Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Ride the rails on this rustic locomotive that travels behind-the-scenes from Harambe, Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Cross the African 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 conservation.
Along the way, travel past several animal housing and veterinary facilities, for rhinos, elephants and other creatures.
After your visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, board the Wildlife Express Train for your 5-minute scenic adventure back to Africa.
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.
Accessible by the Wildlife Express Train, Rafiki's Planet Watch is home to fun exhibits dedicated to animal conservation.
Animal attractions include:
In addition to educational exhibits and activities that help create awareness of animal issues, Rafiki’s Planet Watch provides a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
Be awestruck by the world’s largest terrestrial animal—one of the most beloved beings anywhere.
Learn about these primeval, one-ton, heavy-horned mammals—covered in skin as tough as armor.