Disney Unearthed A Time Capsule – Here’s Everything In It

Disney's Animal Kingdom, buried a time capsule to be opened on April 22, 2023

Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend with rare character experiences, themed treats, environmental awareness, and recognizing animals who have been there since the Park’s opening.

Something else was hidden in Animal Kingdom for 25 years, and Disney Cast Members just unearthed it! The Original Cast buried a time capsule in 1998 when the Park opened on Earth Day, 1998.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Time capsule plaque inscription 1998 2023

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The inscription on the time capsule’s plaque starts, “The original cat of Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes pride in our contributions to this park.” It continues, “In this capsule, to be unearthed April 22, 2023, are mementos of the creation and opening of a New Species of Theme Park.”

Take a look at the “opening day memories” that were inside:

Floppy Discs 

One’s label shows it’s from as far back as 1996. Each apparently contains old files and photos – if anyone still has a drive that can read floppy disks, that is.

VHS tapes 

There are three primary colored VHS tapes with recorded orientation videos for different Opening Cast duties such as Conservation, Animals, and Park construction. Maybe someone still has a VHS player!

Gino’s first toothbrush

Gina is a silverback Gorilla that has lived at the Park since it’s 1998 opening! He’s still around, and some Guests plan their Dinsey vacations around visiting him and his family every year. Hopefully, he’s been through hundreds of toothbrushes by now.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Time capsule Gino's first toothbrush gorilla

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Opening Merchandise 

The year 1998 is printed everywhere! All the encapsulated merchandise is from the year the Park opened. It includes a key chain, magnets, a button, mugs, and license plate with the Parks advertising slogan “A New Species of Theme Park.”

Original Park Pamphlets 

There is a map of Animal Kingdom’s layout, a guidebook for “Guests With Disabilities,” an opening team pamphlet, and one making the Grand Opening. T narrator of the video notes that this map was way before the construction of Pandora.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Time capsule Original maps and guides

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Physical Paper Tickets

Did you almost forget paper tickets were even a thing? These ones are in pristine condition. The first shows characters like Simba, Pumba, Rafiki, and Timon from Disney’s The Lion King (1994), which had only been out for four years at the time. Only FOUR years!

Mickey Mouse ’98 T-Shirt 

Mickey is in his Safari gear on a white t-shirt, surrounded by the signatures of everyone in the Opening Cast.

Happy Earth Day, and here’s to the next 25 years, Animal Kingdom! Check out the full video here:


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About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!