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Tree of Life®

The Tree of Life on the banks of Discovery River on a cloudy day at dawn

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Discovery Island®

Guests Can Be

Any Height

Age Interest

Preschoolers, Kids, Adults, All Ages

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Accessibility

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Celebrating all living creatures, this iconic centerpiece is the symbol of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

The roots and trunk to the Tree of Life made up of carved animals

A Swirling Tapestry of Animals

Behold the breathtaking artistry of a sculpted tree that wordlessly expresses the intricate balance of nature. Located on Discovery Island, the Tree of Life vividly commemorates all living things—and the place they share—in the great Circle of Life.

At an impressive 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide at its base, the Tree of Life is home to over 300 meticulously detailed animal carvings throughout its massive trunk, gnarling roots and outstretched branches—invoking the diversity, beauty and interconnected nature of earth’s many creatures.

Animals that appear to magically emerge from the tree include:

  • Lion
  • Deer
  • Eagle
  • Monkey
  • Pelican
  • Rhinoceros
  • Hippopotamus
  • Bear
  • Tortoise
  • Lemur
  • Scorpion
  • Dolphin

For a close-up view of the animal carvings, take a stroll along the picturesque Discovery Island Trails, which encircle the great tree. You may even discover a famous mouse hiding among its branches!

Animal Encounters
Nestled amid the burrowing roots at the base of the Tree of Life is a serene landscape of pools, meadows and trees which are home to a variety of live animals, including lemurs, flamingos, kangaroos and tortoises.

A path under the Tree of Life with some of the carved-animal roots showing

Inside The Tree of Life

A theater is housed inside the Tree of Life root system where It’s Tough to be a Bug! is performed. This 8-minute, 3D movie and multimedia show stars Flik and Hopper from the Disney•Pixar film A Bug's Life—along with a supporting cast of insects and arachnids who provide a surprising glimpse into the animal kingdom.

Hours

Friday, March 06, 2015

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  • For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, please call (407) 939-5277.
  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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