Disney has confirmed the news we brought you last week that Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close permanently on October 20th.
The entirety of Rafiki’s Planet Watch, including the Wildlife Express Train, will close forever at the end of the operating day on October 20th, 2018. The meet and greets at Rafiki’s Planet Watch will actually close earlier, on September 29th, 2018.
The animal-care Cast Members working there will remain, as the veterinary facilities will remain in service for the foreseeable future.
Disney has not announced anything new to be built in this area, so at the moment it is unclear if the closure is a budgetary decision or making way for future expansion of the park.