Disney’s Animal Kingdom has replaced the Magic Kingdom as Walt Disney World’s new construction kingdom, though don’t tell, “the hub” and Disney Springs that. In order to finally make Animal Kingdom worthy of a full day’s worth of your attention and prepare for the increased crowds that are expected once the Avatar inspired land opens in 2017, construction has overtaken multiple areas of the park with still more to come in the days ahead. Discovery Island is at the center of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and so as you might rightfully expect it is at the heart of the construction taking place in recent days. Construction that has affected one of our favorite exhibits in the entire park. We are talking about non other than the cotton-top tamarin exhibit that was a wondrous lively and beautiful sight with the majestic Tree of Life in the background. Now the exhibit has been relocated to just across from the Creature Comforts gift shop as you approach the bridge to Animal Kingdom’s Africa.
At first glance, the new exhibit really brings a nice visual draw to the area that had been relatively barren before. It loses the Tree of Life as a visual accompaniment but in some ways the cotton-top tamarins in their new location could be more visible because guests entering the park are usually trying to decide where to go (Expedition Everest or Kilimanjaro Safaris) and often overlook the beauty right in front of them. At their new off-to-the-side location the endangered cotton-top tamarins will provide a change of pace with little to distract guests’ attention away from them. That is important because these creatures are absolutely incredible something you will notice if you ever have a chance to meet them.
The exhibit is nearly completed and we’ll update you once the tamarins are introduced to their new home. For now the exhibit represents just another step for Disney’s Animal Kingdom as it marches towards what should be a very bright future. Discovery Island is under the siege of construction at the moment but when it all emerges from behind construction walls, guests will find an enhanced central hub with more to do, see and enjoy. A new day approaches Disney’s Animal Kingdom so make sure to check back this week for more coverage of the changes taking place within Discovery Island.