Earth Day is right around the corner, and it only seems fitting that Walt Disney World’s animal-inspired park has an exciting celebration planned! Disney has announced an all-new event, Party for the Planet, that will take place from Saturday, April 20, 2019 to Monday, April 22, 2019. During this limited time celebration, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be offering a variety of family-friendly park offerings to help guests explore the wonders of nature.

Art with a Cause
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is making a big statement pollution of the oceans and waterways with a larger-than-life statue on display in the Oasis. No guest will be able to miss the giant, 11-foot tall Adélie penguin made completely from recycled marine debris! This year Disney’s Animal Kingdom is working with a nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org who created the sculpture to inspire guests to keep oceans and waterways free from plastic pollution. This work of art is on display just in time for the Disneynature film Penguins, which premieres in theaters on Wednesday, April 17.

Art Signing with a Disney Imagineer
It’s always a treat when Disney guests get the chance to interact with someone responsible for the magic of the Disney parks that we get to enjoy. Guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on Saturday, April 20 and Monday, April 22 have the chance to meet Joe Rohde in the Mombasa Marketplace from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde is a Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering and has been with the company for 37 years. He has had his hand in several projects at Disney parks around the globe, but he has an extremely special tie to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a creative force in the design, buildout, and concept of this unique park. If you purchase Joe’s deluxe lion print during the Party for the Planet event, he will autograph it for you!

Event Exclusives
Ain’t no party like an Animal Kingdom party! From unique Disney character appearances to commemorative photo opportunities, it’s going to be a pretty exciting weekend around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In honor of connecting with the magic of nature, animal care experts, conservation experts, and animal educators will be available all weekend long to teach guests all about how Disney cares for animals and works to save species that are considered endangered. Guests will be able to watch animal feedings and other interactive training experiences, all while learning how Disney’s Animal Kingdom cares for their many creatures.

Memorable Merchandise
Walt Disney World will be offering something extra-special starting on Earth Day, April 22, 2019! Mombasa Marketplace will be chock full of all-new The Lion King inspired merchandise! From an Hakuna Matata spirit jersey to Simba mugs and hats, there’s sure to be something for every Lion King lover in your pack. With the 25th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King happening this year, it only seems fitting that this is a part of the Party for the Planet celebration!

Tiffin’s Talks with Joe Rohde
Joe Rohde is offering another one-of-a-kind experience for Party for the Planet weekend! Guests can travel along to some of Joe’s many unique travel destinations through a delicious 4-course meal of global dishes. With a menu featuring entrees, desserts, and even specialty beverages all connected to the destinations that Joe Rohde has traveled, including the Kazakh Eagle Festival in Mongolia and an Adventures by Disney Safari in South Africa! This event will take place Saturday, April 20 through Monday, April 22 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Tiffin’s Restaurant near the entrance to Pandora -- World of Avatar. Tickets for this event are $199.00 before taxes and gratuity and theme park admission is also required but not included in this price. Interested guests can claim their seat by calling (407)-WDW-DINE.

On April 22, 2018, Disney’s Animal Kingdom turned 20 years old. Only one year later, they’re at it again with an even more exciting celebration for Earth Day! If you’ll be at the Most Magical Place on Earth over the Earth Day weekend, don’t forget to swing by Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a roaring good time. Be sure to use their special hashtag #PartyforthePlanet as well to share all of your memories from the event!