Goofy & Max make Surprise Appearance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Earth Day 2024

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom roared into Earth Day and its 26th anniversary this week with a week-long celebration filled with special experiences, eco-conscious initiatives, and a whole lot of Disney magic. The biggest surprise of this years celebrations came on Monday, April 22nd, when none other than Goofy, sporting a blast-from-the-past outfit, crashed the party alongside his son Max for a delightful meet-and-greet that left parkgoers grinning from ear to ear!

Related: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guest Relations Moves To New Location

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photo by Mary M.

Goofy looked particularly dapper in his vintage attire, sporting the classic Camp Minnie-Mickey outfit from the park’s defunct land. Complete with a cargo vest, flannel shirt, and ball cap, Goofy brought a touch of nostalgia to the Earth Day festivities. Max, ever the fashion icon, stuck to his signature style of a red shirt, purple pants, and yellow shoes.

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photo by Mary M.

This surprise appearance by Goofy and Max adds to the ongoing Earth Day celebrations at Animal Kingdom, which run through April 28th. Guests can look forward to a variety of special experiences, including:


  • Rare Character Meet-and-Greets: Keep your eyes peeled for other surprise character appearances throughout the week!
  • Pocahontas-Inspired Magic Shots: Capture unforgettable memories with these unique photo opportunities celebrating Disney’s beloved Pocahontas.
  • Limited-Time Earth Day Treats: Tantalize your taste buds with delicious Earth Day-themed food and beverage offerings.

Related: 5 Fun Facts About Disney Conservation & Animal Care 

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The special character meet-and-greets, including Goofy and Max’s surprise visit, take place in a rocky area of Discovery Island across from Pizzafari. So, keep your eyes peeled and be ready for a heartwarming encounter with your favorite Disney pals!

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