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At A Glance  

From The Oasis, visitors take a bridge to Safari Village, the central hub of all the action in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Bright blues, aquas, reds, yellows and greens are featured in the design of the buildings and shops, suggesting a tropical village marketplace in the jungles of Africa, Asia and Polynesia.

Wood, stone and ceramic animals peek out from every crack and crevice of the buildings. Disney hired 50 artisans from the Indonesian island of Bali to create hundreds of pieces of original artwork for the Village. Safari Village also offers a guide to wait times for all the Animal Kingdom attractions.

Safari Village
The Tree of Life
It's Tough to be a Bug
Discovery River Boats
Flame Tree Barbeque
Island Mercantile
Beastly Bazaar
Creature Comforts
Disney Outfitters

The Safari Village area is host to The Tree of Life, the main symbol of Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the Discovery River Boats.

Strolling entertainment throughout Safari Village includes storytelling (Wanyama Hekaya); live music from the Safari Village bands and "living art" (Haijenga).

Dining in Safari Village is meant for the expeditious diner. Quick and tasty are the words du jour. Oven-baked goods are the order of the day at Pizzafari, and smoked BBQ platters and sandwiches grace the menu at Flame Tree Barbecue.

Tons of Animal Kingdom merchandise can be had from Safari Villages two main shops Island Mercantile (for the usual assortment of key chains, T-shirts, stuffed toys and magnets) and Disney Outfitters (for pricier apparel and gifts). For those who haven't had enough merchandise, Beastly Bazaar and Creature Comforts gift shops flank the right and left sides of the Village, respectively.

Disney's attention to detail is overwhelmingly evident in Safari Village. Everywhere you look there's something new to experience. Small animals drawn into tiles, painted into corners and carved into every niche. The land's vibrant colors and playful scenery set the stage for a great day at the park.

For sheer "wow-value," the Tree of Life stands tall against Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth and Earful Tower at DAK's sister parks. It is truly something to behold. It towers over the whole park. When you're not gazing at its impressive size, you can easily spend hours finding animals in every crack, crevice, leaf, piece of bark and branch.

"It's Tough to Be a Bug" takes engaging elements from the "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" (exciting 3-D technology, eye-popping animatronics, campy storyline) and gives them even-greater verve. This is definitely one show you'll want to see again and again. Leading up to "Bug" show, are some cute "Coming Attraction" posters - "A Cockroach Line," "Web Side Story" and "Beauty and the Bees," to name a few - that provide entertainment while waiting in line. Parents should be cautioned, however, that part of the ride is a bit scary. And repeat-viewers should be careful not to spoil any of the tricks for fellow guests who haven't seen the show before. There is no age limit on the show.

The Safari Village Band is definitely worth stopping for. Check your Adventurer's Guide for times when they are playing.


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