Stories & Experiences
At The Walt Disney Company, we believe that building a brighter, cleaner, and healthier future starts with imagining what’s possible and that storytelling has the power to make a world of difference. For nearly a century, Disney has found inspiration in the wonders of the world we all share. As we imagine a world in balance, we’re focused on creating stories and experiences that inspire connection with our planet and all who call it home.
For more than ten years, Disneynature films have featured some of the most remarkable stories in nature, presenting an eloquent case for greater understanding and support of nature and the planet we share. Like all Disney’s conservation efforts, the underlying philosophy is that promoting a love of and connection to wildlife is the best way to ensure current and future generations seek its preservation.
Disneynature Conservation Impact
National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for more than 130 years through groundbreaking storytelling from the best and brightest scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Partners—Disney’s unique partnership with the National Geographic Society—creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and exploration that inspires people to act, enlightens their perspective, and often provides the spark to new ideas and innovation. Every year, 27% of National Geographic Partners’ net proceeds is distributed to the Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education.
The stories we tell, and the ways in which we tell them, can help us all to imagine a brighter future, find new solutions, and encourage action, so that together we can write the next chapter for our planet. Here are just a few recent examples:
America the Beautiful
National Geographic’s “America the Beautiful” series features an episode, “Brave New World,” that was the Winner of the 2022 Environmental Media Association award for Documentary Series. The episode follows a growing band of wildlife heroes across North America fighting to preserve our most iconic animals and wildest places. These champions are everyday people of all ages and from all walks of life, sharing one thing in common: They care enough to make a difference.
In “Art Teacher,” Jacob and Barbara band together to start a school garden with the goal of providing fresh produce for school lunches. This episode of the Emmy Award-winning series was the recipient of the Paul Junger Witt Comedy Award from the Environmental Media Association in 2022.
Disneynature’s Polar Bear
Disneynature’s Polar Bear tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today. With the release of the film, the Disney Conservation Fund is supporting polar bear conservation with nonprofit organization Polar Bears International.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
With its unique brand of humor, Always Sunny tackles climate change in the episode “The Gang Solves Global Warming”, which was nominated for an Environmental Media Award.
Disney provides kids and families with memorable moments to discover the magic of animals and the natural world. From the grassland vistas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to the ocean views from aboard Disney Cruise Line, and the tree-lined walking trails at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Disney experiences inspire connections that last a lifetime. Here are just a few ways to have fun and explore nature at Disney:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorers
Set out on a series of fun, nature-themed challenges ranging from animal observation to learning about the importance of recycling as you follow in the footsteps of Russell from the Disney·Pixar film Up, earning adventure badges throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure
Immerse yourself into the wondrous world of the great blue ocean as you’re invited to feed, touch, and snorkel among real-live stingrays and learn from animal experts what makes this species so unique.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Sea Turtles
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a special place for nesting sea turtles and for the protection needed to ensure their survival. Experience the magic of nature as you learn about this critical stretch of coastal habitat from conservationists working to protect these incredible animals from their nests to their ocean home.
Family Nature Activity Resources
Discover nature and the outdoors with family fun and animal resources. Explore the magic of nature with fun family activity packets inspired by some of your favorite films!
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