Disney’s Animal Kingdom kicks off 20th anniversary festivities on Earth Day

Disney’s Animal Kingdom kicks off 20th anniversary festivities on Earth Day

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Disney’s Animal Kingdom is turning 20 this year and will be celebrating in grand style on Earth Day, April 22.

During an expanded ‘Party for the Planet’ celebration, which takes place from April 22-May 5, the 500-acre adventure park will offer animal encounters, conservation talks by animal-care experts, specialty desserts and much more.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch will take centre stage during the festivities, with backstage experiences during which experts teach guests about animal nutrition and lead them through the veterinary hospital.
  • Guests can commemorate their visits with special photo opportunities that allow them to step into an oversized picture frame that celebrates the park’s anniversary.
  • Kids can earn a limited-edition badge as part of the Wilderness Explorer program. The badge is one of many that youngsters can earn by completing fun activities throughout the park.
  • Party for the Planet will also include six different Tiffins Talks, themed dinners hosted by animal experts at Tiffins restaurant.
  • April 22 will mark the debut of a brand new show, ‘UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney-Pixar animated film ‘UP’.
  • A limited-edition print created by renowned Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde will be available during the 20th anniversary festivities. Rohde will be on site on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. to sign prints at Discovery Trading Company.
  • A ‘dino-tastic’ celebration with Donald and friends will premiere on Memorial Day weekend in DinoLand, U.S.A., featuring playful character greetings, a DJ-powered dance party and nighttime festivities.

For more information about the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom, go to DisneyWorld.com/AnimalKingdom.

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