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Animal Kingdom's Wildlife Express Train

Take a journey on the Wildlife Express Train for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the inner workings of Walt Disney Worldís Animal Kingdom theme park.

This slow-moving and authentic-looking locomotive gently rides the rails behind the scenes of the savannah, on a journey between the Harambe station and Rafikiís Planet Watch.

The train journey Harambe station to Rafikiís Planet Watch is just over a mile long and it typically lasts about 7 to 8 minutes, which is plenty of time to simply catch your breath and relax between fun-filled adventures in the parks.

With your entertaining and knowledgeable guide on your train trip, youíll find this a fun and interesting little excursion for the whole family.

Rafikiís Planet Watch

Rafikiís Planet Watch is filled with plenty of educational activities that offer lots of fun for all ages, while still providing an awareness of some of the issues that our planet and its animals are facing today.

Getting an up-close and personal look of the behind-the-scenes action that keeps Disneyís Animal Kingdom Park operating seamlessly, will also help to instill a sense of the hard work and dedication to conservation that Disney is involved with, with the care of their animals.

Children of all ages will be invited to take part in the educational activities, so this is definitely an attraction that will appeal to the while family.

After taking in the educational activities and tours offered at Rafikiís Planet Watch, guests will once again board the Wildlife Express Train for their return journey to the Harambe platform.

This return journey takes a different route from the first, and it typically lasts about 5 minutes.

The Wildlife Express Train is generally operational between the hours of 8.30 AM and 5.50 PM.

It is important to always first verify whether an attraction that you are interested in is going to be working on the day that you visit the park.

Walt Disney World routinely suspends operation of some of their most popular attractions, even their trains, in order to perform the maintenance that will ensure everything is running smoothly for park guests.

Locomotives

There are three locomotives that make up the Wildlife Express Train attraction and while the trains are slow-moving on their peaceful journey through the behind-the-scenes landscape, the attraction moves rapidly overall.

Wait times are very often within reasonable limits, which will ensure that your kids donít get bored while waiting for the train.

The train is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and guests may remain in their wheelchair for the duration of the train journey.

Strollers are permitted on the train.

Guests are reminded several times on the train journey that they need to remain seated and ensure that their children also remain seated for the duration of the trip.

Keep this in mind when you are on the train, as the train conductors have been known to halt the train until all guests are once again seated.

The Wildlife Express train is a peaceful break from the walking and from the hustle and bustle of the parks in general. Sit back and enjoy your journey.

By Marie Ospina
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