The Disney Parks Blog posted an updated schedule for the Animal Kingdom 15th Anniversary. The anniversary is on Earth Day, April 22nd and the events per the Disney Parks Blog are as follows:
- 8:30 AM: Turnstyles open
- 8:40 AM: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vice President Josh D’Amaro will host a special 15th anniversary ceremony in front of the Tree of Life.
Giveaways will include
- Commemorative guide map and postcard
- Special conservation button for guests that donate to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF)
- Earthday Cupcakes
Special Activities include (quoted from the Disney Parks Blog:
- Party for the Planet: In Africa, children will learn how to identify animals by observing tracks and other clues. In Asia, families will find out how choosing “green” products can make a big difference for wildlife and nature. At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, families will discover fun ways to spend time in nature and participate in activities inspired by the Disneynature films “African Cats,” “Chimpanzee,” and “Wings of Life.” Guests also can talk with cast members who work on conservation projects around the world.
- Guest artists and special merchandise: Speak with specialists from Elemental Nursery and Just Plumerias, who will be on hand to feature their beautiful plants and topiaries, along with special guest appearances. There will be face painting with a variety of animal images and the opportunity to pose for a fun portrait, plus special 15th anniversary merchandise (quantities limited).
Other upcoming events at the Animal Kingdom include:
- May 8: International Migratory Bird Day
- May 23: World Turtle Day
- June 5: Pollinator Day
- July 25: Tiger Day
- August 1: Primate Day
- August: Cotton-Top Tamarin Month
- September 5: International Vulture Awareness Day
- September 26: Elephant Day
- October 31: Bat Day
- November 12: Rhino Day