Inside the Affection Section, guests can interact with and pet a selection of different animals. It is the only place in Disney’s Animal Kingdom where guests can pet an animal.
There is no story to this attraction.
The animal area is fully fenced in and guests are allowed to entire the enclosure with the animals. There a benches and shaded areas for both the guests and the animals to enjoy. The colors are bright and are similar to other colors found throughout Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
After guests interact with animals they are encouraged to utilize the provided cleaning stations to wash their hands.
TIMES GUIDE - OPENING/CLOSING
This location typically opens 30-40 minutes after park opening and typically closes at dusk.
The animals may go into their night houses earlier than the closing time for the park when there is an early sunset. On these days, refer to the time guide or in park signage for the closing time. Signage exists near Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek indicating the closing time for those attractions. Most other animal enclosures will close at around the same time with the exception of Kilimanjaro Safaris which remains open later.
There are no other areas in the park where guests can pet live animals.
Attractions in the park that feature live animals are as follows:
- Animal Encounter – Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- It Was All Started By a Mouse – Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight – Discovery Island
- The Oasis Exhibits – The Oasis
- Discovery Island Trails – Discovery Island
- Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail – Africa
- The Maharajah Jungle Trek – Asia
- Affection Section – Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- The Tree of Life Exhibits – Discovery Island
- Siamang and Gibbon Exhibit – Asia
- American Crocodile Exhibit – Dinoland U.S.A.
- Habitat Habit! – Rafiki’s Planet Watch