We’ve Gotta Share Some Bad News About Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a place where we can appreciate the beauty of nature.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What happens when that is no longer the case? We got some information recently that makes us nervous for the future of the beauty of one of our FAVORITE parks.

We LOVE Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the tranquility, nature views and the overall ambiance it has to offer. It is a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.


At the 2023 Destination D23 fan convention, we found out that Disney plans to retheme Dinoland USA to the Tropical Americas. We got to thinking … and realized that this retheme could turn DAK into a construction zone, a la EPCOT. 

Lots of crowds and construction

This retheme will change an ENTIRE section of the park, which means that the whole section will be closed down and walled off for the safety of guests and cast members alike. We understand the necessity– but it doesn’t make us dislike it any less. 

Dinoland, USA

A bigger question might be– how long will this retheme take? The EPCOT construction walls have become more and more frustrating the longer they have been up (and we’re going on 4 years, y’all). Maybe the length of time the retheme will take won’t matter, and the walls will just be another obstacle to face when travelling around the park — I guess we’ll find out once construction begins.

Is this goodbye to It’s Tough To Be A Bug?

It doesn’t stop with the Dinoland retheme, though. Disney also announced that the Tree of Life Theater (current home to the “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” show) will be changed to host a Zootopia show. 

Its Tough to be a Bug Entrance from Discovery Island!

While a lot of this retheme will be indoors, we can’t help but think about the construction that will be done in the queue and entrance, which is located in one of the main hubs of Discovery Island. We’re hoping they keep the construction walls there minimal so the area doesn’t become congested during peak seasons with heavy crowds.

Tree of Life Garden

It also led us to thinking– how will this impact the Tree of Life Gardens? The queue for “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” and the Tree of Life Gardens are very close to one another, and sometimes feel like they’re sharing walking paths. We hope it remains open with minimal construction walls obstructing our view, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Waterfalls at Animal Kingdom

With the construction walls that inevitably come up with these changes, we can at least hope that they’ll be themed to the areas that they’re in. We know they’re not ideal to have all over the park– but we’ll keep reminding ourselves that they are only temporary and we will probably LOVE what will come after them. 

Tree of Life

With new information coming out about these rethemes, be sure to keep checking in with us at DFB to get the latest news!

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