Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a unique theme park idea from its inception. Rather than simply being another theme park full of rides, the idea was to focus on the natural world and to include as many attractions surrounding actual animal life as traditional theme park rides and shows. The problem is that building something like that isn’t cheap, and as is often the case, the realities of budget come up against the blue sky ideas, with budget eventually winning out. In the case of Animal Kingdom, this meant that one of the original lands planned for the park, Beastly Kingdom, wasn’t initially built, and was instead planned for a future phase. However, Beastly Kingdom was home to the park’s only planned roller coaster at the time, which meant that when Animal Kingdom opened, it was without this theme park mainstay.