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Rafiki’s Planet Watch Rumored to Close Permanently at Walt Disney World

We are hearing reports online and from Walt Disney World cast members that Rafiki’s Planet Watch is set to close permanently very soon.  From what we are hearing, the final day for Rafiki’s Planet Watch, located within Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will be October 21st, 2018.  In order to prepare for the full closure of the area, the Rafiki and Doc McStuffins meet and greets are set to close permanently on September 29th, 2018.  At the time of this posting, we haven’t heard an official announcement from Disney on this.  We also haven’t heard yet what is expected to take over this entire space within the park.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom that is dedicated to conservation, animal care and learning more about animals.  The area is only accessible by taking a ride on the Wildlife Express Train to and from Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  There have been character meet and greets, live viewings of animal medical procedures, stage presentations, a petting zoo and even more fun.

It is very possible that Disney could want to use this space for some kind of new themed area, which would be pretty exciting!

Who would be sad to see Rafiki’s Planet Watch go?  What would you like to see in its place?

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2).