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Wildlife Express Train

The Wildlife Express Train motoring down a railroad track loaded with baskets, storage trunks and suitcases

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park


Guests Can Be
Any Height
Age Interest

Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

Thrill Level

Slow Rides

Accessibility and Other Information

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Assistive Listening
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
Guest Policies
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
Ride the rails on this rustic locomotive that travels behind-the-scenes from Harambe, Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Wildlife express train stopping at a train station at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

All Aboard!

Cross the savannah for a backstage journey through Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Steam ahead aboard the Wildlife Express Train for a peaceful 7-minute, 1.2-mile journey from the heart of Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, a park area dedicated to the preservation and conservation of animals. Here you can get an up-close look at the inner workings of Disney's Animal Kingdom park and take part in fun-filled, educational activities that help create awareness of animal issues.

Along the way, travel past several animal housing and veterinary facilities, where rhinos, elephants and other creatures that call the park home obtain the care they need.

After your visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, board the Wildlife Express Train once again for another scenic—although slightly different—5-minute trip back to Africa.

Close-up of a black locomotive engine at Wildlife Express Train attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

Walt Disney’s Trains

Possessing a love of trains, Walt Disney built his first railroad in his backyard. The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8-scale train, launched in 1950 and included a custom-built, steam-powered locomotive that encircled his property.

Later, Walt decided to share his love of trains with the whole world. The result was the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park, a favorite of Guests since 1955.

Today, railroads exist at every Disney Resort around the globe.

Wildlife Express Train

Friday, April 25, 2014

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