PHOTOS, VIDEO: Special Celebration Ceremony Held for 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Katie Francis

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Special Celebration Ceremony Held for 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A special celebration ceremony was held at 8:30 a.m. this morning in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom 25th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony

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Walt Disney World Ambassadors Raevon Redding and Ali Manion opened the ceremony at the base of the Tree of Life in Discovery Island.

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The Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe performed.

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Sarah Riles, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, took to the stage.

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Characters including Pocahontas, Meeko, Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, Timon, and Rafiki joined in on the fun. Moana also joined the crowd on the stage in advance of her meet and greet’s debut later this morning.

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It’s an exciting day in the history of both this park and Walt Disney World. Check out our full guide to the 25th anniversary festivities here. Tons of celebratory offerings and opportunities are available throughout Animal Kingdom today, including:

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Watch our full video of the celebration ceremony below.

What is your favorite Animal Kingdom memory from the last 25 years? What would you like to see in the next 25 years? Let us know in the comments.

Join us for “Wild at 25: An Unauthorized Field Trip,” an event presented by WDWNT celebrating the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom! We welcome you and your friends and family to attend this get-together at the park on April 22, 2023. The event will consist of free-to-attend meet-ups at some of Animal Kingdom’s attractions and shows on April 22, as well as a free-to-play interactive game for actual prizes. We can’t wait to see you there.

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