Celebrating the Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

On April 22nd, Animal Kingdom celebrated its 20th anniversary! We were unable to attend, but our friend was there and sent us her pictures and told us about her experience! We’ll also share with you some of the new additions to Animal Kingdom this year!

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Animal Kingdom 20th

20th Anniversary Food

As with every anniversary celebration,  Disney goes all out with the food! They had celebratory anniversary cupcakes, all of which looked absolutely delicious (and from what we heard, tasted delicious too!)

Tiffins also featured a 3-course Anniversary Chef’s Lunch Tasting Menu during the Party for the Planet. Chris attended and was able to sample a variety of foods featuring African, Asian, and South American cuisine!

Anniversary Merchandise

The merchandise for sale includes shirts, pins, magic bands, and more! The magic band is a favorite of ours.

20th Anniversary Magic Band 2.0

Courtesy of Disney Food Blog

They also have a variety of apparel including long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, tanks, and more!

20th Merch

Courtesy of Disney Fashionista

New to Animal Kingdom

There are two exciting changes at Animal Kingdom. The first is the new Up show that replaced Flights of Wonder. This show now starts Russel and Doug, and is still bird based! The set is also similar with some redone art work outside. We’ve heard mixed reviews about this show, but overall the response has been positive!

Up Bird Show

The other exciting change is the new utility suit in Pandora! This is a one-of-a-kind experience, and we cannot wait to see it for ourselves! For more Pandora favorites, check out our friend Enjoying the Day’s article by clicking here!

Pandora Utility Suit

Courtesy of WDW Magic

Backstage Experiences

Also at this celebration were free backstage tours at Rafiki’s Planet Watch! The backstage experience included talks with animal experts around animal nutrition, visiting the veterinary hospital, and hearing how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.

Rafiki's Backstage Experience

Courtesy of Twenty Something in Orlando

If you celebrated the 20th anniversary, let us know your favorite parts! We want to hear all about your experience in the comments!