Like Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and Spaceship Earth in Epcot, the 14-story Tree of Life located here has been designed to be the park's central landmark. The man-made tree and its carved animals are the work of Disney artists. Teams of them worked for a whole year creating the various sculptures, and it's worth a stroll on the walks around its roots; most folks are smart to save it for the end of the day. (Much of it can be seen while you're in line for It's Tough to Be a Bug! or on the Discovery Island Trails.) The intricate design makes it seem as if a different animal appears from every angle. One of the creators says he expects it to become one of the most photographed works of art in the world. (He's probably a Disney shareholder.) There's a wading pond directly in front of the tree that often features flamingos.

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