Each of Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — has a “park icon” that anchors it. Magic Kingdom has Cinderella Castle, EPCOT has Spaceship Earth, Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life, and Hollywood Studios has the Hollywood Tower Hotel/Tower of Terror.
Now, a new construction permit indicates that Disney is set to perform work on the Tree of Life in the near future. The permit is to “Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction”, which is vague and could pertain to anything from minor updates to a major overhaul.
Since Disney World officials have not announced any projects specifically related to the Tree of Life, it is likely that the upcoming construction will not seriously impact Guests’ photos with the park icon or overall experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Buena Vista Construction Company — The Walt Disney Company’s own construction firm — is listed as the contractor for the project.
The Tree of Life is currently part of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration. It currently displays special 50th anniversary projections and will also have a new holiday projection show later in the year.
Disney Parks Blog shared:
It will be a wild holiday time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with the return of seasonal décor and festive Disney character flotillas sailing down Discovery River to the sounds of joyful songs of the season. The park’s centerpiece – The Tree of Life – becomes another Beacon of Magic most nights during the 50th anniversary celebration. During the holiday season there’s even more magic inspired by nature as the holiday edition of Tree of Life Awakenings also takes place most nights.
More on the Tree of Life
The official description of the Tree of Life reads:
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.
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