Tuesday, March 1, 2011
19. O.T.D. - 3/1/99 - Asia Opens at Animal Kingdom
The first new attraction that we are saying happy 12th birthday to is the Maharajah Jungle Trek. This walking trail leads guests through the forests and ruins outside the Disney created Asian village of Anandapur. It is an amazing series of natural habitats where you can see animals such as tigers, Komodo dragons and fruit bats. It is a self guided tour with Disney cast members stationed along the way to answer any questions and provide fun facts. Disney does an incredible job at getting you close to the animals while still preserving their surroundings and keeping you safe. This is especially prevalent in the bat "house." The only things between us and these relatively scary looking creatures are thin wooden poles placed about 6 to 8 inches apart! We are told by the educated sounding cast member that the bats' wing spans are so large that they could never fly between the poles. To my knowledge, there has never been a tourist attacked by a Disney fruit bat!
This is only my second O.T.D. - "On This Date" article on the Digital Disney World blog. It is actually the first one that is celebrating the anniversary of an opening in a Disney World park. I plan to continue to include these type of stories mixed in with the modern technology postings. I'd love to hear if you think the O.T.D. articles are interesting enough to keep writing. Thanks for the feedback!
Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!