Back on February 7th Disney debuted a new scavenger hunt activity for the preschool set, The Lion Guard Adventure. Based on the characters of the new hit TV show, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on Disney Junior. Kids who complete The Lion Guard Adventure become honorary members of the Lion Guard as they take a pledge and receive a Lion Guard button.
Last week I headed over to Animal Kingdom to check out this adventure. The fun begins when guests pick up a “Lion Guard Adventure Map,” which are available in select merchandise locations. Kids search for character statues hidden in themed locations throughout the park that represent each animal. At each stop, there’s a Lion Guard banner and a sign with the character’s attribute, so you’re sure you’ve found the right place. Kids are encouraged to take their picture with each of the statues. Once all five character traits are discovered, cast members at Rafiki’s Planet Watch officially induct youngsters into the Lion Guard with a special pledge, fun activities, and a Lion Guard Button identifying them as honorary members. Rafiki also joins the newest inductees for a photo.
I saw several kids of all ages, and even entire families taking photos with the statues as they found them throughout the park. I love that this is an unobtrusive way to tie a television show into the theme park. Unfortunately, according to the Disney Parks Blog the adventure will be short lived. It is only supposed to be in the park through late March.
About The Lion Guard
Kion, prince of The Pride Lands realizes that he is the next leader of The Lion Guard. Tradition says the second born of the reigning king will be the leader of The Lion Guard. Simba asks Kion to assemble the bravest, fastest, strongest, and keenest of sight in The Pride Lands to become members, though fails to mention that only lions can join. When Kion takes his friends Bunga, a honey badger; Fuli, a cheetah; Beshte, a hippopotamus; and Ono, an egret; as the new Lion Guard, Simba assumes Kion is treating his role as a game, and turns down his recruitment. Kion at first regrets being chosen, until the spirit of Mufasa appears to encourage him. During a hyena attack on a gazelle herd, Kion’s sister Kiara is stuck in a stampede. The Lion Guard drives off the hyenas and rescues Kiara. Having proven their mettle to Simba, he accepts them as the Lion Guard.
Will you be heading to Animal Kingdom to check out The Lion Guard Adventure? If you do, please share your photos with me on my Facebook page!
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