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WDW Tip of the Week: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Animal Kingdom


Have you heard the news?  This year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 20th anniversary! To commemorate this benchmark and Earth Day on April 22, Walt Disney World has invited guests to their annual Party for the Planet with family-friendly, nature-inspired events.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998, and is dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, wildlife, and how we as humans relate to them.  As an accredited zoo and theme park, the Animal Kingdom supports a philosophy of respect for the environment that was pioneered by Walt Disney and the global Earth Day initiative of environmental protection.


The 2018 Party for the Planet celebration will run from April 22 to May 5.  Here are just a few of the event highlights (check the Animal Kingdom Times Guide or My Disney Experience for schedule additions and updates).


  • A festive Party for the Planet kick-off on April 22 with music, dancing, and some of your favorite Disney characters.
  • Learn how Walt Disney World supports wildlife conservation and enjoy a mini-tour at a backstage experience with Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
  • Shop for commemorative 20th anniversary and Earth Day souvenir merchandise.
  • Take advantage of special PhotoPass opportunities with PhotoPass frames that highlight animals supported by the Disney Conservation Fund.
  • Watch for the debut appearance of a specially designed Pandora Utility Suit—a giant character created by Disney for Pandora – The World of Avatar.
  • Special Meet and Greet opportunities with Disney conservation and animal experts.


Going back to the early days of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, always remember that it’s many things, but the Animal Kingdom is Nahtazu!  At the Party for the Planet and throughout the year there are opportunities to learn how the Walt Disney Company is working to protect the planet and use resources wisely.


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