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Party for the Planet

an Earth Day Celebration

Join us for a magical celebration of nature at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

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Event Highlights

Connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day event—April 20 through 22, 2019.

During Party for the Planet, enjoy special opportunities to explore the natural wonders of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, thanks to a variety of family-friendly park offerings that include:

  • Interactive activities for all ages
  • Unique Character greetings
  • Art Signing with Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde
  • Tiffins Talks with Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde
  • Special entertainment
  • Commemorative photo opportunities
  • Jortra, Rinse Bath & Body Co., The Fairy House Ladies and other sustainable shopping selections

An Earth Day display shows a statue of a penguin standing in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

Art to Save the Sea

Look for the larger-than-life Adélie penguin sculpture—there’s a lot more to it than immediately meets the eye!

In celebration of the April 17 debut of the Disneynature film Penguins, an 11-foot-tall plastic sculpture made from recycled marine debris will be on display in the Oasis, at the entrance of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

Created by the nonprofit organization, this work of art is designed to inspire Guests to keep our oceans and waterways clear of plastic pollution. Guests can start making an impact of their own during Earth month (April 1-30), by pledging to reduce the amount of single-use plastics they use each day. Guests can do this by choosing reusable bags, skipping the straw and helping to protect penguins and other wildlife around the world by supporting the Disney Conservation Fund wherever their logo is found.

Want to do more? Be sure to see the Disneynature film Penguins during opening week—for every ticket sold, Disneynature will make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Network to help protect penguins around the globe.

A chipper penguin waves his arms while standing on a hill of snow and ice

Penguins – The All-New Feature Film by Disneynature

Watch Steve the Adélie penguin join millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.

From the filmmaking team that brought the world Bears and Chimpanzee, Disneynature's all-new feature film, Penguins opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, April 17—just in time for Earth Day 2019!

Joe Rohde's poster artwork depicts lions partially obscured by bushes

Art Signing with Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde

Come out and meet the creative force behind the concept, design and buildout of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, Joe Rohde. Purchase Joe’s deluxe lion print during Party for the Planet and he’ll autograph it for you! Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to connect with one of Disney’s most influential artists.

About the Artist
Joe Rohde is a Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, the branch of the Walt Disney Company that designs Disney’s cruise ships, theme parks, attractions—even our hotels and infrastructure systems. Joe has spent 37 years with the company, starting with a role as a model designer for Epcot and continuing with projects at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris and many other Disney properties. You can see the results of his stewardship in attractions such as Pandora—The World of Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!

Joe speaks regularly on the art of cultivating creative innovation through narrative framing. He has spoken for NASA, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and has delivered keynote addresses at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference.

He graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles and lives not far from his alma mater in Altadena, California.

Saturday, April 20, 2019 and Monday, April 22, 2019
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Walt Disney World Resort
Mombasa Marketplace - Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Know Before You Go

  • A wristband is required to meet Joe Rohde
  • A limited number of wristbands will be distributed with purchase of the commemorative lion art at the signing location, on the day of each appearance
  • Only 2 items will be signed per Guest—please bring no personal items to be signed
  • A valid Walt Disney World Resort receipt is also required

Merchandise and wristbands are available while supplies last. Event dates, appearances and information are subject to change without notice and not guaranteed.

Two plates and a bowl—each filled with food—sit on a wooden table next to a fork

Tiffins Talks with Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde

Join Joe Rohde for a unique connection on his travels with food during the Party for the Planet weekend.

From the Kazakh Eagle Festival in Mongolia to the temple ceremonies of Bali to an Adventures by Disney safari in South Africa, cuisine has played an essential part in the ride. Let Joe regale you with tales of adventure as you journey through a delectable 4-course lunch featuring global dishes, desserts and specialty beverages. Alcoholic and nonalcoholic options will be available.

When: April 20 through 22, 2019, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Tiffins Restaurant
Ticket Price: $199.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

Tiffins Talks is a separately priced offering and available by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Space is limited.

Know Before You Go
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park admission is required and is not included in the price of Tiffins Talks. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify your age. Disney Dining Plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event. Discounts or promotions are not valid for this event.

A young penguin snuggles with its mother amid a large mound of rocks

Celebrate Nature Year-Round

Party for the Planet also celebrates the wildlife stories brought to the big screen by Disneynature.

Disneynature was launched in April 2008 with the mission to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to engage, inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. You can catch a glimpse of this amazing filmmaking during Rivers of Light—playing nightly at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Learn more about Disneynature.

Download an Activity Packet
Can’t wait to party? Activity packets and educational materials are available now for all of the Disneynature films. Learn more about each animal featured in the Disneynature films and extend your Party for the Planet experience at home by downloading your free copy today.

A family of four beholds a magnificent floating mountain in the Valley of Mo’ara at Pandora – The World of Avatar

Disney Conservation Fund

The Walt Disney Company is committed to protecting the planet and using resources wisely.

Disney is committed to ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $75 million to save wildlife and protect more than 400 species spanning half the countries around the world. While attending Party for the Planet, you’ll have opportunities to learn about the Disney Conservation Fund and its work to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.

Learn more about the Disney Conservation Fund.

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2 African elephants with tusks caressing each other's faces with their trunks

Disney Animals

Revel in the magnificence of our elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and more—and in the depth of Disney’s worldwide commitment to wildlife conservation

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Join the Na'vi in a unique land at Disney's Animal Kingdom park-featuring magnificent floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and many other awe-inspiring adventures.

A zebra, ostrich and 2 giraffes grazing on the savannah of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Nature Experiences

Discover a variety of nature and wildlife encounters across Walt Disney World Resort, from garden tours to aquatic experiences to safari-inspired adventures.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Walt Disney World® Resort

Valid Park Admission Required

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What's New, Behind the Scenes, Animal Encounters

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