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Discovery Island is an area at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It is located roughly at the center of the park, in the middle of the Discovery River waterway. It was originally called Safari Village, as Discovery Island was the name for the small zoological park located in Walt Disney World's Bay Lake. After that facility closed in 1999, Safari Village was renamed Discovery Island.

This is the "central hub" of Disney's Animal Kingdom, connecting almost all of the other sections of the park, except Rafiki's Planet Watch. The Tree of Life, the park's visual icon, is located here, surrounded by animal enclosures showcasing kangaroos, black crowned cranes, lemurs, and others. The park's largest gift shops and two of its major restaurants are on Discovery Island, each with a different design theme, such as décor based on nocturnal animals, insects and so forth. The island's other major draw is It's Tough to be a Bug!, a comical 4-D film featuring appearances by Flik and Hopper from Disney-Pixar's A Bug's Life.


Past attractions and entertainment[]

  • Discovery River Boats
  • The Tree of Life Carousel
  • Wonders of Nature
  • Lion King character show
  • Mickeys Jungle Jammin Parade
  • Marich of the Art-imals Parade
  • Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade


  • Flame Tree Barbeque
  • Pizzafari


  • Beastly Bazaar
  • Creature Comforts
  • Disney Outfitters
  • Island Mercantile

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