Tree of Life Gearing Up For Transformation Ahead of 50th Anniversary

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The Tree of Life is the icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is home to the It’s Tough to be a Bug! attraction. Now, it looks as though the Tree of Life will be undergoing construction in the near future.

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In case you aren’t familiar, Disney describes the Tree of Life as:

The Tree of Life honors animals and the place they all share in the great Circle of Life.

At 145 feet tall, the massive tree towers over the land. Marvel at its gnarled roots and outstretched branches, then step closer to see the shapes of over 300 animals carved into the tree.
It’s an epic visual symbol of the diversity, beauty and interconnected nature of Earth’s creatures.

Look Closer

Stroll the picturesque Discovery Island Trails around the great tree for an close-up view of the animal carvings. You may even discover a famous mouse hiding among its branches!

Animal Encounters

Nestled amid the burrowing roots at the base of the Tree of Life is a serene landscape of pools, meadows and trees—home to a variety of live animals, including lemurs, flamingos, kangaroos and tortoises.

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Now, it looks as though Walt Disney World filed a permit for the location of the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Though the permit does not give many details, we know it is for general construction at the location of the Tree of Life. This could be just generalized maintenance that Disney wants to do to ensure the structure is in tip-top shape and appeals to Guests.

Another possibility is that Disney World is gearing up for the 50th anniversary! It has already been confirmed that Guests can look forward to something very similar to the Tree of Life Awakening come October 1, 2021, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Lion King Sequence to Be Added to Tree of Life Awakenings at Animal Kingdom
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Disney Parks Blog has confirmed that Guests can look forward to “magical fireflies inhabiting the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park” so Disney may be thinking about beginning to work on the theme park icon as we get closer to October.

In case you aren’t familiar, Disney World describes the Tree of Like Awakening as:

Flickering fireflies magically appear and stir to life the animal spirits in the tree’s towering trunk—bringing to light a dazzling visual display swarming with color and animated imagery.

Gaze upon a young doe embarking upon a thrilling journey. Behold love blossoming between a pair of hummingbirds. Spy a sly fox spreading gifts of love among the denizens of a wintry forest.

A feast for the eyes, each revelation celebrates the eternal balance and harmony that exists in all living things, big or small, and is sure to inspire and delight your whole family tree.

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At this time, we are unsure of what exactly the permit was filed for, but Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.

For more on Disney World’s 50th anniversary, visit our website here.

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