I vividly remember the first time I saw the Tree of Life. It was mid-April during a Cast Member preview. I stood in awe – overwhelmed by its magnitude and all the carvings.
The photo below is from a Disney Media Relations “newspaper” that was sent to journalists during the construction phase of the park. It shows the framework for the Tree of Life.
It was described as follows: “Towering 14 stories above Safari Village is the Tree of Life, 170 feet in diameter at its root base and surrounded by shimmering pools and greenery filled with a host of birds and small mammals. The trunk of the tree is intricately carved with a swirling tapestry of animal forms that symbolize the richness and diversity of animal life on Earth.”
What were YOUR thoughts the first time you saw the Tree of Life?