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Rafiki's Planet Watch has often struggled to attract guests. One possible rumor is to incorporate characters from the upcoming Zootopia film into the area.
June 17, 2018: On Episode #167 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill mentioned that Disney is conducting surveys for a Zootopia attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He indicated that the survey takers are asking guests that are experiencing the Donald's Dino-Bash Meet and Greets in Dinorama.
March 6, 2018: On Episode #149 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill mentions that Disney is still looking at Zootopia as a replacement for Rafiki's Planet Watch.
June 17, 2017: On the recent episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill mentions that the next planned addition for Disney's Animal Kingdom is Zootopia replacing Rafiki's Planet Watch.
January 10, 2017: On Episode #230 of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast, guest Jim Hill indicated that after AVATAR opens Disney will look at Rafiki's Planet Watch as a destination for a new Zootopia themed area.
July 1, 2015: On Episode #82 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish with Jim Hill, he indicated that Imagineering is hoping that the upcoming film Zootopia will be successful. If so, they can use it as an intellectual property as part of Rafiki's Planet Watch.