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WELCOME TO DISCOVERY ISLAND!

Here you will discover a IT'S TOUGH TO BE A BUGand DISCOVERY ISLAND!





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The TREE OF LIFE is the central icon of Animal Kingdom. I am in awe of this unique masterpiece every time I see it. I canít get enough pictures of this beautiful tree. Every time you look at this tree you will find a new animal that you didnĎt see before.








Tree of Life







It took 13 artist a year and a half to make the carvings of the more than 325 carved animals on the 4 story high tree trunk.










Tree of Life




12 Imagineers worked day and night, with a crew of plasterers, to create the exterior of the tree carvings.







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It took 18 months to build the entire tree. There over 102,000 1 foot leaves that were attached by hand on branches spreading 160 feet across.





Tree of Life carvings





As you walk down the path that takes you around the exterior of the tree you can see the different angles of the tree.







Tree of Life carvings




There is a dinosaur (which is very large), buffalo, praying mantis, fish, whale, rhino, monkey, pelican...







Tree of Life carvings




...cobra, an owl, armadillo, elephant, camel, baboon, eagle, seahorse, dolphin, a herd of antelope and many more...








Tree of Life carvings



They are amazing and some you have to really look because they may be part of the tree branches.







Tree of Life carvings


FUN FACT: Jane Goodall was invited to visit the Animal Kingdom park as a consultant and saw the Tree of Life during its construction. She didnít see a chimp as part of the tree. Disney corrected the situation by adding the carving of one of her most famous chimps, David Graybeard. This chimp was the grey-chinned male who was the first chimp who warmed up to Goodall when she was in the wild. You can see him and the plaque honoring her at the entrance of "Itís Tough to be a Bug."






Tough to be a Bug






ITíS TOUGH TO BE A BUG from the Disney-Pixar film "A Bugís Life" is a wonderfully cute (but loud) 3-D show from a bugís point of view.








Tree of Life Pin




You have to walk around the amazing Tree of Life and in to the root section to enter.








Tree of Life carvings





Donít miss the animals that are carved in the gnarled roots that are all around and above you.







Tree of Life carvings





When you follow the path to its end you will find that you are at an entrance to "Itís Tough to be a Bug".






Flick



As you walk in you will notice all the sounds of bugs all around you. You and your family will enjoy this 3-D film that was inspired by DisneyĎs Pixar Film, "A Bugs Life". Flick is the master of ceremonies. There are some unusual special effects that will get you jumping off your seats.





Flik


There is lots of seating in the 430 seat theatre and each seat is a great seat. Donít put the 3-D "Bug-Eye" glasses on until Flik tells you to.





Bugs



The special effects are great and stinky (the stink bug) really smells bad. There are hornets that swarm the audience, even though you canít see them, you will feel them!





Hopper

Hopper, the bad (guy) grasshopper is a totally amazing piece of advanced audio animatronics Disney Imagineers have ever created. (He has over 70 functions) . They all look real but he really does look like he could jump off the stage. Flik is just as adorable and a wonderful M.C.





Francis


Kids enjoy it, as well as adults, but there are some creepy and scary moments in the dark. (It can be very scary for little ones) Iím very scared of spiders and at the end huge black widows come down from the ceiling. I just close my eyes and grab the person that is next to me. This 8 minute show is worth the scare at the end.




Tuck Roll

TIP: If you have little ones sit in the back by an exit just incase you have to leave.




Bug Trashcan


GUEST POLICIES: Fast pass (WARNING) May be frightening for children. For Guests with hearing impairments; Handheld Captioning Device & Assistive Listening Devices are available at Guest Services. Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV.




tortoise


Walk on the Discovery Island Trails that takes you around the Tree of Life and enjoy the beautiful landscape and the different creatures like Galapagos Tortoises...








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Lemurs, Cotton-top Tamarin Monkeys. Watch the tree's closely because they may start to move. (picture by allears.com)






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GUEST POLICIES: Animal Viewing location. Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV. (picture by allears.com)







Dining in DISCOVERY ISLAND




Flame Tree


FLAME TREE BARBECUE serves freshly smoked barbecue ribs, chicken and salads. Counter service with outdoor seating with a few covered areas. (picture by igougo)






pizzafari



PIZZAFARI serves pizza, salads and sandwiches (picture by seriouseats)





Reece




SAFARI BARBECUE serves yummy Turkey legs and chicken wings





bake shop




SAFARI COFFEE serves a variety of coffeeís, espresso, assorted pastries and soft drinks





Beastly Kiosk




Here at the Beastly Kiosk you can buy yummy corn dogs. (picture by allears.com)









fastpass

FASTPASS is Disneyís FREE Service that helps cut down the time you have to stand in line for some of your favorite rides. Where eligible, go to your ride and to the Fastpass Center. Put your Disney ticket in the appropriate slot and in a few seconds your Fastpass will pop-out and you will get your Disney ticket back at the same time. On your Fastpass there will be an allotted time that you can go back to your ride and instead of going in the standby line you will go in the Fastpass Line. A Disney Cast Member will look at your ticket to make sure you are in your allotted time. This way you can board your attraction with a minimal wait. Tip: When you enter the park, go to your favorite rides and get your Fastpass. If you wait too long the Fastpass Center may run out of allotted times.


Pal Mickey

PAL MICKEY is an interactive plush Mickey Mouse that is quite amazing! Mickey will let you in on insider park tips, give you parade and show time reminders, tell you when your favorite characters are nearby and let you know about show waits at your favorite attraction. Pal Mickey will entertain kids of all ages with his jokes, interactive games and fun facts that will make your visit to the WDW Resort truly magical.Delight in over 700 Fun Facts and Theme Park tips. Innovative technology ensures that Pal Mickey knows where he is while exploring the four Theme Parks and he will share info with you at just the right time and place. The entertainment continues outside of the WDW Resort and even back home where he will share his jokes and play 3 interactive games. Almost every store in WDW carries Pal Mickey.



Next stop is CAMP MINNIE - MICKEY!





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