OFF THE BEATEN PATH
The Lion Guard At Animal Kingdom
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!