Tree of Life Awakens as Darkness Descends Upon Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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As darkness descends upon Disney’s Animal Kingdom the Tree of Life is Awakened with brilliant hues of color and light.  When the tree awakens, fireflies magically reveal animal spirits as they emerge from the trunk of the tree.  The Awakenings are set to a fitting musical track.  Spirit creatures such as a deer, a fox, and a pair of hummingbirds will appear and embark on separate journeys.  Each experience is its own entity and lasts approximately three to four minutes.  The Tree of Life will Awaken randomly about every fifteen to twenty minutes throughout the evening.

Unlike the new Harambe Village Acrobats and The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic, this new night-time experience is not listed in the Times Guide.  One reason for this fact is that the Awakenings do not have set times.  If you wish to catch each awakenings journey, you will need to spend quite a bit of your evening in front of the Tree of Life.  However, I can assure you that your time and efforts will not go un-rewarded.  Each Awakening is truly magical and I believe these new experiences need to be added to everybody’s “Not To Be Missed” list.

Many of us are quite familiar with the Tree of Life as it appears during the day.  This iconic image of Disney’s Animal Kingdom stands 145 feet tall, is a must-see during the daylight hours, and can be seen from most areas of the park.  While this is impressive, the Tree of Life is even more spectacular at night.  Words and pictures cannot do it true justice.  The Tree of Life has been sleeping at night since the opening of Animal Kingdom on Earth Day in 1998.  With the animal spirits emerging from the tree as if they have always been there, I truly believe that this icon has been majestically awaiting it’s time of awakening.

We were able to get some videos from the Animal Kingdom from this weekend including the The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic & Awakening of the Tree of life.  We hope you enjoy them!

What do you think of the new night-time shows?  Please share your comments below.



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Lisette R lives in Orlando, FL and is a local writer for Chip and Co. She loves all things Disney. She can primarily be found exploring the Walt Disney World Parks, Walt Disney World Resorts, and Disney Springs. When she is not at Walt Disney World she enjoys spending time researching and planning her next cruise on the Disney Cruise LIne or a visit to Disney Land.
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