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Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary and Party for the Planet Live Coverage!

Disney World’s Animal Kingdom opened on April, 22, 1998…

Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life

… and we’ve all been having a WILD time ever since!

Pandora -- The World of AVATAR

Pandora — The World of AVATAR

Timon at Animal Kingdom

Timon at Animal Kingdom

View of Everest in Animal Kingdom's Asia

View of Everest in Animal Kingdom’s Asia

Entrance to Village of Harambe

Entrance to Village of Harambe

Rivers of Light Spectacular

Rivers of Light Spectacular

To celebrate this milestone 20th Anniversary, today kicks off an extended version of Animal Kingdom’s annual celebration! So, even though today is the official Anniversary with commemorative events of its own, if you visit Animal Kingdom over the next two weeks (through May 5th), you should know there is a PARTY FOR THE PLANET going on!

We’re here LIVE an will be updating with pics from the celebration, so you can see what’s in store for the Party for the Planet!

20th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary, Joe Rohde — Vice President and Executive Designer, Creative and lead designer of Animal Kingdom — shared that “Twenty years of Animal Kingdom is not just twenty years existence of a park. It’s twenty years of LIFE.”

Monkeys in Animal Kingdom

Monkeys in Animal Kingdom

He spoke about what Animal Kingdom “has to say” about the value of nature, adventure, and a personal call to action. And how the magic of the animals is one that cannot be created; the “the magic of the animals is one we can only serve.”

Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

This Anniversary is the start of the two-week Party for the Planet, so let’s see what’s in store if you visit Animal Kingdom from now through May 5th!

Specialty Food for Party for the Planet

The Party for the Planet is an annual Earth Day event in celebration of nature and wildlife. And this year, the Animal Kingdom celebration spans for two full weeks!

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Your Adventure Guide will help you find extra happenings around the park to help you “choose your own adventure”!

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Activities include interactive experiences at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and a special limited-time badge for Wilderness Explorers.

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

You can also learn more about Disney’s Conservation Fund.

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

AND it will help you find the extra eats and treats are on hand over the next couple of weeks!

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Party for the Planet Adventure Guide

Keep an eye on this post, as we’ll be updating throughout the day with pics of all the food!

Tiffins Talks

As an added experience for the Party for the Planet, Tiffins Talks are taking place at the park’s signature restaurant, Tiffins, on select dates throughout the duration of the Party. Guests at these ticketed Talks will listen to animal and conservation experts (including Imagineer Joe Rohde on April 25th) while enjoying a four-course meal comprised of specialty food and beverages that will complement the evening’s topics. 

Tiffins sign

Tiffins sign

You can find information on Tiffins Talks — including topics, special guests, pricing and how to book — here!

20th Anniversary Merchandise

Stop by merchandise locations throughout the park — and in particular, Island Merchantile — to check out 20th Anniversary merchandise.

20th Anniversary Tee

20th Anniversary Tee

20th Anniversary Tee

20th Anniversary Tee

20th Anniversary Mug

20th Anniversary Mug

Though there is no guarantee, merchandise may be available outside of the Party’s run, so keep an eye out no matter when you get to visit Animal Kingdom this year!

And, remember, if you stop by Windtraders in Pandora, a limited edition Banshee is available for purchase!

Limited Edition Banshee sign

Limited Edition Banshee sign

Limited Edition Banshee

Limited Edition Banshee

And, of course, even if your visit falls well outside the Anniversary celebration, there are always ways to celebrate during your time in Animal Kingdom. And since it’s never a celebration without FOOD, be sure to check out this tribute to some of our very favorite eats in Animal Kingdom!

Do you have an awesome Animal Kingdom memory to share from the past 20 years? Please share your memory with a comment below!

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