OFF THE BEATEN PATH

The Lion Guard At An­i­mal King­dom

WDW Magazine - - Helping Hands - BY AMY BASHOR

One fun way to max­i­mize money spent on a Dis­ney va­ca­tion is to en­joy the var­i­ous com­ple­men­tary ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in each of the parks. The An­i­mal King­dom has long of­fered the Ju­nior Wilder­ness Ex­plor­ers game, which my daugh­ter has loved since she was three. There is a new ac­tiv­ity now avail­able in the An­i­mal King­dom. If you are look­ing for no-ad­di­tional-cost ways to spruce up your next trip, try in­tro­duc­ing your chil­dren to the Lion Guard at the An­i­mal King­dom.

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The Lion Guard ac­tiv­ity builds on the world cre­ated by the new Dis­ney Ju­nior TV show by the same name. The pi­lot, a made-for-tv movie named the Re­turn of the Roar has cap­ti­vated most of the young kids we know. In the show, the next gen­er­a­tion in the Cir­cle of Life takes cen­ter stage as Simba’s chil­dren be­gin fight­ing their own bat­tles to pro­tect the Pride Lands. Simba’s sec­ond born forms an al­liance with other crea­tures of the Pride Lands to cre­ate the Lion Guard.

The Lion Guard ac­tiv­ity con­sists of col­lect­ing a brochure, which ex­plains the game, then us­ing the map to find small stat­ues of all five of the Lion Guard mem­bers. Th­ese are scat­tered through the lands of the An­i­mal King­dom. Par­tic­i­pants should have their photo taken with each of th­ese lit­tle stat­ues. Once they have all been found and pho­tographed, it is time to take the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. There is a lit­tle cer­e­mony to wel­come the new­est mem­bers of the Lion Guard, com­plete with a photo op­por­tu­nity, a Lion Guard mark and a few other lit­tle spe­cial sur­prises.

This game has not been heav­ily mar­keted, so it is very much Off the Beaten Path for now. If this sounds like a fun way to en­joy a lit­tle extra magic in the An­i­mal King­dom, the best way to start is to go to the store Is­land Mer­can­tile on Dis­cov­ery Is­land. There you will find the brochures, com­plete with in­struc­tions and the map. One note of cau­tion – of the six Cast Mem­bers I asked about this game in the An­i­mal King­dom, only two knew any­thing about it. Don’t get dis­cour­aged if this hap­pens. Just con­tinue on the path less trav­eled, get your brochure and take off on the lat­est com­pli­men­tary game for park guests in the An­i­mal King­dom!

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