PHOTOS, VIDEO: ‘Brother Bear’ Characters Join Earth Month Flotilla for 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: ‘Brother Bear’ Characters Join Earth Month Flotilla for 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

To coincide with the upcoming Earth Day and 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Discovery River Character Cruise has some new additions greeting guests today. Koda and Kenai from the film “Brother Bear” could be spotted cruising along this morning:

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Between April 16 and April 23, an expanded array of unique characters are joining this Adventure Flotilla, who traverse the Animal Kingdom waterways — waving and interacting with visitors on the walkways as they pass through. The full announcement from Walt Disney World explains:

Mickey, Minnie and Scrooge McDuck are just some of the Disney Characters to be found on flotillas along the Discovery River in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Plus, from April 16 through 23, there will be unique Character appearances on the Discovery River Character Cruise—so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these and additional Character experiences and sightings.


The Discovery River flotillas start and end in the Discovery River Amphitheater. They go completely around Discovery Island and are viewable from many areas in the park.

Silver Jubilee Festivities at Animal Kingdom

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2023 is the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the park has already announced various special offerings, snacks, merchandise, and commemorations for the event.

The Animal Kingdom 25th anniversary collection will be released at Island Mercantile, Discovery Trading Company, and Mombasa Marketplace on Earth Day, April 22. This is the same day the park had its grand opening in 1998. The assortment of products includes a Spirit Jersey, tumbler, pocket tee, and button-up shirts.

Disney PhotoPass will offer both Earth Month and 25th anniversary photo ops around Animal Kingdom starting today. These include special props, Magic Shots, and more. Another highly anticipated photo op — the Moana meet and greet — will begin on April 22.

From April 16 to April 23, Wilderness Explorers have the chance to earn a special badge by completing a limited-time nature challenge. More information is available at any of the Wilderness Explorer locations.

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Also check out some of the special beverages and food items available throughout the park right now:

What do you think of these rare character sightings for the special occasion? Who are you happiest to see aboard? Will you be visiting Animal Kingdom during the 25th anniversary? Let us know in the comments.

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