The Affection Section – In Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Animal Kingdom – Disney World

Facts at a Glance About The Affection Section:

Park: Animal Kingdom Location: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Height Requirement: None Fastpass: No
Quick Notes: Live-animal petting zoo. You’re required to wash your hands with a sanitizer afterwards.     
Disney Warnings: None.
Our Additional Cautions: Includes contact with animals. Guests will be required to wash hands with soap and water before and after contact with the animals to prevent transmission of disease to/from guests and animals.
Length: The time you spend here is up to you.
Wheelchair/ECV and Special Needs info: In light of the interaction with animals, service animals are not allowed here. Flash photography is not allowed. Guests must transfer from ECV to a wheelchair.

Overview of The Affection Section

In this outdoor petting zoo guests interact with smaller species animals such as goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and llamas. Though they look like regular petting zoo animals, some of them are somewhat exotic species including a Sicilian miniature donkey.

Details about The Affection Section

The area is shaded.

People with immune issues might consider that these animals may bring exposure to various parasites and bacteria. Although Disney takes exceptional care of their animals, they’re still outdoor animals. Those with allergies should use caution. Disney cast members keep the yard very clean, but of course animals will be animals. Watch your step!

There’s a station for washing your hands when you exit the enclosure. All guests are required to use it. Cast members carefully monitor this station and enforce the hand sanitizing requirement. We’ve been told that the cleanser is considered hypo-allergenic, but everyone is different. Talk to a cast member before entering if this is an issue for you.

Tip: Watch your belongings. Some of the animals will eat anything, so be careful with anything you don’t want eaten.

Tip:  Llamas spit. I once went eye-to-eye with a llama while petting it in a petting zoo. It seemed so cute and harmless until it spit its lunch at my face. The lesson learned is that face-to-face meetings with llamas are not wise!

Wheelchair information: Wheelchairs have plenty of room to maneuver. Guests in wheelchairs can participate, but the ground is hard-packed dirt, which some people find a bit challenging to maneuver over.  Contributor Sue Mickelson shared this observation:

“In our experience we’ve found that goats are quite interested in wheelchair tires and will follow a wheelchair around to nip at the tires. My daughter refuses to go in the petting area because of the goats following her wheelchair around.”

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