Tree of Life
Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life


Emerge from the heavy foliage of the Oasis -- Before you stands the 145-foot tall Tree of Life. The first time I saw the Tree of Life, I just stood and gaped with my mouth open. It is awesome.

The branches span 165 feet across. There are over 100,000 leaves on the tree and the trunk is 50 feet wide. 20 artists carved into the trunk, branches and roots over 320 animals. Thousands worked on the construction of the Tree of Life which took 18 months to build.

New Tree of Life roots were unveiled February 2015 in front of the Tree of Life.

Tree of Life Roots
Tree of Life Roots


Fish, snakes, animals -- seahorse, deer, eagle, rhino, monkey, pelican, and much much more....

"The Tree of Life is a technological marvel, but it's also a symbol of the beauty and diversity and the grandeur of our animal life on Earth,&quot says Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering vice president and executive designer for the park. &quotIt's a celebration of our emotions about animals and their habitats.&quot

The Tree of Life roots find their way into the paths surrounding this magnificent Animal Kingdom icon. Surrounding the Tree of Life are the Discovery Island Trails - a quiet area of pools, meadows and trees that are home to flamingoes, otters, lemurs, axis deer, cranes, storks, tortoises and red kangaroos.

As you wind your way through the tree roots, you find yourself at the base of the Tree of Life and the entrance to It's Tough to be a Bug theatre. The 430 seat theatre is home to Flik and Hopper where you will be entertained with a 3-D film and Audio-Animatronics figures.


View the Tree of Life at different times during the day. As the sun and the shadows move you will see different animals appear.

Don't rush through the tree roots on your way to It's Tough to Be a Bug... this journey provides an excellent up-close view of many of the animal sculptures.


Kids absolutely love the Tree of Life. Have fun with your young ones and see how many animals you can find in the Tree of Life.

Tree of Life Scavenger Hunt Game
To encourage our children to take some time and enjoy the magnificent Tree of Life, we created a Tree of Life Scavenger Hunt Game. Prior to our trip we created a list of 50 or so animals that we though might be found on the Tree of Life. We made two copies of the list and divided the family into two groups for the game. After deciding on a meeting place and time (20 minutes is plenty) each team travels around the tree marking off animals found. The team with the most animals wins. Note for each minute late, there is a penalty of 1 animal. Last time, the winning team each got a $10 souvenier, another time the winning team got to choose the next ride. Have Fun! (Diane R Parkansky)

Animal Kingdom Characters At A Glance 
Character Meet and Greet FAQ!



Flame Tree BBQ - smoked chicken, beef and pork, tossed salads and kid's meals. Lots of shaded areas to sit and dine. Counter Service

Pizzafari - pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Be sure to spend time exploring the detail and theme of the various rooms. Counter Service

Starbucks - coffee and grab and go

Animal Kingdom Restaurants At A Glance
Menus From Around the World
Vegetarian and Other Special Diets


Beastly Bazaar - Island Clothing and Souvenirs
Island Mercantile - Trading pin merchandise, themed items from around the park


David Graybeard ChimpToday, the Tree of Life is made up of 45 secondary branches leading to 756 tertiary branches leading to 7,891 end branches with 102,583 green leaves (each more than one foot long).

The story goes that Jane Goodall visited Animal Kingdom during the construction and wondered if there was a chimp on the Tree of Life. In short order, one of her most famous subjects, David Graybeard was carved and now resides in the roots near the Tough to Be a Bug entrance.

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