PHOTOS: Stage Erected at Tree of Life for 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Katie Francis

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PHOTOS: Stage Erected at Tree of Life for 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A stage has been set up in front of the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in advance of the park’s 25th anniversary.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates its silver anniversary and turns 25 tomorrow, April 22.

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Special character meet and greets, food and beverages, and anniversary merchandise have debuted for the celebration. Take a look at our full report on merchandise with prices using this link:

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In front of the stage is a 25th anniversary logo. The logo is shaped like the Tree of Life, with “25” making up the trunk and a rhino, elephant, lion, and bird making up the leaves.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary Celebration Resources

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the park has 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.

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

Through 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.

Character Meet and Greets, Food and Beverages

Special character meet and greets have been taking place to help with the celebration, too. Tinker Bell, Fawn, King Louie, Baloo, Goofy and Flik have been spotted greeting guests over the last week. A rare meet and greet opportunity featuring Terk and Jane from “Tarzan” even popped up.

These special meet and greet opportunities were all found on Discovery Island, across from Pizzafari and and beside the gardens surrounding the Tree of Life. Take a look at some of our photos and coverage:

 Koda and Kenai from the film “Brother Bear” were also spotted cruising along on a flotilla:

If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out our full guide to the limited-time treats being offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and various hotels around Walt Disney World Resort for this occasion. We reviewed some of the special items available throughout the park right now, so make sure to take a look to see which treats we liked the most:

Will you be visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom for its anniversary celebration? We’d love to read about your plans in the comments below.

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