Did you know Disney’s Animal Kingdom shares a birthday with Earth Day? That’s right! Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998, which means we’re celebrating the 24th anniversary of the park this year. The anniversary party will be all week long at Walt Disney World, April 18, 2022 through April 24, 2022. Here are all the ways you can celebrate Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this year!
The Animation Experience
At the Conservation Station, guests can learn to sketch some of their favorite Disney characters! The Animation Experience is led by Disney artists who guide you step by step through the drawing process. Each 25-minute class will offer a unique experience for guests. Featured characters change, so keep revisiting to add even more to your art collection!
Wilderness Explorers offers an array of fun, outdoor challenges. While guests can become a Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom any day, only during Earth Week can you earn this limited-time badge. Participating guests will receive the Earth Day Nature Badge. This Earth Week activity can be found in the courtyard near Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Special Magic Shots
What better way to remember your Earth Week celebration than with some limited-time Magic Shots from Disney PhotoPass Service? These Magic Shots can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The first features Wall-E and his lady love, Eve. You can visit a Disney PhotoPass photographer outside of the main entrance to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to find this one. Next, you’ll want to make your way to the base camp of Expedition Everest in Asia and look for a Disney PhotoPass photographer. From 10:00 AM until sunset, guests can experience a Super Zoom Magic Shot at this location.
Disneynature Sand Sculpture
In celebration of Earth Day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom displays a beautiful sand sculpture somewhere around the park. This year’s sand sculpture can be found in the Main Entrance Plaza of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was created in honor of the new Disneynature film, Polar Bear. Disneynature’s Polar Bear tells the story of a new mother who prepares to navigate motherhood with the memories of her own youth. On Earth Day, April 22, 2022, Polar Bear will launch exclusively on Disney+.
Earth Day Merchandise
You can look back on your Walt Disney World Earth Week 2022 experience with a souvenir that can only be found during this celebration! This exclusive merchandise collection can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in any merchandise location throughout the park. These items are designed to celebrate the Disney Conservation Fund, Earth Day, and sustainability and exploration. Some Earth Day merchandise you can find this year includes tumblers, water bottles, reusable bags, cuddly plush inspired by animals you’ll find in the park, and a limited-edition trading pin featuring Te Fiti from Moana.
As you can see, there’s so much to look forward to for Earth Week 2022! So if you’re visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth from April 18, 2022 through April 24, 2022, be sure to spend a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrating its 24th Anniversary. For more ways to celebrate Earth Day, see Best Earth Day EATS at Disney World.