Be A Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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You can be a real Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

In the words of Russell from Disney Pixar’s UP movie ” The Wilderness must be explored!”. In the even more famous words of his trusty canine companion Dug “Squirrel!” .

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You can follow in the footsteps of Russell and earn your own Wilderness Explorer Badges while trekking around Animal Kingdom in a scavenger hunt style adventure. Learn about animals, their habitats, and conservation, while completing several activities in your handbook and you will earn your next badge.

Get started on your adventure by visiting the Wilderness Explorer’s Headquarters on the bridge area from Oasis to Discovery Island. Your first mission is to earn your Wilderness Explorers Call Badge. You will receive a booklet with all the badges you can earn and the locations you need to report to. For each completed badge activity a sticker will be placed into your book. Cast members are very helpful and can guide you along the way,

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At the end of your adventures don’t forget to head back to headquarters where you will earn your ranking based on the number of badges you completed. This activity is totally free and can be done at your own pace as you make your way around the park.

The best thing is that you may discover some areas you didn’t know about and the whole family can enjoy this experience together. The book also makes for a cute and free souvenir and you can also bring it back with you on a later trip to complete any badges you may have missed.

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Don’t forget to be on the lookout for illusive Kevin. He has been known to wander around from time to time! You will also want to catch the Up themed bird show over in Asia called ” A Great Bird Adventure”. I really enjoyed this show and if you think Dug is as adorable as I do, you wont want to miss it. I would even say its my favorite show at Animal Kingdom.

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I think its time for me to make a park reservation for Animal Kingdom. I love how all the parks have such different feel to them. To me Animal Kingdom is all about just relaxing and watching the animals, of course there is Everest too. I really I love to be my own Wilderness Explorer when I visit this park. There is always something new to see.

Related- Larger than life new experiences from Disney’s Pixar movie Turning Red coming to Disney Parks.

If you have never checked out the Wilderness Explorer Adventure with your kiddos I highly suggest it. You don’t have to get it all done in a day. It gives you something to look forward to next time around. The Wilderness is calling!

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Here are some of my favorite things to bring on my WDW Travels!

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful as you plan your magical vacation. Here are some things that I used on my own magical trips and I hope you’ll also find them helpful as well.

These are affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a commission. But in all honesty, these are the exact items that I use and recommend to everyone, even my own family.

General Carry Items: These are probably some of the most important things that everyone should have with them at Disney World.

A Good Pair of Disney Sunglasses – (I use this cheap pair all the time)

Every Day Chapstick – (I always have this on me anyway)

Sunscreen – (This is my Every Day Carry Sunscreen Ladies)

Park Bag: I’ve seen lots of people go to Disney World and make the simple mistake of not coming prepared. You can pick up a nice Loungefly park bag like this one and save the day for your family.

A Good Pair Of Sandals: Ladies, there’s nothing like a good pair of sandals like these in the parks. That way when it rains and your feet get wet you aren’t stuck walking around in a wet pair of sneakers all day.

Portable Neck Fans: These are just the most amazing little invention that you NEED to have at least for the kiddos. They charge via USB and are highly recommended, especially if you are going in the summer heat. You can check them out over here on Amazon.

Planning Your Trip: I know that planning a trip can be a lot. If you want more help planning your next trip I 100% recommend using The Vacationeer as a travel agent. They go above and beyond for their clients and they are the only ones that I can say that I would trust to plan my family’s travel.

Moving Near Disney!?: Well, we did! And we could not have done it without the help of our Realtor Victor Nawrocki! Victor knows the area and all the little ins and outs that no one else will tell you. He’s not just here to sell you a house, he wants you to actually enjoy living here! If you want to talk with an EXPERT about living near Disney World then I highly suggest you give Victor a call today at 407-340-9375 or check out all his links at Make sure you let him know that WDW Travels sent you!

Joey Tarsan

Joey is a Florida native . Mom of 3 wonderful special needs teenagers, and recently married to her soulmate in a epic Star Wars wedding. Joey enjoys spending her time exploring the parks with friends and family and has a slight obsession with Ewok's and Mickey Ears.

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