Tiffins Talks Dining Events During Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary Celebration


Plans have previously been announced for Party for the Planet, a multi-day celebration in honor of the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

One of the programs set for that event are Tiffins Talks, special hard-ticket dining offerings that will take place on select nights from April 22 to May 5.

Tiffins Talks are intimate dining experiences that will allow guests to enjoy specialty food and beverages that compliment the topics shared by animal and conservation expert speakers. Each Tiffins Talk will feature an expert who’s had a hand in creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom as it is today.

The tentative schedule for speakers and dates:

— Sunday, April 22, 2018 — Dr. Joseph Soltis, Research Scientist for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, will speak about the “Elephants and Bees” project in which honeybees are helping people and elephants in Kenya. The menu will feature African cuisine.

— Wednesday, April 25, 2018 — Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive and a veteran Imagineer, will share tales from his adventures all over Asia, India, Nepal and China. The chefs of Tiffins will follow Joe’s journeys with a menu inspired by his travels.

— Friday, April 27, 2018 — Dr. Jason Fischer, Conservation Program Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, will speak about Disney’s efforts to conserve the purple martin, a remarkable migratory songbird that travels to Walt Disney World Resort from the Brazilian Amazon to raise a family each year. The menu will feature North American cuisine.

— Sunday, April 29, 2018 — Rachel Daneault, Zoological Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Primate – Carnivore team, will talk about the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) project that Disney supports in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The menu will feature African cuisine.

— Wednesday, May 2, 2018 — Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation Director for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, will speak about the cotton-top tamarin conservation project Disney supports in Colombia. The menu will feature South American cuisine.

— Friday, May 4, 2018 — Dr. Scott Terrell, Director of Animal and Science Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will chat about caring for the Sumatran tigers that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park home, as well as the conservation work Disney is doing to protect tigers in Asia. The menu will feature Asian cuisine.

Tiffins Talks are separately priced offerings and are available by booking online or calling (407) WDW-DINE. Each program costs $165 per person (tax and gratuity included). Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park admission is not included in the price of Tiffins Talks.

Speakers are subject to change without notice.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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  1. I’ve booked the opening night dinner. I wish I was staying long enough for Joe, but happy I got a dinner for one my last night in FLA!