Animal Kingdom Adds Grass to Galápagos Tortoise Habitat

Animal Kingdom Adds Grass to Galápagos Tortoise Habitat

Animal Kingdom is home to some monstrous Galápagos Tortoises. The family, named after classic movie monsters, lives in the shadow of the Tree of Life. Disney Cast Members recently added grass to their habitat, and it looks as though Frankenstein and the rest of his family are enjoying their new digs.

Galapagos Tortoises in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Galápagos Tortoise habitat before Cast Members planted grass
Galapagos Tortoise sleeping in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Galápagos Tortoises can be found on the backside of the Tree of Life. What a setting!

Discovery Island, like the rest of Animal Kingdom, has plenty of hidden animals. Most guests walk by, oblivious to the kangaroos, lemurs, and other animals living beneath the Tree of Life. Whenever people tell me Animal Kingdom is a half-day park, I ask them if they’ve ever seen the Galápagos Tortoises.

“No. Where are they?”

People who say Animal Kingdom is a half-day park

If you ever have a few minutes and want to escape theme park crowds, I can’t recommend Discovery Island Trails enough. You might already be familiar with the area if you enjoy It’s Tough to Be A Bug. Its theater empties onto the trail. Most guests head right, but if you veer left, you’ll find the little monsters. And tons of strollers.

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Recently, I checked in on the tortoises and inadvertently scared one of their care givers. He was focused on cleaning leaves out of a water filter when I asked a question from across the fence. He jumped. I apologized. When I told my wife about the encounter, she sided with the Cast Member. Apparently, I scare people by talking.

Disney Cast Member tending to a Galapagos Tortoise
Disney Cast Member tending to a Galapagos Tortoise

I chatted with him for a few minutes as he gave Frankenstein some neck scratches and cleaned bird poop off his shell. You can tell by the photos just how much these animals love their handlers. It made me rethink my retirement job. I now want to take care of Galápagos Tortoises at Animal Kingdom. I have zero qualifications.

Disney Cast Member giving a neck scratch to a Galapagos Tortoise
Disney Cast Member giving a neck scratch to a Galapagos Tortoise
Disney Cast Member tending to a Galapagos Tortoise
Galapagos Tortoise in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Galapagos Tortoise eating a leaf in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Galapagos Tortoise in Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you ever want to make Animal Kingdom a full-day park, then look for the Galápagos Tortoises and all the other “hidden” animals on your next visit.