Disney Channel Plans Earth Day-Themed Programming Events


Disney Channel will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund with special interstitials highlighting animal care and wildlife conservation efforts, among other programming initiatives.

The special interstitials will be led by cast members at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park beginning April 20. The channel will also feature a full day of Earth Day programming on April 22, with the new National Geographic special Born Wild: The Next Generation, the Disneynature films Monkey Kingdom and Penguins and environmentally-themed episodes of hit series BUNK’D, Big City Greens, Coop and Cami Ask the World, Raven’s Home and Sydney to the Max.

Produced in collaboration with National Geographic, Disney Channel’s Earth Day interstitials were filmed last month on location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In the videos, hosts Christian J. Simon and Ava Kolker (Sydney to the Max) take viewers on a fun and educational adventure where they encounter animals such as elephants, tigers and gorillas and learn about the importance of protecting wildlife.

Disney Junior will spotlight themed episodes of Mira, Royal Detective, Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures, T.O.T.S., Muppet Babies and Puppy Dog Pals. The channel will also present on-air messages designed to introduce preschoolers to Earth Day themes of taking care of animals and the world around them.

Disney XD will offer a full-day marathon of the animated series Amphibia, followed by a presentation of the DisneyNature film Born in China.

The DisneyNOW app will feature an Earth Day Collection and a ten-minute extended version of the Disney’s Animal Kingdom interstitials.

Disney Channel’s Instagram account will feature interactive Earth Day content with participation from Zombies 2 stars Chandler Kinney and Trevor Tordjman as well as Simon and Kolker.