Produced by National Geographic and narrated by Josh Gad, the eight-episode docu-series Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom provides a backstage glimpse into the animals that live at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as well as those living in The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT. Throughout the season, viewers get unprecedented access and a peek behind the magical curtain to see how the more than 5,000 animals from more than 300 species co-exist with the animal care experts and Imagineers to create a one-of-a-kind experience for guests.

At a virtual press junket to discuss the new series, Collider got the opportunity to chat 1-on-1 with Disney Imagineering visionary Joe Rohde about all things Animal Kingdom. During the interview, he talked about one of his favorite details in the park, the animal he’s most drawn to, the unique challenges in telling a story that doesn’t have a beginning or an end, coming up with ways to always showcase the animals, the early experimentation with ideas, creating a land based on an intellectual property, how he feels about Animal Kingdom now and into the future, and whether they’ll ever fix that Expedition Everest Yeti.

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