PHOTOS: Magic Kingdom Goes Khaki for 3rd Annual Adventureland Day at Walt Disney World

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If you looked around Adventureland at Magic Kingdom park on Sunday and felt a little underdressed, you weren’t alone. All those guests wearing pith helmets and Hawaiian print dresses weren’t extras from the Jungle Cruise movie. They were participating in Adventureland Day, an unofficial fan-organized Disney event.

About 300 explorers came together dressed for excitement and hungry for adventure. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

On the heels of the 3rd annual Adventureland Day at Disneyland on March 1st, the 3rd annual event at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom happened this past Sunday, March 8th. Adventureland Day takes hints from the popular Dapper Day and Disney Bounding dress-up traditions and gives them a wild, safari spin.

It’s not all drab and khaki. Bright colors always have a home in Adventureland. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

“AdventureLanders” (a name they call themselves) follow the theme of the land by dressing the part in creative ways. Some guests wore pith helmets, animal print, old-timey facial hair, and tall boots to fit with the 1930s theme of the Jungle Cruise. Others went full Enchanted Tiki Room style with Polynesian print dresses, leis, and brightly-colored parasols that would have seemed just as at home in a HippopotoMai Tai from Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Everybody has their own take on explorer garb, from steam punk to time travelers. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

“Adventureland Day is a fun way to celebrate the stories and history of Disney’s most exciting and mysterious themed land,” said Stewart Marshall, co-organizer of the event. “Whether it’s the Jungle Cruise, the Enchanted Tiki Room, or the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, admirers of these stories can find their place with us.”

Young and old are encouraged to play along, but the dangers in the jungle are still real… or are they? Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

Disney’s theming makes the perfect backdrop for photo fun. Many participants added flair to their outfits like pins and patches to pay homage to beloved Disney properties like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Little Orange Bird, or the Adventurers Club.

But it wasn’t all about the outfits. Adventureland Day is also about the hunt! Guests were broken into 3 large groups then given a map and storyline which offered carefully written riddles, tasks, and achievements leading to a special treasure. As guests completed the elaborate challenge they were given prizes from artists and creators like Trader Brandon, TikiTony, Tiki Doc, the Adventurers Project, Theme Park Preservation Society and Expedition Roasters.

Treasure maps lead the way to fun in Adventureland. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko
The first participants to decipher the clues received jungle-themed prizes from artists and creators. Photo credit: Stewart Marshall
Clues led Adventurelanders far and wide to find the treasure they’re looking for. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

Word of Adventureland Day was spread through social media where participants were given updates on where to meet and when, and dress-up tips to ensure compliance with Disney’s security guidelines. Roughly 300 Adventurelanders came from across the U.S. to participate and make new friends, including some from Hawaii, California and Virginia.

Some Adventureland Day outfits allowed guests to blend in as though they were part of the scenery. Photo credit: Monica Beard

“We made it to Adventureland Day just in time to catch the last Jungle Cruise boat with the group at 4:15,” said Jeanine Gaston, an Adventurelander from Dallas who came to Orlando for her daughter Drea’s volleyball competition. “Though we were met by unfamiliar faces and didn’t don the proper jungle attire, the explorers welcomed us to join their party. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the company of our new-found friends.”

Adventurelanders used Disney’s theming as the perfect backdrop for their explorer-themed fashion photo shoots. Photo credit: Monica Beard
Participants trekked throughout the land and beyond in search of Adventureland treasures. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

Along with the treasure hunt, Adventurelanders took group ride-throughs of the Jungle Cruise and the Enchanted Tiki Room, adding special excitement and spirit for the lucky vacationers who happened to be unintentionally included. And what would a trip to Adventureland be without a tropical treat? The groups came together to enjoy Dole Whip floats and Citrus Swirls in what they dubbed “The Citrus Social.”

Skippers past, present and future set sail on the green rivers searching for danger and laughter. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko
All aboard for adventure! Every Jungle Cruise boat was filled with happy explorers. Photo credit: Sharon Janosko

Follow the excitement on social media: #AdventurelandDay

About the author

Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
Contact Jason at [email protected]

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