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Earth Day Celebration

at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
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Follow us on Disney Parks Blog or My Disney Experience in honor of Earth Day and see how you can celebrate at home—April 18 through April 24, 2020.

A gorilla, a turtle, an elephant and a monkey

Event Highlights

Connect with the magic of nature and wildlife at this special Earth Day event.

Stunning Visuals
Enjoy special opportunities and celebrate with a variety of family-friendly offerings, including:

  • Photo Ark Exhibition – Inspired by animals that can be found throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with beautiful visuals from National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore
  • Disney photo frames to commemorate your visit to the Earth Day Celebration 
  • National Geographic Yellow Border picture opportunities 
  • And more!

Character Greetings
Meet some of your favorite Disney Characters located in some of their favorite spots throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. 

  • Miss Bunny and Thumper – Oasis 
  • Timon and Rafiki – Character Landing across from Flame Tree Barbecue 
  • Mickey and Minnie – Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Pocahontas – Discovery Island Trails
  • Russell and Dug – Near the entrance of “It’s a Tough to be a Bug”

Exterior of Theater in the Wild Cart featuring a marquee with art deco lettering and an illuminated poster for Finding Nemo the Musical

Wild by Nature Speaker Series

Get inspired by some of the world’s greatest conservation leaders.

Head over to Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A. to hear some amazing speakers, including:

  • National Geographic’s world-renowned photographers, scientists and adventurers, featuring Joel Sartore, Brian Skerry, Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant and Anand Varma will bring you behind-the-scenes stories⁠, stunning imagery and gripping footage⁠ from the front lines of exploration and conservation.
  • Scientists, educators and heroes supported by the Disney Conservation Fund for their incredible work saving wildlife around the globe—from elephants and rhinos in Africa, to tamarins and anteaters in South America
  • Academy Award®-winning producer, Roy Conli, of Disneynature films Born in China, Penguins, Elephant and Dolphin Reef.
  • Joe Rohde – Portfolio Creative Executive and Walt Disney Imagineer

See the Earth Day Celebration Event Guide for specific dates and show times for each speaker.

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Tiffins Talks

Settle in for a delicious 4-course meal and listen to the stories of Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde—reservations required.

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

Animal Experiences

See for yourself how the animals can inspire artists and scientists to help make the world a better place.

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
Pick up a pencil and bring some of your favorite Disney Characters to life! Real life animals provide inspiration while a Disney artist guides as you create your own version of these classic furry friends.

As a special bonus, the Earth Day Celebration edition of The Animation Experience at Conservation Station allows Guests to draw Dumbo, Terk from Tarzan, Squirt from the Disney and Pixar film Finding Nemo and Heimlich from the Disney and Pixar film A Bug’s Life.

Animals, Science and Environment – Keeper Experiences
Learn more about the animals who call this park their home. Discover more about their habits and personalities from those who know them best—the Cast Members who care for them.

See the Earth Day Celebration Event Guide for more details.

Flik soars around the world above the words ‘Earth Day 2020’


Celebrate the beauty of nature with a memento that keeps the spirit of Earth Day alive all year long. Stop by merchandise locations throughout the Park to uncover a variety of unique items that celebrate Earth Day, the Disney Conservation Fund, exploration and sustainability. Discover specialty merchants, appearances and more.

Be on the lookout for more details coming soon.

Five cupcakes each topped with a figure of an elephant, butterfly or other animal

Food & Beverage

Treat yourself to some tasty bites and shimmering sips inspired by some of the creatures of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Earth Day Celebration Dessert Collection

  • Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake
    Chocolate Cupcake with Caramel Filling and Caramel Buttercream
    Location: Creature Comforts in Discovery Island

  • Monarch Butterfly Lemon Tart
  • Lemon Curd Tart with Strawberry Mousse and Lavender Buttercream
    Location:  Creature Comforts in Discovery Island

  • Monarch Butterfly Cupcake
  • Strawberry Cupcake and Fresh Strawberry Compote with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Location: Pizzafari in Discovery Island 

  • Sea Turtle Cupcake
  • Graham Cracker Cupcake, Key Lime Pie Filling, Guava Gel with Vanilla Buttercream
  • Location: Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A.

  • Tiger Ice Cream Cone
  • Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream Swirled with a Chocolate Image of a Tiger 
  • Location:  Anadapur Ice Cream Truck in Asia 

  • Gorilla Falls Cupcake
  • Chocolate Cupcake, Banana Jam with Caramel Icing
  • Location: Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Africa 

  • African Elephant Cupcake
  • Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Buttercream Filling and Vanilla Frosting 
  • Location: Harambe Market in Africa

Signature Cookie Feature

  • Gorilla-inspired Collection
  • Delicious Sugar or Chocolate Chip Cookies featuring our own Western Lowland Gorillas and Joel Sartore Photo Ark Image 
  • Location:  Select Quick-Service restaurants, carts and kiosks throughout the park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Earth Elements Hand-crafted Cocktail Collection

  • Earth
  • Mother Earth: Botanical-mixed Beverage 
  • Cruxland Gin and Infused Tea garnished with Mint and Lemon Peel (Spirit-free version available) 
  • Location: Nomad Lounge in Discovery Island 
  • Air
  • Yeti Sunset: Where Wind Meets the Mountaintops
  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Strawberry and Lychee Lemonade
  • Location: Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks in Asia
  • Water
  • Crave the Wave: Refreshing
  • Vodka, Blue Curacao and Odwalla® Lemonade
  • Location: Lounge at Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Fire
  • Lion’s Fury: Feel the Sweet Heat
  • Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon, Jungle Juice and Fireball Cinammon Whiskey Floater
  • Location: Dawa Bar in Africa

Earth Day Celebration Beverage Collection

  • Monarch Latte 
  • Espresso, Steamed Milk and Caramel, Chocolate
  • Location: Isle of Java in Discovery Island 
  • Red Crowned Crane
  • Frozen Coke Crowned with Frozen Cherry
  • Location: Isle of Java in Discovery Island
  • The Loggerhead
  • Sour Apple Sprite, Green Sugar-rimmed, Gummy Worm and Green Apple edible straw
  • Location: Pizzafari in Discovery Island
  • The Sea Turtle
  • Frozen Blend of Blue Raspberry and Lemonade
  • Location: Dino Diner in DinoLand U.S.A.

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

Celebrate Nature Year-Round

Earth Day Celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park also highlights 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: We Are One—playing nightly at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Learn more about Disneynature.

Download an Activity Packet
Can’t wait to celebrate? 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 Earth Day Celebration at home by downloading your free copy today.

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A Path Less Traveled Tour

Set off on a 2-hour walking tour to uncover hidden details of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

A boy wearing a Mickey ears hat stands with other Guests and observes a flock of macaws flying overhead

Disney Conservation Fund

Disney is committed to ensuring a world where wildlife thrives and nature is treasured.

Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $86 million to save wildlife and protect more than 1,000 species spanning half the countries around the world. While attending Earth Day Celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, 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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