Disney World announces celebration for Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary

Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney World announced today that they will be throwing a celebration in honor of Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary, which is on April 22. The park will be hosting a variety of animal encounters, family-friendly activities, specialty desserts and more during an expanded Party for the Planet celebration April 22-May 5.

Guests can also commemorate their visits to the theme park with special photo opportunities.  They can step into an oversized picture frame celebrating the park’s 20th anniversary. Other photo frames support Disney’s “Reverse the Decline,” an initiative created to help protect 10 threatened animal species. One recent success of the program was the birth of two critically endangered Sumatran Tiger Cubs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

There will even be a limited-edition badge as part of the Wilderness Explorer program.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure, coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

UP! A Great Bird Adventure, coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Party for the Planet will also include six different Tiffins Talks – themed dinners hosted by animal experts at Tiffins restaurant.

And of course, the celebration will feature a commemorative adventure guide, limited-edition merchandise, and a special-edition print created by renowned Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who will be available on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. to sign prints at Discovery Trading Company.

And Animal Kingdom will be debuting their new show, UP! A Great Bird Adventure featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney•Pixar animated comedy-adventure film “UP” on April 22.

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