This picture of the main waterway through Animal Kingdom was snapped on our recent January trip. The dock was the loading area for one of the parks original attractions, the Discovery River Boats. This dock is now used as a character meet and greet area. The boat ride only lasted for about one year. Due to long waits and the lack of substantial scenery, it closed in 1999. However, some of the original vessels have recently returned to service as transportation on the Seven Seas Lagoon.