01 Aug 2018

Happiness and Knowledge: How Walt Disney World Parks & The Disney Youth Programs Make Learning Magical #DisneyYouthPrograms

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I have seen this with my vary own eyes. My children, attentive and interested, listening to a lesson about how technology will change the future. Thinking, interacting with classmates, discussing possibilities. Talking through the whys, the how-do-they-do-thats, the lightbulb that goes off in their mind as they truly understand the robust concepts being explained. These immersive experiences are ones they don’t forget. Disney Youth Programs might just be the best kept secret for teaching kids because who wouldn’t want a Disney Park as their classroom for the day!?

“All thinking is conceptual and begins with seeing, hearing, touching and sense perception.” said Imagineer John Hench. And if that is the case, then the Disney Youth Programs are experiences that your child will never forget.

Creativity Applied Learning!

The Disney Youth Programs span across a wide variety of topics, Disney Parks and higher level thinking concepts.  In these workshop settings of 3-4 hours, elementary school kids to high school seniors learn from experts in the field that will take the key learnings, srap them up into an amazing story and show you, in real life how these concepts are used at the Disney Parks!

I lead Girl Scouts and I am always on the hunt for interactive experiences that my group of girls can learn from. They learn so much in a group setting together as they are always building on the conversation, diving deeper into the concepts and really being able to  grasp what is being taught. The Disney Youth Programs are designed specifically for groups. All workshops must be applied for by a member of your group.  By using the classroom setting, your “class” is really able to learn from each other.

Disney Parks are the perfect setting to use to teach these concepts! The theme park is their classroom!  Think of all the cool things they could learn!!!  The possibilities are endless!

 

Disney Youth Education Series

The Disney Youth Programs consist of 3 types of programs families can choose from that will best suit the experiential desires of the child!

  1. Performing Arts
  2. Education
  3. Celebrations and field trips

 

Disney Performing Arts

If preforming is your passion, then Disney is the place to come and learn. All aspects of Disney involve preformance and by participating in the Disney Performaning Arts preformances, festivals, competitions or workshops. For most all levels of skill, there are classes that your child can attend and learn from the best and even preform on the same stages for Disney Guests from accross the globe at Disney Parks. Even taking workshops with your ensembe will inspire you to dream big and really learn something new as these workshops are lead by real entertainers.

 

 

“This was the best field trip ever!!!” – Mia Langford, 6th Grade

The classes they offer in their Disney Youth Education Series are very impressive and I seriously want to take them all (or at least sign up my kids for all of them!): Global Citizenship at Epcot, to an Energy and Physics Lab, Disney Storytelling, Properties of Motion, Managing Your Personal Brand, Techniques of Teamwork, Eveolution of Technology, Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation, and there is even an entire Disney Education Program- College Edition!

How The Disney Youth Programs Work:

Pictures Above: Disney Performing Arts Performance- Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Hope onto the Disney Youth Programs website to learn more about the opportunities for Performaning Arts!  You can search here for all the workshops, classes, festivals, competitions and field trips. Some are only available at the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida or in Disneyland in Anehiem, California. Who wouldn’t want to be a honorary cast member for the day!  It’s an amazing opportunity to be on some of the largest stages in the country!

How Does the Preforming Arts Work

Are you ready to sign up your group?S!  Of course, if you have even more questions, hop on the Disney Youth Programs FAQ page to learn more.  Here are a few I did ask because I would want to know these too!

Q: What if I homeschool?

A: If you are connected with an affiliated organization and are part of a group of 10 or more you can still come with your children!

Q: What if I don’t have a group of 10 or more but we are affiliated with an organization?

A: Unfortunately, your group must be a group of 10 or more students. A lot of groups connect with other similar groups locally first, and then apply together.

Q: Will a high school group be mixed with a group of elementary school kids?

A: No, your group of 10 or more will have its own facilitator scheduled to your program!

 

 

My Personal Experience

 

My 6th grader was able to experience The Evolution of Technology | Disney Youth Education Series that took place at Epcot.  The school used this field trip as a year end field trip, but also worth while field trip to learn as well!

We got to Epcot at around 7am.  We were able to go in early with our Educators for the day!  These Disney cast members were their teachers for the day and began by leading them into the parks to start learning!

They broke the morning up between teaching the small groups and riding rides that we would discuss after. I was amazing to see how the kids really paid much more attention to the concepts after they experienced the ride.  During this field trip, we rode Test Track, Spaceship Earth and Mission: Space.  The kids loved every minute of the experience.  Our Educator was amazing and so knowledgeable!  We were finished around 10am and then we were left to explore the park on our own!  Definitely one of the best field trips my son has ever taken!

Disclaimer:  I was hosted as  Disney Partner to learn more about the inner workings of how the Disney Youth Programs work at Walt Disney World. All opinions are my own!

 

Designing their car for speed using technology in Test Track. 

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Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her on Twitter @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay and things to do with kids, Florida family travel, travel adventures and tips or her secret parenting tips for staying alive while wrangling 4 kids. She has a "official" business background in marketing + PR + events, but now plays daily with social media strategy, brand development and digital media. Days are long. Life is short.
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