Last night, guests at Walt Disney Grand Theatre were treated to a special charity performance of THE LION KING, the first-ever Mandarin production of the popular Broadway musical, kicking off our “Celebrate Earth” series at Shanghai Disney Resort. The star-studded event raised funds to support wildlife protection in China while honoring a beloved story about the circle of life.

This marks the first Earth Month for our newest Disney resort after its opening, and we’ve teamed up with the China Wildlife Conservation Association and WildAid, an environmental non-profit, to bring you plenty of fun ways to celebrate and support this great big beautiful world of ours.

Our new Join the Herd wildlife conservation campaign focuses on the protection of elephants and other endangered wild animals, and it all starts with a stunning photography exhibition at Walt Disney Grand Theatre. You can step into the natural habitat of animals that inspired THE LION KING’s lovable characters and even make an ivory free pledge on a special wall installed at the theatre.

A “Celebrate Earth” fair will be set up at Disneytown and Shanghai Disneyland, including a host of environmentally-friendly themed games for kids. Everyone is invited to come out and learn how small changes make a big impact on the world around us. Don’t forget to take a stroll around Wishing Star Park during your visit and enjoy all the beauty nature has to offer.

Shanghai Disney Resort continues our longstanding commitment to engage communities in the protection of wildlife and their habitats. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has been working to protect wildlife, including efforts to reverse the decline of elephants, with more than $2.3 million in support to elephant projects in 25 countries across Asia and Africa.