PHOTOS, VIDEO: Discovery Island Trail and Kangaroos Return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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On Friday, a few old friends came back to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.


The Discovery Island Trail located behind the Tree of Life reopened, allowing guests to walk under the Tree for the first time in almost 2 years. The trails around the center of the Island are still closed, but it is nice to have this small area back in the park. Personally, this has always been a space I have used to escape the crowds in the park.






There is some wildlife to see along the path, including some porcupines and a large tortoise.






We also have a short video walkthrough of the trail for you to enjoy:

Kangaroos have also been gone from the park for two years now, but they returned on Friday to a habitat located just behind the Flamingo area towards the front of the Tree of Life.


The zoom on my video camera is better for viewing the kangaroos (who are rather far away), so check them out in the video below:

It’s nice too ee these offerings return as work on the expansion of the park begins to wrap up, hopefully fully completed by the Summer of 2017.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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