Rare Characters Appearing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Earth Day

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Hiya Pals! It’s Earth Day, and what better place to celebrate our amazing planet than Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We swung by the park today and were thrilled to discover some rare character appearances in honor of the occasion!

Related: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom Extend Theme Park Hours in Late April

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Get this – Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia were meeting guests near the iconic Tree of Life! It was fantastic seeing these two fan favorites spreading the message of environmental awareness.

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We snapped some awesome photos with the duo, and it was clear other park-goers were equally excited for this rare encounter. It’s such a fantastic way to celebrate Earth Day and get guests thinking about protecting our environment.


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We also heard rumors that Kenai and Koda from Brother Bear might be cruising the Discovery River on a special Earth Day flotilla. We are happy to report these rumors turned out to be true, and we managed to snag some photos of the adorable duo as they floated on by!

Here are some tips for catching these rare Earth Day characters:

  • Download the My Disney Experience App: While character appearances aren’t always listed, the app can sometimes offer clues about special events.
  • Ask Cast Members: The friendly folks working at Animal Kingdom are a wealth of information. Don’t hesitate to inquire about rare character sightings!
  • Be patient and flexible: Since these are special appearances, there’s no guarantee you’ll see them. But hey, that’s part of the fun – the chance encounter can make your day even more magical!

Related: Celebrate Earth Month with Magic Shots at Animal Kingdom!

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So, if you’re planning a trip to Animal Kingdom soon, keep your eyes peeled for these special Earth Day character appearances. And remember, every day is Earth Day! Let’s all do our part to protect our amazing planet. Happy Earth Day, everyone!


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