Disney’s Animal Kingdom focuses on three broad classifications of animals: those that exist in today’s reality; those that did exist, but are now extinct (i.e., dinosaurs); and those that only exist in the realm of fantasy. In the original design for the park, the animals of legend were to have their own section.
The original design for Animal Kingdom included a section called the Beastly Kingdom. It was a land devoted to creatures of legend and mythology, such as unicorns, dragons, and sea monsters. The land would feature two realms, one for good and one for evil creatures. The evil side would have featured a roller coaster ride though a ruined castle, home to a greedy fire-breathing dragon who horded a fabulous treasure in the tower chamber. The good side would have featured a musical boat ride through animal scenes from Disney’s animated classic, Fantasia.
Due to budget constraints, Beastly Kingdom never came to fruition and Camp Minnie-Mickey was built as a temporary tenant of the Beastly Kingdom land.
I know a number of people that would like AK a whole lot more if that Beastly Kingdom would happen! ;)