Like everything that Disney does, theming is paramount. In this multi-part blog I’ll be touring all four parks and pointing out benches, chairs, and other seating options that have been themed specifically for a land or area. For the most part, I’ll be concentrating on non-restaurant seating.
Part 1 covered the Magic Kingdom.
Part 2 covered Epcot.
Let’s move on to the Animal Kingdom.
The first benches you come to here are on Discovery Island. These multi-colored, multi-shaped seats are made out of recycled plastic products.
Also on Discovery Island is this lovely wall and bench.
Africa has several large planters with wrap-around benches. In addition, some seating is incorporated into the actual building.
Behind Tamu Tamu Refreshments is a secluded courtyard called Fort Harambe. A number of trees and overhangs create a shady spot where you can sit at tables and recharge your body.
Another shady spot can be found next to the entrance to Tusker House. Numerous tables and cushioned chairs are on hand and live entertainment takes place in this area — not to mention the Dawa Bar is nearby serving luscious libations.
Perhaps the most charming spot to sit in at the Animal Kingdom can be found at the entrance to Asia. Here, a simple wooden bench has been placed between the paws of a crumbling idol. This same bench can be found in other nearby locations, but none are so interestingly placed.
Across from the Flights of Wonder bird show is a pleasant spot to take a break. This covered area has a number of tables and chairs to relax in and is seldom busy. Notice that the chairs are mismatched. This would be typical in some of the poorer nations of Asia.
Next to the Drinkwallah beverage stand is one of the most unusual seating spots in Asia. This sentry post features several hand-crafted barstools and offers good views of Discovery River.
Although more of a photo op than a place to spend time, this rickshaw is enticing.
Simple, weathered benches like this next example can be found throughout Asia.
I complained earlier that some of the benches in Epcot were as hard as a rock. Well a few of the seating choices near Expedition: Everest literally are rocks.
Next stop, Dinoland U.S.A.. As Restaurantosaurus was originally a hunting lodge, the benches in this area are rustic and simple.
Over at Chester and Hester’s we find a variety of seating options. Next to the gift shop is this interesting bench with glass dinosaurs embedded into the surface.
Near the old barn are a number of picnic tables. These are especially useful to those of you who have brought your own food into the park.
Over on the midway the benches are painted in bright colors. This fits in perfectly with the carnival like atmosphere of the area.
The seating in front of the Finding Nemo show is an example of a fence being used as a bench.
Our last stop in the Animal Kingdom is Camp Minnie-Mickey. The benches here are built out a real branches. Because of this, no two are exactly alike.
The final park on our tour is Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so stop by tomorrow!