This summer, Discovery Cove will celebrate 15 years of operation in Orlando, and it still continues to thrill guests.
When the park first opened on July 1, 2000, it was an anomaly in the world of Orlando theme parks: a reservation-only experience limited to approximately 1,000 guests per day.
Hard to believe, but Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on April 22, 2013 – which also happens to be Earth Day.
They have a slew of special events and opportunities for guests to enjoy throughout the day, including:
- Special opening ceremony – Meet at the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m., to hear from Josh D’Amaro, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment.
- Earth Day “Party for the Planet” festivities – Special interactive activities that focus on animals and nature will take place throughout the park from 9am-5pm.
- Artists and other vendors will present their work in Africa and on Discovery Island, which will be available for purchase.
- Opportunity to purchase special 15th anniversary merchandise, available in limited quantities.
- Special food & beverage.
The 15th anniversary celebration is included with regular park admission.
I remember visiting the park right before it opened in 1998, and it’s grown into quite a fun park, especially if you love animals.