Tree of Life is losing its branchesWalt Disney World: Branch falls off Tree of Life; It's Tough to be a Bug closed.
From Domenik JostThis week on Monday apparently 3 branches fell off the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom. From what I was told from a friend that works there is 3 branches from the artificial tree fell and landed next to a bench where some guests were seated. Disney temporarily closed the paths leading around the tree as well as the It's Touch to be a Bug show since it is right underneath the tree while they inspect the tree and figure out what caused that failure.
Posted April 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM
My question is, why is there branches falling off of an artificial tree that is built to withstand hurricane force winds? Doesn't make me feel safe walking under that tree anymore knowing I could get smacked right upside the head by a 5 pound artificial branch.
I also just saw that screamscape.com also reported on hearing about this incident.
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From Andy Milito"3 branches from the artificial tree fell and landed next to a bench where some guests were seated."
Posted April 28, 2012 at 7:20 AM
Would have scared the living poop outta me!
From Skipper AdamThat's so strange because my friends who work there (most of my friends from the Jungle Cruise) say it was one branch that fell near a guest area, not on guest and that the area is still closed. However, falling branches is a bad thing,
Posted April 28, 2012 at 8:40 AM
From TH CreativeIt's NOT an "accident!" it's another effect. The park experience is now more interactive.
Posted April 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM
From Mark FairleighJust curious whether parks regularly inspect stationary features like the Tree. I'd imagine so, but you would think cracks would have been noticeable way before something like this happened.
Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM
From Dominick DI bet the tree has bugs in it, oh wait it does. Anyways, I'm glad nobody was hurt, but the good thing is no complaining parents at ITTBAB at the moment :P
Posted April 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM
From Mike GallagherGuy I know from another forum had a real (rather large) branch fall on his head while sitting near Panda Express at Cedar Point several years back.
Posted April 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM
From Dominick DI bet that was a killer sneezing baby panda.
Posted April 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM
From Daniel EtcheberryFirst the Yeti, now this; what's next? a lion gets loose? a dinosaur falls over the ride?
Posted April 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM
From Anthony MurphyHow about a Dino getting loose!
Posted April 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM
From Dominick DJurassic Park already did that.......
Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM
From Brandon Mendoza"If the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists"
Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM
From Robert NilesThe animatronics might not, but I can't vouch for the cast members - depends on how long they've been frozen in position without a break.
Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM
From Mark HavensWe were at Animal Kingdom on 4/27, and was told the Tree of Life (& Tough to be a bug) were closed due to a lightening strike on the tree the week before.
Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM
From Dominick DITTBAB has reopened, but a net is above the queue.
Posted May 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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