• On Feb 10, 2016
    Beth from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My 8-year-old son is very into learning about animals. We are relatively frequent visitors, but I'd like to plan a long weekend at Walt Disney World that would be extra special with this interest in mind. What experiences or events would you suggest?

    Hey, Beth!

    I have a 10-year-old who also loves learning about animals, and Walt Disney World Resort has so many wonderful opportunities to do just that. Here are a few suggestions that might appeal to your animal lover:

    1. Become a Wilderness Explorer at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: My kids love completing challenges to earn badge stickers for their Wilderness Explorer Handbook! Each hands-on activity teaches kids something new about animals, and when you earn all of the badge stickers, you become a Senior Wilderness Explorer! If you don't complete all of the challenges in one visit, you can continue exploring on your next trip.

    2. Try the Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: This three-hour guided tour will offer you up-close views of some of the theme park's amazing animals, including giraffes and rhinos. You will tour by foot, by safari vehicle and even by rope bridge! You'll have African-inspired snacks along the way, and a portion of your fee is donated to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

    3. Dive into the Epcot Seas Aqua Tour: If your son loves marine animals, you may want to splurge on this tour at Epcot where you can snorkel with over 6,000 sea creatures, including sea turtles and sharks. This one is on my list for this summer!

    In addition, if there's a particular animal your son is interested in, take a look at the Disney Animals page to see where you can learn more about that animal.

    I hope you and your son have a wonderful adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, Pennsylvania

I'm a wife, mom to three amazing girls (ages 10, 8 and 5) and lover of all-things-Disney! For our family of five, there is nothing more magical than a Walt Disney World Resort vacation (except, perhaps, the unforgettable memories that accompany those vacations!). I enjoy planning our Walt Disney World vacations almost as much as I love taking them, and I would love to share my tips and experiences with you so that you can get the most out of your next Walt Disney World vacation!  Learn More About Erin

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