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‘Connect to Protect’ Introduces a New Interactive Way to Protect Animals on Earth and Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Claire Martin

by , Senior Manager, Strategic Philanthropy, Disney Corporate Social Responsibility

As the May 27 opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar draws closer, we are excited today to share a new interactive way to explore the immersive new land of Pandora and support conservation efforts on Earth. Connect to Protect is a new mobile adventure that invites guests to participate in conservation ‘missions’ with a digital scientist while exploring the incredible Valley of Mo’ara and helping protect the habits of at-risk animals here on Earth.

Upon entering the land, guests using the My Disney Experience app will be invited to instant message with one of the moon’s ecological specialists, Fitsimti “Fits” Buckley. Fits will guide you around Pandora, showing off some of the more exotic elements of the environment and sharing important messages about conservation along the way that can be applied both on Pandora and here on Earth.

After completing one or more missions, you will unlock a $10 contribution from Disney Parks, through the Disney Conservation Fund, or a $5 contribution just for discussing conservation. You will then get to choose how that contribution will help protect or restore habitats important to one of 10 threatened categories of animals: apes, elephants, butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, monkeys, rhinos, sea turtles, sharks & rays, and tigers.

Be sure to strike up a conversation with Fits this summer during your visit to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to protect some special habitats and species right here on Earth!


  • We will be there on June 18 and will try this. This is a great way to make everyone more of the animal needs.

  • We will definitely try this out when we visit on May 27th. I love the idea of supporting conservation, learning and having fun.

  • We had an amazing time yesterday, at our Pandora preview. My daughter is studuing environmental sustainability & conservation. She was impressed and excited by the depth of detail and care given to creating a world that embodies both. I can’t wait to experience this new way to interact with the environment.

  • My daughter is going to so love this. She had such a great time with Party for the Planet, what a perfect way to keep her eco-interested!

  • I absolutely love everything about this. Cannot WAIT!!!!

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