Thursday, July 14, 2011

Calling All Wilderness Explorers!

The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney's California Adventure has recently gone through a rennovation of its own. The changes are minor, but I think they bring the area into the present with the inclusion of the characters Russell, Dug and Kevin from the Pixar movie UP!
The camp notices board right at the entrance shows the new characters in some of the activities available to guests in the Redwood Creek area.

These are some of the Wilderness explorer badges that are displayed on both sides of the entrance. If you complete the activities in the Wilderness Explorer Guide, you could get them.

This is the Wilderness Explorer Guide you are given as you enter the Redwood Creek area.
It opens to tell you some of the activities you can get involved in (if you are a kid!)

You can see that this map has some silver circles on it. That is because as you complete the challenges, you get the rub off the silver and reveal the wilderness badge you earned for that station. Follow me and Mr. Diva as we tried to earn our Wilderness Explorer Badges.

Station 1 - Tracking! You have to find Kevin's foot prints.

Woot!! Found 'em!

Badge #1! We're on our way!

Challenge #2 - Bravery
This time we were to take on the tire slide.

Badge #2 - Bravery

Station #3: Rock Climbing

Badge #3 - Rock Climbing

Station #4 - Howl like a Wolf as you do down the slide.

Don't these look fun?

Badge #4 - Wolf Howl

Station #5 - Find your animal spirit.

You go into the Spirit Cave, press your hand on the screen and your spirit animal will appear.

Mr. Diva got a Salmon.

That is supposed to mean he is instinctive and strong-willed.

The have added a new animal spirit at the bottom. I think that is mine!

Badge #5 - Animal Spirit

Badge #6 - Puzzle Solving

This challenge directed you back to your Wilderness Explorer activity guide and you had to go to each of the statues listed and find which description matched the statue, then put the corresponding letter in the blank to see what it spelled.



Badge #6 - Puzzle Solving

When you have completed all of your activities and earned your badges, then you proceed to the Awahnee Circle for the Wilderness Explorer ceremony to earn your Senior Wilderness Explorer badge.

You must raise your hand, and you must know the Wilderness Explorer call and motto.

"An explorer is a friend to all,
be it plants or fish or tiny mole."

"Caw, Caw, Raaawr!"

Once you have completed the ceremony, you get a Senior Wilderness Explorer Badge.

Here are me and Mr. Diva with Russell after getting our Senior Wilderness Explorer Badges.

And we met Dug too!

As you can see, this is a really fun, cute area for people to spend some time, especially if they have kids. But if you are just adults like me and Mr. Diva, it can also be a nice, fairly quiet corner of DCA where you can get a little respite from the crowds.


Pam said...

I love this! I didn't even know that they were doing this but it's really cute! Thanks for sharing!

theelfqueen said...

That is super cool! My kiddos would love it!

Susan Stringfellow said...

very cute and getting a photo with Dug is the best!