The Animation Experience at Conservation Station Overview | Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions

Learn how to draw a Disney character from an experienced Disney animator at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

Walt Disney World Resort Park Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Location in Park Conservation Station
Height Restrictions All Heights
Age Interests All Ages
Thrill Type Low Thrill
10:00 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:45PM
Wait Times Low
Genie+ Yes
Accessibility Information
May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Attraction Overview

While the art of animation has evolved over the years, the design of each character, set, and scene in animated films still begins with paper and pencil. Become an animator yourself by visiting The Animation Experience at Conservation Station and learn how real live animals influence the animator’s design. Watch a brief video presentation introducing the animal and learn essential facts about its species. Next, follow along with the instructor as they present live step-by-step instructions to create a sketch of a well-known animal character with the cast member-provided pencil and paper. A video projection of the animator’s hand and paper are displayed in the room making it easy for all attendees to view the expert in action.

Animation Experience Disney
Several large screens are located in the front of the attraction area making it easy to follow along with the animator’s instructions.

The characters that are drawn rotate regularly, allowing guests the opportunity to collect multiple drawings with each visit to this attraction. Check with a cast member upon arriving to find out which character(s) will be the subject on the day of your visit. Could it be Mickey Mouse, Dumbo the elephant, or Bambi the deer? With so many animals to choose from among Disney movies and shows, it is sure to be a pleasant surprise.

Beginning at 10:00AM, artists and non-artists of all ages are invited to try their hand at creating a Disney pal. Be sure to add The Animation Experience to your Animal Kingdom itinerary earlier in your day as Rafiki’s Planet Watch closes for the day at 5:00PM. The last train to depart for Rafiki’s Planet Watch is at 4:30PM.

Wildlife Express Train
The Wildlife Express transports guests from the Africa section of Animal Kingdom to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. After enjoy a relaxing ride backstage past animal and veterinary facilities, exit the train and take a short stroll to Conservation Station. Photo: Emily Murray

Location & Wait Times

In order to access The Animation Experience, guests must ride the Wildness Express Train from the Harambe Station in Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Plan to leave 40 minutes ahead of your desired time of attendance for The Animation Experience as the train departs approximately every 10 minutes and the trip lasts 7 minutes over the 1.2-mile trek. Upon arrival, exit the train and walk the path the entire way down to where Affection Station is on your left and the entrance to Conservation Station is on your right. Enter the doors to find the queue for The Animation Experience.

Wait times for this attraction are low due to the ample amount of seating available during each session. Purchasers of Genie+ may redeem a lightning lane for faster seating.

Rafiki's Planet Watch
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Sign. Photo: Emily Murray

Queue Experience

Animation Experience

The queue for The Animation Experience is found inside of the Conservation Station building. Located in a tranquil atrium surrounded by natural light and a variety of plants, the next start time and character that will be sketched will be displayed at the start of the queue.


Conservation Station on Disney World Map

Written by

Shelley Wehler

Contributing Writer

Shelley is a stay-at-home mother of two girls living outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her love of all things Disney has grown even more as she sees the magic come alive through the lens of her young daughters. She spends her free time keeping up with the latest in Disney news and daydreaming of her next trip to the parks!

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