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Discovery Island Trails

Discovery Island Trails
The Discovery Island Trails are walking trails located in Discovery Island.
Animal Kingdom
Land Discovery Island
Attraction type Walking Trail
Opening date April 22, 1998
Disney Genie + No

The Discovery Island Trails are walking paths located in Discovery Island within Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Description and History

The Discovery Island Trails are lush walking trails that wind around the base of the Tree of Life. The Trails feature landscaped pathways, wooden bridges and cave like tunnels. The exhibits on the trails can be viewed in any sequence. When the park first opened, what currently constitutes as the Discovery Island Trails was actually two separate attractions attractions- the Safari Village Trail and the Tree of Life Gardens [1]. By late 1998 however the Tree of Life Gardens were incorporated into the Safari Village Trail [2].In December 2000, the name of the Safari Village Trail was changed to the Disocvery Island Trails, in conjunction with the fact that the entire Safari Village land was renamed Discovery Island [3].

Animal's Showcased

  • Abdim's Stork
  • African Comb Duck
  • Agouti
  • Asian Small-clawed Otter
  • Axis Deer
  • Blue & Yellow Macaw
  • Cape Teal
  • Capybara
  • Demoiselle Crane
  • East African Crowned Crane
  • European Polecat
  • Eyton's Whistling Duck
  • Galapagos Tortoise
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Green-winged Macaw
  • Hadada Ibis
  • Red Kangaroo
  • Ring-tailed Lemur
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Salmon-crested Cockatoo
  • Silver Teal
  • White Stork
  • White-faced Whistling Duck
  • Woolynecked Stork
  • Wood Stork

Fun Facts and Trivia

  • The otter exhibit found on the Discovery Island Trails contains 67,000 gallons of water [4].
  • Some sources claim that for a time in the year 2000, the attraction was briefly called Discovery Island Gardens before changing its name to Discovery Island Trails [5]. We have not been able to independently confirm this.
  • Capybaras could formally be seen on the Discovery Island Trails [5]


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