Disney's Animal Kingdom Discovery River - DAK - WDW - Safari Village - Tree of Life

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DAK - Entrance
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DAK - The Oasis
The 'main street' of Animal Kingdom.
DAK - Safari Village
The hub of Animal Kingdom.
DAK - It's Tough to be A Bug
The 3D show in the Tree of Life Theater
DAK - March of the ARTimals
The defunct March of the ARTimals non-parade.
DAK - DinoLand
Countdown to Extinction; the Boneyard.
DAK - Discovery River
Disney Radio Cruise (formerly River Taxi, formerly Boat Ride). You are here!
DAK - Asia
New in 1999: Maharajah Jungle Trek, Kali River Rapids
DAK - Africa
Africa: Harambe village.
DAK - Kilimanjaro Safaris
Join our photo safari
DAK - Pangani Forest
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - gorillas and more.
DAK - Conservation Station
Take the Wildlife Express to Conservation Station
DAK - Camp Minnie-Mickey
Festival of the Lion King; website links
DAK - Beastly Kingdom
Rumors and plans for DAK's next land
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Disney's Animal Kingdom
Safari Village: Radio Disney River Cruise
Formerly Discovery River Taxi; formerly Discovery RiverBoat Tour

August 1999 Update:Discovery River will soon be without boats again. The Radio Disney River Cruises will end on August 21st. You'll see that this isn't new - Disney hasn't figured out the secret to success with Discovery River's boats. Is there another iteration in the future? Stay tuned.
March 1999 Update:It's now called Radio Disney River Cruise! They've repainted all the boats in bright colors and added DJs. Not necessarily improvements in either case. It's still not an 'attraction' - just a boat ride.
January 1999 Update:An early December visit found the Discovery River Taxis closed. The entrance signs were draped and potted plants placed across the entry, so it seems to be only temporary. It re-opened for the Christmas holiday and is now closed again.

November 1998 Update: The Discovery River Boat Tour, closed in September, re-opened as Discovery River Taxis. By changing the name, Disney's attempting to get over the earlier problems: the line-ups were very long, and there were complaints from guests that it wasn't worth the wait. So they're now called River Taxis - functionally more accurate. However, you can still take the original tour on our site...

On our way from DinoLand U.S.A. to Asia, we took the Discovery River Boat Tour. Alternatively, you can walk through Safari Village (stay to the right) to the Asia bridge.

You can enter the Discovery River Boat Tour from beside the bridge to DinoLand U.S.A. There is another entrance beside the bridge to Oasis, however it is usually signed asking you to use the DinoLand bridge side.

For some reason, this ride has a long queue - often 45 minutes when the other attractions in the park have queues under 15 minutes!

The cruise takes you around the Tree of Life, giving you another perspective

By a welcoming bird (a white stork)

A mystery mammal

Watch out for hot spring geysers

And the dragon's cave (a hint of the future Beastly Kingdom?)

Be prepared for a few surprises on your cruise. After all, this is Disney. (On our first cruise, we heard that it would be named the "Critter Cruise" soon. They did introduced 'critters' like spiders)

We exit the cruise in Asia (in June 98, the boat was doing only round trips back to Safari Village; in September 98, the ride closed; in November 98 it re-opened as Discovery River Taxis, closed and has only re-opened for peak holiday crowds. In March 99, it re-opened as Disney Radio River Cruise, and it closed in August 1999).

Asia's next!
The tour continues to Asia - click here!