If you are looking for ways in which Disney can be a learning experience for your children, check out Wilderness Explorers Program at Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom guests can become Wilderness Explorers and learn about animals and their habitats. Just head over to the Wilderness Explorer headquarters (located on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island) to pick up your field guide and get started.
What you need to know about Wilderness Explorers Program
While going through the Animal Kingdom Park, you will find various Wilderness Explorer stops. Here, Cast Members will teach kids facts about animals and their habitats. Explorers will have to prove their knowledge by filling out the information in their field journal.
Once they have the required information written in their field journal, the cast member will give them a sticker badge (similar to those worn by Russell from the Pixar animated movie, UP) signifying that they have mastered learning about the animal.
When you sign up for the Wilderness Explorers Program, you will be given a map with all of the locations of the Wilderness Explorer Stops. These stops also will have clear markings (Wilderness Explorer mark & picture of exact badge) to tell you if you are in the right space. There are over 30 badges, so you might want to make a plan on how to collect them all so you aren’t running back & forth all over the park in search of them.
We found that it was hard to get to get all the badges in just one visit, so don’t worry if you can’t get them all in one day. It will give you a good excuse to come back to Animal Kingdom again.
Have you had a chance to try out the Wilderness Explorers Program at Animal Kingdom? What badges have you earned?