Earth Day Character & Food Celebrations Announced for Animal Kingdom’s 25th Anniversary

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Earth Day Character & Food Celebrations Announced for Animal Kingdom’s 25th Anniversary

Celebrate Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park! Join Disney throughout the month of April as they honor the magic of nature through family-friendly experiences and specialty offerings.

Related – Earth Month Food & Drink Items Coming to Disney World Parks and Resorts

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station


Let your creativity shine—no matter your skill level—as a real Disney animator offers step-by-step instructions on how to illustrate your own version of a popular Disney character. Featured characters change periodically, so you can keep adding to your art collection!

This April, as part of the Disney Earth Day Celebration, you may learn to draw characters like Dumbo, Terk from Tarzan, Crush or Bruce from Finding Nemo, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh or Simba from The Lion King!

Related – New Kevin Big Feet Plush Spotted In Animal Kingdom!

Wilderness Explorers Badge


By completing activities like animal observation and learning wilderness skills, you can collect over 25 badges on your way to becoming an official Wilderness Explorer! And from April 16 through April 23, experience a limited-time activity that lets you earn a special nature badge!

Authentic Animal-Inspired Adventures


Character Experiences and Entertainment


Mickey, Minnie and Scrooge McDuck are just some of the Disney Characters to be found on flotillas along the Discovery River in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Plus, from April 16 through 23, there will be unique Character appearances on the Discovery River Character Cruise—so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these and additional Character experiences and sightings.


Just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Moana will greet fellow voyagers on Discovery Island for the first time, starting April 22.

You also won’t want to miss a very special moment in front of the Tree of Life on April 22, honoring Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Don’t miss these specialty Food & Drink items too!



Dawa Bar

  • Rum and Pineapple Cocktail – This beachy beverage is made with Parrot Bay® Coconut Rum, Bols Blue Curacao Liqueur, sour mix, pineapple juice and a pineapple garnish.
  • Honey Bee Citrus Blonde Ale

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail – A brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and crunchy trail mix— topped with a white chocolate image of a silverback gorilla.


  • Thirsty River Bar
    • Honey Bee Citrus Blonde Ale
    • Tiger Eye Gold Beer
  • Trek Snacks
    • Honey Bee Citrus Blonde Ale
  • Warung Outpost
    • Honey Bee Citrus Blonde Ale

Discovery Island

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
    • Fizzy Flamingo – Honoring the flamingo, this fizzy concoction is strawberry-flavored lemonade with Sprite® and a dash of kiwi flavoring. Available with a glow cube (and, for adults, SVEDKA Vodka).
    • Flamingo Cupcake – An irresistible strawberry cupcake with strawberry compote filling and guava buttercream, topped with a sweet, sugar flamingo with white chocolate wings.
  • Pizzafari
    • Viva Gaia Tonic – Paying homage to Mother Earth, this blue-hued beverage (representing the waters of Earth, with mint leaves representing the continents) is Sprite with Minute Maid® Zero Sugar Lemonade, cotton-candy flavoring and mint. Available with a glow cube.
    • Elephant Cupcake – A stunning cupcake of graham cracker cake and pineapple filling, with a dignified, white chocolate elephant walking through a jungle of matcha buttercream, dotted with white crispy pearls.
  • Eight Spoon Café
    • Honey Bee Citrus Blonde Ale
  • Isle of Java
    • Tiger Eye Gold Beer
  • Terra Treats
    • Roasted Mushroom and Leek Pizza – A plant-based offering with Impossible™ Meatballs, roasted mushrooms, braised leeks and a dash of truffle oil.
    • Tiger Eye Gold Beer
  • Tiffins
    • Szechuan Noodles – Treat yourself to grilled King Trumpet mushrooms, Japanese eggplant, sugar snap peas, Napa cabbage, charred corn, marinated cucumbers, Chinkiang-sesame sauce and garlic-chili oil.
  • Creature Comforts
    • Bee Hive Mousse – A honey mousse on top of a brownie base, with sugar bees and white chocolate honey comb.
  • Nomad Lounge
    • Gin & Bitters Cocktail – Cruxland Gin, bitters and soda water are combined in this cocktail—creating the gray shades of an elephant—with a lemon wheel, honey syrup and bees made of sugar. This cocktail is inspired by the use of strategically placed beehives to protect the crops of African farmers from elephants—as the beehives create a natural fence—ensuring farmers do not harm the elephants.

DinoLand U.S.A.

  • Restaurantosaurus Lounge
    • Honey Bee Citrus Blonde Ale
  • Restaurantosaurus
    • Elephant Cupcake – A stunning cupcake of graham cracker cake and pineapple filling, with a dignified, white chocolate elephant walking through a jungle of matcha buttercream, dotted with white crispy pearls.

Disney PhotoPass Photo Ops

  • Magic Shots – Have a Disney PhotoPass photographer add a special effect to your photos, including ones created to celebrate Earth Day.
  • WALL-E Photo Ops – Ask a Disney PhotoPass photographer about enhancing your photo with a special effect inspired by WALL-E, in addition to a delightful, new WALL-E Disney PhotoPass Lens.
  • Recycled Material Photo Ops – In honor of Earth Day, strike a pose with fun props made from 100% recycled materials.
  • National Geographic Photo Frame – Snap a pic with a National Geographic photo frame, found outside the main entrance to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Special Merchandise

  • Earth Day 2023 LE Trading Pin – Don’t miss this limited-edition pin, available beginning April 4 (while supplies last).
  • 25th Anniversary Merchandise – Special commemorative items will be available at Island Mercantile, Discovery Trading Company and Mombasa Marketplace, starting on April 21.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park Trivia

Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park 25th Anniversary play app trivia Logo

Beginning April 7, you can test your command of interesting facts about Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and its 25th anniversary. So get ready to download the app and let the fun begin!


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