Conservation Station & The Animation Experience – Animal Kingdom – Disney World

Facts at a Glance About Conservation Station:

Park: Animal Kingdom Location: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Height Requirement: None Fastpass: Yes for The Animation Experience, No for the Conservation Station itself. 
Quick Notes: Educational area promoting conservation. Sometimes a small live animal is brought out, and an occasional animal surgery may be viewed. The Animation Experience is where a Cast Member teaches visitors to draw Disney characters.      
Disney Warnings: None.
Our Additional Cautions: Includes close up views of some small animals and insects, veterinary medical care (including medical instruments such as needles, syringes, testing equipment). It’s sometimes possible to view actual surgical procedures or examinations. 
Length: The time you spend here is up to you.
Wheelchair/ECV and Special Needs info: You can stay in your wheelchair or ECV. There is a companion/family restroom inside the Conservation Station building. 

Overview of 
Conservation Station & The Animation Experience

The main theme is wildlife conservation awareness. You’ll walk around inside an air conditioned building where you’ll view exhibits at your own pace. You’ll see into examining rooms and feeding areas, and you may catch animals being taken care of. It’s possible that you could view a surgery or other medical procedure in progress, but there’s often nothing going on.

Tip: If you’re interested in seeing live medical procedures on animals, when you arrive at the park ask Guest Relations to check whether there are any scheduled procedures that day. Animal examinations are held between 9-10 AM almost every morning, and may extend through 11:30 AM., but there are occasional emergency situations that could take place throughout the day.

The Animation Experience: Disney also added The Animation Experience where you can learn to draw Disney characters such as Simba from the Lion King. Guests sit in chairs and are given a board to draw on, paper, etc. They watch the artist/teacher’s step-by-step directions on screen.

Queue information for Conservation Station

There is no actual queue to go inside Conservation Station. You’ll walk from the Wildlife Express Train to the Conservation Station. You’ll encounter a small number of hills. Wheelchairs/ECVs have plenty of room to maneuver on the walking paths, throughout the building and throughout the area attractions.

Additional details about Conservation Station

Conservation Station has:

  • The Veterinary Treatment Room – See above for details.
  • Nutrition Center – This is where experts prepare meals for the park’s animals.
  • Amphibian, Reptile and Invertebrate Windows – You can see things like tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and snakes.
  • Science Center – You can see what Disney’s scientists are working on.

There are informational videos, hands-on experiences, Sounds of the Rainforest sound booths (see below) and wildlife exhibits. Cast members will periodically come out with a small animal and answer questions about it. There are a variety of animals they might display such as a porcupine, hedgehog, snake or lizard. Guests might be permitted to touch the animal being shown.

Check out Conservation Station on Video:

Check out the The Animation Experience at Conservation Station on video:

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