8 Magical Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2022

With Earth Day officially happening on April 22, 2022, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is offering a variety of ways for you to celebrate this annual event.

From April 18 to 24, you’ll get to see an array of special Disney characters, participate in an all new Wilderness Explorer activity made just for the celebration, chow down on special food and grab Earth Day inspired merchandise.

Disney takes you through a majestic adventure through the natural wonders of the world through family-friendly experiences and special offerings. 

You’ll learn the park’s conservation story and interact through learning about the animal species in the Disney Conservation Fund.

Let’s go through a few of the unique experiences you can partake in on your visit to Walt Disney World.

Animal Kingdom African Safari with Momma and baby giraffe
Animal Kingdom African Safari

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1. The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

During this week’s celebration, you will  get the chance to illustrate some of your favorite animal Disney characters such as:

  • Dumbo
  • Terk
  • Squirt
  • Shere Khan
  • Simba
  • Scar

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2. Say Hi to Your Favorite (but rare) Disney Earth Day Characters

As you make your way throughout Animal Kingdom, be sure to grab a photo of some the rarest Disney characters that will be gliding along the Discovery River Character Cruises.

Animal Kingdom Character Cavalcade on water

3. Try the Sweet Treats

One of the best parts of the Earth Week Celebration is trying out all of the delicious dishes offered at Animal Kingdom such as:

Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake (Kent Phillips, photographer) for Earth Day at Disney Animal Kingdom
Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake (Kent Phillips, photographer)
  • The Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake at Restaurantosaurus and Creature Comforts
  • Strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue and Pizzafari
  • Sea Turtle, a frozen blend of blue raspberry and lemonade, topped with a wave of cotton candy

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4. Become a Wilderness Explorer for Earth Day

Take on the challenge of becoming a Wilderness Explorer with the adventurous self-guided challenge that allows you to earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.

Earth Day Animal Kingdom strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbecue
Strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Pizzafari and Flame Tree Barbecue. (Photo Courtesy of Disney Co. Kent Phillips, Photographer)

5. Find the Limited-Edition Disney Earth Day Trading Pin and Merchandise

On your Earth Day trek, be sure to check out the exclusive trading pins. You can also supports the Disney Conservation Fund by buying a cute animal plush or other Earth Day inspired merchandise.

6. Meet the Newest Rhino at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

On the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, you’ll get to meet the calf and his rhino family. Also look for two more baby rhinos and the two young Masai giraffe.

Recently born Ranger the rhino, viewable on Kilimanjaro Safaris. (David Roark, photographer)
Recently born Ranger the rhino, viewable on Kilimanjaro Safaris. (David Roark, photographer)

7. Take Photos of the Whale Sandcastle Sculpture

One of the most unique things to see at Animal Kingdom for Earth Day is the sand that is sculptured into animals.

Animal Kingdom Sandcastle for Earth Day at Disney

Disney does this every year and this year you’ll get to see talented artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating Disneynature’s “Polar Bear.”

Be sure to check out this remarkable display that is located on the Discovery Island Stage starting April 2, 2022 and check out the new “Polar Bear” film streaming on Disney+ for Earth Day.

8. Get a Magical Pic with Your Disney PhotoPass

During the Earth Day Celebration, you’ll be able to take some of the most enchanting shots to encapsulate your experience celebrating our wonderful planet during this event.

Earth Day Animal Kingdom Magic Shots that frame guests with a whimsical Wall-E and Eve from Disney and Pixar’s animated feature “Wall-E.” Thanks to Disney PhotoPass Lens
Earth Day Animal Kingdom Magic Shots that frame guests with a whimsical Wall-E and Eve from Disney and Pixar’s animated feature “Wall-E.” Thanks to Disney PhotoPass Lens. (Photo Courtesy of Disney Co.)

This year’s Magic Shots will feature Wall-E and Eve from Disney and Pixar’s animated feature “Wall-E” using the Disney PhotoPass system.

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Final Thoughts on Earth Day at Disney Animal Kingdom

As you can see, there’s something that everyone can participate in for Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Earth Day at Disney Animal Kingdom
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For more information on how Disney cares for animals and helps protect species in the wild, visit DisneyAnimals.com

Happy Earth Day Hipsters!

NikkyJ

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(Original Article Date: April 22, 2015 /Updated March 26, 2022)

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