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When Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, the hub of the park was referred to as Safari Village and served as a departure point to all the different areas of the park. In December of 2000, the name was changed to Discovery Island. Perhaps this was to honor the dearly departed Discovery Island and to go along with the Discovery River circling the Tree of Life. The name may also have been changed because guests were often confused and thought this area was the place to board the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Beastly Bazaar: An Opening Day shop located to the right of the bridge to Asia, it sold various souvenirs such as T-shirts, stuffed toys, name mugs and hats. In 1999 it focused on items from the Tree of Life and It's Tough to be a Bug. In 2000 the shop featured surf and island wear. The shop changed formats again in 2003 and featured chocolate, candy and home decor. It closed in August of 2012 and in May of 2013 it became the Adventurers Outpost meet-and-greet area.
Creature Comforts: An Opening Day shop that sold kids clothing, plush and other souvenir items, It was located to the left of the bridge to Africa. It closed on January 4, 2015 and reopened as a Starbucks location on June 19, 2015.
Wonders of the Wild: This was the name of the Disney Outfitters shop from 1999-2001. During this time, it sold nature-themed gifts. It then reverted back to the original Disney Outfitters name.
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