Monday, October 23, 2017

DAK Theme Spotlight: Reclaiming

The theme of the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Anandapur in general is the reclamation of nature on man's world. And it is seen everywhere along the trail. Like this overgrown statue. 

The trek itself was once the palace of the rajah which has long since been left to nature which is now reclaiming the old grand palace, leaving behind crumbling walls and columns. 

Within the land set aside by the people of Anandapur, wildlife hides among the nooks and crannies of the ruins, like the tiger above. This gives the entire trail a unique look among zoological exhibits. 

A long time ago we did a detailed look into the theme of the trail and all the details to it. And way back in episode 3 of Radio Harambe we did a walk through highlighting not only the details of the place but the animals that live there.  

So now, I just wanted to give you a look at the way imagineers demonstrated the more broad theme of the land. And the beautiful way they show nature taking back mankind's work. 

All throughout the trail "ancient" murals are shown broken among crumbling walls that once housed the hunting lodge of the Rajah. 

The best spots for this might be the aviary which was once the ball room of the lodge. Now reclaimed by the jungle and the beautiful birds that live there. 

So next time you walk through the jungle trek, don't just enjoy the animal life, but make sure you take notice of the design and aesthetic that transports you to the far away place. 

By Safari Mike 

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