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Earth Day at Walt Disney World

April 22, 2024

Earth Day | Disney's Animal Kingdom

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.”

2024 will mark the 26th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World celebrates Earth Day with lots of great events.

The following is details for Earth Day 2023. When details are released for 2024, this page will be updated. 

Earth Day Educational Activities Additional Fun Tips

Special Earth Day Events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Each year events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom integrate animal themes to create fun activities for the whole family to enjoy and learn about conservation. Guests can discover fun and engaging activities throughout every land. 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. Earth Day activities are unique each year and included with regular admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Educational Activities

Earth Day 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 the day. This will allow more chances to see animal enrichment programs, trainings and feedings, and ask the experts questions about animals.

Additional Earth Day Fun

Guests will be able to meet unique characters, take part in special entertainment, and take part Disney PhotoPass opportunities.

Usually there is a special sand display celebrating the latest Disney Nature film.


The Mouse For Less Tips

  • Want to make sure you find out about all the activities taking place? Pick up a Times Guide at the park when entering for the day.
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