THE HUB OF DISNEY'S GLOBAL CONVERSATION
Learn interesting facts about animal habitats
around the world and in your own backyard. You'll even get a peek at real
animal research, veterinary care and food preparation
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is the hub of Disney's global conservation involvement. Learn interesting
facts about animal habitats around the world and in your own backyard.
You'll even get a peek at real animal research, veterinary care and
food preparation. Find out more about the Disney Wildlife Conservation
Fund, making a difference for wildlife and wild places.
You take the Wildlife Express to Conservation station where you will
have a chance to interact with animals and also discover how to become
involved in protecting wildlife and wild places.
Our visit to the Conservation Station, located in Africa at the Animal
Kingdom at Walt Disney World, was a rewarding one, as there was something
for everyone to learn about, see, and do. We first boarded a train with
side-facing seats, and took a relaxing, scenic trip to the animal care
and conservation facility, complete with a petting zoo. After arriving,
there was a short walk to the area, and since we left our stroller behind
at the train station, I carried my son, who was then not quite a year
Once we reached the facility, we first entered a building which included
a "behind the scenes" look at the animals in addition to a
variety of exhibits and information. There were different rooms which
you could see into via large windows, which included controlled environments
for animals and an operating room where the vets work their magic. I
enjoyed catching a glimpse of the care involved, including a room in
which food was prepared for different animals, and appreciated the information
available which corresponded with the different views. The highlight
of the experience was witnessing recently hatched baby birds, as they
remind you of how fragile life is.
Next, and adjacent to the building, we headed for the petting zoo, where
there were a variety of different animals to see and touch, from sheep
and a horse to smaller animals like monkeys and a ferret. My son loved
this part of the visit because he is fond of animals, and although he
was a bit too young to fully experience petting and interacting with
them, the big smile on his face and excited babblings showed us that
he was happy.
I did notice that some of the animals were either relaxing or sleeping,
and we could not get as close to them as we would have liked. However,
I think this was due to the timing of our visit, in the hottest part
of the day, right after their feeding time. I thought that there was
a fair variety of animals to see, although I found myself thinking that
there could have been a bit more, as the zoo is a bit on the small side.
I suppose my stereotype of Disney is that they always have to be the
biggest and best, but I've seen better petting zoos in my life. Also,
you had to wait for some of the animals to be brought out before you
could see them, and this was not convenient for everyone.
Aside from my criticisms, the experience by no means should be avoided,
because it allows children to interact with animals they might never
have seen before, and gives them an opportunity to learn about the care
involved with animals. Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the experience,
and it truly gives you a sense of what the Animal Kingdom is all about.
I would recommend timing your visit to the Conservation Station in the
cooler parts of the day (early morning or late afternoon), for the heat
was enough to wilt us and leave us hurrying for shelter and refreshments,
and it was only February! A hat, sun shades, and light dress (shorts
and so forth) may help a bit, but Florida heat is enough to make anyone
tire quickly. Bring along some bottled water, for you and the little
ones. Oh, and you don't want to forget the camera, so that you can catch
those candid moments!
I recently completed a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida.
I stayed off-site with a friend (at no cost). I visited all the (non-water)
parks but took no children with me. All of my Disney World reviews will
be written from this perspective. I will include this as the opening
paragraph for all my reviews for informational purposes. Please forgive
the repetition. The following is all original information:
Disney reaches it's politically correct zenith (tied with ItÕs
A Small World in Magic Kingdom) at Conservation Station. The attraction
is designed to inform visitors about the dangers of habitat destruction,
pollution, deforestation, and recycling. Oh, did I mention this is where
the petting zoo is too (a must for families with children)!
This portion of Animal Kingdom is only accessible by a short (but enjoyable)
train ride to the station. Once you arrive you are led down a path to
the main building that houses the propaganda, uh I mean, the attractions.
Along the way visitors will see recycling exhibits and other eco-conscious
sites. Once inside Conservation Station, you can see veterinarians working
to save baby animals in actual live surgeries (ala Emergency Vets on
Animal Planet). Different exhibits extol the evils of throwing your
newspapers in the garbage and landscaping your yard. Don't get
me wrong, I think the environment is an important concern for all Earth's
inhabitants, but I'm not sure I want to be force fed Disney's
political correctness while I'm paying THEM to be there.
I think Disney knows it could do better with Conservation Station. While
I was there I was asked to participate in a survey which questioned
my practices and beliefs about the environment (before and after my
trip into Conservation Station). The survey also asked about my thoughts
on the effectiveness of the Station, etc. I think (and hope) Disney
will use the results of these surveys to redesign the Station. By the
way, if you can get invited to take the survey, you should. It only
takes a few minutes, but they'll give you passes allowing you
to go to the front of the line for Kilimanjaro Safari and Countdown
Conservation Station also houses Disney's only petting zoo. The
zoo contains the usual sheep and goats. The nice thing about Disney's
petting zoo is that they don't allow visitors to feed the animals.
This means you (and any children you bring in) won't be mobbed
by the goats and sheep trying to get some food off of you. I know some
other petting zoos I've been to, the sheep and goats are extremely
aggressive (too aggressive for some small children I'd imagine).
Also in the petting zoo (but not available for petting) is a donkey
and some pigs.
Unless you (or any children you take to Disney) are a real fan of petting
zoos, you may be better off skipping Conservation Station if you are
pressed for time.
Conservation Station is located at the back of Animal Kingdom in the
land of Africa. It has quickly become one of our favorite parts of Animal
Kingdom. Here's our review.
Location: Conservation Station is accessible only by a train that departs
from Africa about every ten minutes. The train is one-way in that you
must get off and take a separate train back from Conservation Station.
Description: The 5 - 7 minute train ride (Wildlife Express) itself is
your first experience. It gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the
way the animals on the Safari are taken care of. You see many of the
nighttime holding areas for the animals along with a back view of the
Safari. It's really interesting and one of the few times guests can
actually take a look at what goes on "backstage".
When your train arrives you disembark onto a nature exploration trail.
On both of our visits there was at least one guide but for the most
part it's strictly a self-exploration trail. It doesn't have much in
the way of animals but does have a few interesting exhibits.
When the trail ends you'll be at the actual Conservation Station. Immediately
to your left is the major attraction of Conservation Station - the petting
zoo. This is not-miss for younger children. It's very similar to most
petting zoos at major zoos but my preschooler just can't get enough
of the animals.
Also at Conservation Station is a large building that houses some exhibits,
a nursery for baby animals, and a rehabilitation center for injured
animals. It's really hit-and-miss as to what you'll see. We were lucky
enough to see an actual vet. procedure going on one time but on our
next visit there wasn't a whole lot to see. Summary: I think Conservation
Station is a worthwhile part of Animal Kingdom. For families like ours
that have little ones it's a must-do. For other families I'd definitely
suggest a look but maybe after you've done Animal Kingdom's other headliners
or perhaps while you're waiting for that Fastpass time. Take a short
ride from Harambe village, in Africa, on the Wildlife Express train
to Conservation Station. This is the heart of Disney's Animal Kingdom's
conservation efforts. Here you will learn the challenges both animals
and humans face everyday to survive.
The center show place is a nature-inspired stage area where you will
get to meet up close some of our endangered animals. Their handlers
will be glad to answer your questions and help you learn what you can
do to protect these and many more animals on the endangered lists.
In alcoves around this show place you will have a chance to view a veterinary
lab, see the animal nursery, and see interactive videos. Here you will
have the chance to ask our hosts and hostesses questions, speak directly
to our veterinarians and animal-care specialists in side the lab and
you might get a chance to watch an exam, immunizations and treatment
for illnesses or injuries.
In Rafiki's Planet Watch you will find a giant world map. You will be
able to see the ll areas of the world where animals are most threatened
by the destruction of their habitats and the interference of human factors.
Then look through the Animal Cam, and see the animals backstage and
in their habitats at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The Eco Web computer will help you find out what you can do in your
own hometown to help with conservation efforts and how to protect our
Affection Section is where you can get a look at some of our domestic
animals such as a goat, rabbit, guinea pigs, a sheep and even a miniature
donkey. Then you can see some unusual and exotic animals like a llama,
porcupine, aardvark and an anteater.
Environmentality is an attitude and a commitment to our environment,
where we, "As the Disney Organization" activity seek ways
to be more friendly to our planet. We are committed to making smart choices
now to preserve our world for the future. We encourage environmental
awareness among our cast, out guests, and the community. This awareness
is not a new element for the company, it began with Walt Disney more
then 40 years ago, in an era when it was not as fashionable. Through
the years we have researched and adapted the way we utilize our resources
and share the Environment. Today, in cooperation with the reedy creek
improvement district, we use Environmentality wherever possible, through
conservation, waste minimization, education, awareness and research.
Of the 30,500 acres at The Walt Disney World Resort, nearly 1/3 of the
property remains in it's natural state as a dedicated wildlife conservation
area. Here, dozens of native species and many protected plants thrive.