Disney World is the ultimate field trip! Learning and having fun at the same time is their speciality! There are hundreds of “secretly educational” things going on at Disney all the time. Epcot is the nerdiest Park ever (my favorite Park, actually) and is all the science and social studies any kid will ever need! And don’t even get me started on Animal Kingdom!
Here are my Top 10 Educational Experiences (that won’t have them complaining of boredom or napping) at Walt Disney World:
1. Epcot World Showcase: Children can explore the different cultures of the world in the World Showcase Pavilions of Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Japan, China, Norway, Mexico, and America. Your child will be able to learn about the architecture, languages, diet and dress of each country. Try some Karamel in Germany, or crack open an oyster to find a Pearl in Japan. The Showcase cast members are really from the country they work in.
2. Typhoon Lagoon’s Shark Reef: Go snorkelling for free with your admission to the Water Park. This was one of the most memorable experience for my children. The reef is 10 feet deep and filled with 300,000 gallons of salt water. You get a snorkel and a life jacket if needed. You will get within arms reach of rays, sharks, and tropical fish (even “Dory’s” as my kids call them!)
3. Living with the Land: This indoor boat ride through greenhouses full of plants and aquaculture tanks is one of my favorites. Many of the plants that you see growing are used in the Garden Grill. You may see animals too such as baby alligators and catfish and exotic plants like a Banana Tree. The boat also travels through scenes about the history of farming.
4. The Seas with Nemo and Friends: Besides riding the adorable Nemo ride featuring real and animated sea life, they will also view marine exhibits complete with dolphins and manatees.
5. Spaceship Earth: An interesting and slow-moving ride in the “big golf ball” (as children call it) of Epcot. It uses Animatronics to teach about the history of communication.
6. Conservation Station: Animal Kingdom area where children can learn about conservation efforts being made across the world as well as Disney’s part in those efforts. Scientists are breeding endangered species, and on-site researchers are there studying animal behaviors. Observation windows at Conservation Station let you look in on medical procedures on animals while veterinarians explain what is going on.
7. Kilimanjaro Safaris: This safari ride is different each time you ride it! You’ll see animals including giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, and more! It’s very realistic. The animals roam the savanna, and there are no fences or cages! Barriers are hidden with rocks and cliffs. Your safari guide will share some cool facts along the way. My kids love the flamingos!
8. It’s a Small World: This ride is a great educational experience for Preschool aged children. They will see various countries flags, clothing, animals, and icons. The will hear music from around the world, even sung in other languages. The connections children make on this ride will surprise you once you leave Disney.
9. Liberty Square: This section of Magic Kingdom looks exactly like Colonial America. The buildings, the landscape and the interior of the restaurants and gift shops are a history lesson alone! Take a picture with the Liberty Bell replica, ride on the riverboat, take a raft to Tow Sawyer’s Island, and then finish with The Hall of Presidents, an animatronic show featuring all the US Presidents, even Obama.
10. Animator’s Drawing Class: At Hollywood Studios you can take a short drawing class taught by a Disney Animator. It’s a free and excellent demonstration of how our favorite Disney characters were brought to life in the animated classic films. This not only teaches children the art techniques used such as shading and shapes, but also the hard work that goes into each Disney creation. You get to keep your drawings too!
You will find opportunities for learning all over Disney World! The list is endless! A few honorable mentions are: The Carousel of Progress, Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Soarin’. What are your favorite educational attractions to share with your children?
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