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‘It All Started With a Mouse’ at the New Animal Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

posted on June 18th, 2014 by Jerry Brown, Animal Operations Manager, Conservation Station, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With so much to see and do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, planning ahead is the key to an action-packed, fun-filled day! One of the newest animal experience destinations, “It All Started with a Mouse,” is located at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and makes a great addition to the itineraries of animal lovers of all ages.

It All Started with a Mouse” showcases Walt Disney’s lifelong love of the animal world and his belief that “what everyone will learn who studies it is a renewed sense of kinship with the earth and all its inhabitants.”


During the show, Conservation Station’s “animal ambassadors,” including sheep, parrots, porcupines, birds of prey and Kunekune pigs help tell stories and make appearances in, around, and even above the audience, as the cast members share natural history fun facts, conservation messages and inspiring (and fun) calls-to-action.

After the show, guests have an exclusive opportunity to meet and talk to some of the stars of the show and are encouraged to capture once-in-a-lifetime memories with plenty of photographs.

When you plan your visit, allow at least 15 minutes of travel time to and from Rafiki’s Planet Watch via the Wildlife Express train and enjoy the 20-minute show which is currently performed once a day, at 11:30 a.m.

During your visit to see the new show, don’t miss the chance to explore Conservation Station, the center of The Walt Disney Company’s global commitments to the environment and to animal conservation all around the world. It’s a great place to learn, laugh and leave believing as Walt Disney did that, “the wonders of nature are endless”!

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Allison from TX on June 18th, 2014 at 9:10 am

Adding this to our list of must-dos for our upcoming trip this fall.


Sarah on June 18th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

We love heading to Rafiki’s Planet Watch in the mornings – in hopes of catching a glance through the glass at an animal medical procedure or participating in a fun Chip and Dale meet and greet.

This new experience will be great to see before heading back to Harambe!


Joshua from AL on June 18th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Really looking forward to this! Animal Kingdom is all about the animals, so it’s great to see new animal viewing/interaction opportunities being added to the line-up. Can’t wait to check this out!!


Tim on June 18th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I assume this replaced the “Animal Encounter” show? When did this open?


Jerry Brown on June 19th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Hi Tim,
We will continue to have Animal Encounters at the outdoor stage at 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30 daily, weather permitting. Additionally, we officially opened the show to Guests on Friday, April 25, 2014.


Skip from FL on June 18th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Welcome to the blog Mr. Jerry!


Alison on June 19th, 2014 at 1:06 am

Will the tawny frogmouth be a part of this? He (She?) was my favorite animal ever when I go to Animal Kingdom.


Jerry Brown on June 19th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi Alison,
Yes, the Tawny Frogmouth is one of the animals that may be featured in “It All Started With A Mouse”. In addition to the show you may also see her at Animal Encounters that occur through-out the day at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.


Alison on June 19th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Yay! Thanks for the reply. Can’t wait till I can see her again…and those Kunekune are precious too. :)


Molly from PA on August 17th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

This sounds like something my family would LOVE. We will be visiting in November. Will this program still be taking place at that time? Thanks so much!