With the path on the back side of the Tree of Life finally reopening last month, I thought it would be prudent to take a look around.
Other than providing a unique vantage point to enjoy the more than 325 animal carvings on the Tree of Life, the primary purpose of this path is to disseminate guests as they exit It’s Tough To Be A Bug.
The path, which is pictured above as it neared completion, also more directly connects the area just in front of Africa on Discovery Island to the area just in front of Asia across from Adventurers Outpost also on Discovery Island.
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of reading one of thos,e “SIX BEST KEPT SECRETS OF DISNEY WORLD,” you’ve probably seen “SECRET PATHS WALT DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT” as #4.
But using the path may save a minute or two versus using the more popular path that connects Africa and Asia and is a pleasant walk so long as you don’t run into the few moments after a Bug show releases.
While we’re here, I would again remind you that the Tree of Life Awakenings are a must see in the evening.
These shows, each of which lasts about five minutes, begin shortly after dusk with a new vignette beginning every 15 minutes or so through about a half hour after Park close.
So even if you hop on Everest last thing, you should have an opportunity to catch a show as you exit. There are several different vignettes though so it’s worth dropping by a couple of times throughout the evening if you can. If you have any interest in shopping, you can pop into either Island Mercantile or Riverside Depot and then once you hear the music start, head outside to catch a show. They are typically easy enough to see with no real threat of shoulder kids or anything. If your view is blocked, just head back up the bridge on the way to The Oasis where the ground is elevated. There’s plenty of room.
Otherwise, the Tree stays lit up throughout the evening with a variety of different animations that make it look like animals are scampering around.
We’re still waiting on other sections of the Discovery Island Trails to open.
Soon, little guy.
The lemurs are not much for posing for the camera.
You’ve got to be quick with the macaws.
A few more pictures, first from the newly reopened path and then from around town:
We’ll see what’s going on in Africa next.