Disney's Animal Kingdom is the youngest of Walt Disney World's theme parks, having debuted in 1998. Despite this, a number of attractions that have featured in the park are now closed for good.
Some of the closed rides and shows are missed by guests. Others are seen as having deservedly been consigned to the history books. But what were these defunct attractions, and when and why were they removed? Let's take a look! Note that this list does not include rides that were conceived for the park but never actually built, such as the ambitious Excavator roller coaster, the Animal Carousel or the mythical Beastly Kingdom.
5. Journey into the Jungle Book
The Theater in the Wild hosted its first production on the Animal Kingdom's opening day. It brought to life the story of The Jungle Book, featuring a number of characters and songs from the movie. It lasted just one year before being replaced in July 1999 by Tarzan Rocks.
4. Pocohontas and Her Forest Friends
One of Camp Minnie-Mickey's headline attractions when it opened alongside the rest of Disney's Animal Kingdom was the Pocohontas and Her Forest Friends show. The show featured the lead character from the movie, as well as a host of live animals. It was hosted in the 350-seat Grandmother Willow's Grove theater. Animals featured included a porcupine, a possum, a rabbit and a skunk. When the "credit crunch" hit in 2008, Disney slashed budgets across its Parks and Resorts division. One of the casualties was the Pocohontas show, which gave its final performance on September 27, 2008.