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Wildlife Express Train

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park


Guests Can Be

Any Height

Age Interest

All Ages

Thrill Level

Slow Rides

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  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Handheld Captioning
  • Assistive Listening


  • 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 and the experiences at Rafiki’s Planet Watch are currently unavailable to Guests. In the meantime, our world-class animal care continues behind-the-scenes. Please check back for updates.
A train station with trunks and crates makes the entrance queue to the Wildlife Express Train

All Aboard!

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.

A train with flags reading 'Wildlife Express' at a station platform with a sign that says 'Harambe'

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.

A girl hugs a goat at Affection Section petting zoo

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Accessible by the Wildlife Express Train, Rafiki's Planet Watch is home to fun exhibits dedicated to animal conservation.

Animal attractions include:

  • Affection Section, a petting zoo providing delightful hands-on encounters with a variety of animals, including goats and sheep
  • Conservation Station, an animal care facility offering informative, interactive displays
  • Habitat Habit!, an outdoor discovery trail with exotic sights and sounds

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.

An African elephant grabs another's trunk

African Elephants

Be awestruck by the world’s largest terrestrial animal—one of the most beloved beings anywhere.

Black rhinoceros walking in dry terrain


Learn about these primeval, one-ton, heavy-horned mammals—covered in skin as tough as armor.


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