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Review of Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Review of Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Review of Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

My kids set out to take in the new Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom yesterday.  As we entered the park we found no signage explaining the new feature, so we grabbed a park map and times guide.  It wasn’t on the park map, but there was a brief description on the times guide.

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So you can pick up a map at a few locations.  Easiest one to find when you are entering is Island Mercantile on the left.  Behind those hats in the photo below was a little non-descript table with some maps.  A Cast Member stopped by shortly after we found it to briefly explain the new experience.

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Idea behind the Adventure is to find 5 small figures that are hidden around the park.  One is in front of Island Mercantile, one is in the back of Asia near the exit for Kali River Rapids, one is near the Festival of the Lion King and two are near the entrance to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  You are supposed to conclude your adventure at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, but we’ll discuss that later.  Lion Guard Adventure is supposed to be a series of photo ops where you emulate the character’s strongest trait in a selfie style photo.
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Back of the map has another description of each character from the Diney Jr show and the Lion Guard Pledge.  A space is provided for your photo if you choose to scrapbook this later.Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (3)

We began with Ono in front of Island Mercantile.Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (4)

We then moved to Bunga which is behind Kali River Rapids.  Don’t bother taking the Maharajah Jungle trek, it’s not on there.  You’re supposed to show how brave you are, but my son thought it was more about product placement.  Future businessman.Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (5) Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (6)

After lunch we headed over to Africa to find the other characters and found Kion near the Festival of the Lion King.  A kid was trying to ride the tiny statue while is parents cheered and laughed.  We just can’t have nice things for the way people behave these days!  Cast Member saw this and told him to get down.  My little girl said they need signs to stay off.  I said they need parents who teach children not to do dumb things.  Statues are cute, let’s not touch them or climb on them.  Head to the Boneyard if you need to do that.

You’re supposed to show your roar here.Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (7)

Roar!Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (8)

Beshte is located near the entrance to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  You’re supposed to show your strength here.  Our pose looks a lot like brave, huh?Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (10)

“I like you because you chunky!”Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (11)

Kenny, how in the world will we find these little statues?  We found them by looking for these banners in the various areas.  It really wasn’t difficult.Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (12)

We concluded with Fuli by showing how fast we are.  Accidental product placement this time around.Lion Guard Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom (13) In order to get your button, you are SUPPOSED to find each character, then go to Rafiki’s Planet Watch for the free button.  But you could just as easily take the train to Planet Watch and head to the Conservation Station for your button.  Some people just walked up and snagged a button.  We wanted the full experience.
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I think Disney World should have pledges all over.  We have the pirate pledge, the Caw Caw Roar thing, the Flag Retreat.  Maybe a test track pledge to restore it to an interesting ride or a pledge to remove Stitch’s Great Annoyance?
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After taking your pledge, you are presented with your free button.
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A little more of a close up of the button from our beautiful model and a wise old owl.Lion Guard Adventure Button

What does it cost?

It is free for those with valid admission.  Buttons are free as well.

Is it permanent?

If you’ve read my blog or followed my Facebook page posts, you’ll know I always say, “Nothing in Disney World is permanent.”  It is supposed to remain at least until early April.

Can I get a button without going to Rafiki’s Planet Watch?

Nope!

Is there anything more to this than some statues, a map, a pledge and a button?

Nope

Any other questions?


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Stephanie Kay Shockley

Friday 15th of July 2016

Do I have to be a kid or have kids with me to take part? That's not fair to limit this to kids only. A lot of adults actually love The Lion Guard. I know, I'm 31 but I'd love to take part in this adventure. I'm a huge fan.

fkhamer

Friday 15th of July 2016

They don't have this adventure anymore. Stopped in April.

kennythepirate

Friday 15th of July 2016

This activity ended

Sue

Thursday 7th of April 2016

I was there today, April 6, and the Cast Members at the conservation station said that today was the last day.

Laura

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

Do we have confirmation that this is really over? My kids were so excited to try this next week!

fkhamer

Thursday 7th of April 2016

Oh no! I was so hoping to do this next week.

Joy R

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Love the quote about the kids parents making them behave, you always crack me up and I concur! Looking forward to doing this in March with our 4 year old. Thanks Kenny!

jim

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

We have a 3 yro girl and a 5 yro boy, who also LOVE the Lion Guard. Hope it is still there when we are there for a week in early May. WE will wait and see. Thank you Kenny!! P.S. We are also doing Pirate League and The Fireworks Cruise...Inspired by you of course!

kennythepirate

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

You'll love it

aestrait

Monday 8th of February 2016

Perfect! Thank you for the information. This is a big help to me and my husband. My daughter LOVES the Lion Guard. We are making a special trip this month to do the experience.

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