It’s official! I am a Wilderness Explorer. Walt Disney World debuted this new adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you saw the movie Up, you’ll remember that Russell was a Wilderness Explorer. This is a great thing to do with the entire family. The target age is 7-10 but kids of all ages will enjoy this experience.
You start the experience at the Wilderness Explorers Headquarters. It is located on the bridge that connected Discovery Island and the Oasis. It’s the spot where the Photopass photographers are located to get your picture with the Tree of Life in the background.
The experience has you earning badges as you walk through the park. You can earn 30 badges but you don’t have to do them all in one day. You are given a handbook with all the badges you can earn.
The first you will need to learn is the Wilderness Explorer call. You are taught “The wilderness must be explored!” Then you learn the “Caw Caw” and finally the “”Roar!” Pay attention and remember because the Team Leaders at the different station may require you to give the special call.
We set off to earn our first badge. It was the Flamingo Badge. The locations for the different badges are marked on the park map, but you can look for these signs also. It also mentions in the handbook where to look for the badge you want to earn.
You are told some information about the Flamingos and then asked to find something mentioned in the handbook. Your Troop Leader at that location will give you the badge for your book. Another way to spot who is a Team Leader, they are all carrying an orange bag.
We decided to head off to the Pangani Trail and this is where we earned our second badge. It was the Ham Radio badge. I love walking this trail and there is plenty to see and do on the trail. This adventure helps you to spot all the interesting animals along the way.
Be sure to take a bird spotting guide so you can earn your Birding Badge!
As you are walking throughout the park keep an eye out for animals. You can earn your Animal Find badge. You will get the badge for this at headquarters so be sure to tell them about it.
We earned 5 badges on our first trip. This means we are now a Tadpole. When you earn 10 badges you are a Minnow, 20 Badges you are a Fish. When you earn all the badges you become a Senior Wilderness Explorer. I can’t wait to go back and do this experience again. Disney has done a great job with this enhancing your experience while not intruding on the beauty of this park.
While we were exploring we decided to check out the new meet and greet area location in the park. Be sure to check out all the photos on the wall from Mickey and Minnie’s world wide adventures. We only waited about 10 minutes to see them.
Who wants to become a Wilderness Explorer at Walt Disney World now?
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