Saturday, April 22, 2023

Earth Day 2023 and Animal Kingdom's 25th Birthday

Happy Earth Day!!!  It's also Animal Kingdom's 25th Birthday today!

I remember back when Animal Kingdom first opened back when I was a kid.  At the time, I must have been in the 7th grade.  I was so excited that Disney was adding another theme park to my favorite place in the world.  Like most other guests, I was most excited about the safari ride and seeing all of the animals throughout the park!

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Nowadays, Eliot and I don't spend as much time at the park as we do some of the others.  (I'm obviously a Magic Kingdom girl and we tend to visit Epcot quite a bit.)  But since we started traveling to Walt Disney World together back over New Year's Eve of 2018/2019, Animal Kingdom has definitely gone from one of our "half day" parks to a full day.  We still love the safari ride.  Eliot is a fan of Everest and Flight of Passage, and I'm still all about the Nemo and Lion King shows.

We're hopeful that the rumors about Moana coming to where the Dinosaur stuff was recently dismantled is true.  I would definitely visit that over and over again!

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Speaking of characters, it was so nice to see so many of our favorite friends at the big Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony this morning.  Naturally, a bunch of Disney bloggers were there to capture it for those of us unable to attend in person.  This is a great front row seat to the show from the left side!

Here's another video of that same celebration from the center.  This isn't as great of a view, but you get a better idea of the overall ceremony.

I think this was a great way to kick of the park's 25th Anniversary!  Mickey, Minnie and the gang all came in their safari gear.  Chip and Dale were there in their adorable dinosaur costumes!  I love how Dug, Russell and Kevin from Up were there; running into Kevin is one of my favorite things!  Nemo, Dory, Squirt and Crush were there from the Finding Nemo show.  And they also included Rafiki and Timon from the Festival of the Lion King, as well as some of the other performers from the show.  Starting the 25th celebration with the live drum performance was the perfect touch and really set the mood for a magical day!  And all of the birds flying at the end were the icing on top!

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Happy Birthday Animal Kingdom!  May you continue to amaze us with your natural beauty while you teach us about wildlife, nature and conservation!!! °o° 

HappEarth Day!!°o° 

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