Instead of a castle or a geosphere, the centerpiece here—Animal Kingdom’s “weenie”—is an emerald-green 14-story-high arbor (built on the skeleton of an oil rig) covered with hundreds of animal carvings made to appear, at a distance, like the pattern of bark. That lurid green color is created by some 102,000 vinyl leaves, individually attached to 750 tertiary branches. The best way to enjoy it is to slowly make a circuit, looking for and identifying new animals (it’s a foretaste of the entire park, which is best experienced when you slow down and open your eyes). At night, the front is illuminated with gently animated projections that highlight some of the hidden sculptures and bring them to life.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
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