Rafiki’s Planet Watch to Reopen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Summer with New Animation Experience

Rakifi’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11 with a brand new feature.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The new feature is in addition to the popular Wildlife Express Train and Affection Section.

Walt Disney had a passion for making sure his animators were developing realistic animal characters in his films. To achieve this he would have his animators spend time with the animals they were drawing.

In keeping with Walt’s dedication and tradition, when you visit the brand new Animation Experience at Conservation Station you will have the opportunity to learn how live animals have inspired some of the most iconic characters from The Lion King.

Walt Disney with drawings for Bambi  ©Disney

You’ll learn more about some of the animals who call the  Animal Kingdom their home while creating a personalized piece of Disney art through an instructor-led animation class.

Some of your favorite characters from The Lion King will be the stars of The Animation Experience, which will start when Rafiki’s Planet Watch reopens. Learn how to draw Simba, Zazu, Pumbaa, Timon, and more. Each session will be different, so Disney encourages you to visit often to complete the collection.

Disney FastPass+ service will be offered for the experience, and you can make those selections starting later today, June 10.

Will you be grabbing a FastPass+ for this new experience? Let us know in the comments!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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