After a multi-million dollar advertising campaign (including a 16-page full color spread in Time magazine) Disney's Animal Kingdom opened on this Earth Day in 1998.
With a packed house (its 6,000 car parking lot closed an hour after the park's 6 a.m. opening), perfect weather and very few glitches (the park's sole thrill ride Countdown to Extinction experienced a few technical problems), Animal Kingdom's debut was near-perfect.
The park wasn't the only newest creation in Disney World, a system of advanced roads had been designed to ease traffic. A new interchange connecting I-4 with the southern end of World Drive (the main road leading into Animal Kingdom) allowed guests easy access.
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Happy Earth Day