Follow in the footsteps of Up! characters Russell, and his loyal dog Doug to become a Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The interactive scavenger hunt is a fun, educational, and free way to explore the park.
Start by getting a field guide from the Wilderness Explorers Headquarters, located on the bridge between the Oasis and Discovery Island, or at Wilderness Explorer stops in Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, and DinoLand U.S.A.
Then, set out on the mission to complete a series of fact-finding challenges found all throughout the park. As you complete each challenge you’ll earn an adventure badge, with over 30 to collect ranging from animal observation to important nature skills. Some of the badges you can earn include:
- Veterinary badge: help diagnose a sea turtle’s health issue
- Dinosaur badge: exploration of dinosaur fossils
- Animal find badge: check off all the animals you see
- Yeti badge: find yeti artifacts and learn about the folklore
The Wilderness Explorers expedition offers a unique way to experience Animal Kingdom, either on your own or as a family, at no additional cost. It may take you more than one visit to get the whole quest finished, but once you’ve collected all the badges you’ll get to use the official Wilderness Explorer call: Caw! Caw! Roar!