A trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World can be so many things: a family vacation, couples’ getaway, girls’ weekend, a school performing arts trip, or a chance to apply learning in real ways through immersive experiences. Recently my tween and I were invited to Walt Disney World to experience Disney Youth Programs and get the opportunity to use Disney Parks as our classroom which was a dream come true for me as a former teacher and current parent.
I love using travel as a way to educate my kids beyond the walls of their classroom by integrating learning into our adventures. Last summer’s global adventure to Thailand and Vietnam was filled with cultural experiences, history, and lessons on geography. Earlier this spring, my husband and I experienced some serious g-forces while riding roller coasters.
We took the opportunity to talk about physics while waiting to ride the same ride a second time and when we got off, our tween and teen had a much better understanding of the concept and knew what g-forces felt like. Whether I’m building up background knowledge to make experiences more meaningful or pointing out how something learned in the classroom looks in real life, I know that the most meaningful learning comes from hands-on experiences.
Kids learn best by doing and better understand principles discussed in a classroom come to life when experienced in the real world and that’s exactly what Disney does through Disney Youth Programs.
About Disney Youth Programs
Geared towards elementary, middle/junior high, high school, and home-schooled students, Disney Youth Programs at Walt Disney World in Florida and California’s Disneyland provide unique hands-on experiences where Disney Parks become your classroom. Disney Youth Programs include Disney Youth Education Series (YES) and Disney Performing Arts (DPA). Offered year-round, 7 days a week, these programs offer immersive and meaningful learning experiences for kids of all ages.