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    15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    Animal Kingdom April 22

    posted on April 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager




    Are you planning on attending the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Earth Day, April 22? After attending the anniversaries of Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot in 2011 and 2012, respectively, I’ll be there for sure.

    Here are a few of the details of what’s planned for the park’s anniversary.

    • Special opening ceremony – Meet at the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m., to hear from Josh D’Amaro, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment; and Joe Rohde, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative. Make sure you arrive early for this!
    • Earth Day “Party for the Planet” festivities – Special interactive activities that focus on animals and nature will take place throughout the park from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Artists and other vendors will present their work on in Africa and on Discovery Island, with their work available for purchase.
    • Opportunity to purchase special 15th anniversary merchandise, available in limited quantities.
    • Special food & beverage.

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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    I remember when celebrations lasted 18 months, Millinium, Mickey's Birthday (land), MK 25th anniversary (cake castle).

    Now celebration highlights seem to be centered about special merchandise you can purchase. Same with Limited Time Magic.
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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    We'll be at WDW the following week. If it's like other anniversary celebrations, we should be able to get the "special" merchandise the following week too. They'll be in the stores at DAK until they sell out.
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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    And Disney has released more details. Still isn't as thrilling as our Hamlet's Nature Cabin's Festival.


    As a proud member of the Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening team, I can say with assurance that every day is aParty for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as guests and cast members join together to celebrate the wonders of nature. But on April 22 (Earth Day), in recognition of the park’s 15th anniversary, there will be even more natural magic. Here are some tips for all of you who are able to come:


    • Get there by 8:30 a.m.! While the park and its attractions don’t open until 9 a.m., the turnstiles will open at 8:30 a.m., and I am proud to be joining Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vice President Josh D’Amaro who is hosting a special 15th anniversary ceremony that will take place in front of the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m.
    • Commemorative guide map: Be sure to pick one up when you enter the park. And while in the Main Entrance area, also pick up a keepsake postcard that serves as a Party for the Planet guide.
    • Special conservation button: Starting April 22 and for a limited time (until quantities run out), those who give to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will receive a commemorative 15th anniversary DWCF button.
    • Party for the Planet activities: In Africa, children will learn how to identify animals by observing tracks and other clues. In Asia, families will find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature. At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, families will discover fun ways to spend time in nature and participate in activities inspired by the Disneynature films “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” and “Wings of Life.” Guests also can talk with cast members who work on conservation projects around the world.
    • Guest artists and special merchandise: Speak with specialists from Elemental Nursery and Just Plumerias, who will be on hand to feature their beautiful plants and topiaries, along with special guest appearances. There will be face painting with a variety of animal images and the opportunity to pose for a fun portrait, plus special 15th anniversary merchandise (quantities limited). Find out more here:
    • Speciality snacks: A party wouldn’t be a party without snacks–enjoy an Earth Day cupcake.
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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    Ok, I've got a question here, if you look at the first post it included Joe Rohde in the Open Ceremonies by the Tree Of Life.Disney then quietly removed his name and subsequently has confirmed that Joe Rohde will not be attending nor will he be meeting with CM's as previously arranged after the ceremony.Now it is being phrased Joe 'pulled out.'

    Anyone heard, what the heck? I know he marches to his own drummer, always has but this is odd.





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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

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    I would love to get my hands on that safari Mickey and that Tree of Life phone case.

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    I would love to get my hands on that safari Mickey and that Tree of Life phone case.

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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    If I allowed myself, I could have quite the collection of phone cases. Wish I knew if iPhone 5 size would remain standard for a while.




    Note: They are saying there are only 100 of those phone cases. Difficult to believe and why?
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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    Disney is selling two Yeti Vinylmations today. One of them cost $1500 and the other is $750.


    Bet these Yeti's don't do anything either.
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    I wish they would have spoken about the future of AK
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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    And in case you don't already know, there are things to be purchased at the 15th anniversary.

    And if that isn't enough, you are handed a check list so you don't forget what to buy.


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    Re: 15 year celebration at Animal Kingdom 4/22

    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    Disney is selling two Yeti Vinylmations today. One of them cost $1500 and the other is $750.


    Bet these Yeti's don't do anything either.
    I see what you did there.
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