PHOTOS: Rafiki and Timon Meet and Greets at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for ‘The Lion King’ 30th Anniversary

Shannen Ace

Two costumed characters, one resembling a mandrill with white fur and blue face paint, and the other an orange meerkat, pose outdoors on a pathway, surrounded by greenery.

PHOTOS: Rafiki and Timon Meet and Greets at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for ‘The Lion King’ 30th Anniversary

Rafiki and Timon are meeting guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a limited time to celebrate 30 years of “The Lion King.”

Rafiki and Timon Meet and Greets

A person in a vibrant blue and red face mask and animal costume, reminiscent of Rafiki and Timon, sits on a low wall with green foliage in the background.

Rafiki and Timon are appearing for individual meet and greets, rotating with each other. They’re outside Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

A person in a Rafiki costume from "The Lion King" movie poses outdoors on a pathway, with trees and grass in the background, celebrating The Lion King's 30th Anniversary.

The My Disney Experience app lists meet and greet times periodically from 9:40 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. Search for Timon and Rafiki in the app to find their next appearance time during your visit.

A person in a Timon costume is posing with arms outstretched near greenery at Disney's Animal Kingdom, while another person with red and blonde hair holds a green clipboard and colorful pens.

Guests can also visit the Animation Experience at Rafiki’s Planet Watch to draw “The Lion King” characters.

A person in a Timon costume from "The Lion King" stands on a park pathway at Disney's Animal Kingdom, waving with one hand amidst lush greenery.

Disney did not announce an end date for the Rafiki and Timon meet and greets, but the “Lion King” celebration runs through September 6, 2024. It also includes special menu items and merchandise.

“The Lion King” was released to El Capitan Theatre and Radio City Music Hall on June 15, 1994, before a wide theatrical release on June 24, 1994. It will return to theaters this July.

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