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  • On Feb 26, 2024
    Laura from Kent Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have an upcoming visit in June, my 4 year old Elias ;) is in love with the movie Up, and dresses like Mr Fredrickson... Walking stick and all :) Does anyone know if the Russell, Doug and Carl meet and greet would be up and running again by then?

    Hi Laura!

    Oh, my goodness, Elias dressing up like Mr. Fredrickson is absolutely precious! It must be so heartwarming to see him embracing the spirit of adventure just like in the movie UP. I think he would make quite the charming explorer, especially during your visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, so be sure to encourage him to keep that adventurer spirit alive and come in full Mr. Fredrickson attire!

    While I can't say for certain whether the meet and greet with Russell, Doug, and Carl will be up and running by June, it sounds like such a magical experience. There used to be a Dug & Russell's Wilderness Explorers Clubhouse meet where Mr. Fredrickson would sometimes make an appearance, but unfortunately, it's not currently listed as an option.

    However, there's still so much adventure waiting for Elias! Keep an eye on the schedule as Kevin, the friendly bird from UP, can often be spotted roaming around Disney's Animal Kingdom, especially near the front of the park near the Tree of Life. Don't hesitate to ask a cast member for more details!

    Additionally, there's an Adventure Flotilla - UP where you can wave to Russell and Dug as they sail along the Discovery River, which Elias might love.

    And let's not forget about the Wilderness Explorers at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Elias can follow in the footsteps of Russell as he earns adventure badges around the park. It's an incredible way for him to immerse himself in the spirit of adventure and exploration. Not only is this a free activity, but it’s one packed with so many fun tidbits of information. I see that you are arriving for your holiday in June, as the weather tends to be hot, I highly recommend starting this activity first thing in the morning.

    I hope that you and Elias have the most amazing time!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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