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Discovery Island Trails

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Discovery Island

Guests Can Be

Any Height

Age Interest

All Ages

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  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV


Animal Encounters

Stroll along tranquil pathways around the Tree of Life and discover a lush landscape brimming with wildlife.

A Ring-Tailed Lemur sitting on a branch

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Escape to a garden paradise where exotic creatures mingle alongside verdant plants and trees. Encircling the base of the Tree of Life, Discovery Island Trails invites you to embark on a self-guided tour and enjoy an up-close glimpse of nature—at your own pace.

Room to Roam
Meander down serene paths, cross wooden foot bridges and journey through cave-like tunnels as you navigate 2 sprawling pathways beneath the great tree. Along the way, snap pictures of captivating creatures from convenient observation stations amid a backdrop of picturesque trees and plants.

Wildlife Encounters
Some of the animals you may encounter along the Discovery Island Trails include:

  • White Stork
  • Asian Small-Clawed Otter
  • Red Kangaroo
  • West African Crowned Crane
  • African Crested Porcupine
  • Galapagos Tortoise
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • Macaw
  • Ring-Tailed Lemur
  • Saddle-Billed Stork
  • Lappet Face Vulture

A father and his 2 daughters on Discovery Island Trails at the base of The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Follow the trails for a close-up view of the iconic centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Boasting over 300 animal carvings celebrating the diversity and harmony of nature, it’s an amazing sight to see.

Animal carvings embedded in the Tree of Life include:

  • Lion
  • Deer
  • Eagle
  • Monkey
  • Pelican
  • Rhinoceros
  • Hippopotamus
  • Bear
  • Scorpions
  • Dolphin

A large group of flamingos standing in the water


Discover secrets of the fabulous pink flamingos who grace lakes and lagoons around the world.

Two vultures with their wings spread out, at Disneys Animal Kingdom park


Uncover the truth about the magnificent vulture—perhaps the most misunderstood bird on the planet.

2 African elephants with tusks caressing each other's faces with their trunks

Disney Animals at Walt Disney World Resort

Revel in the magnificence of our elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and more—and in the depth of Disney’s worldwide commitment to wildlife conservation.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

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  • For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, please call (407) 939-5277.
  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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