In this, the second post in our series about the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you can see and so in the Oasis and Discovery Island areas of the park.
Oasis Rides and Attractions
The Oasis area of the park is the first area that you’ll see as you walk through the entrance, and it has one attraction, the Oasis Exhibits. These consist of garden pathways leading from the park entrance to Discovery Island, in the centre of the park. You can access other areas of the park from Discovery Island.
Amidst the tropical trees and plants of the Oasis Exhibits, you should be able to spot a range of birds and animals, including sloths and tree kangaroos. There are a number of viewing points along the way.
Dining in Oasis
There is one dining venue in the Oasis area of the park – the Rainforest Cafe. This is one of two Rainforest Cafes in the Walt Disney World Resort, with the other being situated in Downtown Disney.
The Rainforest Cafe has restaurants throughout the world. The design of each restaurant in the chain incorporates waterfalls, trees and animatronic animals. You’ll hear the the sounds of the rainforest as you eat your meal and even experience a sudden thunderstorm.
The menu includes a wide range of dishes, including burgers, salads, steak, pasta and seafood dishes, and there is a great choice of desserts and drinks. There is also a children’s menu for the under-10s.
The Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has two entrances – one just outside of the main gates and one in the Oasis area of the park. There is also a shop within the cafe, which sells a wide range of themed gifts.
Shopping in Oasis
There are two shops in the Oasis area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Garden Gate Gifts, which stocks camera supplies and other products, and The Outpost Shop, where you can buy Disney-themed clothing, toys and souvenirs.
Exploring the Oasis Exhibits will take you straight to Discovery Island, and you can access all the other areas of the park from here.
Discovery Island Rides and Attractions
Discovery Island is easily recognisable. Its centrepiece,the park’s Tree of Life, is 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide and can be seen from throughout the theme park. It has 325 carvings of animals in its bark, so it’s worth getting close to it to take a look.
The second of the three attractions within the Discovery Island area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, is situated within the roots of the Tree of Life. It’s Tough to be a Bug! is a 3D movie and multimedia show featuring characters from the animated movie, “A Bug’s Life”. It’s a great family attractions, but be warned – very young children may find elements of it a little scary.
Finally, you can explore the Discovery Island Trails, a series of paths along which you’ll find viewing areas so you can stop to enjoy watching animals such as kangaroos, monkeys, lemurs and river otters.
Dining at Discovery Island
There are four different dining venues in the Discovery Island area of the park: Safari Coffee; Safari Kiosk; Pizzafari; and Flame Tree Barbecue.
Safari Coffee serves a range of drinks and snacks, whilst the Safari Kiosk sells corn dogs. Pizzafari is a counter service restaurant with a menu which includes pizzas, salad, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Flame Tree Barbecue is another counter service restaurant and serves a range of BBQ food, including ribs and sandwiches, as well as fries, desserts and drinks.
Shopping at Discovery Island
There are four shops in the Discovery Island section of the park: Beastly Bazaar, which sells gifts and sweets; Creature Comforts, which sells toys and gifts; Disney Outfitters, which sells Disney-themed clothing and other souvenirs; and Island Mercantile, which sells themed souvenirs and is a Disney pin trading location.
In the next post in this series, we’ll be taking a look at what’s on offer in the Camp Minnie-Mickey and Africa sections of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.