Walt Disney World to Debut Animation Experience at Conservation Station on July 11th

We previously announced that Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Affection Section and the Wildlife Express Train would be reopening this summer at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park.  We have also learned from Disney Parks Blog that there will be a new experience which will draw on the history of wildlife animation, which is from Walt Disney’s passion for ensuring that his animators were able to create realistic characters from spending time with real animals.  With the celebration of Disney’s The Lion King at the park, The Animation Experience at Conservation Station will give guests the opportunity to learn how to the live animals have inspired some of the iconic characters from the film.


The offering is an instructor-led animation class.  Some of the favorite characters from Disney’s The Lion King will be a part of the experience when Rafiki’s Planet Watch reopens on July 11th, 2019.  Guests will be able to come and learn to draw Simba, Zaza, Pumbaa, Timon and more.  Each session will be different, so guests can visit often to check out the different offerings.  Disney FastPass+ Service will be offered for the experience and guest can already start making those selections within My Disney Experience.

“For more than 60 years, animals have been a part of Disney storytelling, and these stories continue today alongside efforts to protect wildlife and habitats around the world, as well as provide immersive experiences that connect kids and families with the magic of nature. We look forward to offering guests this new way of connecting with the animals in our park in addition to the other unique opportunities that Rafiki’s Planet Watch offers. We are excited to welcome guests back to greet and hug the animals at Affection Section, catch a glimpse of medical procedures at our veterinary treatment window, learn how our animal care experts prepare meals for and care for the park’s animal residents and more.”

What do you think of The Animation Experience coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog


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