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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Announces NEW Spring Celebration – What We Know

Earth Week is coming up next month, along with the 24th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened on Earth Day in 1998. The park celebrates and supports the natural world and the animals who live in it every day, but Earth Week is a particularly special time of the year and the park has some new and memorable experiences planned just for the occasion! If you are visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom next month, here are some things just announced by the Disney Parks Blog you can’t miss around the park.

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At Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, this year’s annual Earth Day Celebration will span a week, running April 18-24, 2022. Throughout the week, the park will celebrate Earth Day and nature with family-friendly experiences and special events plus favorite attractions, shops, and restaurants that make Animal Kingdom a truly unique Disney theme park.

Learn how to draw favorite Disney characters with a Disney artist and take a peek backstage into how Disney assists animals living in the park at the Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Just hop on the Wildlife Express Train from Harambe Village in Africa and spend some time exploring the area, plus petting some of the goats, sheep, and pigs that live there, too.

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While at Conservation Station, keep your eye out for a limited-time Wilderness Explorer activity. There is a special activity just for Guests looking to become Wilderness Explorers that will only be available during Earth Week!

On Discovery Island, a limited-time character cavalcade cruise will be making its way down the Discovery River just for the occasion. Also on Discovery Island as well as in multiple locations around the park, each Guest will find Disney PhotoPass photographers taking new Magic Shot photos! And, outside the park’s entrance, check out the frames featuring WALL-E (2008).

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Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will include new food and beverage items (how cute are these cupcakes?!) plus exclusive specialty merchandise and a limited edition Earth Day 2022 Disney trading pin.

Even if your next visit does not fall during Earth Week, you can still celebrate by working to conserve energy in your home and supporting the Disney Conservation Fund plus visiting animals in the park at locations like Discovery Island and aboard a Kilimanjaro Safari whenever your next visit to this Disney park might be.

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."