The aim of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, opening April 22 at Walt Disney World in Florida, is to divert visitors from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This is not Insider's view. We cannot say that such a thought ever crossed our mind. The assertion actually was made by Will Darnall, one of Busch's senior public relations representatives, during a luncheon with reporters in New York. Darnall assured us that his attraction was in no danger of folding because of Disney. Why? Because you cannot visit Disney's Animal Kingdom and then go back to your nearby Gulf of Mexico beachfront hotel, he said. (The beaches closest to Disney, on the Atlantic coast, are an hour's drive away.) He's right. But the Busch spokesman chose not to mention the extensive manmade beaches and lakes Disney created in front of its Grand Floridian Beach Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort and Yacht and Beach Club resorts. (It occurs to us the insertion of the word "beach" in those hotels' names was not done frivolously.) Meanwhile, on March 12, Busch Gardens will launch Akbar's Adventure Tours, a simulator ride focusing on the wonders of Egypt. For years, Disney's Epcot has had a Morocco pavilion. Why do we have the feeling Disney will be discovering Egypt real soon?

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