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Become A Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

“The wilderness must be explored!”

That’s the pledge of all Wilderness Explorers – and the character of Russell – in the Disney•Pixar film, “Up.” In the movie, Russell, a young Wilderness Explorer, is determined to learn about the outdoors and get that one last Wilderness Explorer badge that will let him earn Senior Wilderness Explorer status.

L’Artisan des Glaces, Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet, in the France Pavilion at Epcot

Here’s a sneak peek at the new Wilderness Explorers experience that is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In it, kids can complete 30 different challenges to earn badge stickers for their Wilderness Explorer Handbook. Each hands-on activity teaches kids something new about the wild animals and wild places inside the park. They’ll also learn the official Wilderness Explorer Pledge. Participation is included in theme park admission and timing for the experience depends on how many badge challenges guests wish to complete.

What do you think? Will you become a Wilderness Explorer during your next trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the “Comments” section below!


  • visiting in sept n can’t wait to have my 5 y/o son do this. he just loved the “agent p” experience at epcot last year (we enjoyed it too n it kept him from getting bored) n i’m sure he will love this too.

  • How long does it take the average kid to get all the badges? Can you do it in one day?

  • My family visited Magic Kingdom just over a week ago. Getting every one of the badges was my six year old daughter’s favorite part of the entire vacation. My husband had a great time with her and I brought my older son on some bigger rides. I wish there was a shirt I could buy for her to show her Senior Wilderness Explorer status for getting all of the badges.

  • y daughter just saw this and officially wants to get all 30…looks like extra time at Animal Kingdom this winter.

    • I hope you have a blast!

  • Hmmmm…I’m not 6, (OR in college), but I’d LOVE to do this! Hopefully they will let us “big kids” do it too…..(obv as long as it doesn’t take away from the little ones)

  • I thought they had something similar to this before, only it wasn’t 30 it was more like 6. Similar to the Kidcot stations at Epcot. So I’m wondering how long it takes to do it all plus see the other attractions in the park. Could be a lot.

  • We’ve been looking forward to it for months! Both our boys are in Scouts. 🙂

    • I hope they have a blast!

  • This looks so fun! I hope there’s no age limit… I’m a college student, and I’m hoping to try it!

    • I totally want a photo with the Wilderness Explorer cast members – their outfits are awesome. 🙂

  • This is a nice new program that can get guests really engaged with the exhibits. And the low tech-ness of it really fits with Animal Kingdom. Good job Disney.

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