Celebrate Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, 2018. I was invited to the 2018 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid a nominal conference fee to attend and received discounted and complimentary items from Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and their sponsors. All celebratory opinions are my own.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Can you believe that Disney’s Animal Kingdom will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary?! Two whole decades. Such a commemorative milestone! Of course being Disney, Animal Kingdom will be celebrating in a BIG way! The 500-acre adventure park will offer animal encounters, family-friendly activities, specialty desserts and more during an expanded Party for the Planet celebration April 22-May 5th. Here are a a few highlights of what’s to come.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
During the two week celebration, Rafiki’s Planet Watch will offer backstage experiences with experts. Guests can learn about animal nutrition, visit the veterinary hospital, and hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.
New Baby Hippo
Did you know there’s a brand new baby hippo at Animal Kingdom? It’s a BOY, and his name is Augustus! He is way too cute! Guests will see Augustus on Kilimanjaro Safaris and also during the Wild Africa Trek. I was looking for him on our last safari ride, but no luck. Our tour guide told us hippos are mostly nocturnal animals, but I was still hoping to catch a glimpse of him!
Wilderness Explorer Program
Something that will surely appeal to the kids, is the chance to earn a limited-edition badge as part of the Wilderness Explorer program. My children LOVE earning their badges throughout the park. I just know they’ll enjoy earning their very own limited-edition badge!
UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Fan favorites From Disney Pixar’s “UP,” Russel and Dug will debut in a brand new show! UP! A Great Bird Adventure will include encounters with exotic birds from around the world. This show will be performed multiple times daily.
A Dino-Tastic Celebration!
Join Donald in his friends Memorial Day weekend in DinoLand, U.S.A. During this celebration, special character meet-and-greets will be available, as well as a DJ-powered dance party!
Pandora – The World of Avatar
Memorial Day 2018 commemorates the one-year anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar. And you know what? It’s still popular as ever! This epic land truly transports you into a whole new universe. Enter a mystical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rain forests, and breathtaking new experiences. Enjoy the peaceful Na’vi River Journey, or soar on the back of a Banshee for the ride of your life, on Flight of Passage.
While you’re at Animal Kingdom, don’t miss out on favorites Rivers of Light, and the Tree of Life Awakenings! Catch showtimes on your My Disney Experience app. For more information on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/animal-kingdom/