5 Fun Things to Do at Disney’s Rafiki’s Planet Watch

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Explore Rafiki’s Planet Watch, located at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, where families learn about preservation and the care of animals. Start with a ride on the Wildlife Express, and then get ready to have fun learning. Discover 5 fun things to do at Disney’s Rafiki’s Planet Watch with its many opportunities for hands on and educational exhibits and activities, and yes, it’s all about the animals.

Animal Conservation Made Interesting at Disney’s Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Rafiki's Planet Watch at Disney Parks' Animal Kingdom
The entrance to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, a section of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Photo: Diana Rowe/Traveling Grandmom

Are you ready to learn about the preservation and care of animals at Rafiki’s Planet Watch? Located in Disney Park’s Animal Kingdom theme park, thrill seekers won’t find roller coasters in this section of the park, and you won’t need a FastPass to access the educational exhibits and activities.

It’s all about the animals, which makes total sense when you’re visiting Animal Kingdom.  This section of the park encourages kids and their parents to “Open Your Eyes To the World Around You.”

Go ahead and bring the multigenerational family as all ages will find Rafiki’s Planet Watch informative and interesting. For those with ambulatory limitations, Rafiki’s is also wheelchair accessible.

From your first step into this Disney park, you’ll feel like you’re on an African Safari, from the moment you step off the train into Rafiki’s Planet Watch.


5 Things to Do at Disney Parks’ Rafiki’s Planet Watch

1. Board the

All aboard the Wildlife Express to Rafiki's Planet Watch at Disney Parks' Animal Kingdom
All aboard the Wildlife Express to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Photo: Diana Rowe/Traveling Grandmom

Wildlife Express for a relaxing 7-minute, 1.2 mile train ride to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Your learning journey starts on the train as you’ll pass by several animal housing and veterinary facilities before arriving at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. (You will also board the Wildlife Express to leave Rafiki’s Planet Watch.)

2. Walk this way. Once you step off the train, the learning continues! Habitat Habit! is an outdoor discovery trail, lined with foliage and flowers, one of the few quiet places in Disney to stop and take a breather. Stop to say hello to the cotton-top tamarin monkeys.

3. Become a Wilderness Explorer. Pick up a free activity book with directions to complete challenges and earn adventure badges as you work your way around the Disney Park. TIP: Create a family challenge to see who can complete their Wilderness Explorer challenges first!

Wilderness Explorer at Rafiki's Planet Watch at Disney Parks' Animal Kingdom
Wilderness Explorer at Rafiki’s Planet Watch Photo: Diana Rowe / Traveling Grandmom

4. Spend a lot of time at Conservation Station. This building packs a lot of fun under one roof with so many interactive exhibits including Animals Encounters Stage, Veterinary Treatment Room, Backstage Tour, and more. On our visit, our multigenerational family and the Traveling Moms experienced a Disney character visit,watched surgery on a turtle in the Veterinary Treatment Room and learned about alligators on the Animal Encounters Stage. The grandkids also had their face painted here.

5. Encounter a variety of animals at Affection Section, an animal petting zoo with lots of animals, including goats and sheep, and interactive experiences.

The best part about your visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch?  While you’re having fun with your family exploring the park, you’ll also learn about animals.

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About The Author

Diana Rowe Denver-based freelance writer Diana Rowe is enjoying her ‘after 50″ life with her blended family of 5 adult children, 8 grandchildren (ages newborn to 15 years), a dog — and a very patient husband. For more than 20 years, she’s etched a living as a freelance writer, publishing hundreds of articles (online and print) ranging from family travel to girlfriend getaways to golf and hotel reviews. Diana specializes in multigenerational family travel and writes for numerous print and online publications. She also blogs about her various travel adventures with (and without) her family at http://travelinginheels.com. In addition to writing about her multigenerational family adventures as Traveling Grandmom, she also wears the hat of daily editor at TravelingMom.com

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