Unfortunately, one of the most overlooked attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom of Walt Disney World is Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Those who do take the time to visit this section of the theme park are treated to not only a behind the scenes look at Disney World’s fourth theme park, but are also given the chance to be educated a bit on the park and the animals which inhabit it.
To get to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, guests must find the Harambe Train Station located on the east side of the Harambe Village. They board the train there for a short 5.5 minute ride to the location of the attraction.
Once at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, guests disembark and are offered several different areas to visit which reinforce the idea of conservation, animal care, animal biology, etc. Some of those sections are shown below with short descriptions:
- Habitat Habit – this short trail gives guests a chance to view cotton-top tamarins as well as some info on how to best share our world with all animals.
- Affection Section – as the name of the section indicates, here is your chance to get up close and touch some of the creatures which definitely is a favorite of young kids.
- Conservation Station – this center houses several other attractions dedicated to the care of animals.
- Animal Cams – guests operate video cameras allowing them to follow gorillas, hippos, bats, etc (found in other areas of Animal Kingdom).
- Animal Health & Care – tour the veterinary labs and research facilities.
- Eco Heroes – video kiosks allowing guests a chance to see clips of famous biologists and conservationists.
- EcoWeb – computer links to various other conservations organizations from around the world.
- Rafiki’s Planet Watch Video – Hosted by Rafiki of Lion King fame, this video offers some information about endangered species.
- Song of the Rainforest – a 3-d show surrounding guests with the audio one would hear in a real rainforest.
The Rafiki’s Planet Watch definitely gives guests a chance to relax a bit in Animal Kingdom, especially if you have little ones who enjoy animals. Well worth the time (unless your just into rides).
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Thanks to JPL1311 who provided the video shown above.