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Details for Tiffins Talks Event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, and commemorate the milestone with an expanded Party for the Planet celebration April 22-May 5. During this time, the park will offer a special experience called Tiffins Talks,  a special hard-ticket dining offering that will take place on select nights.

Tiffins Talks are intimate dining experiences that allow guests to enjoy specialty food and beverages that compliment the topics shared by animal and conservation expert speakers. Each Tiffins Talk will feature an expert who’s had a hand in creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom as we know it today.

Speakers may include:

  • Dr. Joseph Soltis, Research Scientist for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment
  • Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive
  • Dr. Jason Fischer, Conservation Program Manager for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment
  • Rachel Daneault, Zoological Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Primate – Carnivore team
  • Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation Director for Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment
  • Dr. Scott Terrell, Director of Animal and Science Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Read more on speaker bios here.

Tiffins Talks are separately priced offerings and available by booking online or calling (407) WDW-DINE. Pricing is: $165 per person (tax and gratuity included). Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park admission is not included in the price of Tiffins Talks.

Speakers are subject to change without notice.

New ‘UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ Show Will Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22

Earlier today, Disney announced the details for Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary Celebration which you can read about here.  Along with this news, they also shared the opening date for the new highly-anticipated UP! themed bird show coming to the park.  “UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP” will be debuting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22, 2018!

This new entertainment experience for the whole family offers guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!

Stay tuned for more details!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Celebration Details

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, with more wild adventures than ever before – kicking off spring and setting the stage for an incredible summer filled with all-new events and experiences at  the Walt Disney World Resort.

Commemorating the milestone year, the 500-acre adventure park will offer animal encounters, family-friendly activities, specialty desserts and more during an expanded Party for the Planet celebration April 22-May 5.

Over the two-week “Party for the Planet celebration, guests can attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and participate in enhanced interactions with some of the more than 2,000 animals that make their home at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited park.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch will take center stage for the year-long 20th anniversary. It’s home to fun educational exhibits and activities that help create awareness of animal issues. During the 20th anniversary, Rafiki’s Planet Watch will offer backstage experiences with experts where guests can learn about animal nutrition, visit the veterinary hospital and hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.

Guests can also commemorate their visits to the theme park with special photo opportunities.  They can step into an oversized picture frame celebrating the park’s 20th anniversary. Other photo frames support Disney’s “Reverse the Decline,” an initiative created to help protect 10 threatened animal species. One recent success of the program was the birth of two critically endangered Sumatran Tiger Cubs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Just for kids is the chance to earn a limited-edition badge as part of the Wilderness Explorer program. The badge is one of many that youngsters can earn by completing fun activities throughout the park.

Party for the Planet will also include six different Tiffins Talks – themed dinners hosted by animal experts at Tiffins, the theme park’s signature, full-service restaurant. Watch the Disney Parks Blog for more information.

The 20th anniversary fun also includes a commemorative adventure guide, limited-edition merchandise, and a special-edition print created by renowned Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde. He will be available on April 22 from 1-4 p.m. to sign prints at Discovery Trading Company. Quantities are limited. For more information on Party for the Planet, visit Disneyworld.com/PartyforthePlanet.

Here are other experiences and adventures rolling out in 2018 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • April 22 will mark the debut of a brand-new show, UP! A Great Bird Adventure featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney•Pixar animated comedy-adventure film “UP.” The show will give guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his fuzzy friend Dug in a new adventure that includes encounters with exotic birds from around the world. This free-flying show will be performed multiple times daily.
  • A “dino-tastic” celebration with Donald and his friends will also premiere Memorial Day weekend in DinoLand, U.S.A. This dinosaur-themed party celebrates Donald Duck’s discovery that his bird ancestors were actually dinosaurs. DinoLand U.S.A. will feature colorful new décor and playful character greetings with rarely seen pals like Scrooge McDuck, Launchpad McQuack and more. A DJ-powered dance party will mix tunes from the truck-o-saurus stage, capping the nighttime festivities.
  • Memorial Day 2018 commemorates the one-year anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Here, travelers are transported to a mystical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences. Inspired by the blockbuster film, AVATAR, the epic land invites guests to explore a glowing landscape, encounter a larger-than-life Na’vi Shaman of Songs and soar on the back of a banshee.

For more information about the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, visit DisneyWorld.com/AnimalKingdom.

Meet Augustus, the Male Baby Hippo at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom announced the birth of a Nile hippopotamus last month, and now we have a name for the male calf –  meet Augustus!  Augustus, the first hippo born at the park in 13 years,  is now 168 pounds, has a playful spirit and can often be seen right next to his mom Tuma.


You can check out the video below to see the big reveal

or see Tuma and Augustus on Kilimanjaro Safaris and Wild Africa Trek. To learn more about hippos, visit DisneyAnimals.com.

José & Panchito Will Join Discovery Island Carnivale at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Beginning Sunday, February 4, José and Panchito, Donald Duck’s feathery friends from “The Three Caballeros,” join the fun of Discovery Island Carnivale at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Discovery Island Carnivale, which takes place nightly on Discovery Island, celebrates the beauty and harmony of all living things in the form of an exuberant dance party that features cheerful music from the Viva Gaia Street Band!, spectacular costumes inspired by the living creatures of the air, land and sea, and more.

José and Panchito will join this nightly street party through May 5, 2018.