These Galapagos Tortoises at Disney World Celebrated National Pumpkin Day in the Cutest Way

by | Oct 26, 2023 | Animal Kingdom, WDW Blog

You have to see the cute way these giant Galápagos Tortoises at Disney World celebrated National Pumpkin Day.

October 26th is National Pumpkin Day, and the residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom are celebrating! To celebrate the holiday, Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Nutrition Center prepared a delicious snack for a group of giant Galápagos tortoises at Animal Kingdom.

Celebrating National Pumpkin Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Over on Discovery Island, you can spot Phantom, Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolfman, and Creature. These giant Galápagos tortoises eat a variety of different plants and fruits, so they loved getting the chance to chow down on some pumpkins! And they weren’t the only ones who celebrated National Pumpkin Day! Over 200 pumpkins have been delivered to animals across Walt Disney World to celebrate, some of which guests may have seen throughout the resort.

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Disney’s animal nutritionists have the important job of preparing customized diets each day for over 5,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish living at Walt Disney World Resort. These Cast Members serve as “personal chefs” for the animal residents, handling more than 10,000 pounds of high-quality food each day. Pumpkins are not only fun to serve for the Halloween season but hold nutritional value for some of the animals. They provide vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C, along with fiber for digestive health

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For the animals that don’t eat the pumpkins, the squash still goes to good use! Some were added as habitats for decoration, while others were given to animals to play with. This fun celebration is part of Disney’s enrichment program that encourages animals’ natural behaviors.  So if you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week, make sure to look out for some of the National Pumpkin Day celebrations!

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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