The Animation Experience at Conservation Station in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is the most beautiful Disney park, in my opinion. It is also the one that my clients skip the most. I thought I’d share more info on the new Animation Experience, as well as some of our old favorites in this stunning theme park!

The new Animation Experience is located at Conservation Station. To get there, you take the Wildlife Express train that departs out of Africa.

Once you get to Conservation Station, there are plenty of animal activities and experiences, including: 

  • Veterinary Treatment Room
    Get a close-up look at the place we care for the animals—and even glimpse a procedure in progress. 
  • Nutrition Center
    Watch experts prepare meals for the park residents. 
  • Amphibian, Reptile and Invertebrate Windows
    Creep over to see some tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and snakes. 
  • Science Center
    Check out what our resident scientists are working on. 

Whit’s favorite is STILL the petting zoo. Y’all know his heart for animals.

Now, as for the Animation Experience, this hands on experience lets you uncover the secret of how Disney animators bring your favorite characters to life—using real life animals as inspiration! Everything you need is supplied.

The session starts out by learning a little more about the real life animal behind the Disney Character you will draw. We were drawing Timon from The Lion King and learned about the meerkat!

Next, our Disney animator gave step-by-step instructions on how to illustrate our own versions of Timon. The class lasts 25 minutes. The featured characters change periodically and you never know who you’re going to get.

We had the best time and loved carrying home this special souvenir from our trip! FastPasses are available for this experience. We did have one when we went and the session did fill up!

As far as some of our other Animal Kingdom favorites, we love to stumble upon Kevin near the tree of life. She’s a fun one to find strolling around.

We don’t generally stop to meet characters, but Pluto is often hiding at the exit of Dinosaur and rarely has a long line. He’s Whit’s favorite and walked up as we were walking by so we had to give him a hug!

Speaking of Dinosaur, that is a must do for John. (This is not Dinosaur, but just a cute pic of the land.)

I love Everest. Sometimes the family will do it with me and sometimes they won’t. If they opt out, I just head to the single rider line which often has a 5 minute wait.

Kali River Rapids is a must-do for all of us. We don’t mind getting wet, which is pretty much a sure thing on this raft ride. We usually FastPass it during the warm weather months. In December – February it often has a short wait.

Festival of the Lion King is another favorite. We don’t see it very trip, but always enjoy it.

And, finally, Flight of Passage and dining at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora: World of Avatar is our #1 for Animal Kingdom.

I hope your Monday wasn’t toooo wild!

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2 thoughts on “The Animation Experience at Conservation Station in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  1. Animal Kingdom is my family’s favorite park. Expedition Everest was the first “real” coaster my kids ever rode. They were 8&9, and before it even came to a stop, they were asking to ride again. We love to just sit and take in the sights and sounds at Harambe Marketplace while enjoying a snack. I’m excited to try this new experience when we go back.

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