Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby

“The Most Magical Celebration on Earth” is here and there are lots of ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort throughout property. All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are in on the action, with specialty sweets and treats, new menu items, entertainment and more. Here is everything available now to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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For new sweets and treats, Guests can find special offerings just for the 50th anniversary at both the Mara, the resort’s quick service restaurant and Sanaa, the fan-favorite table service restaurant with views of the resort’s savanna.

At The Mara, Guests can treat themselves to Chocolate Mousse with a cardamom financier. While not exclusive to the 50th anniversary, the Mara is also a great place to pick up zebra domes if you do not have time to stop for breakfast or dinner at Boma! You can find them right in the grab-and-go section.

Sanaa is offering their own version of chocolate mousse- The African Triple-Chocolate Mousse is made with dark chocolate from Ghana, milk chocolate from Madagascar, blond chocolate from France, chocolate-almond biscuit, and strawberries. The mousse is available during lunch and dinner and is a great way to add a little something special for your own celebration while visiting during “The Most Magical Shape on Earth.” Maybe you’ll even see the baby zebra that was recently born at Animal Kingdom Lodge on the savanna!

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Lastly, all Walt Disney World Resort hotels have two new designs of collectible refillable bugs inspired by the 50th anniversary now available in each quick service restaurant. The artwork on the mugs showcases favorite characters and attractions, as well as the new Beacons of Magic. Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may also arrive at the theme parks in specially wrapped buses with EARidescent artwork created just for the 50th anniversary, and all around Walt Disney World Guests can find new Cast Member nametags, EARidescent decor, entertainment and more.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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