The Educational Value of Disney

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I know as a mom and a travel agent, it’s a hard decision to plan our Disney Vacation during the school year.   I have struggled with pulling my kids out of school or just waiting for a school break. Disney is a very educational vacation that can and will teach your kids a lot during the time they are “out” of school.

Here are some of the things your kids can learn at each park while they are having fun and will not even realize they are learning!

WDW has a lot of educational opportunities. Photo by Laurie Sapp.

WDW has a lot of educational opportunities. Photo by Laurie Sapp.

When you first walk in the Magic Kingdom you have to just pause and take in the castle! Then just hop on the train for a quick look around the kingdom! While on the train sit in the front car and learn from your conductor on how a steam powered train works!

For the History lesson head over to The Hall of Presidents! There you will have a unique look at the Presidents and how they interact with the American People and some of our nation’s history.

How about Literature next? As we take a ride on the Liberty Square Riverboat for a glance of what Mark Twain wrote about in his books and go explore the Tom Sawyer Island.

Tom Sawyer Island is a great place to explore! Photo by Brett Svenson.

Tom Sawyer Island is a great place to explore! Photo by Brett Svenson.

EPCOT is a hub of learning experiences for all ages. Let’s start at Future World! The name speaks for itself; you have the advanced training lab where you can learn an astronaut’s work is never done. The circle of life will teach you about conservation.  Living with the land for a new appreciation for farmers and agriculture, you can even taste the fruits of this labor for yourself at Sunshine Season and The Garden Grill Restaurant.

Let’s get your passport ready to travel to the World Showcase and travel to 11 countries in a day or two! Here you will immerse yourself into each countries culture! You can learn about there traditions, food, language and way of life!

Mission Space has lots of fun facts to share!

Mission Space has lots of fun facts to share! – Photo by Laura Jones

The Animal Kingdom is full of education also on the zoology end of your journey around Walt Disney World.   It’s the home of more the 1700 animals and 250 species! Become a Wilderness Explore upon arrival and expand you knowledge on the wilderness. As you complete the challenges around the park you can collect over 30 badges to place in you Wilderness Explores Field Guide. This activity will take you the 6 lands in park; Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, and Dino Land. With so many activates completing them all may take more than a single visit!

Learn about animals up close and personal! Photo by Bill Sferrazza.

Learn about animals up close and personal! Photo by Bill Sferrazza.

Movie magic comes alive at the Hollywood Studios Park. You can visit the Academy of Television Arts and Science Hall of Fame to learn about all the golden movies stars such as Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Newhart, Dick Clark, Bill Cosby, Andy Griffith, and Walt Disney to name a few.   You can also learn about how Disney Animated character are made at The Magic of Disney Animation, and experience what it is like to be a Disney Animator by learning to draw a Disney Charter taught by a Disney Animator and the best part it’s FREE!!!

As you can see, I have barely scratched the surface of each park and how they offer their own unique learning experiences. So don’t be afraid to take your child out of school, explain to the school how this is not a vacation but a fun filled learning experience for your family. Even have your child write a report on all they learned while at the Happiest Place of Earth to share with their class when they return!

 

 

 

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