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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Apr. 14, 2013

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom April 22

This week, we shared a few early details on what’s planned for the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Earth Day, April 22. There will be a special opening ceremony featuring – Josh D’Amaro, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment; and Joe Rohde, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative. Of course, there’s more on the schedule so visit our original Disney’s Animal Kingdom story to learn more.

Jungle Cruise, 1955

And we also took a special look at one of our most popular attractions – the Jungle Cruise. Erin showed us how the unique ecosystem at the Disneyland park attraction came to be. When building the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney turned to Imagineer and horticulturist Bill Evans to create the landscape. Bill’s goal was to develop a “Hollywood Jungle,” a mixture of exotic plants and trees that would give the feeling of traveling through exciting and uncharted territories. The story continues in our “It’s a Jungle Out There” post.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Get a Sneak Peek at A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas at Magic Kingdom Park – Walt Disney Imagineering offers an exclusive video sneak peek at the new interactive quest, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas coming to Magic Kingdom Park.

Remembering Annette Funicello at Disneyland Park – Celebrate the life of Disney Legend Annette Funicello with this special look back at some of our favorite photos of Annette through the years.

runDisney Announces Enhancements for Runners as Registration Opens for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Presented by Cigna – Will you be participating in the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna? Here are some changes you can expect that will make for the best marathon weekend ever.

Long-Lost Disney Friends Creating Some ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Disneyland Park – From Scrooge McDuck to Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, take a look at some of the long-lost Disney friends visiting Disneyland park as part of “Limited Time Magic.”

Ten Years of Fun at Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at Disney California Adventure Park – Hear about the new additions to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! straight from twin brothers and puppet masters Scott and James Silson.

‘Star Wars’ Droid Factory Expands to New Locations at Disney Parks – With new build-your-own droid experience locations at Disneyland park in California and Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida, the Force is now with Disney Parks guests on both coasts!


  • Hey Thomas, You’ve mentioned in an earlier post that the Animal Kingdom opening ceremony was to begin at 8:40am, but according to the calendar page, AK opens at 9:00am on the 22nd… Is that going to be a presentation for Extra Magic hours people only? Or, would an annual passholder be able to get over to the Tree of Life to watch the ceremony? Thanks!

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