At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, preparation for Earth Week is well underway as added opportunities for guests to connect with the magic of nature are being added throughout the theme park.
Engaging activities for the whole family, including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity, and more, are all coming to the theme park from April 18-24th.
Take a look below for the complete lineup of what’s coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station shows how Disney Artists bring favorite characters to life using animals for inspiration. For the Earth Week Celebration, guests can learn to draw characters – including Dumbo, Terk, Squirt, Shere Khan, Simba, and Scar – whose real-life counterparts represent amazing stories of conservation work worldwide.
- Guests can catch a glimpse of some special characters who will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.
- A sampling of Earth Week eats include a selection of limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comforts‘ Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue, or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake. Specialty beverages include The Red-Crowned Crane, a frozen Coke topped with frozen Cherry Coke, and strawberry cotton candy; adults can spice it up with Captain Morgan Rum.
- A series of self-guided, nature-themed challenges invite guests to earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.
- Guests can hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin and also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a cuddly plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Mercantile’s eco-friendly water bottles, tumblers, and reusable bags that promote sustainability.
- Any time guests visit the park, they can marvel at unique animals and meet the newest arrivals. Most recently, the park welcomed Ranger, and guests can get a glimpse of the rambunctious 5-month-old calf and his rhino family on a journey aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. While on safari, guests can also keep an eye out for two young Masai giraffe born a few months ago and playful Nigerian dwarf goats that hang out at the warden’s outpost.
- Beginning April 2nd, guests can watch artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s Secrets of the Whales, an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The intricately sculpted masterpiece will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30th.
Let us know which experience you’re looking forward to in the comments below!
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