Some Tidbits I learned when working at Animal Kingdom

I’ve been feeling anxious lately, and decided this would be a fun topic to write about.


  • The Disney “tree farm” grows accredited feed crops for the animals including, willow branches, sugar cane, and banana leaves and fruits. This fresh feed is supposed to prevent the animals from eating the permanent landscape plants, however it doesn’t really work… lol
  • Employees must work with animals idiosyncrasies; like the fact that Giraffes hate color orange.
  • Some people call railroad ties by the name of creosote; the name of the chemical used to treat the wood. The chemical is obtained by the distillation of coal. It’s safe to use railroad ties for raised flower beds, but not advised for vegetable gardens because the toxic creosote leaches into the soil.
  • Every morning a number of macaws are released at Animal Kingdom. They fly around the park and the Tree of Life. Someone told me they are called by a trainer in front of the tree of life and there’s a little show to go along with it.
  • The most endangered animal that AK has is a galapagos tortoise at the AK resort.
  • The ostrich eggs, termite mounds, and of course the Baobab tree are fake. Baobab, or genus Adansonia, take hundreds of years to grow as big as the fakes at AK. They store large volumes of water in their trunks, which attracts unwanted attention from animals during dry seasons.
  • Sometimes employees get to participate in test runs of the rides. I may have went on a certain roller coaster before the park opened. 😉
  • Animal Kingdom is the smallest park at Disney World, however it has the largest backstage area to house the animals.
  • I think they would have been fun to try.

    The bakeries of AK used to carry chocolate deserts shaped like different animal poop. I think they ended up discontinuing this treat. They sounded delicious, from the ingredients I read, but maybe they were too realistic. (I would have tried them with a friend! haha)

  • There are 3 different types of pine trees (Pinus genus) common in orlando: ponderosa, slash, sand. The ponderosa has longer needles, and that’s all I know to tell them apart.


Callicarpa americana, or beauty berry, is hardy in climate zones 6-10. Maybe you’d like to grow it in your own yard?



Do you have any fun facts about AK?

Hope you enjoyed.


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