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Walt Disney World share Time Capsule Letter from Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 1998 Opening Day Cast

Walt Disney World share time capsule letter from Animal Kingdom's Cast Members 25 years ago.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 1998 Opening Day Cast

During the 25th anniversary celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a time capsule was unearthed that had been put together by cast members in 1998.


Among the old photos, news clippings and mementos was a sentimental letter written from the opening team, addressed to today’s Animal Kingdom cast members, which Disney have shared.



The time capsule was unearthed last Saturday, April 22, 2023, when Jeff Vahle, President of Walt Disney World Resort, joined the theme park’s first Vice President, Bob Lamb, and other members of the opening leadership team .


It was 25 years ago that Bob Lamb (the park’s first vice president) buried the time capsule in the ground, with a plan to open it together on the 25th anniversary. and that's just what they did today, as well as recreating the opening day photograph of the occasion back on April 22, 1997.


After opening the time capsule, everyone had a great time looking through the items, which included a piece of engineering hardware – an actuator, to be exact – from a particularly memorable pre-opening project.


This trip down memory lane was a reminder that none of it would have been made possible without the many people who dedicated their time and efforts to bringing Disney’s Animal Kingdom to fruition.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 1998 Opening Day Cast

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