Disney World says that the reprieved Rafiki’s Planet Watch will reopen at Animal Kingdom theme park as of July 11. In late September, Disney confirmed it was closing Rafiki’s Planet Watch. However, within days, the company reversed itself and announced that its attractions would close in late October and reopen in 2019. The newest incarnation will have some enhancements, including an animation attraction that salutes “The Lion King.”
The new Animation Experience at Conservation Station will teach visitors how animals have inspired some of Disney’s most popular characters. “Lion King” characters will be involved as folks learn how to draw Simba, Zazu, Pumbaa, Timon and others. FastPass+ reservations will be available for Animation Experience.
“We are excited to welcome guests back to greet and hug the animals at Affection Section, catch a glimpse of medical procedures at our veterinary treatment window, learn how our animal-care experts prepare meals for and care for the park’s animal residents and more,” Scott Terrell, director of animal and science operations for Walt Disney Parks, wrote on the official Disney Parks Blog.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is accessible via a short ride aboard the Wildlife Express Train.