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Discovery Island

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Animal
Kingdom


The Oasis
      Shopping

 
     Dining
      Other

Discovery Island
       Attractions
       Shopping
       Dining
       Other

Camp Minnie-Mickey
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Africa
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Rafiki's Planet Watch
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Asia
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Dinoland, USA
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other


 

Discovery Island is the central hub for Disney's Animal Kingdom. All lands, with the exception of Rafiki's Planet Watch, can be reached from Discovery Island.

Even though Discovery Island is home to "it's tough to be a bug," the main attraction here is the Tree of Life itself. With 325 animals carved into it, and several paths that lead right up to its roots, a guest could spend hours studying this wonderful masterpiece.

Before Disney's Animal Kingdom was complete there was a long debate over what the name of the park's main land would be. While names were being thrown around, the Imagineers finally settled on the name Safari Village, which actually stuck. Eventually, Disney's island in the middle of Bay Lake, Discovery Island (which was a place for guests to see animals in the wild), closed in 1999 and the name was brought over to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Just like all Disney lands, Discovery Island is rich in detail. Take some time to explore the shops (which all revolve around a specific animal or a group of animals), restrooms (the dung beetle is present throughout the restrooms near the entrance to Dinoland, USA), and even the benches (snail statues are present at one to remind you to take your time like a snail).

The current attractions on Discovery Island are "it's tough to be a bug" and the Discovery Island Trails. In addition to these two attractions there are several shops and two restaurants (Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbeque).


Fun Facts: At one point Imagineers were thinking of giving guests the opportunity to ascend to the top of the Tree of Life. This would have given guests a great view of Discovery Island and the rest of the park!


Touring Tips: After exiting "it's tough to be a bug" take a left instead of a right. This will lead you to some of the quietest trails throughout all of Walt Disney World. These trails give you some very unique looks at the Tree of Life and allows you to spend some more quality time with the animals hidden in this part of the park!


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