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Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorers, Roar!

aw, Caw, ROAR!  Do you think you have what it takes to be a Wilderness Explorer, just like Russell from UP?  You can find out by testing your skills in all sorts of fun challenges around WDW’s Animal Kingdom!


Wilderness Explorer

The Wilderness Explorer logo

Animal Kingdom has long been called a half-day park, due to it’s early closing time and comparatively short list of attractions.  However, most folks don’t take into account the many shows and self-guided activities, like the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.

When you consider those attractions, the park becomes so much more than a brief stopover on your way to the Magic Kingdom!  And now, a new interactive game lets you spend even more time at Animal Kingdom, and see the park in a whole new way!

Inspired by the popular characters of Russell (the young boy who warms Carl’s heart in UP) and his dog Dug (rescued from the villainous Charles Muntz), WDW has introduced a fun treasure hunt of sorts!

Guests can sign up for the Wilderness Explorer challenges at locations throughout the park, and there are over 30 activities that you can complete to earn badges for.  This makes it a great activity to keep kiddos busy, encourage them to learn fun things, and gain an appreciation for everything from dinosaurs to music!


See the animals on a Virtual Tour of the Animal Kingdom

See the Animals – Photo by Don Sullivan

It’s an activity you can do on your own time, at your leisure, and over multiple visits if you like (a great reason to come back again and again!).  You’ll even have the opportunity for a meet and greet with Russell and Dug.  Best of all – it’s a free added value for park guests!

WDW has long had “kids” activities like Kidcot stops in EPCOT, but they are really upping the ante with games like Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure!  I think Wilderness Explorers is a perfect addition to the interactive attractions roster, and a unique fit for Animal Kingdom.


So next time you find yourself strolling around Animal Kingdom, take a look around and register for your Wilderness Explorer bagges.

And remember, Adventure is Out There!

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