Celebrations for Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's still sort of blowing my mind that my first visit to Disney World was the year that Animal Kingdom opened and now they're celebrating the 20th anniversary of the park!!! Out of all the parks, Animal Kingdom actually almost ties with Magic Kingdom for me. Sure, they're totally different, but the animal lover in me can't get enough of this park! And I'm not the only one - because Disney is celebrating big time over the next few months! Here's what Disney shared about all that's planned -


Connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day event from April 22 to May 5, 2018.
Discover a variety of enhanced park offerings during this glorious celebration, including:
  • A Special Welcome Celebration for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Earth Day – See this festive kick-off for Party for the Planet on Earth Day (April 22) in front of the Tree of Life, featuring music, dancers and some of your favorite Disney Characters!

  • Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Opportunities ̶ “Step in” to a photo opportunity exclusive to the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park! Throughout the park, you’ll find Disney PhotoPass frames that are part of the “Reverse the Decline” campaign and highlight animals supported by the Disney Conservation Fund.

  • Special Wilderness Explorers Badge Location ̶ Wilderness Explorers will have a special limited-time badge location helping Guests learn how to better connect with nature while on vacation―and once they return home.

  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch Backstage Experiences ̶ Meet our animal ambassadors, participate in unique mini-tours, learn about animal nutrition, visit the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation and much more!

  • Animal Care Experts Learn more about the many majestic animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park! Additional animal care experts will be on hand throughout Party for the Planet—so you’ll have more chances to see animal enrichment programs, trainings and feedings, and ask the experts questions about animals.

  • Face Painting Transform your look with a nature-inspired design from one of our creative face-paint artists.

  • Plus, look for commemorative 20th Anniversary merchandise, a special-edition lunch menu at Tiffins, themed treats throughout the park and new Penny Press designs celebrating the Disney Conversation Fund—all available for a limited time.

Along with all of these amazing offerings, they're also bringing 2 new entertainment experiences (that will last long after the celebration).

  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Flock together with Russell, Dug and their fine-feathered friends for an informative foray into bird-watching. 
Take flight! Starting April 22, Guests of all ages are invited to join Russell and his furry sidekick Dug on a flap-happy adventure sure to send spirits soaring. Led by senior Wilderness Explorer Anika, this unique birding experience features a close-up look at various species from around the globe—including the marabou stork, a creature that flaunts a magnificent 10-foot wingspan. Prepare for breathtaking fun with these free-flying fowl... along with a few other surprises! 

  • Donald's Dino-Bash!

Beginning May 25, 2018, DinoLand USA will be teeming with colorful new décor and festively dressed Characters.
Donald has recently found out that his ancestors were actually dinosaurs. And to mark this unexpected discovery, he’s transformed the land into a celebration for the ages!
At Donald’s Dino-Bash!, you’ll find more old friends than Disney’s Animal Kingdom park has ever seen before—including Donald himself, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto and Launchpad McQuack. You’ll even catch Chip ’n Dale in their all-new dino-inspired costumes.

With so many amazing new things going on at Animal Kingdom, what are you most excited for?!

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