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Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom

One of the things I love most about Disney is that they take every opportunity to plug in the educational factor in almost all that they do. Animal Kingdom is a park that has educational resources everywhere. Since we have been through this park a couple of times, this visit we wanted to try something different.

We came across the Wilderness Explorers upon entrance into the park, just passed the Tree of Life. Wilderness Explorers are dressed up like the scout from the movie UP. You get these cute little handbooks to earn badges/stickers as your travel throughout the park. I was so excited about this idea because it's an introduction for my daughter earning badges for her Daisy Scout year.

After going through the book, I realized that many of the big attractions at the park have an education reference behind them. For example, the Expedition Everest attraction details the aspects of camping in the mountains. As you walk through the line, unless you are fortunate to zip through to the front, you trek on a journey through the Himalayan mountains. One of the badges was specifically related to this as we had to find and check off items one would need to venture out into the wilderness. When we spotted all the items on the list we earned our badge.

Kali River Rapids is another attraction that provides more than just a thrill ride and some scenery. As you walk through this line, you get a little education on the horrors of logging. As you are waiting to board your raft, you are disturbed by the sound of a chainsaw. You think to yourself "why would Disney have such a distraction in their parks?" Once you are on the ride and nearing the end you get a little understanding of where this sound is coming from as your raft through a mock area that is destroyed by logging. It's a can't miss part of the attraction that begs for kids to ask what it's all about.. and they do.

One of my favorite things about this concept is that it opened our family up to areas of the park that we would have normally not have seen otherwise and I'm glad I didn't miss them! This was a great guided way to really dive into the learning experience that the Animal Kingdom has to offer and Bella and Ry loved it! They were also really excited to wear their new safari outfits!

Next time we go we'll be sure to bring along our Wilderness Explorers Handbooks and finish up the badges!!! Have you earned your badges yet with the Wilderness Explorers? 

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Magical Mondays: My Disney Bucket List

Even though I have been here over a dozen times, there are still a few things I have not been able to experience personally or with my family.

For this week's Magical Mondays, I am highlighting my bucket list for our Disney Vacation in September.

Disney Vacation Bucket List

(Some of these I've already done but are worth the repeat!)

1. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with the girls

2. French Restaurant in Paris - Epcot, World Showcase

3. The New Snow White Ride.. Just opened up!

4. Belle's Castle and Be Our Guest restaurant

5. Dole Whip in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.

6. Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom

7. Hollywood and Vine Character Breakfast - Hollywood Studios

8. Embroidered Mickey Ears w/ the names for the whole family

9. The Christmas shop in Downtown Disney

10. Downtown Disney shopping... I need a new coffee mug!

11. Character photo ops and signatures (the last trip Bella really got into this!)

12. Going on the Dumbo Ride with my youngest

13. The new Fantasyland Parade

14. Visit Tom Sawyers Island

15. Afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian... they have a tea party for the little ones!

16. Enjoy a Gourmet cupcake from the Magic Kingdom (Chesire Cafe and pretty much every other park)

17. Enjoy a brownie sundae at the Ghiradelli Soda Shop

18. Eat and enjoy the music at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney

19. Eat and Drink my way around the World Showcase

20. Climb through the Swiss Family Tree House

21. Sport matching family vacation tees- I know this one is corny

22. Disney Junior Live on Stage

at Hollywood Studios

23. Let the the wiggles at Honey I Shrunk The Kids play yard

24. Camp out at Fort Wilderness

25. The Hubby pulling the Sword out of the Stone in Magic Kingdom

There are endless things to do at Walt Disney World resort, so it's important to plan in advance and know what you want to see and do. Otherwise, you will miss out on some of the timed parades and shows. I'm all for just winging it but this really is not a place you go to without a plan... unless you go multiple times:).