It’s always hard to figure out what Disney is going to do when it closes an attraction, but sometimes they come back! We reported after being closed since last fall that Rafiki’s Planet Watch was coming back and now Disney has just announced it’s reopening in Disney’s Animal Kingdom after a refurbishment, and it has some nice upgrades too!
Disney announced today that it will still include the Animal encounters guests love so much, but it will also include new experiences that draw on Disney’s Animal Animation history too.
The newly refurbished Rafiki’s Planet Watch will even include a new section on “The Lion King” which remains one of guests’ favorite Disney films and goes along with the new “Live-Action” version coming out later this Summer.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch will still be a special place where Disney cast members can connect to the magic of nature and see the importance Disney places on animal care and conservation in our parks and around the world.
I’m happy Rafiki’s Planet Watch is sticking around for a while as keeping in touch with the animals is great for guests and an important part of the park. I’m excited to see what changes are being made.
This also seems to have put a stop on a potential Zootopia Land which was rumored to be coming to that area in the event of a permanent closing of Rafiki’s, or at least on hold for a while. It’s too bad because the one coming to Shanghai Disneyland looks like it will be amazing!!
No date has been given yet for the Rafiki’s Planet Watch opening but stay here at Ziggy Knows Disney and we’ll keep you updated when that comes out.
I want to know what you think about Rafiki’s Planet Watch reopening…
- Are you happy it’s coming back?
- What other experiences should Disney add to make it better?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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News Source: Disney Parks Blog