Parks in the Parks
Conservation Champions PART 1
"Go ahead and transport the bottles to the storage building later this afternoon," Mom said into her phone. "I guess there's nothing else we can do for now." She hung up and sighed.
"What's wrong, Mom?" Callie asked.
"Oh, there are a bunch of water bottles left over from a special event in the Animal Kingdom," Mom said. “We have no use for them now that the event is over. It makes me sad because we try to be so careful with our conservation efforts at Disney World. These extra bottles seem so wasteful."
"That's a bummer," Landon agreed.
Beep, BEEP. "Gus is here!" Callie brightened. "Have fun today, kids.” Mom gave them a quick hug.
Callie and Landon Parks hopped into the car with Gus, an old friend who took care of them at Disney World while Mom worked on important Disney stuff.
"Where to today?" Gus asked them.
But Landon was looking out the window "Gus, what does 'conservation' mean again?"
"Conservation has to do with taking care of the earth," Gus answered. "It means trying to preserve all that is beautiful in nature for our children and grandchildren." Gus paused. “Let’s go to Animal Kingdom today, and we can talk more about it there.”
"Perfect," the twins agreed.
Gus parked close to the entrance, and the three of them walked right up to the gate. There they noticed two kids wearing shirts that said “Conservation Champions”.
Landon smiled at them. “Wow! How’d you get those shirts?”
“Oh, we won a conservation competition at our school. Coming to Animal Kingdom is our prize,” said a happy girl with long black hair. “My name’s Nina. This is Timmy.”
"That's awesome," Callie said. “We were just talking about conservation. What did you guys do to win?”
"Well, lots of stuff," Nina said. "We cleaned up trash along the road by our school and we put recycling cans in all o f the hallways."
"And we came up with a plan to save water by…” Timmy started.
“Sorry to interrupt,” said the teacher at their side, “But we’ve got to get going! We’ve got a special appointment at Conservation Station starting soon.” She gave a confused look at a map in her hand. “Now, which way is….”
"We can show you the way," Landon said to the teacher. "We get to come to Disney
Parks all the time. B esides, we were planning to go to Conservation Station too."
The twins led everyone past the Tree of Life to the back of the park. Everyone boarded a train out to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where they would find Conservation Station.
“Just a quick ride,” Callie assured them. “You’ll be there in plenty of time.”
But as soon as the train pulled up to the depot, they all knew something was wrong. The guests were frowning and muttering about water.
But I’m sooo thirsty! I need to use a restroom. No running water… What will the animals do?
Callie and Landon looked at each other. What was going on?