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Pandora Utility Suit Officially Debuts At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Today

A 4.2-ton, towering mechanical suit debuted today at Pandora – The World of Avatar to coincide with Disney’s Animal Kingdom 20th anniversary celebration. The new Pandora Utility Suit is inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the epic film AVATAR.

Perched ten feet high, a human pilot straps into the cockpit of this exo-carrier and controls its powerful, yet agile movements. The giant walking suit was designed with articulated hands and a shoulder span of more than five feet. It also bears claw marks and battle scars from a Thanator – an alpha predator on Pandora.

But the Pandora Utility Suit was actually designed for restoration, while the film’s AMP suits were created for infantry missions of destruction. Its streamlined structure and technical upgrades make it the perfect tool to collect plant samples, study flora and survive Pandora’s wild terrain.

Check out the suit in action below:

Like all the lands at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora is rooted in nature and the Pandora Utility Suit showcases that in dramatic fashion. As the suit’s pilot traverses the land daily, he’ll interact with guests, sharing details about the land’s otherworldly landscape, and highlight the importance of preserving nature. Check out the video above to hear what guests have to say about this amazing addition the Pandora.

The Utility Suit pilot in Pandora – The World of Avatar appears daily. Be sure to check the Times Guide or the My Disney Experience App the day of your visit for the latest information.

‘UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ Debuts Today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The new “UP! A Great Bird Adventure” show officially debuts today, April 22, to coincide with the start of 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The 25-minute show features Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug, from the Disney•Pixar animated film “UP,” as they discover bird species from around the world. Led by senior Wilderness Explorer Anika, “UP! A Great Bird Adventure” features a close-up look at various bird species from around the globe – including the marabou stork with an impressive 10-foot wingspan.

Check out a sneak peek from the show below:

Be sure to check the Times Guide or the My Disney Experience App on the day of your visit for show times and information.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Marks 20-Year Anniversary in Special Earth Day Ceremonies

Disney’s theme park of exploration is a place unique in all the world. Here Walt Disney World guests can venture to the snowy flanks of Mt. Everest, raft down a rainforest river, view wildlife on an African savannah and travel light years to an alien planet where banshees fly and mountains float.

Today — fittingly as the world celebrates Earth Day 2018 — Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates its 20th anniversary in a ceremony marking two decades of magical adventures and unforgettable experiences.

Gathered at the Harambe Theater, set of the popular Festival of the Lion King stage show, drummers, dancers, stilt performers and Disney characters joined Disney executives in a ceremony observing the 20th anniversary and the kickoff of the two-week Party for the Planet celebration, on now through May 5.

Joe Rohde, Creative Portfolio Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, led the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and reflected on its 20-year history.

“We created this park out of a set of ideals that we believed were relevant and meaningful,” Rohde said, “and as the years have passed, those ideals have only become more relevant and more meaningful. Our lives are bound to the lives of all creatures.”

Djuan Rivers, vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom noted how the park has grown over the last two decades, and its profound impact on guests and conservation efforts around the world.

“Since 1998, we have been extremely conscious that what we have here is a new species of theme park,” said Rivers. “And while it has undergone an amazing transformation in the past few years, it will always be dedicated to helping our guests create a personal connection with the natural world.”

Rivers also called out the success of the Disney Conservation Fund, aimed at reversing the decline of imperiled creatures in the wild. To date, he said, the fund has directed more than $70 million to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet.

Maribeth Bisienere, senior vice president of Walt Disney World Parks, noted today was more than an anniversary, it was a day of firsts.

“’UP! A Great Bird Adventure’ has its official debut in the park today,” she noted. “On Pandora – The World of Avatar you’ll be able to interact with a scientist who explores in a Pandora Utility Suit.”

In their lush surroundings, more than 2,000 animals – some endangered, all unique and colorful – call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home. Commemorating the milestone year, the 500-acre adventure park will offer animal encounters, family-friendly activities, special photo opportunities, backstage tours at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, specialty desserts and other activities during the Party for the Planet. Tiffins, a signature restaurant, will host themed dinners hosted by animal care experts.

On May 26 Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut even more entertainment with Donald’s Dino-Bash! Guests can join Donald Duck and friends in DinoLand, U.S.A. for playful character encounters and a DJ-powered dance party. It’s all part of the Incredible Summer of fun that kicks off across the Walt Disney World Resort Memorial Day weekend.

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

The DisWorld Podcast – Episode 29

In episode 29, Justin and Michelle discuss all of the top news stories for the week of April 22, 2018 including Disney announces an all-new Play Disney Parks app coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts this summer,  Disney Channel Go! Fan Fest is coming to Disneyland Resort next month, and Disney Store announces they will discontinue the use of plastic shopping bags in their retail stores.

The DisWorld Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

VIDEO: The Disney’s Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Celebration