From April 22 – May 5, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be home to more wild adventures than ever! The Party For The Planet Celebration is the park’s way of kicking off the spring and jump starting the summer season. The Party starts on April 22, which marks Earth Day and the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The festivities begin in front of the Tree of Life in the center of the park with lively music, vibrant dancers, and special appearances by favorite Disney characters.
Other event exclusives include new menu items offered at festival booths throughout the park, conservation seminars hosted by animal experts, and enhanced animal interactions with over 2000 creatures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Backstage Experiences
The backstage experience at Rafiki’s Planet Watch gives guests an exclusive opportunity to participate in mini-tours of Animal Kingdom’s state of the art animal hospital and learn about animal nutrition from Disney’s animal ambassadors. During this free tour, you’ll also learn about Disney’s global wildlife conservation efforts.
Limited Time Activities
Party For The Planet provides two weeks of family friendly education fun for animal lovers of all ages.
Get even more information about the residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom from animal care experts stationed all throughout the park who will explain the animal enrichment programs, demonstrate training and feedings, and answer any other questions you may have.
You can also get your face painted with a nature inspired design from creative face paint experts.
Guests participating in the Wilderness Exploration hunt can find a special location earn a limited edition badge by learning how to connect with nature while on vacation and back at home.
Limited Edition Merchandise
Guests can take the party home with 20th anniversary souvenirs and other limited edition plush toys, apparel, and gifts inspired by nature and wildlife. You can also take home a commemorative adventure guide and a special edition print created by renowned Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who will be signing prints at Discovery Trading Company from 1 – 4 PM on April 22.
You can pose with exclusive PhotoPass frames that celebrate the park’s 20th anniversary, as well as frames that support Disney’s “Reverse the Decline” initiative that protects 10 threatened animal species.
For a limited time, the park’s Penny Press machines will feature new designs dedicated to the Disney Conservation Fund.
Other exclusive souvenirs include a special “I Was there” merchandise collection of shirts, pins, and bags as well as a new interactive Banshee from the Rookery at Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar, animal print bags from Dooney & Bourke, and anniversary bracelts by ALEX AND ANI.
Tiffins will be hosting an intimate dining experience featuring guest speakers and special menus on select evenings from April 22 – May 5. The specialty dinners start at 5:30 PM and will require a separate ticket, costing around $165 per person including tax and gratuity.
- Sunday, April 22: Dr. Joseph Soltis (Research Scientist for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment) talks about the Elephants and Bees project and explains how honeybees are helping both elephants and people in Kenya. The menu will feature African dishes.
- Wednesday, April 25: Joe Rohde (Portfolio Creative Executive) (already full) tells stories of his adventures around the world to places like Asia, India, Nepal, and China. Chefs at Tiffins will create a menu inspired by Joe’s travels.
- Friday, April 27: Dr. Jason Fischer (Conservation Program Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment) speaks on Disney’s efforts to conserve the Purple Martin songbirds, who migrate from Brazil to Walt Disney World to raise their families every year. The menu will consist of North American foods.
- Sunday, April 29: Rachel Daneault (Zoological Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Primate – Carnivore Team) offers information on the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) project that Disney supports in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The menu will feature traditional African dishes.
- Wednesday, May 2: Dr. Anne Savage (Conservation Director for Disney’s Animals, Science and Enviroment) discusses how Disney supports the Cotton Top Tamarin Conservation Project in Colombia. The menu will feature South American cuisine.
- Friday, May 4: Dr. Scott Terrell (Director of Animal and Science Operations for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts) talks about caring for the Sumatran tiers that live at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as explain how Disney is working to protect tigers in Asia. The menu will feature Asian dishes.
“A Path Less Traveled” Tour
In addition to the Party for the Planet celebrations, a new limited edition behind the scenes tour has been unveiled at Animal Kingdom as well. From now until May 5, guests can go backstage at Rafiki’s Planet Watch to learn about animal care by touring the veterinary hospital and the animal nutrition center, which is the meal prep headquarters for the park’s 1500+ animals.
Other stops on the tour include exploration of the birds nests that act as a **summer** home for the Purple Martins that migrate to Animal Kingdom every year and a closer look at the park’s largest inhabitants, the __ elephants.
The Path Less Traveled tour ends with a VIP viewing of Rivers of Light, the newest addition to Disney’s roster of nighttime entertainment.
This ticketed experience starts with check-in at 10:30 AM and costs $59 per person including a snack.