Party For the Planet Returning Next Week at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Easter is not the only big holiday coming up at Walt Disney World, but so is Earth Day on April 22nd. Which means that Disney's Animal Kingdom will once again throw a weekend-long special event celebrating the planet and the park's 21st Anniversary. Disney has already stated that the park will feature unique character appearances, special entertainment and special photo opportunities around the park. During the busy Easter season, Animal Kingdom will also see a brief return of the Tasting Sampler food offering as well. For more on that, take a read through this article. But Party for the Planet this year will feature three key features that are a sprinkle of education with the exciting chance to meet an Imagineering legend.

Tiffin Talks

Looking for a unique experience during Party for the Planet? Take a journey through tales of adventure and cuisine during Tiffins Talks, a special dining experience April 20-22 from 1-3 p.m., featuring the beloved creative force behind the concept, design and buildout of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney Imagineer and Portfolio Executive Joe Rohde. Join Joe for a unique conversation as he regales you with stories from his travels through a delectable 4-course lunch featuring global dishes, desserts and specialty beverages. Space is limited. Pricing for this dining package is $199 plus tax and gratuity and requires separate park admission. Reservations can be made beginning today by calling 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463).

Imagineer Joe Rohde Meet & Greet

Guests are also invited to meet Joe Rohde at Mombasa Marketplace, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. April 20 and 22, where he will be on hand to sign his own unique artwork, a commemorative lion print that will be on sale throughout the event while supplies last. A wristband is required to meet Joe Rohde. For further details visit the Party for the Planet webpage.

Lion King Merchandise

As if all the fun activities happening for Party for the Planet weren’t enough, on Earth Day, April 22, there will be a full assortment of “The Lion King” merchandise available at Mombasa Marketplace!  You can feel the love and take home so many fun souvenirs like this adorable Simba mug, Hakuna Matata Spirit Jersey, this “roaringly” cute Simba youth baseball hat or one of the many new items recently added to this collection.

Don't forget that starting on Memorial Day weekend, Disney's Animal Kingdom will also kick off the #LionKingCelebration with a special version of the Tree of Life Awakenings, retelling the story of Simba. The animated classic is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year and there's already the new Hakuna Matata Dance Party taking place in Discovery Island on top of all the new additions coming up this summer.