Disney's Animal Kingdom Celebrates 20 Years

Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22. The Orlando theme park will host a two-week “Party for the Planet” celebration in honor of the milestone April 22 - May 5. Let’s take a closer look at all of the many different ways to celebrate the special anniversary:

Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be the center of the 20th anniversary celebration. Guests can meet Animal Kingdom’s animal ambassadors, participate in mini tours, where you will learn more about animal nutrition, visit the veterinary hospital, and hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.

Special Photo Opportunities
Commemorate the 20th anniversary with special photo opportunities. Throughout the party you will find Disney PhotoPass frames that are a part of the “Reverse Decline” campaign and highlight animals supported by the Disney Conservation Fund.

Special Wilderness Explorers Badge Location
Wilderness Explorers will have a chance to get a special limited-edition badge. The badges will be at a new location where guests can learn how to better connect with nature while on vacation and after.

Tiffins Talks
Enjoy themed dinners hosted by animal experts at Tiffins restaurant. These tasty opportunities allow guests to enjoy Tiffins culinary skills as well as learn more about the animals at the park as well as purchase limited-edition merchandise including a special-edition print created by Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rhode.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure
On Animal Kingdom’s birthday, the park will debut a brand new show, UP! A Great Bird Adventure, featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney/Pixar film UP. Guests will get to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his dog Dug in a new adventure that includes encounters with exotic birds from around the world.

Stay tuned for more details on Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary.