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Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom

While you're in the African Harambe Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom, board the Wildlife Express to Rafiki's Planet Watch, a peek at what goes into the maintenance of such a large-scale animal park and see how Disney keeps over 1700 animals happy and healthy.

The Wildlife Express

A rustic African train (complete with luggage on the roof), The Wildlife Express offers a unique and peaceful backstage view of Animal Kingdom.

As you journey behind the African Savanna, you will have the chance to check out some of Disney's animal buildings.

Once at the Rafiki's Planet Watch, you will find several attractions focusing on the environment, conservation, and species-survival efforts, including the Affection Section, a petting zoo, and Habitat Habit!

There is an exhibit featuring cotton-top tamarins.

Conservation Station

The largest area of Rafiki's Planet Watch is the Conservation Station, housing different, hands-on exhibits on animal feeding and training, as well as Live Animal Cams where you can observe the animals in their backstage homes.

If you are interested in veterinary medicine, there is a viewing area where guests can watch Disney's vets at work.

Medical procedures are most likely to be seen in the mornings between 9 am and 10am.

Characters Appearances

Many characters make appearances at Rafiki's Planet Watch, including Pocahontas and Meeko, Terk from Tarzan, and, of course, Rafiki himself!

Tip: The Wildlife Express is the only way to and from Rafiki's Planet Watch, so be mindful of the lines at the train station.

If there is a long wait at the station heading over, there will likely be a long wait coming back, so plan accordingly.

By Marie Ospina
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