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How to Make Your Disney Trip Educational

by Rhoda Venture
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(Please note that the programs listed below are temporarily unavailable due to the pandemic)

Every high school band, cheer squad, baseball team, or choir dreams of a trip to Disney World.  Marching down Main Street, U.S.A., competing in a national competition, or taking part in the Candlelight Processional are rites of passage.  But school boards sometimes see these trips as just a “fluffy” ending to the school year with little educational substance.  No worries – we know just how to help!  Make your Disney trip educational to help get it board approved!

Walt Disney World® offers education programs for students of all ages.  These are top-notch classes accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission and designed for academic achievement.

 

Leadership Development

Disney Leadership Academy

The Disney Leadership Academy is open to high school student groups in grades 9-12.  Students explore the connection between good leadership and professional success with the help of Disney pros. They’ll learn about communication, training, and empowerment in the workplace.

Who better to demonstrate the role of leadership in business than the powerhouse that is Disney?!

Managing Your Personal Brand

In a world full of influencers, you have to have a personal brand.  It’s what sets you apart from everyone else!   The Managing Your Personal Brand program is an excellent way to introduce students to personal branding and how it relates to career development.

 

Sciences

Energy and Waves Physics Lab

Make STEM part of your Disney trip and your administration will love it!  The Energy and Waves Physics Lab is an adventure in the Magic Kingdom demonstrating how light and sound energy work together to make park magic.  It’s hands-on fun in the happiest place on earth!

The Evolution of Technology

Future World at Epcot is the setting for The Evolution of Technology program for grades 6-12.  Students explore the attractions and learn what drives the development of technology.

The Science of Disney Imagineering

Learn how gravity and other scientific principles play roles in developing the parks and attractions.  The Science of Disney Imagineering is designed specifically for middle schoolers and highlights Newton’s Laws of Motion.  It’s soooo much better than an apple to the head!

 

Environmental Education

Exploring Careers in the Marine Sciences

Exploring Careers in the Marine Sciences is a fantastic way to make your Disney trip educational.  Students go behind the scenes of The Seas with Nemo & Friends to learn about a career in marine science.  They’ll cover education, training, and the responsibilities of caring for aquatic wildlife.

Exploring Careers in the Zoological Sciences

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the perfect place to Explore Careers in the Zoological Sciences.  Much like the marine science session, high school students investigate animal science roles and how they function as a team to care for the magnificent animals at the park.

The Science Behind the Seeds

With all the talk about sustainability, it’s no surprise that The Science Behind the Seeds is popular with both students and teachers.  And who knew that a theme park could be a leader in the movement to address food insecurity around the world?!  Go behind the scenes at Living with the Land and drill down on how science, technology, sustainability, and teamwork mesh to find solutions to world hunger.

Make Your Disney Trip Educational

If you want to make your student group’s dream trip to Disney a reality, add one of these incredible educational programs and “buff up” the itinerary.  Disney professionals are world-class experts in their fields and most classes meet one or more national education standards.

Performing in the parks before an international audience is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many students.  Unfortunately, not every administration understands the value of these learning experiences.  They do, however, appreciate a solid education session (especially if it checks a box √!)  Make your Disney trip educational and it’s a safe bet your board will approve!

 

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