According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 20 will be the last day for Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We had been hearing rumors of this for several days, but a Walt Disney World spokesperson has now confirmed the closure.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a quasi-backstage peek at how Animal Kingdom’s animals are kept happy and healthy. It features hands-on displays and the opportunity to participate in conservation and species-survival efforts as well as an area where guests can meet and pet small animals.
This area of the park is only accessible to guests by a ride on the Wildlife Express Train. Once in the area, you can visit Conservation Station, the Affection Section or Habitat Habit. There were also a few character meet-and-greet opportunities — Disney Channel’s Doc McStuffins was recently added.
In the early mornings, there is often the chance to observe simple medical procedures being performed on some of the park’s inhabitants.
Disney’s animal care specialists will remain working at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, but other cast members in the area have been reassigned.
Disney has not announced any future plans for the area.
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