Keep those magical Disney memories alive! For many, many of us, this is not a commercial tag line, but a thread that runs through our lives. Collectively celebrating the milestone birthdays of Walt Disney World (40 Days to 40 Years), Disneyland Paris (20 Days to 20 Years), and Epcot (30 Days to 30 Years) has brought Disney fans from nearly 20 countries together in a wonderful and touching way. What a global love fest! It truly is a small world after all.
Jambo! It’s that time again; another Disney anniversary is on the horizon and I’m cracking open those dusty photo albums. It is almost 15 years since we took our first walk on the wild side and went on an adventure of a new kind at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Sneak Preview.
In March of 1998, we had a cross-generational trip planned for Walt Disney World, and were surprised but ecstatic to see these brochures upon check-in at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. I knew my young boys would love a “kingdom of animals”, but would the more mature kids feel the same?
|Boy, did my family feel like African royalty showing off these exclusive ears…|
From the so-authentic Kilimanjaro Safari and serious Conservation Station in Harambe, to the relaxing “cruise” on Discovery River Boats in Safari Village (I miss this method of transportation), that answer was a resounding yes- ndiyo!
And what parent or grandparent doesn’t delight seeing the World and all that is new and fresh through the eyes of a child? We sweated and dug in at The Boneyard, whooped it up at Journey into Jungle Book in Dinoland U.S.A., and delighted seeing our boys picked as part of the tribal celebration during Festival of the Lion King in Camp Minnie-Mickey.
Though merely the skeleton of what Disney’s Animal Kingdom would become, we put in a full day exploring and enjoying. (Who hasn’t taken many minutes, if not hours, to examine the intricate carvings on The Tree of Life?) I thought I’d share our mementos from the Sneak Preview:
The Grand Opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom came weeks later, on Earth Day, April 22nd, 1998. To mark the 15th birthday of this novel Disney Park, we will again sound the blogoshere gong, and ask all aficionados to answer the call. My co-host Beth (@disneymom2jhe of Pursuing the Magic and The Magical Blogorail founder), are looking for 15 guest bloggers to share in this countdown. Are you up to the adventure? If so, please contact Beth here. (Please add “15 Days” in the subject line.) First come, first served. Asante!! ** We filled our spots in just a few short hours. Please return to follow our 15 writers and the entire series!
Beginning April 7th, it’s 15 Days to 15 Years…