The Oasis Exhibits at Animal Kingdom park in Walt Disney World are probably one of the most overlooked attractions in the entire park. Everyone that visits the park walks right through the Oasis when they enter or leave the Animal Kingdom. But I get the feeling that most guests don’t realize there are quite a few animal encounters to check out in this area.
The specific areas that define the Oasis are the two walkways to the right and the left after you scan your tickets. The Oasis ends when you reach the top of the walkway and the Tree of Life comes into view.
Here is the quick reference chart for the Oasis Exhibits. We’ll take a closer look at the animals you’ll find on down below.
The Oasis Exhibits
Animal Kingdom Attractions
Inside the entrance to the park.
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The Oasis Exhibits
Once you scan your ticket to enter the park you are left with a decision to go either to the left or right. Both pathways head up to Discovery Island. However, I prefer to go in on the right-hand side. There’s a few more animal encounters on this side of the Oasis.
Front and center (before the pathways) there’s a small pond where you’ll find a variety of different birds. Here we have the signage for the Roseate Spoonbill and African Spoonbill.
On this day there was a cast member out doing a few check-ups.
It’s a very scenic area.
My favorite animal in the Oasis is the Black Swan. There are usually two of them, but one died earlier this year from my understanding. Black Swans tend to mate for life and usually live anywhere from 30-40 years.
I’m pretty sure that this swan is over 30. If I remember the story right, they were brought here when the Animal Kingdom opened and at that point were around 10 years old.
I’m sure she’s pretty lonely without her mate.
Moving on, we’ll take a walk up the far right side of the Oasis. Here’s a look at the pathway. Notice how it veers off in places. These are the areas where you’ll want to stop to see the different animal encounters.
The first encounter is the Reeve’s Muntjac which resembles a small deer.
There’s the little fellow. I often find him resting under the rock area. This is a good time to point out that all of the exhibits have signage. If the animal isn’t out, typically the signage will have a cover over it. Sometimes you have to look pretty good to find the animal.
On the upper portion of the right-side, there is a Babirusa. I’ve seemed to have lost my Babirusa photo, but you can rest assured he’s usually there. This little guy is often moving around a good bit.
Before you reach the top there is a separate pathway across the middle that joins both sides of the walkway. For reference, it’s the way that most people don’t go. You will want to go this way while touring the Oasis Exhibits.
Here you’ll find a Rhinoceros Iguana!
Sometimes he’s resting in the shade.
Other days he’s out a little bit closer resting on a rock.
Another fun animal past the iguana exhibit is the Wallaby. I deem this animal the hardest to find of all the different exhibits. I’ve been visiting him for a few years now and I’ve only seen him up close one time.
It’s kind of like where’s Waldo? If you look in the very center of the picture, the wallaby looks like a silhouette at the back of the exhibit.
Across the way is another small body of water. Additionally, you’ll see several large trees and a bird perch. In the mornings it used to be common to find some of the macaws out on the perch. But I haven’t seen any lately.
This lagoon area has a variety of different ducks like the Rosybill Pochard pictured below.
And the beautiful Black-necked Swan.
Here are a few in the distance. You’ll find several viewing areas here.
This is also where you’ll find the suspension bridge that crosses by the waterfall.
Rarely will you find anyone here, and the area is delightful. Children adore these types of things.
Here’s a look from the bridge where it passes the waterfall.
And it ends here in the covered seating area. If you want to meet someone at the front of the park, this is a good place to wait. Especially on those humid summer days in Florida.
And this is the view out from the cave where you will end up. Guests are coming and going from the right and left sides. (This is an older picture below.)
On the opposite walkway, there’s one more encounter that I’ve yet to mention. And that’s the Southern Giant Anteater, another unique animal in the Oasis. Usually, I stop by to see this one on the way out of the park.
But if you are afraid you might forget, walk over and visit her before you cross the suspension bridge into the park. She always surprises me with her size, and often she’s fairly busy. I doubt you’ll miss her if she is in her exhibit.
As you can see there’s quite a few animal exhibits in the Oasis. Taking the time to enjoy this area of the park usually leaves me feeling like I know a secret that everyone else passing me by doesn’t. I hope that it will leave you feeling that way too!
Try here too view a list of all the Animal Kingdom attractions with reviews.
The Animal Kingdom is full of special hidden places like The Oasis that many guests miss. For more information on these areas you might like the following reviews:
- Discovery Island Trails
- Maharajah Jungle Trek (Tigers)
- A Walk Through Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
- Rafiki’s Planet Watch
You might also enjoy learning about the Disney World Resort Hotels. If you are interested in staying near Animal Kingdom, you might enjoy these:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort at Disney
- Pop Century Resort Review
Do you ever take the time to check out all of the cool exhibits in The Oasis at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? I hope you will on your next visit. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you find!