Editor’s note: As we mentioned in her first piece, Lindsay will be proposing THEMED Disney vacations in her series, helping us to imagine ways to experience a vacation for people have specific interests or passions. In honor of “Back to School Month” Lindsay is making her first post about people who are interested in an EDUCATIONAL Disney vacation.
by Lindsay Diamond
Many families choose to vacation to Walt Disney World during the school year to avoid the summer crowds and summer heat, but one shouldn’t fret about missing classes. The Walt Disney World Resort has an array of educational attractions, resorts, and dining locations that make filling out an educational trip request form a breeze.
Here are the most educational attractions found at the Walt Disney World Resort. Next to each attraction, you will see corresponding subjects in parentheses.
The Hall of Presidents (American History)
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (World Literature)
Tom Sawyer Island (American Literature)
Carousel of Progress (American History)
Spaceship Earth (World History, Linguistics, Science, Foreign Languages- remember that you choose which language to experience the attraction in)
Mission: Space (Earth & Space Science)
Circle of Life (Environmental Science)
Ellen’s Energy Adventure (Science)
Living with the Land (Biology, Botany)
World Showcase (World Literature, World History, Foreign Languages)
The American Adventure (American History)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
The Magic of Disney Animation (Art)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Conservation Station (Biology, Zoology)
If you’re looking for an educational resort as well, the best choices would be Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. At Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests can spend the whole day watching and learning about the animals on the savanna, and at Art of Animation, guests can look at sketches and other artwork from some of Disney’s animated masterpieces or watch a real Disney artist draw beloved characters. For an educational dining experience, book a meal at Sanaa to dine with an animal specialist or at The Hollywood Brown Derby to meet a Disney Imagineer.
Depending on the time of year you visit, other educational opportunities may be available. Fall hosts the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. There are culinary demonstrations and tastings, as well as other events. The spring is also a great time to visit to see the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. Tours at the Walt Disney World resort offer educational fun that range in topics from Disney history to botany to marine biology and more.
I always leave Walt Disney World smarter because of all of the educational opportunities they have there. I can name numerous occasions when information from attractions like Spaceship Earth or Living with Land came in handy on tests and essays. I also learned lots of helpful vocabulary by picking up guide maps in the foreign languages that I’m studying. I hope you learn something new on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, and if you do, please comment below, share it with me @MickeyWaffle71 on Twitter or email me at MickeyWaffle71@gmail.com.
What ideas do you have for making your Disney vacation an educational experience? Post your thoughts in the comments below!
Lindsay is a passionate writer and hopes to one day become a Show Writer for Walt Disney Imagineering or write scripts for Disney Animation Studios / Pixar. In addition to being a WDW Radio Running Team member, she has launched with her best friends Enchanted Rose Entertainment, which provides authentic character entertainment in her community for birthday parties, public events, and charity organizations.