The Animals in the Oasis
|November 19, 2012||Posted by John Saye under Uncategorized||
Before you can even get to where you can see the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, you have to pass through what’s known as the Oasis. It’s a twisty set of pathways with a heavy canopy of plants and surrounded in Disney themed fake rock and animals. There are guides there who can tell you about the animals as you come into the parks. You can always see birds, mostly big colorful parrots, but you can also see folks in there who are ready to show you snakes and tarantulas and things like that.
It’s a good spot to see animals like sloths and anteaters, in short, it’s all about getting into the mindset of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. You get in slow, traveling around looking at the animals, getting into their environment, traveling through the jungle, before you come out the other side and make it to where you can see the Tree of Life. I used to question Disney about making you wait so long before you could see the major icon of the park, but now I understand. They want you to make that journey through the forest. They want you to think like you’ve hiked a bit before you come over that hill and can see the big tree.
When you see it, and you’ve made it through the oasis, you’ve arrived, and you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach. They could almost put anything there, a giant pyramid, a statue of the yeti, or whatever they wanted. When you see the tree of life, especially early in the morning, good grief if there’s a bit of mist or fog (wouldn’t that be wonderful?) you feel like you’ve made it to the lost city, and you’re ready for adventure.
What do you think of the Oasis at the front of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park? Do you wish they’d get to the point and start you closer to the action, or do you appreciate the slow trek into the wilds, getting into the mindset of the adventure that lies ahead?