Affection Section at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Affection Section is another integral part of Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. This portion of the area offers a large petting area where guests can spend a little time up close with real animals.

Personally, I absolutely love Affection Section and feel it’s a wonderful place to let your kids be kids. Learning about animals and having these kinds of experiences growing up might have more of an impact on them than you could possibly ever know.

Affection Section

Here’s all the quick reference details for experiencing Affection Section on your next visit.

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Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Height Requirement Disney World:




Experience Type:

Petting Zoo

Seats Per Vehicle:


Disney Rider Switch:


Extra Magic Hours:


Good For:


Scary Factor:


Must-Do List:

Low Priority

Perfect For:

Animal Lovers

Special Mention:

This entire area closes earlier
than the rest of the park.

Affection Section

Affection Section is a large outdoor play area that includes gentle animals with a petting zoo type experience. The area must be accessed by taking the Wildlife Express Train to Conservation Station.

Animals to pet at Affection Section Disney

It is important to know that Affection Section often closes earlier in the day than the rest of the park. The closing time actually depends on what day it is or how late it is getting dark. So make sure to check the hours of operation for this individual area if it’s something your family doesn’t want to miss out on while touring.

For me, Animal Kingdom is an experience park, more than it is a thrill park. There are a few thrills like Expedition Everest and Flight of Passage. But for the most part, the animal experiences are what makes touring a park like the Animal Kingdom so enjoyable.

Is Affection Section a must-do experience? That really depends on your party. For children that love animals, then yes, I think it’s important to make time in your day to visit the area. For a group of adults or teens, maybe not.

I know that when my niece and nephew are traveling with me, Affection Section is a place they’ll both want to spend a lot of time. When my older son visits the parks with me, we visit the area on occasion. But we are regulars, so that probably doesn’t count as much.

Care Story at Affection Section

In addition to the petting zoo area, there is a small outdoor theater with bench seats. During the day, cast members will bring out a few animals on the stage and share some fun facts. This is kind of toward the back of Affection Section so make sure to check it out if you have any interest.

Showtimes are typically on the hour.

I would say most people visiting Rafiki’s probably spend about an hour to an hour and a half in the area. And if you are doing the new Animation Experience, then maybe a little longer.

The way I recommend touring the area is by doing all of the experiences that you are interested in first. Then do the Affection Section last before leaving. There is a large hand-washing and sanitization station that is a requirement before and after entering the area.

Some of the animals are a little large, but most of them have always been fairly shy from our experiences.

If you are wanting to learn more about this area of the park, I recommend reading the full Rafiki’s Planet review. It covers everything to do in the area. It’s important to remember that this area of the park typically closes early then everywhere else.

For more animal experiences you might enjoy my Kilimanjaro Safaris Review and the guide to finding animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Have fun at Affection Section on your next visit to Animal Kingdom!

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