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April 22 is a very special day — it’s Earth Day! If you just so happen to be at Walt Disney World then, you should definitely learn how you can celebrate Earth Day 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The park is known for promoting eco-friendliness, conservation, and animal activism. But it does that even more so around Earth Day with its Party for the Planet celebration, which lasts for three entire days. That’s right, three days of Earth Day goodness! So with that, check out below what the party involves and how you can honor our planet.
Most importantly, Animal Kingdom’s annual Party for the Planet will be held this year on April 20 through April 22. There will be:
- Interactive activities for people of all ages
- Unique Character greetings
- An art signing and Tiffins Talks with Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde
- Special entertainment
- Commemorative photo opportunities
- Sustainable shopping selections, including Jortra, Rinse Bath & Body Co., The Fairy House Ladies, and others
- The Lion King merchandise available at Mombasa Marketplace, including a Simba mug, Hakuna Matata Spirit Jersey, a Simba youth baseball cap, and more
As for the opportunities involving Rohde (he was the creative force behind the concept and design of Animal Kingdom), you can actually have a meal with him and chat. The special dining experience, called Tiffins Talks, will be held on April 20, 21, and 22 from 1-3 p.m. The four-course lunch experience will be held at Tiffins Restaurant located in Discovery Island and will feature global dishes, desserts, and specialty beverages, including alcoholic and nonalcoholic selections. The event costs $199/person (plus tax and gratuity). Separate park admission is required, a Disney Dining Plan may not be applied, and discounts are promotions are not valid. To make reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.
The second chance to meet Rohde will take place at Mombasa Marketplace only on April 20 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Here, you’ll be able to meet Rohde and have him autograph his own personal artwork created for the event — a deluxe lion print. This particular piece will be on sale (it’s unclear how much the art costs) at the event for you to purchase and have him sign. There are some stipulations:
- Only two items will be signed per guest
- A valid Walt Disney World receipt for proof of purchase is needed
- A wristband is required in order to meet him
- Only a limited amount of wristbands will be distributed with the purchase of Rohde’s art
If that isn’t enough, guests will also be able to meet with the park’s animal care experts, animal educators, and conservation experts to learn how Disney takes care of animals and works to save endangered special across the globe. You can even watch animal feedings and training experiences to see how the animals at the park are cared for.
Finally, make sure you also check out the Adélie penguin sculpture at the park’s entrance in the Oasis. As you can see below (via The Disney Nerds Podcast), the 11-foot-tall plastic penguin was designed by WashedAshore.org and made from recycled marine debris.
The sculpture was created not only for Earth Day, but to celebrate Disneynature’s new film, Penguins, which drops on April 17, and to inspire others to keep oceans and waterways clear of plastic pollution. Also, if you see Penguins during opening week, for every ticket sold Disneynature will make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Network as a way to help protect penguins worldwide.
Check out the Penguin sculpture of discarded plastic at Animal Kingdom! Great way to bring awareness to this environmental issue! Also, promotes @Disneynature’s Penguins coming to theater’s on Earth Day! #AnimalKingdom #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyNature pic.twitter.com/lLC4aTw5Y1
— The Disney Nerds Podcast (@TheDisneyNerds) April 6, 2019
Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet sounds like a great way to celebrate. It’s also important to remember that there are so many ways we can all give back to the planet — and not just on Earth Day.
This post will be updated if or when further information is announced.
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