Animal Kingdom News: Discovery Island Work Continues

Discovery Island is undergoing a series of enhancements as part of the largest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. As a result of this, when visiting the park, you will surely notice the installation of more construction walls and changes to the location of the FastPass+ kiosks around the various themed lands. To keep you up-to-date with all that's happening around Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, we would like to share the following news:


After a successful test, the FastPass+ kiosk located at the Harambe Breezeway, near Dawa Bar, will continue to be staffed. This location will open with park hours and close one hour before park close. The temporary FastPass+ kiosk located next to Kilimanjaro Safaris will no longer be available.

Effective Sunday, July 13, the Expedition Everest FastPass+ kiosk location will be closed. The nearest alternative kiosk is the one located at the entrance to Asia, across from Yak & Yeti (which moves to the Kali River Rapids area every day starting from 5 p.m.), which will continue to be available to all Guests.

From July 13, the mobile kiosks at Disney Outfitters, across from Flame Tree Barbeque, will be open all day. Below is an updated list of Animal Kingdom's FastPass+ kiosks and Regional Guest Relations locations:

FastPass+ kiosks:
  • Disney Outfitters (across from Flame Tree Barbecue)
  • Island Mercantile (this location can accommodate large parties and tour groups)
  • Entrance to Asia (across from Yak & Yeti - moves to Kali River Rapids at 5 p.m.)
  • Harambe Breezeway (Near Dawa Bar - closes one hour before park close)
Regional Guest Relations:
  • Island Mercantile
  • Entrance to Asia (at Drinkwallah, moves to Kali River Rapids at 5 p.m.)

In addition to that, two sets of animals are going to move backstage this week because of construction.

Beginning Monday, July 14, the cotton-top tamarins on Discovery Island will move backstage while their new home across from Creature Comforts is built. Guests can continue to see cotton-top tamarins at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Finally, the lemurs are expected to move backstage on Tuesday, July 15, in preparation for new construction walls to go up in phases during the week. The walls will stretch across the hub area in front of the Tree of Life. The lemurs are expected to be backstage until construction in the hub area is completed in November. In the same location, construction walls are expected to be removed this week around the area that used to include the Tip Board.

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