Disney’s Animal Kingdom Honors Two Decades of Wild Encounters With 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Disney's Animal Kingdom marked its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, by launching an expanded Party for the Planet celebration that will run through May 5. To commemorate the milestone year, the 500-acre adventure park is offering animal encounters, family-friendly activities, specialty desserts and more. In addition, the new show UP! A Great Bird Adventure, featuring characters from the Disney-Pixar film UP, debuted on April 22.
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Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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What with Pandora unfolding at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I spent the better part of a beautiful day recently scoping out the park for Hidden Mickeys. Like this one in Africa’s Harambe Village: silver balls in a basket perched on a shelf high above street level might form Mickey ears? Look for this basket across from … Continue reading "Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Ride the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and enjoy a few Hidden Mickeys. Like this one made of insect nets hanging on a rear wall of the Veterinary Treatment room at the back of Conservation Station. The nets are next to the doors to the Treatment/Prep Room. Thankfully, this image has been maintained … Continue reading "Hidden Mickeys in Africa and Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Cast Costumes Animal Kingdom If you have never ridden the Wildlife Express out to Rafiki’s Planet Watch (formerly Conservation Station), I encourage you to do so. It is usually not as crowded as the rest of the park, the train ride gets you off your feet for a few minutes and the displays, petting zoo, … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes in Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Jiminy Cricket

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I have always found certain characters are easier to find if you check in with a park’s Guest Services. I did that when my children were little as they usually wanted to see a special character or two on our trips. That was before I found AllEars.net who has a handy Character Meet and Greet … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Jiminy Cricket"
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates 15th Anniversary on Earth Day

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On Monday, April 22, 2013, Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrated two festivities -- Earth Day 2013 and the theme park's 15th anniversary. The day began with an opening ceremony at the Tree of Life that featured Josh D'Amaro, Vice President of Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment, as speakers. Because this was open to the public -- and held before rope drop -- it garnered quite a crowd as fans gathered to celebrate and park-goers waited to be let into the rest of Animal Kingdom. The highlight was a performance of The Lion King's "Circle of Life."
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