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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!

Details in the Story of the Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Village

A couple of months ago we focused on the fictional village of Harambe which sets the scene for the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you missed that post, take a minute to click on the link to read up on the history of the area. As you remember, the village was able to declare its own freedom in 1961. If you look closely in Africa you will spot items that celebrate this important date in the village’s history.

Carved into one of the building structures in Africa

According to the story of Harambe, it once was surrounded by a fortress and all that remains are the footprints of the old walls on the pavement. These can be spotted all around the perimeter of Harambe.

Old Wall Remains

If you look around throughout Africa you might come across the word “Uhuru” which is Swahili for “freedom”. Again, this is in honor of the year that Harambe was able to give the people the right of being decision-makers for the village.

Bench in Harambe Marking the Freedom of 1961

Be sure to take time to explore Harambe when you visit again. There is so much detail for you to spot, if you know what you’re looking for.

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Bird Sanctuary inside the Maharajah Jungle Trek

Inside the Animal Kingdom’s Asia is the fictional town of Anandapur. The Maharajah Jungle Trek takes guests just outside this village and into the ruins of a former sultan’s palace. This place has a story of its own, which we will address one day in the future here, but for today, we’re focusing on the aviary. The palace has been worn away due to  years and years of weathering and what is now the bird sanctuary was once the grand ballroom inside the palace. When walking through the aviary be sure to look down because on the ground you will see the decorative tile flooring that once graced the ballroom. There are also formal columns left to be seen in the middle of the space. Of course you have to look up, down, and all around inside the aviary because it is filled with a variety of beautiful birds. A descriptive chart is available for guests to pick up to help identify the different types. This is another of the many locations in the Animal Kingdom that you want to slow down and enjoy your surroundings.

Inside the Maharajah Jungle Trek's Bird Sanctuary

Look All Around for the Different Birds

You're Being Watched, Too

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People of Harambe

Harambe, the fictional African village in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is not just about the safari or the animals, it’s about the people as well. When walking through the town be on the lookout; there’s always someone out representing the culture of the area, whether it be in live music or arts and crafts. Visitors to the area can take part in these special moments by joining in with the music or watching the craftsman work and asking questions about the work and pieces. These are very talented people and I’m sure they have stories to tell!

Join in, clap along, and dance!

Look for his pieces to purchase outside the shop.

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Where in the World? #14

Where in the World do you find this guy? Be specific! You can post your guess here, on our Twitter, or our Facebook page (links are found in the sidebar). Check back later for the full photo and answer and while you’re here be sure to check out our posts from this past week!

Where in the World is This?

Did you guess the Cretaceous Trail in Dinoland U.S.A at the Animal Kingdom? I know a couple of folks did!

Cretaceous Trail in the Animal Kingdom

Quick Shot – Entering the Forbidden Mountain

Journey into the Forbidden Mountain of Expedition Everest and you might find more than you bargained for hiding in the temples and caves.

Climbing Everest

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