B - Minor Attraction






The Tree of Life is the central icon of Disney's Animal Kingdom, guests can view it from multiple areas around the park. It features elaborate animal carvings as well as leaves and branches that blow in the wind.



Located in the center of the park in the middle of Discovery Island.


Appeals To

Animal lovers, guests of all ages.


Times Guide – Opening/Closing

This attractions opens with the park.



The Tree of Life features nearly 400 intricately detailed animal carvings in its bark. The carvings blend into one another and are meant to represent the delicate balance of nature.

Visible animal carvings include:

  • Lion
  • Deer
  • Eagle
  • Chimpanzee
  • Orangutan
  • Pelican
  • Rhinoceros
  • Hippopotamus
  • Bear
  • Tortoise
  • Porcupine
  • Lemur
  • Scorpion
  • Dolphin
  • Tiger
  • Owl
  • Ant

Carvings can be seen from a distance throughout the park or up close along the nearby meadows featured in the Discovery Island Trails and the Tree of Life Exhibits. Additional carvings can also be found in the queue for It's Tough to be a Bug, a 3D show located in the trunk of the Tree of Life.

In February 2015, the guest walking area in Discovery Island expanded the roots of the Tree of Life.

Beginning in May of 2016, the Tree of Life debuted a series of animal based projection shows called The Tree of Life Awakens.


Technical Notes

The tree is 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide at the base. It features 45 secondary branches that lead to 756 tertiary branches that lead to 7,891 end branches.

A total of 102,583 green leaves, each measuring more than a foot long line the end branches.


Historical Notes

In February 2015, an expanded area opened at the entrance to Discovery Island revealing more roots to the tree of life.

In late May 2016, The Tree of Life Awakens nightly projection show debuted.


Similar Attractions

There are no attractions similar to The Tree of Life, but it acts as a park icon similar to Cinderella Castle or Spaceship Earth.


Significant Personnel

  • Chief Sculptor: Zsolt Hormay
  • Additional Sculptors: Vinnie Byrne (Ireland), Fabrice Kennel (France), Eric Kovach, Steve Humke, Joe Welborn, Gary Bondurant, Jacob Eaddy
  • Artists: Roger White, Parker Boyiddle, Craig Goseyun, Arthur Rowlodge