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Interactive Wilderness Explorers game confirmed for Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Walt Disney World has confirmed that a new interactive game based on the Wilderness Explorers organisation seen in Pixar's Up is on its way to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The game was undergoing testing as long ago as September 2012, but won't make its official debut until an unspecified date in spring 2013. It will see players provided with binoculars, a field guide and a folder and challenged to earn a range of Wilderness Explorer badges by visiting various locations around the park.

The game is inspired by the Boy Scout-style Wilderness Explorer organisation that features in 2009 animated movie Up. The movie's young hero, Russell, is a keen member of the group. Disney promises that more than 30 badges will be available for guests to collect in the real-world version.

The new addition is similar in concept to Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot, which takes the form of an electronic scavenger hunt. Launched in June 2012, the experience at Epcot sees guests using Field Operative Notification Equipment (F.O.N.E.) devices which can be used to trigger events in the grounds of the World Showcase pavilions.

Walt Disney World recently launched another interactive game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, which sees guests defending the Magic Kingdom from an army of Disney villains.

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