The Great Pin Hunt

Limited Edition pin case with Te Fiti pin
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

Disney offered a special opportunity specifically for fans of Disney Pin Trading—the release of a Limited Edition Earth Day pin featuring Te Fiti from Moana (happy Te Fiti—not All-Shall-Pay-With-Ash-And-Fire Te Fiti).

The pin is a nice addition to Disney’s Limited Edition lineup. The challenge was finding it. I checked at several different merchandise locations without turning anything up. At one Pin Trading stand, the cast member didn’t even know there was a special Earth Day pin. Ultimately, the cast over at Expedition: Everest’s gift shop suggested looking at Island Mercantile… I struck out again at Island Mercantile and was sent to a specific room of Discovery Trading Company…

Discovery Island Trading Company Sign
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

After a bit of searching, I finally located the case for Passholder merchandise and other Limited Edition items.

Limited Edition Te Fiti Earth Day Pin
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

Jackpot! Supposedly, The Te Fiti Earth Day pin is only being offered this weekend, but they appeared to have a good amount of them when I checked during my visit. If you aren’t able to get to Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the celebration, perhaps they will continue selling them until they are gone. The price is about $20. Guests can also pick up a special Conservation Hero Button by donating to the Disney Conservation Fund (pictured below).

Other Earth Day fun

Secret of the Whales sand sculpture
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

There were several other experiences connected to the Earth Month celebration—some of these I was able to locate, like the incredible sand sculpture made to promote National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales” premiering on Disney+.

Wilderness Explorers were also out in force to try to earn a special Earth Day badge.

Wilderness Explorer booth with cast member greeting children
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

Other activities I was not able to experience personally included a special “Magic Zoom” Photopass opportunity near Expedition: Everest, as well as the addition of some new & rare characters to character cavalcades. I may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I didn’t see any cavalcades during the day on this trip—just an appearance from Russel (from UP) at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Other guests may have had better luck. Characters scheduled to appear at Rafiki’s Planet Watch included Terk, Heimlich, Dumbo, Crush, Bruce, and—this might be a new one—Shere Khan. Cool!

Conservation Hero buttons
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

Overall, the Earth Day celebration felt distinctly low-key compared to some other Walt Disney World events, but it did have some nice highlights--particularly the addition of the Animation Experience. We hope to see Disney expand it further in future years!

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