“The wilderness must be explored! Caw! Caw! Roar!” That’s what the ever-determined Russell declared in the beloved Disney·Pixar’s “UP“. He was dedicated to earn his final Wilderness Explorer badge and thus securing the rank of Senior Wilderness Explorer.
Now you, too, can experience all that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has to offer with the brand-new Wilderness Explorers. It allows you the joy of discovering the natural surroundings of the park—and more—as you earn over 30 badges.
Assisted by a complimentary official Wilderness Explorers Handbook—and cast members serving as Troop Leaders and Badge Guides—you undertake challenges and activities around the Park.
While aimed at pint-size family members, Wilderness Explorers appeals to all ages. “Some of our younger Explorers are great at leading their families through the entire experience,” Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation director, Disney’s Animal Programs, told us. “There is a lot of ‘Caw! Caw! Roar!’—the official Wilderness Explorers call—going on throughout the park these days.”
Dr. Anne and her team helped provide content for the animal-themed badges. For instance, there are badges that help you (and your little ones) learn how to track animals, how to identify animals and how animals communicate. It’s not only about wildlife, however. You can earn a badge while examining an African culture, exploring dinosaur fossils or learning about recycling.
Once you complete a task, proudly present your results to a cast member and receive a sticker representing the badge.
“I think our guests are really excited to learn more about the animals that are featured in Wilderness Explorers, and there are memorable experiences for everyone,” Dr. Anne explained. “Guests can learn to knuckle-walk like a gorilla or become experts at identifying the clues that animals leave us as we explore the wild!”
While Russell may have been eager to fill his badge sash as quickly as possible, you can pace yourself. Wilderness Explorers is designed for kids—and all of us who are kids at heart—to tackle at their own speed.
Is your enthusiasm bubbling over? Get an early start and spend the whole day exploring. That way you can savor a leisurely approach and enjoy the great Disney’s Animal Kingdom attractions and entertainment between challenges. Conquer Expedition Everest and the fearsome Yeti. Thrill to the discoveries you’ll find on Kilimanjaro Safaris. Take in the wonderfully whimsical Finding Nemo—The Musical. Or spread the activities out over numerous visits to the park. It’s totally up to you. You’re the explorer.
As the stories of nature, traditions and legends unfold during this engaging, immersive adventure, Dr. Anne sees more than just a fun time for the whole family. “Most of all, I hope that as our guests earn badges and explore the Park, they will want to help protect wildlife.”
But we can’t guarantee you‘ll spot a snipe! (Remember Russell’s friend Kevin from the movie?) You can be sure, however, to uncover lots of fascinating facts about the world around us.
Wilderness Explorers is complimentary with valid Disney’s Animal Kingdom admission.