Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Going Seasonal

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is in the north section of Africa.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is going seasonal, aka “temporarily closing”, on October 20, 2018.

The last day for Rafiki’s meet and greet is September 29, 2018.

Rafiki pointing the way.

This means that, until next summer, the Wildlife Express train will not be running, the conservation station will be closed, the Affection Section petting zoo will be closed, and Rafiki’s meet and greet will be closed.

Expect Rafiki’s Planet Watch to re-open around late May 2019.

Walking into Africa.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

While you still can, take the Wildlife Express Train to Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Christian about to board the Wildlife Express.

While there, visit Affection Section, the animal petting with a variety of animals, including goats and sheep.  They are very friendly.

We like the petting zoo! I wonder where the animals will temporarily go for 3 months until it re-opens?

Walk the Habitat Habit!, an outdoor discovery trail featuring exotic sights and sounds.

Conservation Station.
Some of the animals around the world that Disney’s conservation program is trying to help.
At Rafiki’s meet and greet. They will probably set up another meet and greet area for him in Africa.
Grandmother Willow singing a song about conservation.

Devoted to the preservation and conservations of animals, Rafiki’s Planet Watch features fun educational exhibits and activities to help create awareness of animal issues and offers a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

At the Tree of Life.


Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


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