4/20-4/24/08 “Wild” World Photo Update

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It has taken me a few days, but here is my very own Walt Disney World photo update from the past week. While we still do not have the video and photos from the rest of our staff this week (most of us are still recovering from “A Wild Decade”), we will have all of that coverage for you as soon as we can provide it. Notice that we have gone “green” for this update, well, at least our name has…. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom park celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 22, 2008.

The Stage is Set

We all sat patiently and awaited the speech by Imagineer Joe Rohde inside the Theater in the Wild.

The Man Himself

There he is, imagineer Joe Rohde. Notice the stylish WDWCelebrations lanyard he is wearing.

Concept Layout

A number of interesting slides were prepared by Joe for his presentation. Here is an idea for the layout of Africa’s safari area.

Enter The Ark

A concept for the park entrance where guests enter Noah’s Ark.

In this concept art, guests enter a giant cave filled with water features.

Hippie Entrance

Here, guests enter what Joe referred to as a “hippie” village.

Tree of Life

Here is an early concept for the Tree of Life, where guests would be able to dine in “The Roots Restaurant” at the base of the tree and then ascend to the top of the tree and have a grand view of the entire park.

Temporary Cart

Moving over to the Magic Kingdom, a temporary Disney Vacation Club kiosk has popped up in Fantasyland.

There it is again

This kiosk will be open until the new permanent location opens behind Dumbo very soon.

Circus Secret

Here is the new tent appearing behind the Dumbo attraction, now confirming that it will be another DVC information location.

A new refreshment cart has appeared in Fantasyland, probably just to deal with the high crowd levels the park has been experiencing this season.

Speedway

The name change is indeed happening for the Tomorrowland Speedway, as you can see in this picture of the two gates near the entrance to the attraction.Archway Work

Heading over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the archway is still preparing to be christened with the new park name.

The building that houses the ATMs near Echo Lake is receiving a minor face lift.

Pixar Place and Toy Story Mania are just about finished, as everything appeared to be drying on Wednesday.

The expansion of the construction walls near what will soon be “American Idol” has caused quite a bottleneck during the daily performances of Block Party Bash at the studios.

Work is progressing quickly on Disney’s Contemporary Resort, as the bridge between the new wing and the old tower has been lowered into place.

Another look reveals a few details falling into place for the new north wing.

Thats going to do it for my photo update, I hope you enjoyed it. We will have more pictures and video from this week up soon, so please stay tuned to WDW News Today.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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