Exciting news out of Animal Kingdom this morning! Not long ago Disney announced that Kevin from “Up!” would be showing up in Animal Kingdom soon and it seems that time is now.
Last year, the Flights of Wonder show in Animal Kingdom was reimagined to a new show starring Russell and Dug from “Up!” Now, in addition to the new show another friend from “Up!” will be heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
There is certainly a lot going on in Disney World these days. Obviously, the big news is the opening of Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios on June 30, but there are other things opening in time for summer too.
Animal Kingdom is set to get a new show in Spring 2018 and fans of the movie “Up” will be excited. This new show will be starting in time for Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary too.
Today’s Picture of the Day comes from Animal Kingdom.
I was out shopping today with the kids and my mom and we stopped at Hallmark to look around. I had seen a commercial that said they had Star Wars itty bittys and I thought it would be cute to get one for the hubby for Valentine’s Day. I was so excited when I walked in and saw they had an entire section devoted to Disney and Pixar characters!
They had little statues, memo pads, quotes from Walt Disney on fun little calendars and plaques, mugs, pictures, and more! I spent so much time in Hallmark just looking at this section. I’m pretty sure my mom bought the little Woody calendar for me for my birthday and I’m very excited to add that to the office! They also had some really nice snow globes.
I ended up buying a mug for myself. I couldn’t resist, it’s an “Up” mug and I love that movie. Plus, the mug is just cute. So if you don’t have a Disney Store near you, like us (closest is an hour away), check out your local Hallmark. I was able to get my Disney fix there and it was so much closer to my house. You can also order these items online, just click here.
Oh and I did find the Star Wars itty bittys. He’s getting Chewie 🙂
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If you have been to Animal Kingdom with little kids, chances are you have see the Wilderness Explorers stops throughout the park. If not, then you have probably seen some cast members dressed as a Wilderness Explorer and wondered why they are dressed like that.
It is a great, free, activity that they offer throughout the whole park. My daughter and her friends had a lot of fun doing this on our Animal Kingdom day. She still loves flipping through the handbook, which is why it looks a little worn.
You should be able to get a Wilderness Explorers Handbook at the Wilderness Explorers headquarters (on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island). The cast member will explain how it works, but it is pretty straight forward. The handbook has all the directions for what needs to be done to receive each badge. Once you have your handbook, it’s time to get started!
The first thing you will want to do is fill out the membership card on the first page. Just fill in your child’s name to pledge that they will uphold the Wilderness Explorers Motto “A Wilderness Explorer is a friend to all, be it plants or fish or tiny mole.” So cute! Now your child is an official Wilderness Explorer, so it’s time to explore!
There is no certain pattern that you need to follow to get the badges, whenever you see a Wilderness Explorers sign you can stop and earn a badge. If you are at Animal Kingdom specifically to get all the badges then I would take a look at the map in the beginning of the handbook and figure out where you want to start.
The Wilderness Explorers challenges are easy to spot along the park. There will be a sign with a picture of the badge awarded at that spot. The handbook will have the directions you need in order to be awarded a badge at each stop. Once you have completed the steps the cast member will give you the badge to stick on the correct page. The kids had so much fun collecting the badges!
I love that this program encourages the kids to learn and if you have a competitive child they will most likely have to finish all the badges in the book (there are 31 badges total). Think of all the great things they will learn by earning all those badges!
My daughter and her friends definitely took away a lot of new things they learned from earning their badges and they are excited to go back and earn more! To be honest, I’m excited to do this program again too! It’s interesting, fun, and the cast members are awesome. All the cast members that we encountered during our time exploring were so helpful, informative, and fun! I think we are going to set aside one day just to do this program. You can easily spend a day going around to earn all the badges and I think it would make for a pretty fun day!
Here is a video I found on Youtube giving you a Wilderness Explorer tip. There are five videos in total and they are all pretty funny. This is lesson #1: