photos by mikeroberts, masa ushioda, peter liu and doug perrine of green sea turtles being cleaned by yellow tangs, goldring surgeonfish and saddle wrasse. by feeding on the algea and parasites which grow on the turtle shells, the fish not only keep them clean, but reduce drag, helping the turtles to swim faster.
Here’s some tangible evidence of Animal Kingdom’s never-built land, Beastly Kingdom.
From the top: The original Animal Kingdom logo featuring a dragon. The large dragon’s head that decorates one of the park’s ticket booths. The dragon rock/fountain, once seen on the Discovery River ride. The smoking (and occasionally fire-breathing) cave, ALSO once glimpsed on the Discovery River ride. The Animal Kingdom’s Unicorn Lot sign. A small, plastic dragon released as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy to promote the park’s opening in 1998. The Happy Meal box containing the aforementioned toy.
I’m literally so bitter about Beastly Kingdom it isn’t even funny. We could have this hella cool land dedicated to hella cool mythical creatures that we are all very familiar with, but instead what are we getting?
Which will be pulled off amazingly by the Imagineers, I have no doubt. But Avatar, while an important thing in the history of film as a 3D pioneer and highest grossing film, just doesn’t have the kind of shelf life that they think it does. Kids don’t know what Avatar is. A lot of adults don’t care very much about Avatar.
Yes, the land will be impeccably themed and a really amazing depiction of the films, but nobody will care very much because Avatar has already faded into the background of film and culture.
Dragons and unicorns have always been and literally always will be cool.
I totally agree. Avatar was huge for a very short time, but I’d forgotten all about it until the new land was announced. Everyone I’ve mentioned it to has responded with a puzzled look, only occasionally followed by “oh, was that the movie with the blue people? I’d forgotten all about that.”
He’s back! If you’ve been hanging around here long enough you might have seen this guy before but it’s been ages since I took pictures of him because he didn’t have his own body. He has one now though! So meet Death, as in god of. He has many forms, this is just the one he likes best at the moment (his other favourite looks include the full grim reaper form and ‘harassed office intern’).