Today, April 22, is Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are celebrating Earth month with festivities held at both United States Disney Parks. According to the Disney Parks Blog, “Earth Month is a time when we give extra thought to how we can protect our planet year-round.” Here are a few highlights from this year’s Earth Day at Disney World:
- Animal Kingdom Annual Party for the Planet April 22: With April being Earth month, it’s a special time for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Throughout the month, the park will be celebrating with special merchandise and events in the park. Guests can find out what they can do to make their backyards wildlifefriendly and discover other ways to connect with, and conserve, wildlife in nature. Though some offerings have started, the event culminates on April 22 with our annual Party for the Planet Activities at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The party starts in the main entrance, where Guests can pick up a special Party for the Planet postcard and stop by a display of wildlifefriendly backyard habitats. The fun continues on to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where families can play interactive games, do special activities, and learn how their purchases can make a big difference for wildlife and wild places. Guests can also talk to Cast Members who have worked on conservation projects around the world. Special activities and merchandise will be sticking around Animal Kingdom longer to celebrate Earth Day. Through April 26, face painters andcaricature artists will be extending into Rafiki’s Planet Watch from park open close. These Operating Participants will be featuring bearthemed designs in celebration of Disneynature’s “Bears”. From April 21 – 23, vendors will be positioned throughout the park selling “green” merchandise. Two special plush will be sold throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom with proceeds going to the National Park Foundation through Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund. One dollar from each sale of the Safaricostumed Duffy the Disney Bear and Amber from Disneynature’s “Bears” will be donated to the National Park Foundation.
- Visit VISION House at Innoventions to Help Environment: On Earth Day, April 22, VISION House is the place to be! This 57 minute Earth Day activity at VISION House encourages Guests ages 610 to learn about environmentally friendly products to help save the environment and wildlife. This great activity helps kids realize small choices can help the environment. Learn how to be a “smart” shopper when it comes to protecting the environment and wildlife. The Green Shopping Spree activity will run from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. with the last activity beginning at 3:30 p.m. Just by visiting VISION House in Innoventions East, Guests can plant a tree! April 20-26, Green Builder Media will donate $1 for every Guest who visits the VISION House exhibit to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to plant a tree.
- Celebrate Earth Day at The Seas with Nemo and Friends: At Epcot, Earth Day will be celebrated at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, where children can find out (by trying it!) how turtle excluder devices protect sea turtles, and learn about conservation efforts to protect coral reefs, manatees, sharks and the many other amazing creatures that inhabit our oceans.
Disneyland has also joined in on the festivities. Guests of the Disneyland Resort can celebrate Earth Month at the Downtown Disney District! Here, guests will find the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, where they can participate in a Clean Water Challenge and solve disturbances to the nation’s water habitats via a 4D theater experience. DJ Wendy also will be playing “atmosphere” music. All offerings take place near the main stage by ESPN Zone from 2 – 6 p.m. on April 22.
How would you like to celebrate Earth Day at Disney World?
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