Behold the magic of nature at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet. The Earth Day celebration is happening April 22-22.

Special events for this celebration include unique character greetings, retail and photo opportunities, plus live, interactive entertainment.

Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering Joe Rohde will return again this year for art signings of his lion print. His signings will be Saturday, April 20, and Monday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The signing is free with purchase of the lion print, however a wristband is required and only a limited number of wristbands will be given. More information can be found online.

Rohde will also present the Tiffins Talks — a luncheon featuring Rohde’s tales of adventures, with a four-course meal. The meal includes global dishes, desserts and specialty beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Reservations for Tiffins Talks should be made in advance, as space is limited. Call 407-939-3463. Admission for Tiffins Talks is priced separately from theme park admission, for $199 per guest.

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In other Walt Disney World news, the company recently announced the end of one of its current, longest-running fireworks shows. The final showing of Epcot’s “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” will be Sept. 30, 2019.

The new show that will replace Illuminations? “Epcot Forever.”

“‘Epcot Forever’ is a celebration of what Epcot has been and what Epcot is going to become,” Alan Bruun, show director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment, said in a press release. “Music is the star of the show, and we use songs going back to the very beginnings of Epcot to music in the park today – from attractions, spectaculars and other shows – and put them into a fireworks spectacular on the lagoon every night. Guests are going to hear music they know and love but in a whole new way.”

But according to Walt Disney World News, “Epcot Forever” won’t quite last forever. The show will continue into 2020, but make way for the next nightly show at Epcot, that will begin later in the year as part of the park’s multi-year transformation.

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