Rafiki’s Planet Watch At Disney’s Animal Kingdom To Reopen With “The Lion King” Celebration

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Fans of Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be happy to know that this area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen Summer of 2019.  The opening will include new enhancements as well as familiar experiences that guests have grown to love.

After Rafiki’s Planet Watch closed last year with some uncertainty as to why, the area will once again be open to guests with some enhancements.  Beginning this summer the entire area will reopen including Rafiki’s Planet Watch (Conservation Station), the Affection Section and the popular Wildlife Express Train.  

Rafiki’s Planet Watch will still include the animal encounters our guests love, as well as new experiences that draw from Disney’s rich heritage of wildlife animation, featuring a celebration of “The Lion King.” We cherish this special place where our guests and cast members can connect to the magic of nature and see the importance Disney places on animal care and conservation in our parks and around the world.”  Disney Parks Blog

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This area debut with the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998 as Conservation Station.  In 2001 it was renamed Rafiki’s Planet Watch and included some enhancements.  The current changes and enhancements will be the first update the area has had in some time.

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