A lot of the cool stuff at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is tucked away in the park’s forested nooks – like Rafiki’s Animal Planet.
Located all the way in the back of the park, Rafiki’s Animal Planet is like a combination zoo-museum. You enter under an arched sign and walk down a small path to the train, which takes you to a large area filled with animals and educational displays. Here’s a short video tour:
Finding Animals at Disney World Animal Kingdom
I was impressed by the cool-looking African styled train, with faux luggage attached to the top, and wooden pews that face out. The train moves really slowly. While it’s billed as a behind-the-scenes look at Disney World Animal Kingdom, I didn’t think there was much to see during the train ride. The interesting stuff comes when you get off the train.
Take the 5-minute walk down the “Habitat Habit” trail. You walk by some unique caged animals – look for the Golden Lion Tamaron – a small Brazilian monkey with a head that looks like a lion. And there’s a spot to get a stamp for your Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorer Handbook (that’s the kids scavenger hunt that covers all of Animal Kingdom).
Affection and Conservation in Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Affection Section a really nice petting zoo, with a variety of goats and sheep to pet and brush. You don’t feed the animals, which I sorta liked (at those festival petting zoos, the animals can get kind of aggressive). The animals were all very calm, approachable and gentle with kids. They’ll pose for selfies, too, as I learned.