Once Upon a Date: April 22, 1998 – Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World

On April 22, 1998 Animal Kingdom opened its gates to guests. April 22 is a special day as it is also Earth Day. Animal Kingdom is house to approximately 1000 animals and more than 150 species have reproduced at the park since opening.

Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life

Dedication by Michael Eisner:

Welcome to a kingdom of animals… real, ancient, and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs, and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony, and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn.

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