Rafiki's Planet Watch

Rafiki's Planet Watch, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rafiki's Planet Watch is home to various animal exhibits and character meet and greets.
  • Main Details

  • Park Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Land Rafiki's Planet Watch
  • Type Interactive exhibits, wildlife encounters and character meet and greets.
  • Operates Reduced Hours
  • Queue Details

  • FastPass+
  • Extra Magic Hours

  • Morning EMH
  • Characters

  • Meet and Greet
  • Characters Chip, Dale, Rafiki.
  • Important Dates

  • Grand Opening Apr 22 1998

'Raya and the Last Dragon' offerings coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom
3 years ago

Affection Section reopening at Rafiki's Planet Watch
4 years ago

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Affection Section at Rafiki's Planet Watch closed for refurbishment Oct 07, 2014 to Nov 13, 2014

Affection Section at Rafiki's Planet Watch closed for refurbishment Apr 30, 2012 to Jun 09, 2012

Rafiki's Planet Watch is unique in that to get there, guests must travel on the Wildlife Express train, departing from Africa.  The attraction was originally called 'Conservation Center', and changed to 'Rafiki's Planet Watch' on 15 October 2000.

Activities at Rafiki's Planet Watch

Animal Encounters Stage

Enjoy fun shows starring a rotating roster of animals that offer an up-close peek into the habitats of our wildlife friends.

Song of the Rainforest

Join Grandma Willow for a 3D audio journey through a rainforest and experience the wondrous serenade of nature.

Veterinary Treatment Room

This healing facility—viewable through an expansive glass window—offers a unique look into the “hands-on” care of the park’s animals.

Backstage Tour

Spy many of the park’s most popular creatures in their backstage habitats using “animal cams” that you control.


Discover the conservation efforts taking place around the globe and in your community.

Nutrition Center

Watch handlers prepare meals for the park inhabitants and discover the diets of some of the world’s most fascinating creatures.

Amphibian, Reptile and Invertebrate Windows

Glimpse tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and snakes at this creepy-crawly spot.

Science Center

Take a look inside the lives of our actual working scientists as they study and learn about wildlife all around the world.

Affection Section

Animal petting zoo providing delightful hands-on encounters with a variety of animals, including goats and sheep.

Habitat Habit!

An outdoor discovery trail featuring cotton-top tamarin monkeys.

Rafiki's Planet Watch animal species

African Pygmy Goat
Ball Python
Black Rough-necked Monitor
Blue & Gold Macaw
Blue-tongued Skink
Brush-tailed Possum
Citron Cockatoo
Common Boa
Corn Snake
Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula
Deaths Head Cockroach
Dexter Cow
Dominique Chicken
Emperor Scorpion
Everglades Ratsnake
Fennec Fox
Giant African Black Milipedes
Golden Lion Tamarin
Green Tree Python
Green-winged Macaw
Guinea Hog
Gulf Coast Native Sheep
Hermit Crab
Hyacinth Macaw
Inland Bearded Dragon
Madagascar Day Gecko
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Madagascar Tree Boa
Medium Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Miniature Donkey
Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Nile Monitor
Prehensile-tailed Skink
Pygmy Hedgehog Tenrec
Red Cockaded Woodpecker
Red Ratskake
Red-backed Hawk
Red-crested Touraco
Rose-breasted Cockatoo
San Clemente Island Goat
Savanna Monitor
Solomon Island Eclectus Parrot
Spectacled Owl
Standard Chinchilla Rabbit
Striped Skunk
Tarantula (assorted)
Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Owl
Tunis Sheep
Two-toed Sloth
Vasa Parrot