There are many reasons why the Disney Parks stand apart from other theme parks around the world, but one of the biggest has to be Disney’s incredible attention to detail. You can see the extra mile in the form of details just about everywhere on Disney property, from attractions to parade costumes to resorts to transportation to even the bathrooms! Personally, I love the details. They are not only appealing to the eye and fun to find, but almost always meaningful to the history of an attraction or to the story the Imagineers are trying to tell. For today’s post, let’s take a look at the hidden details of Animal Kingdom!
Expedition Everest Height Measurement
Over at Asia’s Expedition Everest, be sure to notice the special height measurement for young riders. Only at Disney would the measurement be a giant, wooden Yeti foot! I’ve always thought that Expedition Everest has one of the most clever, detailed themed queues, and this fun detail just proves it!
Inside of the Dinosaur attraction, look up to see red, white, and yellow pipes running through the queue. Chemical combinations are printed on those pipes, which isn’t anything special, unless you realize the combinations are actually the chemical names for ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard! Weird, right?
Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Village
Animal Kingdom’s Africa is meant to look and feel as if you have just walked into a real African village called Harambe. Disney Imagineers really went to new heights with the details here, as Harambe appears lived-in and authentic with thatched roofs, posters for the village’s Harambe Wildlife Preserve, handpainted signs on the sides of local businesses, and so much more. This particular sign welcoming you into Harambe features ads of the village’s establishments, and the lights above it are even rusted to show age.
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Tusker House at the Animal Kingdom has reopened after converting to a buffet restaurant, including a character meal in the morning. Since it’s a new location, there’s a good chance for last minute reservations if you procrastinated.
Reviews so far paint the new location in a positive light, being called a sort of “mini-Boma” with similar menu choices. Much the the theming remains, with servers and hostesses explaining the story of the building more so then one would have typically heard when it was just a counter service location.
The Tusker House restaurant (a guest favorite) in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be closed August 20th to November 17th, 2007, for rennovation to turn the location into a buffet restaurant featuring a character breakfast.