Most Walt Disney World Resort fans know that the Disney theme parks within this Disney Resort are each identified by one iconic piece of architecture that tends to serve as that specific theme park’s symbol.
The Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom Park is arguably the most recognizable symbol outside of the Disney Parks in Florida, but the Tree of Life that serves as the heart of the Animal Kingdom Park is certainly very close to many Disney Guests’ hearts as well.
The Tree of Life (which houses the “It’s Tough to Be A Bug” show) is adorned with enthralling carvings of wildlife, and the Tree of Life is already a common photo spot for many Disney World visitors. However, this famous tree also got some special treatment during the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort — and for some reason, that special treatment has been cut very short!
The Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary festivities began in October of the year 2021, and they will be officially ending on March 31 of 2023. There were many limited-time experiences and offerings being presented to Disney World Guests as part of the World’s Most Magical Celebration, but one real highlight for Animal Kingdom enthusiasts was the Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings.
These light shows cast gorgeous projections onto the Tree of Life at night, making it look even more ethereal. It was certainly a picturesque treat for Guests — but now all traces of the Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings experience have vanished from Disney’s website!
This Beacons of Magic light show is no longer anywhere to be found on the 50th Anniversary website. The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios still appear to have their Beacons of Magic (which are, according to the Disney website, light shows that “[beckon] all to come and celebrate”), but the Animal Kingdom is completely absent.
So, it appears that Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings has had a sad and somewhat underwhelming goodbye. Did you enjoy this Beacons of Magic light show? Which parts of the 50th-anniversary celebrations would you have liked to keep around after March 31?