Tree of Nature: Disney's Animal Kingdom's Cancelled Attractions Part 9

The Tree of Life Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom opened with very few attractions based on Disney movies. One of the few that was, It's Tough To Be a Bug, wasn't the first attraction to be proposed for the theater inside the Tree of Life.

Welcome back to Disney's Animal Kingdom's Cancelled attractions. Check out all other entries in this series here. Today we discuss an attraction proposed to be located inside of the icon of Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life, Wonders of Nature.

There were several attractions proposed for the theatre inside the Tree of Life. We already discussed a Lion King-themed proposal in a previous entry available here.

This show would have been themed around nature, specifically plant life, something not covered in the rest of the park. It would kind of be a thesis statement for the park, coving many of the major themes of the park. It is debated whether this would have been a 3D show like Tough to be a Bug or something more along the lines of the shows in The Land pavilion.

Little is known about this attraction, other than it would have featured Mother Nature as a character.

Wonders of Nature Never Built Tree of Life Attraction Disney's Animal Kingdom

This concept art is all we have, revealing a look at the Mother Nature character and how this theater's screens would have been set up.

Then CEO Michael Eisner pushed for more Disney/ Pixar themed attractions in the park, leading to Imagineers taking a separate bug-themed ride they were working on and combine it with conservation style themes to fit in the Tree of Life, giving us the attraction we have today. It worked out as It's Tough to Be a Bug really wouldn't fit anywhere else in the park, and it couldn't really anchor its own land.

Disney's Animal Kingdom opened with almost exclusively original attractions. Unfortunately, a few would never be seen by guests. But they paved the way for the attractions we continue to enjoy through to today.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out other entries in this series here. Also, come back next week as we explore The Dragon Coaster.