Rafiki (The Lion King)

Last Updated on: March 21st, 2024

Who is Rafiki?

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Rafiki is a fictional character from the Disney animated feature film The Lion King (1994) and its franchise.

Rafiki is a mandrill and a wise old baboon who serves as a mentor and advisor to Simba, the lion prince. He is known for his wise and spiritual nature, as well as his deep understanding of the “circle of life”. He is the one who presents Simba to the animal kingdom and shows him the importance of taking his rightful place as king.

Rafiki is also known for his iconic stick, his distinctive red fur, and his catchphrase “Asante sana, squash banana!” which means “Thank you very much, squash banana!” in Swahili. He was voiced by veteran actor Robert Guillaume.

The Collection:

Here is the Internet’s largest collection of Rafiki related movies, TV shows, toys and other products. As always, new pieces are added to this collection regularly.

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Park Appearances

Parade of the Stars | Disneyland

Here is everything you need to know about the extinct Parade of the Stars attraction at Disneyland including history, reviews, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Rafiki’s Planet Watch | Disney World

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park’s Rafiki’s Planet Watch attraction including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Festival of the Lion King | Disney World

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park’s Festival of the Lion King show including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party | Disney World

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s amazing Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Mickey’s Jammin Jungle Parade | Disney World

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s extinct Mickey’s Jammin Jungle Parade including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


The Legend of the Lion King | Disney World

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s extinct The Legend of the Lion King attraction including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Remember the Magic Parade | Disney World

Here is everything you need to know about Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s extinct Remember the Magic Parade including history, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!


Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams | Disneyland

Here is everything you need to know about the extinct Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams attraction at Disneyland including history, reviews, fun facts, photos and more. I hope you find this listing informative and helpful!




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In the News

  • Disney Announces 4 New Summertime Activities Coming to Disney World, March 21, 2024
  • VIDEO: Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Conservation Station Final Day Tour, October 28, 2018
  • UPDATE: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Will Be Back!, September 30, 2018
  • Here is How Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary will be Celebrated, February 22, 2018
  • Disney Launches ‘The Lion King’ Snapchat Lens, November 2, 2017
  • The Lion King Signature Collection Edition Coming to Blu-Ray Soon, July 20, 2017