National Geographic Photo Op Pops Up at Downtown Disney District for Earth Month


National Geographic Photo Op Pops Up at Downtown Disney District for Earth Month

A photo spot featuring National Geographic has appeared next to the Star Wars Trading Post in Downtown Disney.

National Geographic Photo Spot

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We stopped by Downtown Disney in Disneyland and noticed a new photo op spot has just popped up.

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One of the two photo ops is the National Geographic logo. The National Geographic yellow rectangle logo acts as a photo frame for guests to take the perfect picture.

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You can also take your picture alongside two brightly colored elephants with a mosaic-type pattern.

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We also learned that the colorful elephant sculptures are made from recycled flip flops and are hand-carved by artists in Kenya. The non-profit organization that created these elephants is called Ocean Sole Flip Flop Art.

The sign says:

“In Kenya, billions of discarded flip flops fill landfills, waterway, and oceans — creating plastic pollution that is harmful to marine life. Ocean Sole found a sustainable solution — make art!”

The sign goes on to explain about the non-profit organization, Ocean Sole:

“Ocean Sole is a non-profit organization that collects trash from the Kenyan shores and epicycles it into one-of-a-kind pieces of art, including these elephant sculptures. The innovative process supports marine conservation while also creating employment opportunities in high-impact areas. To learn more, visit

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The photo op is also, in part, to help advertise National Geographic’s newest series “Secrets of the Elephants.” It is narrated by Natalie Portman and produced by James Cameron, whose other famous works include “Titanic” and the “Avatar” franchise.

The series will debut on Disney + On Friday, April 21 at 9/8 p.m central.

Are you going to tune in to “Secrets of the Elephants” on April 21? Let us know in the comments.

Disney’s Conservation Efforts

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Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed over $120 million support organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action, and protect the planet.

On the Disney Conservation Fund website, they have a long list of accomplishments that include:

  • 315 million acres protected globally since 1995. That is equal to over 10,000 Walt Disney Worlds.
  • Over 1,000 species of wildlife protected since 1995
  • 60 Conservation organizations in 32 countries supported in the 2022 fiscal year

In 2020, the Disney Conservation Fund celebrated its 25th Anniversary and $100 million milestone in giving.

They are passionate about making the world a better place, and protect wildlife, sealife, and more. According to their website:

“The Disney Conservation Fund is focused on saving wildlife for future generations through grants to leading conservation organizations working together to stabilize and increase the populations of at-risk animals including butterflies, coral reefs, cranes, elephants, gorillas, monkeys, and sea turtles. A Disney conservationist works with each organization to identify where Disney expertise can also play a role in reversing the decline of these animals and their habitats.

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