Discovery Island Trails

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One of the many great things about going to Walt Disney World without kids is that you can take time to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually up at the crack of dawn and running around all day with my friends. But every once in a while we take a little breather and get away from the hustle and bustle of the beaten path. There are several ways to escape the crowds and craziness of the parks throughout Disney property. I find when I take a break to check out a hidden gem like the Discovery Island Trails, I’m rejuvenated and ready for more touring. As a Disney dork I really enjoy taking in all of the Disney’s detail. I’ll take a look at several of these places in future blogs.

Today’s entry is dedicated to a hidden gem in the Animal Kingdom. On my last trip, my friend and I got the opportunity to explore the Discovery Island Trails. It seems like most people don’t know about these paths so they are rarely crowded, providing a nice retreat. Guests can find entry points at several points in the center of Discovery Island, the central area of the park. The paths allow you to get a close view of the Tree of Life. The tree’s bark is composed of carvings of animals all over its trunk. While it’s easy to spot some of the animals from far away, they are really incredible from these paths. You can see the details of the bald eagle’s feathers and how different creatures meld together to create the complete picture. We spent at least a half an hour just wandering and pointing out the different animals. I hope you’ll do the same on one of your next trips to Animal Kingdom.

Next week I’ll feature my favorite performance group around World Showcase…

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Posted on March 24, 2009

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