that the strongest animal of them all wasn't present and
then, right before their eyes, it became the final piece of the
Now, I know that was a long detour from where we
began this story. If you remember, at the start I said you should
walk down this path. About fifty yards in you'll find these benches:
If you look behind the bench that is further back you will find
several small holes on the root of the Tree of Life. Take a look
through these holes to find the strongest animal of them all....
...the mighty ant.
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