Monday, April 22, 2013 was a busy day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It marked the 15th anniversary of the park, which originally opened on Earth Day in 1998.  In celebration, let’s take a look how Disney celebrated the day with special events – and how you can join in the celebration and win a special Animal Kingdom prize package including a limited edition Disney trading pin:

– Special opening ceremony with a few speeches followed by some high energy singing and dancing.

– A free 15th anniversary button and special anniversary Guide Map to everyone entering the park. The Guide Map features a map of the park as it existed in 1998 as well as information on “gone but not forgotten” opening day experiences, including: “Colors of the Wind, Friends from the Animal Forst” show with Pocahontas at the Grandmother Willow’s Grove; Discovery River Boats; and “Journey into the Jungle Book” at the Theater in the Wild.

– Appearances by Disney characters not often seen in the park, including Pocahontas and her pet raccoon Meeko, Koda and Tug from Brother Bear, and Flik and Princess Atta from A Bug’s Life

– A free cookie decorating station.

– Special 15th anniversary merchandise, including t-shirts, limited edition Disney trading pins, and Vinylmations.

– Special artwork and offerings, including the artwork of Carlos Cuba and a stand selling plumaria plants.


Opening ceremony for Animal Kingdom’s 15th anniversary.
Everyone entering the park received a 15th Anniversary button.

Everyone entering the park received a 15th Anniversary button.

Complimentary cookies that you decorate yourself!

Complimentary cookies that you decorate yourself!

Characters not frequently seen - like Princess Atta from A Bug's Life.

Characters not frequently seen – like Princess Atta from A Bug’s Life.

Special 15th Anniversary shirts.

Special 15th Anniversary shirts.

A very cool 15th Anniversary Mickey Mouse Vinylmation.

A very cool 15th Anniversary Mickey Mouse Vinylmation.

Enter To Win A Limited Edition Disney Trading Pin

I’m giving away a special prize package to celebrate the Animal Kingdom’s anniversary. The package includes:

– Limited Edition 15th Anniversary Button Disney’s Animal Kingdom Disney Trading Pin featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; edition size was limited to 2,000 pins

– Special Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guide Map, with fold out map that shows what the park looked like on its opening day in 1998

– Disney’s Animal Kingdom Times Guide from April 22, 2013 listing all the special anniversary events

– 15th Anniversary Button

Win this limited edition Disney trading pin.

Win this limited edition Disney trading pin.

The pin is part of this prize package.

The pin is part of this prize package.

How To Enter

If you would like to win the Disney trading pin, button, special anniversary map, and times guide, just send an e-mail to me at [Contest is closed – Congratulations to the winner Jo Ann from New York!]. I’ll add you to our mailing list (if you aren’t already on it), and then I’ll select a recipient on or around May 2, 2013. I’ll request your mailing address and then send the package to you. This give-away is open to everyone, everywhere.

What do you think about Animal Kingdom’s 15th Anniversary?