07 June 2013

A Couple of Foolish Pine Trees

It went by a couple of names, starting out with Colors of the Wind – Friends From the Animal Forest, but was best known as Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends. It resided in a corner of Camp Minnie-Mickey just down the path from Festival of the Lion King and the character camp trails and gave families a glimpse into the lives, habits, and skills of forest critters. The show ran for just over a decade from 1998 until September of 2008.

Since the show closed the theater has been used for dance parties, meet and greets, and stroller parking. With Festival of the Lion King and the camp trails moving out of the land, it is only a matter of time before this theater disappears. Keeping that thought in mind, I thought we’d look over the stage, amazing backdrops, and some of the great details that made Grandmother Willow’s Theater such an intricate part of the Disney’s Animal Kingdom experience for the park’s first ten years.

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