Animal Kingdom’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations: What To Expect

Tree of Life - Disney Animal Kingdom

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the celebration of Earth Month and the 25th anniversary of the theme park is soon to be in full swing! April 22nd, which also coincides with Earth Day, is the day Animal Kingdom turns 25, and leading up to that date there will be a handful of novel ways to enjoy all that nature has to offer at this unique theme park.

Experience new adventures with special in-park experiences created just for this special occasion. Savor delicious nature-themed food and beverage offerings that will tantalize your taste buds. And when you want something to remember this magical moment, check out the limited edition merchandise available only during this celebration. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer for Animal Kingdom’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

25th Anniversary-Inspired Merchandise

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a special collection of commemorative merchandise! Show your love for the park with items from the limited edition Disney’s Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary Collection, available starting April 21st for a limited time at Island Mercantile, Discovery Trading Company and Mombasa Marketplace. Get your hands on an exclusive Earth Month pin from select retail locations in the park. From Spirit Jerseys to tumblers to pocket tees – these items are perfect for completing the outfit you’ll be sporting inside the park for your next visit and making it an unforgettable experience!

Button Shirt - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Pocket Tee - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Tumbler - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Women's Shirt - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Spirit Jersey - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

There’s even more! Coming soon is the 25th Anniversary Mini Loungefly Backpack and bucket hat – a must-have for any Disney’s Animal Kingdom fan. Show off your love for the park with these stylish accessories, available for a limited time only!

Bucket Hat - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Loungefly Backpack - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Commemorative Menu Offerings

Colosal Elephant Roll - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Magic Cupcake - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with exclusive food and beverages available throughout April! New items include the Colossal Elephant Roll, 25th Anniversary Alive with Magic Cupcake and more. Stop by Tiffins Restaurant for a 25th Anniversary Dessert Platter, or try out Tusker House Restaurant’s 25th Anniversary Earth Tart. Enjoy Bee Hive Mousse Dome and Flamingo Cupcake desserts as well as Bubbling Pink Lagoon and Viva Gaia Tonic drinks. For something extra special, check out the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Sundae featuring a white chocolate image of Kejana, one of the park’s beloved gorillas. And don’t forget to check out the Disney Eats Earth Month Foodie Guide for all these items and more!

PhotoPass Enhancements

Magic Shots - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Show your love for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Earth Month with exclusive photo ops from Disney PhotoPass Service starting April 16! Enjoy unique props, Magic Shots and more to commemorate the park’s 25th anniversary – all made from recycled materials. Plus, its 25th anniversary sign is crafted from up-cycled sign backers, cast member costumes and patches in the true spirit of sustainability.

New Wilderness Experiences

Animation Experience - Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary

Get creative this April at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Join The Animation Experience at Conservation Station and learn how to draw characters like Dumbo, Terk from “Tarzan,” Crush or Bruce from “Finding Nemo,” Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh” and Simba from “The Lion King.” For an even bigger adventure, Wilderness Explorers have the chance to earn a special badge by completing a limited-time nature challenge from April 16 to April 23.

And that’s it! That’s an overview of a few of the special items and experiences coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for their 25th anniversary celebrations. Between the new animation experiences, the upcoming PhotoPass enhancements, the new food items, and the unique merchandise coming to Animal Kingdom, there’s never been a better time to visit this theme park than late April.

If you’d like to make your visit to the Animal Kingdom theme park even more magical, you can look into staying at the nearby Animal Kingdom Villas, which is one of Disney’s Deluxe resorts and is a natural extension of the theme park.

If you’d like to view confirmed reservations for rent at Animal Kingdom Kidani Village or confirmed reservations for rent at Jambo House, you can experience Disney’s Deluxe resorts for less, even without being a DVC member! If you’re interested in becoming a member, and joining the DVC family, you can save thousands by shopping from our current resale listings for Animal Kingdom.

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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