Animal Kingdom | Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Rafiki’s Planet Watch, including the Conservation Station, will reopen in the summer of 2019 after being closed as a seasonal attraction.
Immerse in a plethora of exhibits and activities at Rafiki’s Planet Watch’s main facility.
Opening Day: April 22, 1998
Type of Ride: Center for animal exhibits, demonstrations, and activities
Age Recommendation: All ages
Duration of Ride: Unlimited
Typical Queue Time: None
Single Rider Line: No
FastPass+: No. Visit our FastPass+ Guide for more information on FastPass+.
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: No
Type of Vehicle: None
Type of Restraint: None
Attraction Open During EMH: No. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: No
Height Requirements: None
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: Yes
Shopping: Apparel, bags, books, and animal plush dolls are available for purchase at “Out of the Wild.”
Dining/Refreshment: No dining options are available at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. In Harambe, in the park’s Africa section, guests craving a quick service lunch or dinner should consider eating at Harambe Market, where offerings such as skewers, flatbreads, and grilled vegetables are served. Those preferring a sit down meal can make ADRs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Tusker House buffet. Tusker House serves a mixture of American and African dishes at all three meals with regular appearances from Donald Duck and friends.
Restroom: Facilities are situated at the Conservation Station.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Animal Kingdom smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.
Conservation Station Fun Facts
Did you know?
- Conservation Station is only accessible via the Wildlife Express Train from the Animal Kingdom’s Africa section. You will not wander into Conservation Station on foot. A walk of about six minutes is required to reach Conservation Station from the train station.
- The Conservation Station building is adorned with a large animal collage. The building’s lobby contains a massive, colorful mural.
- Varied activities are offered at Conservation Station. Here, guests can enjoy rotating shows featuring animals in their habitats; view tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and snakes; join Grandmother Willow from Pocahontas (1995) in listening to the sounds, both good and destructive, of a rainforest; watch actual veterinary treatments of animals that weigh less than 500 pounds; learn about conservation efforts being attempted around the world; view nutritionists preparing meals for the animals; look into animal care areas via camera; and watch scientists investigate relevant wildlife issues.
- Reported treatments in the veterinary room have included regular examinations, dental procedures, and radiography.
- Conservation Station features an exhibit where guests can learn about animal feces. Here, a table is lined with stuffed animals and their respective poop samples, encased such as to obviate odor, as well fecal concoctions, including paper derived from elephant dung. For two weeks in the summer of 2015, respective chocolate snacks based on giraffe, elephant, tamarin and hippo poop were sold at Zuri’s Sweets Shop.
- From the Animal Kingdom’s opening day, April 22, 1998, until 2001, Conservation Station was the name for the entire area of the park accessed via the Wildlife Express Train, including Conservation Station and Affection Section. In 2001, “Rafiki’s Planet Watch” was implemented as the moniker for the overall area in an effort to attract more guests; Rafiki is the baboon shaman from The Lion King (1994).
- During the scheduled “It All Started with a Mouse” show, guests at Conservation Station can view animals such as parrots, porcupines, sheep, pigs, and birds of prey while listening to educational commentary from Cast Members, who also make references to Walt Disney’s love of animals and classic Disney films, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Bambi (1942).
- Character meets, including Rafiki and Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins, are available near the Conservation Station.
Numerous Hidden Mickeys can be found within Conservation Station’s murals, including in an ostrich eye.
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Top 5 Tips for Conservation Station
- Conservation Station is better skipped by guests who are on a hectic schedule and who are primarily interested in thrill rides. Conservation Station is meant to be lingered over; guests will not gain much here by a quick walkthrough.
- Guests wanting to view veterinary treatments at Conservation Station should visit as early as possible. The treatments usually culminate by 11:30 AM.
- Conservation Station is a must-experience attraction for animal aficionados.
- Be sure to eat before journeying to Conservation Station if you are hungry. No restaurants are featured at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
- Consider watching movies such as The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Bambi before your visit such as to better appreciate Conservation Station.