Kids with Pluto
  • On Jun 2, 2022
    Luis from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are expecting our second baby and would like to gather the help from Rafiki at Animal Kingdom to help us with the gender reveal by lifting up a plush Simba or Nala. Is Rafiki currently available and whom do we get in contact with to plan this?

    Hi Luis! 

    Congratulations on welcoming baby number two to your family! I can't think of a better place in the world to announce your bundle of joy to the world!

    I have a few suggestions for making your gender reveal magical!

    Historically, Guests have been able to meet Timon and Rafiki at Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Unfortunately, at the current time, this experience is temporarily unavailable. Many of the meet and greets are returning, so don't give up hope! There is a possibility that Rafiki will be greeting Guests when you visit. You can check the My Disney Experience app when you arrive or ask a Cast Member which characters will be making appearances that day.

    I love the idea of Rafiki holding up a baby Nala or Simba to announce to the world that you are welcoming your own little cub!

    If you are able to find Rafiki greeting Guests, inform the Cast Member at the meet-n-greet entrance what you want Rafiki to do. They can help you coordinate the shot when you take the photo. If you are unable to find Rafiki while you are at the parks, you can leverage this same concept with another character, such as having Mickey Mouse hold up a Minnie or Mickey plush.

    Another option is to conduct a Capture Your Moment photo session. You can schedule a Capture Your Moment photo shoot at Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios. These sessions include 20-minutes with a Disney PhotoPass photographer, who will customize the shoot to highlight what you are celebrating!

    You can share details about what shots you want to be included in this gender reveal in advance by calling (407) 939-7758. While character experiences typically are not included in the Capture Your Moment sessions, you can speak with a Cast Member about what options are available. 

    I also encourage you to visit the Character Experiences page, which lists the characters conducting meet-n-greets along with the times and locations. This may give you some additional ideas for alternate character gender reveals. For example, Sulley is greeting Guests in Hollywood Studios. It would be cute to have Sulley present you with a baby Boo if you are having a girl. 

    One last recommendation that I have for you is to contact Disney Meetings and Events if you would like to plan a gender reveal party or if you have your heart set on Rafiki. The Cast Members with Disney Meetings and Events can make the event extra special and can fill your heart's desire!

    Congratulations again on your bundle of joy from planDisney!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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