Celebrate Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Most MAGICAL WAY!

With Earth Day officially happening on April 22, 2021, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is offering a variety of ways for you to celebrate this annual event.

From April 18 to 24, you’ll get to see an array of special Disney characters, participate in an all new Wilderness Explorer activity made just for the celebration, chow down on special food and grab Earth Day inspired merchandise.

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Earth Day Activities at Animal Kingdom

Let’s go through a few of the unique experiences you can partake in on your visit to Walt Disney World.

Animal Kingdom African Safari with Momma and baby giraffe
Animal Kingdom African Safari

1. The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

During this week’s celebration, you will  get the chance to illustrate some of your favorite animal Disney characters such as:

  • Dumbo
  • Terk
  • Squirt
  • Shere Khan
  • Simba
  • Scar

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2. Say Hi to Your Favorite (but rare) Disney Characters

As you make your way throughout Animal Kingdom, be sure to grab a photo of some the rarest Disney characters that will be gliding along the Discovery River Character Cruises.

Animal Kingdom Character Cavalcade on water

3. Try the Sweet Treats

One of the best parts of the Earth Week Celebration is trying out all of the delicious dishes offered at Animal Kingdom such as:

Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake (Kent Phillips, photographer) for Earth Day at Disney Animal Kingdom
Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake (Kent Phillips, photographer)
  • The Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake
  • Strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue
  • The Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake
  • Red Crowned Crane, a frozen Coke topped with frozen Cherry Coke and strawberry cotton candy (add a shot of Captain Morgan Rum if you’re an adult)

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4. Become a Wilderness Explorer for Earth Day

Take on the challenge of becoming a Wilderness Explorer with the adventurous self-guided challenge that allows you to earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.

Earth Day at Disney Animal Kingdom Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake (Kent Phillips, photographer)

5. Find the Limited-Edition Trading Pin and Merchandise

On your Earth Day trek, be sure to check out the Te Fiti Moana trading pin. You can also supports the Disney Conservation Fund by buying a cute animal plush or other Earth Day inspired merchandise.

6. Meet the Newest Rhino at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

On the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, you’ll get to meet the 5-month-old calf and his rhino family. Also look for the two young Masai giraffe who were born a few months ago.

Recently born Ranger the rhino, viewable on Kilimanjaro Safaris. (David Roark, photographer)
Recently born Ranger the rhino, viewable on Kilimanjaro Safaris. (David Roark, photographer)

7. Take Photos of the Whale Sandcastle Sculputure

One of the most unique things to see at Animal Kingdom for Earth Day is the sand that is sculptured into animals.

Disney does this every year and this year you’ll get to see talented artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales.”

Animal Kingdom Sandcastle for Earth Day at Disney

Be sure to check out this remarkable display that is located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.

Wrapping Up…

As you can see, there’s something that everyone can participate in for Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com

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Happy Earth Day Hipsters!

NikkyJ

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(Original Article Date: April 22, 2015 /Updated April 20, 2021)

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