April 22, 2020
Earth Day sprouted as a grassroots event on college campuses and in local communities on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day, and it continues to be celebrated around the world. Earth Day has evolved into a yearly celebration with Disney–in the parks, in the theaters and at the Disney Stores.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park opened its doors on Earth Day, April 22, 1998, giving families a whole new way to appreciate, enjoy and interact with animals, and Disney an even bigger reason to celebrate Earth Day. In 1998, an elaborate grand-opening ceremony was attended by a crowd of 2,000, with primatologist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., playing a special role in the festivities. Then-CEO Michael Eisner introduced the theme park to the world, calling it “a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama and learn.”
2020 will mark the 22nd anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World celebrates Earth Day with the Party for the Planet event!
The following is information about the 2019 event. 2020 information will be posted when released.
About Party for the Planet
Each year Earth Day events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom integrate animal themes to create fun activities for the whole family to enjoy and learn about conservation. Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet events are held throughout the park. Throughout the day, Guests can discover fun and engaging activities throughout every land in the park. These activities are designed to encourage Guests to connect with nature. The offerings around the park are a special way for Guests to connect with nature and gives them a chance to meet a Conservation Guide and see first-hand how Disney monitors wildlife and is working to reverse the decline of endangered species around the world. Party for the Planet activities are unique each year and included with regular admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The Party for the Planet will feature family-friendly activities that will delight nature-lovers of all ages. Guests will be able to learn more about the many majestic animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom from Animal Care Experts. Additional experts will be on hand throughout Party for the Planet, meaning you’ll have more chances to see animal enrichment programs, trainings and feedings, and ask the experts questions about animals.
Tiffins Talks are intimate four course dining experience that will take place at the signature restaurant Tiffins that features Imagineer, Joe Rhode. Tickets for this event cost $199.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity. With these Tiffins Talks which take place from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Guest will be able to enjoy a 4-course lunch at Tiffins featuring global dishes, desserts and specialty beverages. Reservations can be made by calling 407 WDW-DINE.
Keep in mind that Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park admission is also required and is not included in the price of Tiffins Talks. In addition, Disney Dining Plan entitlements may not be used for this event and discounts are not eligible for this event.
Guests will be able to meet unique characters, take part in special entertainment, and take part Disney PhotoPass opportunities.
Guests should also be on the lookout for the marine debris sculpture in the Oasis that celebrates the Disneynature film, Penguins.
Looking for another way to meet Joe Rohde during the Party for the Planet? You can do so at Mombasa Marketplace from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on April 20 and 22, where he will be on hand to sign his own unique artwork, a commemorative lion print that will be on sale throughout the event while supplies last. A wristband will be required to meet him and a limited number of wristbands will be distributed with purchase of the commemorative lion art at the signing location, on the day of each appearance. Only 2 items will be signed per Guest and you cannot bring any personal items to be signed.
The Mouse For Less Tips
- Want to make sure you find out about all the activities taking place during the Party for the Planet? Pick up a Times Guide at the park when entering for the day.