In two days, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will be celebrating Earth Day with a plethora of activities. For more information on that, check out some of the articles on the official Disney Parks Blog by clicking here.
These activities are planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom because Animal Kingdom and Earth Day just seem to be the perfect fit. So much so, in fact, that Earth Day is also the anniversary of the park’s initial opening in 1998. Consequently, April 22 marks the park’s 12th anniversary.
The park initial opened with the Tree of Life as its center piece, while boasting seven distinctly themed lands. While those traits still remain today, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has seen a few additions in its dozen years.
Most notably, Expedition Everest was added to the park in 2006. Finding Nemo: The Musical is also a new addition, making its debut a year later in 2007.
In addition to the festivities at Animal Kingdom, the Disney Company will further celebrate Earth Day with the continuation of the Flower and Garden Festival in EPCOT and the release of Oceans by Disney Nature. Last year, the film Earth made its debut on Earth Day.
While Earth Day and Disney’s Animal Kingdom park seem to be enough to celebrate in one day, April 22 also marks the anniversary of the New York World’s Fair opening in 1964.
This event is perhaps one of the most significant single events in Disney history. After all, during the World’s Fair in 1964, Walt Disney perfected some rides and technology that is still in use in Disney theme parks, today.
Among Walt Disney’s submissions to the event in Flushing Meadow’s Park in Queens, NY was “it’s a small world,” The Carousel of Progress, The PeopleMover, and “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”
While versions of these creations can still be found at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park in Florida (as well as around the world), one of the most impressive displays was the last one.
“Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” featured Disney’s most sophisticated Audio-Animatronic to date, sparking the creation of all the audio-animatronic figures throughout the Disney theme parks.
While April 22 is certainly a big day for Disney fans, if you consider the anniversary of the release of a slew of Disney shorts, the opening of the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant at MGM Studios (April 20, 1991), and the groundbreaking on the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (April 23, 1986); the whole week is one to remember in the history of Walt Disney World.
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