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New Hours for Wilderness Explorers

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The popular Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has new hours. This family favorite is now open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Based on the youth group from the movie Up, Wilderness Explorers lets kids of all ages (yes, even kids at heart) wander around Animal Kingdom to participate in educational enrichment activities that are a lot of fun. Each Explorer is given a guidebook, and as you complete the different badges, you will be given stickers for each badge that you earn. The best part? There’s no cost for this fun activity. It makes a great souvenir and you learn a lot from the different badges.

What really makes this experience worthwhile is the interaction with the Wilderness Explorer Cast Members. They really enjoy sharing what they know with others.

Have you ever done any Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Do you have a favorite badge? Let us know in the comments.

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Julia Mascardo

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5 thoughts on “New Hours for Wilderness Explorers

  • I brought an older book with me on a trip earlier this year. They were able to fill in some of the discontinued stickers at the replacement Conservation Station badge stations (near Gorilla Falls Trails) and at the station closest to the entrance on Discovery Island.

  • I don’t know why collecting stickers is so fun, but it is. My wife and I (both 30s) did this together on our recent trip and had fun with it. It’s a great way to spend some time between other things at AK while forcing yourself into taking in some details and looking at the park in a slightly different way.

  • What were the hours previously?

    • Good question. Also, when did they start these hours? They were 10-7 in the May 5-11, 2019 Times Guide.

    • I think in less-than-peak seasons it’s 10-5. I haven’t known it to open earlier than 10.

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