|Area Discovery Island|
Opening date April 22, 1998
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
|Base width 50 ft (15.2 m)|
Height 145 ft (44.2 m)
The Tree of Life is a 145-foot (44 m) sculpture of a tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort. It debuted when the attraction opened on April 22, 1998. Inspired by the mythical tree of the same name, the Tree of Life features 325 carvings of existing and extinct animal species on its trunk and surrounding roots.
Engineered from a refitted oil platform and based on the natural forms of baobob trees, the Tree of Life is located on Discovery Island, roughly in the center of the park. Its leaves are made out of kynar. At the structure's interior base is a 400-seat theater that hosts It's Tough to be a Bug!, a 4-D film attraction based on A Bug's Life.
Tree of Life Awakenings
The Tree of Life Awakenings is a series of projection mapping shows that debuted on May 27, 2016, as part of the park's new nighttime operating hours. A media preview of the show was presented on April 19, 2016. Four presentations are featured throughout the evening: