New Disney’s Animal Kingdom ‘I Was There’ Collection of Merchandise Revealed

Guests who are attending the “Party for the Planet” celebration as part of Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary celebration will find a special “I Was There” merchandise collection that will be released on April 22.

Cathy Dawson, the Merchandise Product developer for Special Events, shared how the different experiences guests can have at Disney’s Animal Kingdom inspired the limited release collection.

“With so much to explore at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we created a passport stamp graphic that captures the spirit of adventure found throughout the park.”

The main graphic is encircled by outlines of animals, attractions, and icons from the theme park. The anniversary logo features Mickey Mouse and friends dressed in safari attire.


Annual Passholders have two shirts to choose from. The “Party for the Planet” shirt showcases the event’s logo, and a tank top gives a nod to the park’s 20th Anniversary. Passholders will need to present a valid Annual Pass at time of purchase.


Guests will find many other new products that were created exclusively for this special anniversary.

Inspired by the famous moss-covered wall inside Pandora – The World of Avatar, guest will discover that a new interactive banshee has flown into the Rookery at Windtraders. “This limited release banshee will be packaged with a display perch and a Certificate of Authenticity. Similar to its 10 colorful counterparts currently available, the banshee contains authentic sounds and includes three ranges of motion – mouth, head, and wings – that are controlled by hand.”


Additional items being released include animal-print handbags by Dooney & Bourke, anniversary bracelets by ALEX AND ANI and a commemorative 20th Anniversary baseball hat presented in a decorative box.


Guests will be thrilled to hear that they can meet Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde who created a special-edition print for the anniversary. He will be available to sign prints on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. at Discovery Trading Company.

“The best location to find select limited release products on April 22 is Discovery Trading Company at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The interactive banshee will be released in Windtraders at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Other select items, such as the handbags by Dooney & Bourke, will also be released via Shop Disney Parks.”

It is important to note that all limited release items will be available while supplies last.

Source: Disney Parks Blog