This is an archway on the Maharaja Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. For those that are not familiar with Walt Disney World (WDW), the Maharaja Jungle Trek is a wildlife trail in which guest are able to view Komodo dragons, Malayan tapir, Rodrigues fruit bats, Bengal Tigers, Bar-headed Goose, various birds and more. It took me some time to capture this photo as I did wait until there was no one in the shot.
The area is heavily themed,
The trail is themed as if it had once been the hunting grounds for a wealthy maharajah who enclosed the forest to allow for easier hunting and then some time later died in a hunting accident. The themed storyline continues with subsequent maharajahs (including the original maharajah’s bachelor brother) transforming the area into a nature preserve where the villagers live in harmony with the animals therein. These maharajahs are memorialized on the walls of the tiger enclosure. The forest was, at one point, also run by imperial British visitors, as evidenced in the Western spelling on the sign at the entrance to the Jungle Trek, which reads “Royal Anandapoor Forest”. When their occupation of southern Asia ended, the British turned the forest over to the villagers of Anandapur, whom you encounter as you walk through the jungle. The trail’s storyline also includes an homage to the founder of the Kingdom of Anandapur, Anantah, in the form of a tomb and sarcophagus situated at the entrance to the Jungle Trek’s aviary. It appears to have been similar around Disney’s The Jungle Book.