Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde Hosting Tour of Animal Kingdom on His Instagram

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With everyone stuck at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, we are trying to find different ways to keep the Disney magic alive! Joe Rohde, THE Imagineer behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, is taking his own approach to spread some magic.

He recently posted a picture of the Tree of Life on his Instagram and announced that he will be giving a photo tour on his Instagram, saying,

“Well. It doesn’t look like we are meeting up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom real soon, so how about a tour of my personal photos of the park. If you haven’t been to the park, or ever heard of it (which is definitely a thing on the West Coast) perhaps this will help people understand what it is. Maybe even convince some skeptics to try it out. If you have been there, it might just be more inside knowledge.”

Nobody knows Disney’s Animal Kingdom park better than Joe Rohde, and this is the closest many of us will probably ever get to getting a personal tour through the park with the man himself. If you would like to follow along, and learn a thing or two about this immersive theme park, follow Joe on Instagram!

You can see his post about the Tree of Life below:

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Well. It doesn’t look like we are meeting up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom real soon, so how about a tour of my personal photos of the park. If you haven’t been to the park, or ever heard of it (which is definitely a thing on the West Coast) perhaps this will help people understand what it is. Maybe even convince some skeptics to try it out. If you have been there, it might just be more inside knowledge. So. In the middle of the park is the centerpiece and icon. The Tree of Life. Named for the old fashioned 19th century diagram of interconnected spread of life. Because the park is dedicated to the themes of animals and their relationships to humans,(good and bad) we needed a non-architectural icon…something “natural.” Since nature is everywhere anyway, we also need to signify that this place is exceptional..in some way “magical.” Thus..a strange tree. A tree whose body disappears under patient observation to become nothing but animals. A metaphor for the rewards nature can provide to the careful observer. But since we all know it has been made..it is a work of arty…it also signifies the intent to communicate..to tell a story. In fact, the Tree promises two things. 1. This place is a story place about animals. 2.This place is a designed place full of virtuoso accomplishments. (See Aristotle’s essay on Mimesis.)

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