Celebrating Earth Day 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Party for the Planet

Celebrating Earth Month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Guests can celebrate Earth Day 2019 by participating in ‘Party for the Planet’ activities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, April 20 – April 22, 2019.

Earth Day is on April 22, 2019.

DAK’s Dedication Rock, April 22, 1998.  Do you know where this rock is at DAK?

FYI:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened 21 years ago on Earth Day, April 22, 1998.


Party for the Planet #DisneyAnimals

Party for the Planet is a fun and festive way to connect with nature and be inspired to protect our planet through a variety of special offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including opportunities to explore the nature and wildlife of the park.


Sea Waste Artwork:  See the Adélie penguin sculpture walking over sea trash. The sculpture is more than initially meets the eye – it’s made entirely out of recycled marine debris such as bottle caps, toothbrushes and even discarded toys, all recovered from oceans and waterways! The artwork was created by the nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org,


Free reusable bags at DAK today given out to guest at the front entrance.

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Art to Save the Sea:  See the Adélie penguin and her baby sculpture resting on a pebble nest. The installation is more than initially meets the eye – it’s made entirely out of recycled marine debris such as bottle caps, toothbrushes and even discarded toys, all recovered from oceans and waterways! The artwork was created by the nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org.

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Earth Day Cupcake, $6. Well worth it! 🙂

Guests visiting during Earth Month 2019 can pick up a 2019 Party for the Planet Times Guide when entering the park to help plan your the day. While at the Oasis, guests can also select one of 10 different animal cut-outs and they are encouraged to take photos for sharing on social media using the hashtag #DisneyAnimals.

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Mickey & Friends at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Happy birthday to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Event Highlights


April 22, 2019: WOW! DiVine is entirely covered by flowers today!!! So pretty!

Connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day – Earth Month event from April 1 – April 30, 2019.  Watch the video here.

Discover a variety of enhanced park offerings during this glorious celebration, including:

  • A Special Welcome Celebration for Earth Month – See the festive kick-off for Party for the Planet on April 20th in front of the Tree of Life, featuring music, dancers and some of your favorite Disney Characters!
  • Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Opportunities  ̶  Throughout the park, you’ll find Disney PhotoPass frames that are part of the “Reverse the Decline” campaign and highlight animals supported by the Disney Conservation Fund.
  • Special Wilderness Explorers Badge Location ̶ Wilderness Explorers will have a special limited-time badge location helping Guests learn how to better connect with nature while on vacation―and once they return home.

Plus, look for special merchandise, a special-edition lunch menu at Tiffins, themed treats throughout the park and new Penny Press designs celebrating the Disney Conversation Fund—all available for a limited time.

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Celebrating Earth Day with my Disney bff, Ricky.

And, there will be special characters at the meet and greet locations:


Kevin is out this month at Discovery Island!!!

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Jiminy Cricket only comes out on Earth Day weekend!

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Jiminy Cricket at DAK last year.


On safari. #PartyForThePlanet

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Caroline at the Tree of Life with her DCP Alumni Magic Band.

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My new Earth Day earrings!  I love them!  ❤

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DAK gift cards…made of real wood!!!

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Special fun DAK merchandise!

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If you’re lucky, you might catch a peak of DiVine walking around DAK!

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Tree of Life dark chocolate cupcake. It was delicious!


Final Note:  DAK has been mobbed in the early mornings because of Pandora.  It’s better to arrive at DAK mid- to late-morning, after 10am, to avoid long wait lines at the main entrance.


Spring Break 2019:  DAK entrance is mobbed with people waiting to get into Pandora.


The wait line for Flight of Passage!!!!  The FastPasses for this attraction have been extremely hard to get. 😦


It’s sad all the marine wildlife being harmed by plastics in the oceans.



Throwback Thursday...Our first visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!



Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.



We love meeting the characters from UP! #TwoDisneySisters


DCP Homecoming Weekend – Saturday Meet & Greet

Saturday was a super busy today!  Elly and I both paid for the special meet and greet Saturday morning at Epcot.  Because I was with Elly, we had to choose the later  time slot lol

Our time slot was 10am-11am.  I wanted to get there a little earlier because we had our park tickets in will call and I was worried they might close off the lines early.

Of course, that didn’t go as planned!  We got home so late the night before, plus with the 2 hour time difference, it was slow moving the next day. Mi am a morning person so I had no problem getting up early. My after showering and getting Elly up, I walked over to the Old Key West quick service to get some kids’ egg breakfast plate.

Still, we didn’t get out until after 9:30. Min was really stressing out about it because I was going to be pissed if we showed up too late and missed the event!

As I waited for the bus, I checked the Alumni Facebook group and immediately saw Marcie’s post about there being issues with the event and how she was going to refund the $10 fee for it!

I was SO worried because it sounded like the whole event had been canceled!

And then when I saw which characters were there, I was REALLY stressing!

But Elly and I agreed to just show up and hope for the best.

We got to Epcot, picked up our park tickets, and then tried to figure out where the Odyssey was. Lol

Of course, we didn’t bother to stop to ask any cast members – no way they’d give us correct directions! Haha. But it turns out we knew the building, if not the name.  It’s the giant empty building next to Test Track and Mexico.  We love going there because the bathrooms are always clean and empty!

When we got there, we didn’t have our Alumni Event lanyard and weren’t wearing our bands to indicate that we paid for this event.  Luckily we brought all the wrist bands and quickly showed the lady.

She informed us that there were two character lines – Jack, Sally, and Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas and also Dug, Russel, and Carl from Up! Yes!!!

Elly and I got to meet Mr. Fredrickson when we extended our program in 2014.  I was totally surprised when I got home and saw on Facebook, that I literally met them on the same day, just two years later!  So cool!

We walked into the room and it looked pretty crowded. We immediately located and warmed the free food. Entire buffet tables filled with Mickey rice crispy treats and then all the ice creams : Mickey premium bars, Mickey ice cream bars, the fruit bars.  Yay!  And there were really nice party drink containers filled with yummy juice, iced tea, and water.

Right away, I ran into my friend Steven.  We actually did our program together at Dak, I was at Discovery Island and he was at Strollers.  We never met or ran into each other, but we had a lot of mutual friends since a lot of Strollers people were deployed to the Island.  Once I got accepted for the Summer Alumni program in Strollers, I friended him to ask him tons of questions about Strollers!  He was always so nice so I was glad we ran into each other to finally meet in person.

As I was perusing the food, I heard my name and saw my Strollers friend Kelsey in line for the Up characters!  Elly and I got in line with her and started catching up.

Apparently there was a huge snafu with the Homecoming Transportation.  As in it never showed up for the 9am people. Who still hadn’t arrived by the time we got there after 10am.  No only that, but the food had run out and people were really pissed out it.  A lot of people posted in the group that they had gotten through the line for the NBC characters and then tried to get in line for the other set, and the event staff kicked them out of the event!  I guess I can understand the thinking behind it because there were still people coming home hadn’t met any characters and the characters were only there for two hours.

As we were waiting in line, a couple really nice girls in front of us and behind us recognized us and talked to us about how much they like and appreciate our blog!  It always surprises me and makes me feel so great when people are so nice!  We talked with them the entire way through the line and even became friends on Instagram!


We finally got to the front of the Up line and I was so impressed with the setting!  It was framed with giant multicolored balloons and it even had Kevin, peeking out from behind some trees.

I hugged Dug and Russel and shook Mr. fredrickson’s hand.  So funny.

After we got out of that line, I got up some courage to talk to Marcie!  I saw her a bunch yesterday, but I didn’t realize it was THE Marcie running the Alumni Facebook group!


I went up to say hello and to tell her how much I appreciated everything she’s done for the Alumni and how great the event has been!

In the middle of talking to her, I hear my name screamed really loud!  I look around and saw my friend Kelsey had gotten into the NBC line!  I figured, it was so late, the lines were closed.  But the attendants totally let us go!  There were like two people in front of us so we met them really fast!



Jack was so great, he said my ears were so sparkly, they should put me on top of a Christmas tree!  He also appreciated my orange wristband because it looked like a jack o lantern!

I also hugged Oogie and it was so fun.

I never saw NBC before.  I have been to several Halloween parties and my favorite part of Hallowishes is when Oogie is talking.  It gives me chills!  So it was pretty cool meeting them!

I couldn’t believe how perfect the event was!  From our point of view, there were no issues!  Despite my griping to Elly, it was actually really great that we were so late.  The event was secretly extended to accommodate the later arrivals, but I think a lot of people just didn’t show up when they read the posts on Facebook.  We left at around 10:45.


If you didn’t have a park ticket, you were escorted out of the park by event staff.  But we were free to explore!  The first thing we did was go to the former Captain EO venue to watch the Shorts.  It shows 3 shorts in 3D and it was really cool!  We didn’t realize that the entire seating area moves too.  So like when something heavy falls in the screen, we all thumped too.  It was so hard to tell which short was our favorite – they were all amazing!


We didn’t even have time for the World Showcase, and before we knew it, it was the afternoon!  We had planned to go home to change before the big event at DAK.  So we split off from Ricky and Kelsey and promised to meet up later that night.


Lunch at the Flame Tree Barbecue


Flame Tree Barbecue – Smells good!

We arrived at DAK in time for lunch and decided to try something new, the Flame Tree Barbecue quick-service restaurant.

The food there is great! We all got pulled pork sandwiches with fresh coleslaw,  baked beans, and a side of their signature barbecue sauce.

That hit the spot!

That hit the spot!

There is covered seating right next to where you order and the colorful seating sections are all done in vibrant colors of teal, orange, and yellow, each have a different “Predator and Prey” theme:  the crocodile and fish, the snake and the rat, eagle and the snake, owl and rabbits, eel and the crab, and the anteater and ants. There are ceiling fans to keep you cool.


Anteater and ants (oranges)


Crocodile and fish (blues)


Owl and rabbits (burnt orange)

After lunch, Dug and Russell were out and we stopped by for a visit with them.

Their meet and greet area is right across from the Flame Tree.

Their meet and greet area is right across from the Flame Tree.  Russell signed Caroline’s autograph book.

Note: The Flame Tree BBQ is currently closed for refurbishment, Jan. 5 – March 31, 2015.


Smoked Chicken Salad – mixed greens tossed with barbecued vinaigrette and drizzled with Chipolte Ranch Dressing $9.49

Fruit Plate – seasonal sliced fruit plate served with honey yogurt $7.19


Pulled Pork Sandwich – served with coleslaw $9.49  **Recommended!

Smoked Turkey Breast – with cranberry mayonnaise and fresh fruit $9.49

Combination Meals

1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs – served with baked beans and coleslaw $12.99

1/2 Chicken – served with baked beans and coleslaw $10.99

Ribs and Chicken Combo – served with baked beans and coleslaw $16.19

Jumbo Turkey Leg – with coleslaw and beans $12.79

Side Dishes

Onion Rings Basket $3.99

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Visiting Characters at My Former Home – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The Tree of Life

I have been looking forward to visiting my old home basically since I left Disney in May. It felt so good to be back!


Island Merchantile

The first thing I did was visit my former work location at Discovery Island.


My work door.

The weather was so perfect that day…Bright and sunny!  And, the tree looked amazing in the sunlight!DSC00752


Photos of their adventure in the character meet & greet waiting area.

One of the things that we wanted to do was visit Mickey and Minnie at Adventurer’s Outpost. They just got back from a safari adventure.


Showing them my celebration button.

Mickey and Minnie were very interested in all of our buttons!  Mine said “Adventure is out there!”

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We love their matching safari outfits!



We checked the My Disney Experience app to see what characters were out at DAK and saw that Governor Radcliffe and Meeko were out!  We ran over to their spot and saw Governor Radcliffe literally running to the Magic Band touch site with leaves, rocks, and a shoe trying to get into the park!  It was so funny!

When we walked over to their meet and greet spot, and there was no one there.  We just walked right up to them!


Meeko photobombing my picture with the governor!

Meeko was absolutely the BEST!  He kept checking my hair and my purse to see if I was carrying any biscuits for him.  When Elly tried to take photo of him, he grabbed her phone and tried to eat it!  Too cute! DSC00744

Governor Radcliffe was very scary looking…haha!  He would get everybody’s attention by stomping his feet and clicking his heels.  So funny!  He kept trying to get the character attendant to do something by stomping his feet and she couldn’t figure out what he wanted.  Finally, she remembered and got out a big white rock with an R written on it.  I was given strict instructions to go straight to Pocahontas and give it to her.


Pocahontas is so pretty!


Taking our Canoe-fie!

Of course, we were so excited that Pocahontas was at Animal Kingdom too.  I gave her Governor Radcliffe’s rock and she was so confused.  She said that he keeps trying to trade her these rocks for her gold.  She said he still won’t believe she doesn’t have any gold to give to him.

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What a great photo!

While we were talking pictures, Pocahontas had a great idea!  She called it a “Canoe-fie”!  Too cute!


With Dug and Russell: Adventure is out there!

The last characters we met at DAK that day were Dug and Russell.  This was big on my bucket list and I’m so glad I got to see them.  I was wearing my Up button all day and couldn’t wait to show them it!

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My autograph book.

Dug and Russell LOVED my button and even wrote me a special note in my autograph book! 🙂


Walking out after park closing. Last ones to leave!


Once an Islander, ALWAYS an Islander! <3!

What a fun night!  We totally closed out the park!


We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.