Are you a parent who’s struggling to find educational opportunities for your little ones? Do you want to impress your kid’s teacher with some out-of-the-box learning experiences? Well, look no further than Walt Disney World Resort! That’s right, the happiest place on earth can also be a surprisingly educational place.
As Worldschoolers with a home base less than a 10 hour drive from Disney, we’ve had the luxury to explore so many of the nooks and crannies in Disney that offer learning opportunities. While some schools require a form to be completed, this is, by no means, an exaustive list, but it should be enough to share with your school system to show you can have a truly educational experience while having fun- So let’s explore the different educational opportunities at the four major parks:
- Main Street, U.S.A.: Learn about the turn of the 20th century America, including its architecture, transportation, and entertainment.
- Liberty Square: Get a taste of the American Revolution and learn about colonial life, including the famous Liberty Bell.
- Fantasyland: Discover the world of fairy tales and folk tales, and learn about storytelling techniques.
- Tomorrowland: Explore the possibilities of the future, including space travel, robotics, and transportation.
- World Showcase: Immerse yourself in different cultures from around the world, including food, art, and traditions.
- Future World: Learn about the latest innovations in science, technology, and environmental conservation.
- The Land: Discover the science of agriculture and food production, including hydroponics and aquaculture.
- (check the dates of your trip for one of the festivals that may feature additional art, food and decor)
- Spaceship Earth: a journey through the evolution of technology from ancient times to today
- The Seas: an aquarium with educational and hands on displays involving underwater animals
- Test Track: A chance to build your own car and learn how different types of design modifications affect the physics of driving.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
- Animation Courtyard: Learn about the history of animation and the creative process of making cartoons.
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Dive into the world of Star Wars and learn about different planets, creatures, and technology.
- Hollywood Boulevard: Discover the history of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, including the art of filmmaking.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris: Observe exotic animals in their natural habitats and learn about wildlife conservation efforts.
- Maharajah Jungle Trek: Explore the culture and biodiversity of Southeast Asia, including the famous Bengal tiger.
- Gorilla Falls Walk: Check out many species of animals found in Africa and speak with staff to learn about their physical traits, adaptations and environments.
- Rafiki’s Planet Watch: Learn about animal behavior, veterinary medicine, and conservation efforts. Take an animation class with an actual Disney animator
Walt Disney World is more than just a fun-filled vacation destination. It’s also a surprisingly educational experience that your kids will love. So go ahead and submit that paperwork to your child’s school with confidence, knowing that you’ve given your child an educational experience they’ll never forget. And who knows, you might even learn a thing or two yourself!