Ask anyone why they go to the Disney Parks and they will probably say ‘because it’s fun’. What they won’t answer is ‘because it’s educational!” But what if a visit to Disney Parks can be both? In 1979 education programs debuted at Walt Disney World Resort with only four subjects. Today, Disney Youth Education Series offers over 21 hands-on learning adventures both at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Each program is designed to showcase the value of teamwork, motivate students to learn and discover, and encourage them to reach their individual potential. We recently received a sample of a day with Disney Youth Programs looks like and it did not disappoint. I’m excited to tell you what we learned and how you can get your student involved.
Disney Youth Programs
Have you ever asked yourself why you float up when Tower of Terror is falling? Have you ever wondered how there are ghosts dancing in the Haunted Mansion? Have you ever thought about how black lights make certain colors glow? All these questions and more are answered but the simple answer: SCIENCE!
Students aged elementary through college can take part in the Disney Youth Programs at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort. This is not for your everyday visit to the parks and you must be in groups 10 or more to participate. Public, private, charter and homeschool students can take part in these experiences which start at around $186 per person which includes a day at the parks and behind the scenes features.
Disney Youth Education Series: Y.E.S
Disney Youth Education Series takes students on curriculum-based academic adventures through the scientific, cultural, creative and natural aspects of the Disney Parks. Accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), you can be sure each student is provided with an educationally-sound experience designed for academic achievement.
Ranging in length from two to three hours, these learning adventures are designed to increase students’ desire to learn and discover, to reach their individual potential and showcase the value of creativity and teamwork.
At Epcot, students can explore chemistry by building a water molecule, how elements can be manipulated to create substitutes, how elements are the building blocks of everything, illustrate the role of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in sources of energy and more. These hands-on workshops help participants discover that everything they hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves chemistry and chemicals.
Also at Epcot, students can discover marine life conservation to learn about the difficulties facing aquatic animals in the wild and ways they can help them.
Other courses include:
Energy and Waves Physics Lab – Learn more about Energy and waves while examining the electromagnetic spectrum. Some of the things your children will learn are:
- Articulate a variety of forms of energy
- Define and demonstrate a compression wave
- Define a medium
- Demonstrate and articulate how solids, liquids and gasses affect sound
- Articulate the factors that may affect the speed of sound
- Define acoustics
- And More!
Properties of Motion Physics Lab – See force, motion, and gravity at work in popular Magic Kingdom rides. Some of the things your children will learn are:
- Identify and define speed, velocity and acceleration
- Articulate the concepts of hydraulics and pneumatics
- Define and demonstrate Newton’s first law of motion
- Define gravity
- Demonstrate gravitational effects
- and more!
The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity – How do Disney imagineers use gravity to help make their rides work? Some of the things your children will learn are:
- Be familiar with Newton’s first law of motion
- Be able to differentiate between balanced and unbalanced forces
- Demonstrate how force and mass affect the acceleration of an object
- Explain how Walt Disney Imagineers used an understanding of gravity and Newton’s laws of motion to create the free-fall effects seen/experienced in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ attraction
- and more!
Principles of Animal Behavior – Learn more about animals and their behavior as you see exotic animals in their natural habitats. There are also some hands-on learning options. Some of the things your children will learn are:
- Articulate the difference between looking and making observations
- Distinguish between instinct and learned behaviors
- Model a survival technique utilized by cotton-top tamarins
- Analyze Africa’s biomes through its various landscape characteristics
- Complete a food web and consider how it affects wildlife populations
- and more!
The Evolution of Technology – Find out how human needs and wants drive the development of technology. Some of the things your children will learn are:
- Articulate the role of mathematics in the development of technology
- Discuss the influence that advancements of available technology have on technological change
- Discuss the impact of governments on the development of technology
- Discuss ways in which social and economic forces influence which technologies will be developed and used
- and more!
Disney Performing Arts Program
Students from around the world perform in the spotlight of Disney’s world-famous stages as Disney Performing Arts gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of thousands of Disney Parks guests. Since its conception in 1955, more than 70,000 groups and over 5 million students from every state in America and six different continents have participated in Disney Performing Arts. Programs include various workshops, performances and festivals that allow students to exhibit and develop their talent.
You’re Instrumental: Young Performer Edition – Get kids started on performing an instrumental piece and Disney will set it to an actual Disney trailer and send the students home with a copy.
Candlelights Processional Performance – Your choir can join a celebrity narrator for a retelling of the nativity story in Epcot and be a part of the magic.
Acting 101 – Looking to hone your acting skills? This Disney Performing art workshop might be just what you need.
Disney Performing Arts uses the excitement of Disney Parks at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to create memories for students in four disciplines – vocal, theater, dance and instrumental. Students may lead a Disney parade down Main Street at Magic Kingdom; they can record their own vocal selection of a beloved Disney film; or they can gain a greater understanding about the audition and casting process from a Disney show director.
Disney Youth Programs are valuable learning experiences that harness the power of Disney storytelling and the magic of Disney parks. Pricing is the same for all groups, and more info on pricing – as well as more overall information regarding the entire list of Disney Youth Programs offerings, can be found on DisneyYouth.com.