Animal Kingdom • Hidden Gems In The World


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Harambe: Stop for a moment outside the door of the Dawa Bar. You’ll swear that you can hear talking, a radio, dishes clanging and a knocking sound. Rumor has it that the knocking is the landlady trying to collect rent from the students living in the “hotel” above the bar. The students are apparently finding other places for their money.

Behind Tusker House there’s an outside eating area. Have a seat and see if you can hear the sound effects of someone cooking up a meal.

Make some music! You can find large African drums and other instruments on the outskirts of Africa on the path leading towards Asia. This is along the banks of the Discovery River, across from Tamu Tamu Refreshments.


In Asia, look for the prayer trees draped in scarves. In India, this tradition is done to honor loved ones who have passed on.

While waiting in line for Kali River Rapids, take note of all of the detail that has gone in to this queue area. See if you can spot the geckos in the owner’s office. After (or instead of?) riding make sure to stop on the bridge above the ride where you can drench some unsuspecting rider.


In the DinoLand Boneyard, try to find the Xylobone. They are off to the right, behind the jeep. Try lifting up on one of the crates to hear the animal inside growl. While here, don’t forget to go up and over the bridge to find even more fun!

Discovery Island

Spend some time walking around the Tree Of Life on the paths and checking it out from different angles. It is really an amazing work of art, with 320 animals carved in to it.

Check out all of the beautiful paintings and other details that have gone in to each room at Pizzafari.

Look for the playful otters on Discovery Island

Next time you are in It’s Tough To Be A Bug, at the end of the show, when you are asked to remain seated, look up at the ceiling to see all of the bugs flying OUT! This might take your mind off of the ones that you feel crawling under you!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

When riding the train to Conservation Station, try riding in the back car and be sure to talk to the conductor. They always have interesting stuff to share.

Be sure to look around at Conservation Station. There are so many interesting things to see over there.

Spend some time talking to the cast members about the animals in the Affection Section for the low-down on their tame friends.


Make sure to catch the awakening about 15 minutes before the park opens, as Rafiki welcomes the new day near the front entrance.

Keep your eyes open for Wes Palm, the walking, talking, teasing Palm Tree. He is usually found somewhere in the Oasis, but he’s hard to pick out. Look for the CM traveling with him.

Keep your eyes open for DeVine, a performance artist dressed in foliage. She also blends in and might jump out to surprise you!

Have kids collect Conservation Stamps throughout Animal Kingdom. They can learn some fun and interesting facts along the way, chatting with CM’s.

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