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RUMOR: Tree of Life Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to expand


The Tree of Life Awakenings show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating one year at the park next month, and according to WDW Magic, the show is rumored to be expanding to other areas of the park. Guests can currently only view the shows on the front side of the tree, which offered viewing areas near the entrance/exit area of the park and which sometimes got bottlenecked at night. The new expanded viewing area will supposedly allow guests to view the shows from the pathway between Asia and Africa. These enhancements are also most likely going to be made to accommodate the massive crowds that will be in Animal Kingdom for Pandora – The World of Avatar’s grand opening in May.

There’s been no official announcement from Disney, so there’s no telling whether or not these new new enhancements will be the same projection-and-light show that is shown on the front of the tree, or perhaps something completely different.

For those not familiar with Tree of Life Awakenings, they are a series of small shows that bring the Tree of Life to, well, life. Each show features projection-mapping technology that brings the animals carved into the Tree of Life alive. The shows begin when the sun sets and run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes until the park closes.

Awakenings was part of a number of nighttime experiences brought to Animal Kingdom to help turn Disney’s Animal Kingdom into an all-day park, and not just a half day park. Other additions included the Rivers of Light show, Discovery Island Carnivale, and, of course, Pandora – The World of Avatar.

The expanded viewing areas are rumored to start in late May, perhaps around Memorial Day weekend, when Pandora – The World of AVATAR opens.

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