Category Archives: Discovery Island

Island Mercantile, One of the Four Themed Discovery Island Shops

Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has four different shops for you to spend some time (and money) in while you visit the park. However, as with everything Disney, there’s more to the story of these shops. Over the next few weeks we’re going to take a closer look at each of the four stores and the theme that is tied to each one. We begin today with Island Mercantile.

Island Mercantile Exterior

Island Mercantile is located to the left of the entrance to Discovery Island. As you approach the store you’ll notice carvings of different, brightly colored animals. When you walk inside, you’ll see that this carries over into the interior as well. But look closely. Can you spot a theme that connects the different pieces of decoration?

The Island Mercantile is centered around animals that migrate as well as animals that work.  These types of animals are all over the store, from the decorations on the wall to the lighting.

Animals Working to Hold the Lights

Wall Shelving With Migrating Salmon

More Animals that Work

The Beavers Help with the Checkout Area

Come back next Thursday as we take a closer look at Disney Outfitters.

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Animal Kingdom’s Village Beatniks Say Farewell

The musical group, The Village Beatniks, are part of the daily entertainment found inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The group consists of five members, all playing some sort of percussion based instrument, and honoring the story of Discovery Island. A very interactive band, they always brought members of the crowd in to play along on some of the instruments.

The Village Beatniks

Sadly, after entertaining crowds for the past 12 years, the Village Beatniks will be saying farewell to the Animal Kingdom. According to Disney, the Village Beatniks will be discontinued Sunday, September 26, with their final performance on Saturday, September 25, 2010. If you are going to be in the area between now and then, take some time to catch these guys before they say their final farewell to the park!

Thanks for 12 years of great entertainment!

Try Animal Kingdom’s Pizzafari and You Can Have Pizza For Breakfast!

There aren’t many options in the Animal Kingdom if you’re hungry for a quick breakfast but Pizzafari can fit the need and still be tasty! Part of Discovery Island and found as you head towards Africa, Pizzafari maintains the bright, colorful look of Discovery Island.


And for those of you that get up and head out of your resort without even thinking about breakfast, you’re in luck. Pizzafari serves up a breakfast menu until 10:30am.

Serving Breakfast

Service Counter and Kitchen

The menu includes a couple of hearty breakfast dishes as well as some lighter options. But for us, it’s Pizzafari, so we had to have the breakfast pizza! It was different than we expected, light and fluffy dough topped with egg, cheese, as well as red and green peppers, but it was still very tasty, and very filling.

Breakfast Pizza

All around, Pizzafari is a great option for a quick and delicious breakfast. Being counter service allows it to be less expensive and less time-consuming, but you can still sit at one of the many indoor tables and relax in one of the many brightly colored (and themed) rooms. More on that to come in a later post!

Breakfast Menu

Adult Breakfast Platter – scrambled eggs, hash browns, biscuit, choice of bacon or sausage $6.29

Breakfast Pizza $5.49

Biscuit and Sausage Gravy $3.69

Kids French Toast – French toast sticks, apple sauce, grapes $4.39

Mixed Fruit Cup $3.39

Yogurt $1.99

Cereal with Low-Fat Milk – Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Raisin Bran $3.09

Cinnamon Roll $2.99

Muffins – Blueberry, Chocolate-chip, Apple Cinnamon $2.59

Danish – Apple, Cherry, Cheese $2.39

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Discovery Island Quiet Spot

When visiting the Animal Kingdom it’s nice to stop and grab a bite to eat from Flame Tree BBQ on Discovery Island. Behind this counter service restaurant is a great little seating area where you can eat in a serene setting while enjoying the view of Asia and Expedition Everest across the water. This whole area is full of hidden, beautiful detail that most visitors probably just pass right by. Take some time out from your touring to really explore down by the water, eat a relaxing lunch, and enjoy the view!

Discovery Island Quiet Spot

Tree of Life – Another Look

Standing 145 feet tall, the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the heart of Discovery Island. More than 300 animals were carved into the trunk and branches, blending in with the natural look of the Tree. At the bottom the roots twist and feed right into the landscape around the base, becoming part of the habitat for a variety of animals, including otters, lemurs, red kangaroo, and more. The Tree can be admired up close in the queue for It’s Tough to be a Bug, as well as around the Tree of Life trails, which are worth the time to explore. For a far away, take it all in at once view, why not walk around to the path between Africa and Asia? Different animal carvings can be seen and it is a great photo spot with the lush, living landscape surrounding the manmade Tree.

Tree of Life (as seen from back) - Animal Kingdom, April 2010

Beautiful Birds

The Animal Kingdom is full of beautiful creatures big and small, but these macaws are some of the most striking with their bold colors.

Macaw - Animal Kingdom, April 2010

Macaw Up Close - Animal Kingdom, April 2010


These beautiful, bright birds noticed us spying on them through the trees at the Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom - November 2009