Celebrating Earth Day 2015 At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

Happy Earth Day!

If you will be visiting Disney World this week, be sure to head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to join in the fun at the “Party for the Planet” in honor of Earth Day this Wednesday, April 22. Here’s the scoop courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog:

Disney's Animal KingdomOn Wednesday, April 22, exclusive Earth Day activities will be offered during our “Party for the Planet” Earth Day celebration. You can participate in interactive activities, explore limited time merchandise offerings, and interact with animal and education experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment and the Disney Conservation Fund team about conservation projects currently in progress.

This year’s “Party for the Planet” celebration includes two exclusive “research stations” at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the Main Entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These research stations allow you to see behind-the-scenes footage from the newest Disneynature film, “Monkey Kingdom,” while exploring how technology is used to enhance conservation efforts. You will have the opportunity to get an up-close, hands-on look at the technology scientists use to learn about animals, as well as the valuable data that comes from special equipment called camera traps. Many of the tools showcased at these research stations were used throughout production of the newest Disneynature film, “Monkey Kingdom.”

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Have you attended the “Party for the Planet”? Are you going this year?
Please leave a comment and Happy Earth Day!

Disneynature Bears Movie

Disney Movie Review – Bears

This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the new Disneynature film, Bears, with my eight-year-old son. He really wanted to see this movie after watching the preview a few weeks ago. At first, I was a little reluctant fearing that this was going to be like so many other Disney movies and something terrible was going to happen to these adorable bears. But my son was really eager to go, so despite my reservations, I decided to brave it anyway!

WARNING – SPOILERS FOLLOWING THE PHOTO!!

Photo Courtesy Of Disneynature http://nature.disney.com/

Photo Courtesy Of Disneynature http://nature.disney.com/

The movie runs a little over an hour and follows a mother bear and her two cubs during their first year of life. The movie was filmed in Alaska and the scenery is stunning! The narration is very well done and the story moves along at a steady pace. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of the bears survived. However, they encountered several harrowing experiences like avalanches, wolves, near starvation and other more aggressive bears. My son and I were very nervous for the bears’ survival several times throughout the film. I would definitely recommend this movie for families, but keep in mind that it might be too nerve-wracking for very sensitive children to watch. As bear lovers and living in bear country ourselves (in fact my son’s school was on lockdown earlier this year due to a bear on the playground!), we really enjoyed this movie!

What about you? Have you seen Bears and what did you think? Please leave a comment!