Friday, November 4, 2011

The Fun at Rafiki's Planet Watch Area

I have always enjoyed traveling over to Rafiki's Planet Watch Area in Animal Kingdom. I have had some people say that when they went to Animal Kingdom, they never saw it. Well, there is one way to get to Rafiki's Planet Watch Area and that is by train. The Wildlife Express Train leaves every 7 minutes at Harambe Africa and where does it take you? To Rafiki's Planet Watch Area! This is a one way train, so once you get to RPWA, you have to get off and adventure down the path. I remember last time, I loved seeing the monkeys in the trees along the path down to the Conservation Station and Affection Section. Here is a picture of the inside of the Conservation Station.
   This Conservation Station is where you can meet some of the animal handlers. When I was visiting one time, I got to meet someone who worked with snakes. He had one with him and I got to touch it. I enjoyed talking with him and learning about how the animals are cared for at Animal Kingdom. They also have some live creatures in cages and tanks behind the glass to look at. I loved seeing also the fossils and where they do xrays on the animals. After you explore this wonderful Conservation Station, there is a petting place outside called Affection Section. There are some wonderful animals to see and pet. Here is a picture of my sister making a new friend.
There are many different types of animals at this Affection Section and MOST are friendly. Some of them are nervous around guests, but then again, it must be hard to get alone time once in a while, in your job was to be petted all day long. Here was a very friendly fellow.
He was enjoying all the petting and making new friends. So, when you go to this Affection Section, go knowing that you will be making friends with some wonderful furry creatures! Also at Rafiki's Planet Watch Area are Meet and Greets. I have meet Pocahontas, Rafiki and Jiminy Cricket when visiting over at RPWA. When you are ready to head out, you travel up the path, back to where you came to RPWA and catch the train back to Harambe Africa. I have read that the train ride itself is about 1.5 miles round trip, so going on one way is not very long. So, if you are heading to WDW or if you missed Rafiki's Planet Watch Area last time, be sure to check it out! It's wonderful :)

1 comment:

  1. I love the Conservation Station.. in the summer, it's a refuge from the heat and in the off season, it's a great place to walk up and meet characters with no lines.. plus a great place for little ones to burn off some energy!


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