Walt Disney World Resort observes Earth Day at its theme parks in a number of small ways. After all, April 22 is also the birthday of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK). So it makes sense that DAK is the center of Walt Disney World’s Earth Day celebrations.
DAK’s “Celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet” promotes the new Disneynature film “African Cats,” which also opens April 22.
At DAK, the Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch help guests observe Earth Day through its ““Be a Big Cat Researcher” activities themed to “African Cats” will be held at DAK. The Disney Parks Blog details the educational activities as such:
- Record lion and cheetah behaviors on an ethogram.
- Help find solutions to conservation issues that affect lions and cheetahs.
- Learn about GPS collars, camera traps and who shares the savanna with lions and cheetahs.
- Hear cheetah and lion vocalizations as they communicate to other cats across the savanna.
- Discover where the few remaining lions and cheetahs are found on the continent of Africa.
In addition, DAK will offer an Earth Day activity stations for children. It will encourage kids to try their hands (and feet and eyes) at gardening, camping, birding, tracking and exploring the natural world around them.
As part of DAK’s Earth Day celebration, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) will feature lion and cheetah projects supported by DWCF. DWCF, founded on Earth Day 1995, is an awards program focused on the study and protection of the world’s wildlife and ecosystems.
Cast Members with Disney’s Animal Programs, responsible for the care and welfare of animals throughout Walt Disney World Resort, will share with guests some of the many wildlife conservation projects Disney is involved with.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomes artisans for Earth Day
Between today and April 22, DAK will also host three visiting artisans suitable for an Earth Day observation. Located at Discovery Island shops, these artisans offer products that put the focus on nature.
The Global Gecko, which will be located at Disney Outfitters, offers tree branch woodcarvings. These unique wood sculptures are made out of driftwood, fallen branches and burl. Carvings capture animals and plants. Just Beastly will house Just Plumerias, which is devoted to the low-maintenance plants that bloom throughout most of the year and can thrive in most climates. Elemental Nursery, which offers both traditional and contemporary bonsai, can be viewed or purchased at Island Mercantile.
Disneynature “African Cats” screened at Downtown Disney AMC Theatre
Walt Disney World guests who aren’t planning on visiting DAK on Earth Day can catch a screening of “African Cats” at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 Theatre. Narrated by Samuel Jackson, the film focuses on the story of a lion pride and cheetah family living on the African savanna.
“African Cats” starts Friday, April 22. The Walt Disney Company will give $0.20 per ticket to the African Wildlife Foundation for all seats sold in the first week (April 22 – 28).
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