At the end of 2022, an article was published asking one fateful question: Is Animal Kingdom closing its doors for good?
The article claims that Animal Kingdom will close not long after its 25th anniversary (April 22, 2023). However, there’s very little evidence for this.
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Animal Kingdom is indeed the largest Disney Park in Orlando at nearly 600 acres (580, to be exact). Not only that, it’s the largest theme park in the entire world. In 2019, Animal Kingdom was the third most-visited theme park in all of North America and the sixth most-visited theme park in the world.
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In the same year, the Disney Park became the most-visited zoo in the world, hosting nearly 14 million Guests. It was also the second most-visited Walt Disney World Resort behind Magic Kingdom.
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Statistics aside, it can’t be ignored that closing this Disney Park seemingly out of nowhere would disrupt the lives of thousands of animals, which would, in turn, blatantly disregard the entire theme of the Park: the conservation and appreciation of all animals.
Some of the most significant evidence for these rumors being false is the recent D23 announcement regarding Animal Kingdom’s themed area, Dinoland U.S.A. In short, Dinoland U.S.A. will soon be dismantled to make way for an entirely new themed land.
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To conclude: if you’re worried that Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom will close its doors, don’t be. At the time of this article’s publication, there are no signs pointing to this rumor being true. As far as we can tell, Animal Kingdom is here to stay!