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The Sun Is Bright at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

We’re starting out this final week of January by sharing a dose of Florida sunshine with all of you.

This remarkable photo, snapped by photographer Courtney DiStasio, showcases the beauty of the Tree of Life, the park icon at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As Disney Parks Blog author Dr. Mark Penning shared earlier this month, the tree is once again home to Kangaroos, lesser flamingos, white storks and now lappet-faced vultures on newly reopened Discovery Island Trails.

After the sun goes down, it’s amazing to watch the Tree of Life celebrate the animal kingdom whole new way with the new Tree of Life Awakenings. In them, the tree “awakens” with light and color to showcase different stories from the animal kingdom, including tales about a doe, two hummingbirds, a fox and more.

Which time do you prefer to visit the Tree of Life? During the day or night?


  • We have not seen the Tree of Life at night yet.

    We have always loved our great daytime photo opportunities, with the iconic Tree of Life looming large in the background.

    We are excited about seeing “Tree of Life Awakenings” when we visit this spring!

    Having more night time attractions at Animal Kingdom, will allow us to just relax, and enjoy this wonderful park even more.

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