When people see my picture of the Elephant Graveyard from Disney’s “The Lion King,” many of them will often ask, “Where is this? I didn’t know this existed.” Yes, Coaster Addicts, we are here to share with you that this graveyard does indeed exist. But, where can you find it, and how much will it cost you?
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
On August 10, 2012, Disney opened the Lion King wing of its Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. In this wing of the resort, guests get their chance to explore a larger than life elephant graveyard. This area resembles the African Pride Lands and includes statues of Simba, Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, and Scar. In addition, this section has a play area featuring the elephant graveyard.
How Do You Get to the Elephant Graveyard?
Getting to the Elephant Graveyard at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is quite simple. You need to drive (or take a bus) to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. At the security gate, let them know that you want to check out the elephant graveyard. If you tell them that, they almost always let you in (even if you are not a registered guest of the resort). If you’d rather not risk it or would like a backup plan on how to get there, you can also catch a bus from Disney Springs to the Art of Animation Resort. In either case, you need to go to the resort in order to access the graveyard. Once there, you need to walk directly through the middle of the lobby and out the doors. You will be facing the Big Blue Pool. Turn left and walk past the Finding Nemo buildings. Walk by Rafiki, walk under the log with Timon, Pumba, and Simba, and you have arrived at the Elephant Graveyard.
Note: Each month we are going to share a free thing to do at Walt Disney World. Not everything at Disney requires paid admission. There is so much that to do outside of the Walt Disney World parks and within the surrounding area; not many people may realize it.