Jim takes a walk on the wild side for a look at the first year of the WDW theme park.

As we continue to celebrate Disney's Animal Kingdom's 22nd anniversary this month, I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at the park's first year of operation and, in particular, some of the things that only existed during that year.

To try to get the general public to understand that Disney's Animal Kingdom Park was not like the typical zoo a person might visit in a city but a new type of theme park, in 2002 WDW through its Yellow Shoes Creative Marketing division brought on Mark Simon to storyboard a 30-second commercial spot.