This morning Cast Members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were told the area would be closing permanently on October 21, 2018. This includes the Wildlife Express Train and Conservation Station. Cast Members are also reporting some of the experiences from the area will find new homes in the park at a later date.
Rafiki and Doc McStuffins, who currently meet guests here, will have their last day on September 29, 2018.
It’s still unclear whether the closure is due to budget cuts or perhaps a reimagining of that area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney has yet to make an official announcement regarding the closure.
In celebration of Earth Day, Jiminy Cricket will meet guests at Rafiki’s Planet Watch Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22. This is a great opportunity for guests who will be visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom this weekend as Jiminy Cricket is considered a rare character to meet.
The on-stage Animal Hospital and Veterinary Treatment Room in Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is now closed for refurbishment. When the area re-opens mid-June, it will have several new enhancements. One of these upgrades will be the addition of 2 new CT scanners which guests will be able to see in use while procedures are taking place.
To view a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World, please visit our refurbishment page.