This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Animal Kingdom. Does that make anyone else feel old? No, just me. Okay, moving on.
The anniversary celebration begins on Earth Day, April 22nd, so Disney is expanding their Party for the Planet to include a welcome celebration, special PhotoPass opportunities, special merchandise, backstage experiences, and festival food and beverages (rumors are there will be kiosks like the Epcot festivals).
There is also a new behind the scenes tour that includes getting up-close and personal with elephants. Or if fancy food is more your style, Imagineers, animal care and conservation cast members will be hosting dinners at Tiffins.
The Party starts on April 22nd and continues through May 5.
Curious about what a Disney anniversary looks like and tips to enjoy it, check out the recap of Epcot’s 35th here.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (all month)
There are always new and exciting things happening at Disney World. Here are some things we are looking forward to this month.
Epcot Festival of the Arts (thru Feb. 19)
The newest Epcot festival began last month and continues through February 19th. This celebration of the arts – visual, performance, and of course (because this is an Epcot festival) culinary – has been a hit with guests since it started last year.
Canada O’Canada…there can be only one reason for this former Michigander to be humming that particular tune – the Canada Marketplace during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is back! I got to try the Canada Marketplace this year during opening weekend. As it is every year, this is a hit. It is easily one of the most popular marketplaces, and deservingly so. For more information on the basics of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and some strategies and tips, look here.
Disney Nerd Tip (DNT): the Canada Marketplace is a must do at the Food and Wine Festival
Mickey and I were lucky enough to get to go to the 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for opening weekend. We were invited to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and lucky for us, he chose to celebrate at Food and Wine. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I went to Disney World without pre-planning. I didn’t research; I didn’t book fastpasses or ADRs (advanced dining reservations). I was just along for the birthday ride. We had a blast without planning, but it got me thinking about whether I would recommend planning or winging it for the Food and Wine Festival. My resounding answer is – yes. It is important to have a plan or strategy going into the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to fully appreciate it.
The 2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is already in full swing, having started on August 31. Hopefully you will get to experience the festival during its historic 75 day run, and if you do, I highly recommend having a plan. Going into the Food and Wine Festival without a plan of attack is like going to the mall, pulling the first thing you see off the rack, and buying it, without checking the size or if something that suits you better is right around the corner. With a whopping 35 marketplaces this year, it can be overwhelming, not to mention needlessly expensive, unless prep work is done.
Disney Nerd Tip (DNT): Have a plan for conquering the Epcot Food and Wine Festival