Released in grocery stores during 1998, this 6 pack of glass bottles was sold as a commemorative edition set. The pictures were taken in May 2018 of these 20 year old bottles, with the Coke still inside. The packaging featured the full Animal Kingdom logo and slogan “A New Species of Theme Park”. “Inaugural Year” and “Commemorative Edition” are clearly labeled on the package. The bottles themselves also have the same printing minus the logo and “Inaugural Year”.
The Dragon and Creatures of Fantasy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom 1998
During the opening year of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with Beastly Kingdom put on hold, very little reference to creatures of fantasy existed. While Beastly Kingdom has been covered by many others, this post explores what actually made it into the park, including the mystery of the Dragon. Read More
Before FastPass+, there was the original FastPass. Starting as early as 1998, a manual system (prior to the FastPass system everybody is familiar with) was used to test the concept at the Discovery Riverboats. In this case, randomly selected guests approaching the queue line would be given a return card with hand written information filled out regarding when they could return. This card was similar to the attraction re-admittance card. Read More
There have been hundreds of Animal Kingdom related trading pins that have come out over the years. An early Cast Member exclusive series, the Atlas set, was released in 2001. This set was exclusive to Cast Members and limited to an edition size of 3,000. Each park map was broken up in a number of pins, which together formed the entire map. Each pin featured a pin on pin highlighting a major attraction of building of that area. Read More