PHOTOS: Discovery Island Walkway Closed for Refurbishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Shannen Ace

Construction walls and scrim at Discovery Island

PHOTOS: Discovery Island Walkway Closed for Refurbishment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A Discovery Island walkway where guests can usually observe flamingos and other creatures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is currently closed for construction.

Discovery Island Walkway Closed

Construction walls next to Otter Grotto

The walkway is in front of Island Mercantile, in the direction of Pizzafari. It’s next to Otter Grotto. Green construction walls block the walkway on both ends.

Construction walls blocking walkway

There are two walkways in this area. The one closest to the water around the Tree of Life is what’s closed, but guests can still walk on the other walkway to get through the area.

Construction walls and scrim at Discovery Island walkway

At the other end of the walkway (closer to Island Mercantile), we saw brown scrim up around the shade structure along the closed walkway. This structure is behind the construction walls, but the walls don’t block much from view.

Scrim around Wilderness Explorer location

This space is a Wilderness Explorers location. A Cast Member usually hangs out here to tell guests about the animals. There are also signs about some of the observable animals.

Construction walls at Wilderness Explorer location

During the construction work, a Wilderness Explorer Cast Member is instead stationed in front of the construction walls. Guests can pick up a Wilderness Explorer handbook to begin their self-guided journey, which sends them to kiosks throughout the park to collect over 25 badges. Read more about the Wilderness Explorer experience.

Construction walls and scrim at Discovery Island

We could still see signs behind the construction walls, including the Wilderness Explorer symbol on the structure.

Watch our video of Otter Grotto at Disney’s Animal Kingdom below.

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