PHOTOS: Pathways Closed Around Tree of Life as Repainting Begins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Ever seen a tree get spruced up? It’s happening now at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the Tree of Life undergoes repainting.

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The repainting officially began on Sunday, just over three months before the park celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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While it’s refurbished, select pathways around the Tree of Life have been temporarily closed and walled off.

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Most of the work is set to take place after operating hours, so it’s unlikely guests will witness the painting underway, though in-progress work may be visible.

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The earth tones of the tree and the surrounding environment are looking particularly vibrant.

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Over 300 animals are carved into the tree, reflecting Earth’s varied biodiversity.

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On the lower end, insects and spiders can be seen, a subtle nod to the tree being home to It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

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The various shades on the branches give the illusion of exposed bark, like lighter brown on the branch near the dolphin seen above.

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The colors can be used to show weathering, like the gray on the rocks near the small waterfall.

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The back of the tree doesn’t appear to be as varied in its shadings.

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This could be an indication that work hasn’t begun on this side yet.

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Much of it is still looking worn, like the mossy green around the monkey above.

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As of the writing of this article, no timetable has been shared as to when the Tree of Life’s repainting will be complete.

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