Disney Wild Kingdoms Live Stream With Joe Rohde Happening This Friday
In celebration of Earth Week, D23 has a very special treat for Disney fans, especially those that are as smitten with Disney’s Animal Kingdom as we are!
Together with the creative leads from Walt Disney Imagineering and Disneynature, they are offering a live stream with a focus on how the natural world and Disney’s rich legacy of conservation continue to inspire and influence.
The event will be hosted by Kevin Kern of Walt Disney Archives and will feature awesome chats from the following Disney conservationists, filmmakers, Imagineers and more:
- Joe Rohde – Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
- Vanessa Berlowitz – Co-director and Producer, Disneynature’s Elephant
- Roy Conli – Producer, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Disneynature’s Elephant, Dolphin Reef, and Penguins
- Mark Linfield – Director and Producer, Disneynature’s Elephant
The discussion will highlight the continued impact of Walt Disney’s documentary films and animated depictions of nature in raising awareness of conservation efforts. There will be a special emphasis on DisneyNature films that are currently screening on Disney+ as well as the wonderful intricate details that went into creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Right now, Friday seems like ages away but there are some awesome ways that you can prep for Friday’s discussion. Yesterday we here at MickeyBlog shared with you yesterday a look at 10 fabulous DisneyNature documentaries that are currently available on Disney+. See how many you can tick off your list this week. Check them out here.
In addition, Joe Rohde has taken to Twitter this month were he is offering a virtual tour of Animal Kingdom. Each day features a new image as breathtaking as the next with awesome facts about this incredible theme park. It is like strolling through the park with Joe himself which is a rare opportunity indeed! Here’s a look:
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