As Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated its 25th anniversary, an exciting discovery was unveiled – a time capsule that was put together by cast members back in 1998 was finally opened. The capsule contained a treasure trove of items, including VHS video tapes, floppy disks, old photographs, news clippings, and mementos.
Let’s take a look at a few of the items that were uncovered when this time capsule was opened!
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The floppy disks contained data and files from back in 1998, when the Animal Kingdom first opened including the 1998 proforma financial information, and an opening team photo. Pro forma means “for the sake of form” or “as a matter of form.” This is a method of calculating financial results using projections or presumptions.
VHS Video Tapes: This capsule included several VHS tapes that featured footage of Disney’s Animal Kingdom during its early days.
This capsule included several VHS tapes that featured footage of Disney’s Animal Kingdom during its construction and documenting the conservation efforts taken.
Gino The Silverback Gorilla’s First Toothbrush
Also found inside the capsules was Gino the Silverback Gorilla’s first toothbrush. Gino is an African lowland silverback gorilla who lives at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He is currently over 42 years old, and has been the Gorilla’s troop leader for many years.
Day 1 Merchandise Collection
The capsule also included a collection of memorabilia from the opening day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including pins, keychains, mugs, and other items.
Original Park Maps & Guides
The original version of the park maps and guides were found in the capsule. They provide an interesting snapshot into how Disney’s Animal Kingdom has changed over time.
The time capsule also contained original paper tickets from the first day of operation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was a great reminder that Disney has come a long way in 25 years!
Shirt Signed By Cast Members
The last item that was found in the capsule was a shirt signed by cast members during the opening ceremony. The signatures show how much Disney’s Animal Kingdom has meant to so many people over the years!
Animal Kingdom Cast Member Letter
What truly captured the hearts of those present were the letters written by the opening team to today’s Animal Kingdom cast members.
These letter was overflowing with inspiration, sentimentality, and heartfelt appreciation for the work that they do. It served as a reminder that the magic of Disney lies not only in the characters and attractions but also in the hardworking cast members who bring it all to life.
The unveiling of the time capsule was a poignant moment, as it brought together the past and the present in celebration of this theme park’s rich history. The letter inside the capsule reminded everyone of the importance of preserving the legacy of Animal Kingdom and continuing to uphold the high standards that were set by the opening team.
What Are Your Thoughts?
These are just some of the amazing items found in this time capsule – and they show how much Disney has grown and changed over the past two decades. From the original map and guide, to Gino’s toothbrush, these items are a great reminder of the history and culture that has been created at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
What is your favorite item what was unearthed when this time capsule was opened? Were you there to celebrated Animal Kingdom’s 25th anniversary back on the 22nd of April? Let us know in the comments below!
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