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Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld
Trip information is divided into five pages in order to help you plan your trip to Disney World, Universal, and SeaWorld. Please read through all of these pages before registering.

CONTENTS
Introduction
Hotel Information
Disney Educational Programs ← you are here
Important Things to Know
Registration Form


Disney Educational Programs


There have been several changes to the way we're doing our educational programs this year, so please read through this section even if you've been to Disney with me before.

All students in your party (K-12) must register for and attend a program to qualify for our Disney ticket discounts. Please read the information in the Important Notes section to the right before choosing your programs.

Parent Attendance Policy
One parent must attend programs with their students. (Both parents can attend only if we don't have more parents than students.) If you cannot attend with your student, please note this on your registration form and I'll help you connect with other parents who volunteered to help chaperone. You'll have to arrange this on your own with the other parent. (I can no longer arrange chaperones for students.)

For the How Things Move program, all children must be paired with an adult, so please keep this in mind if you have two or more children enrolled in the program.

No siblings, regardless of age, are allowed to tag along on the programs. Only the parent and registered students will be able to attend.

Program Locations
Programs are located in all four Disney Parks. Please don't choose programs in two different parks on the same day unless you have enough adults in your your party to transport students to each park. (There won't be enough time to get to two different parks in the morning on the same day.)

Program Dates
Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom programs will take place on Monday, September 8 (except for the Energy and Waves programs and an additional How Things Move program, see below)

Epcot
and Hollywood Studio programs will take place on Tuesday, September 9.

The Backstage at La Nouba program at Downtown Disney will be held on Wednesday, September 10.

Magic Kingdom Programs (Sunday)

Note: We had to move all three Energy and Waves Physics Labs (101, 201, 301) to Sunday due to a Disney scheduling conflict at Magic Kingdom. I've added an extra How Things Move program to Sunday, too, in case you have children in multiple grades and it works better for your schedule to have them all attend on the same day. I apologize for the inconvenience!

How Things Move - Sunday (Grades K-2)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Sunday, September 7, 8:15 am.
   The children in this 2.5-hour program will investigate the science of motion and the different forms of energy at work on popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions. With their conclusions, students act as designers to develop an attraction concept and model to test the different forms of motion. Each student must have a parent attend with them. Find out more about this program here.

Energy and Waves Physics Lab 101 (Grades 3-5)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Sunday, September 7, 8:15 am.
   In this 3-hour program, students discover light and sound as forms of energy and how to use them in practical application. Young learners will see first-hand how these elements are a vital part of creating world class attractions and how Disney uses these physical properties to entertain and amaze guests from all over the world. Find out more here. (Note: Students will visit the Haunted House attraction and go behind the scenes.)

Energy and Waves Physics Lab 201 (Grades 6-8)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Sunday, September 7, 8:15 am.
   In this 3-hour program, students discover light and sound as forms of energy and how to use them in practical application. Young learners will see first-hand how these elements are a vital part of creating world class attractions and how Disney uses these physical properties to entertain and amaze guests from all over the world. Find out more here. (Note: Students will visit the Haunted House attraction and go behind the scenes.)

Energy and Waves Physics Lab 301 (Grades 9-12)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Sunday, September 7, 8:15 am.
   In this 3-hour program, students discover light and sound as forms of energy and how to use them in practical application. Young learners will see first-hand how these elements are a vital part of creating world class attractions and how Disney uses these physical properties to entertain and amaze guests from all over the world. Find out more here. (Note: Students will visit the Haunted House attraction and go behind the scenes.)


Magic Kingdom Programs (Monday)

How Things Move - Monday (Grades K-2)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 8:15 am.
   The children in this 2.5-hour program will investigate the science of motion and the different forms of energy at work on popular Magic Kingdom Park attractions. With their conclusions, students act as designers to develop an attraction concept and model to test the different forms of motion. Each student must have a parent attend with them. Find out more about this program here.

Properties of Motion Physics Lab 101 (Grades 3-5)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 7:15 am.
   Students in this 3-hour program will see the basic principles of physics, such as Newton’s First Law of Motion, in action at Magic Kingdom Park. They’ll practice the scientific method as they travel through the park to learn how energy, force, and acceleration operate the vehicles that bring their favorite attractions to life. Find out more here.

Discovering the American Spirit (Grades 6-8)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 7:15 am.
   Students in this 3-hour class will journey to Liberty Square to get better acquainted with our country’s great leaders and understand the impact of their influence. They'll also explore Frontierland to learn about sharing our cultural values and traditions from one generation to the next and act as American pioneers to study the Gold Rush and the challenges of settling the western frontier. Find out more about this program here.

Properties of Motion Physics Lab 201 (Grades 6-8)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 7:15 am.
   Students in this 3-hour program will learn how physics is at the core of bringing Magic Kingdom Park attractions to life. Student teams will act as Disney attraction engineers as they learn about and test Newton’s First Law of Motion, centripetal force, hydraulics and pneumatics. Find out more here.

Properties of Motion Physics Lab 301 (Grades 9-12)
Held in Magic Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 7:15 am.
   Students in this 3-hour program will discover Magic Kingdom Park from a new angle as they learn the inner workings of their favorite rides and shows. Hands-on experiments work encourage students to work together to test potential and kinetic energy, centripetal force, and vertical and lateral acceleration just as Disney attraction engineers do during the ride design process. Find out more here.


Animal Kingdom Programs (Monday)

Principles of Animal Behavior (Grades 3-5)
Held in Animal Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 8:30 am.
   During this 3-hour interactive survival adventure, students will trek through the different habitats of Disney’s Animal Kingdom to explore the intriguing world of animals and their unique and amazing behaviors. Throughout the journey, students are encouraged to think and act in new ways about the role conservation plays in their own lives. Find out more about this program here. (Previously titled "Wild by Nature.")

Wildlife Conservation (Grades 6-9)
Held in Animal Kingdom on Monday, September 8, 8:30 am.
   In this 3-hour program, students will discover how people and animals are connected, and how each uniquely responds to environmental challenges. They’ll study different cultural perspectives on conservation, challenges to fossil fuels, and the development of renewable energy. Students will also work together using their new knowledge to create an effective conservation action plan. Find out more about this program here.

Exploring Careers in the Zoological Sciences (Grades 10-12)
Held in Animal Kingdom on Monday, September 8, at 8:30 am.
   Students in this 3-hour program will study the various animal science roles, from animal behaviorist to nutritionist, at Animal Kingdom. Throughout this field study, students investigate the different roles of people who care for the animals within the park, learning about their responsibilities and the value of their individual contribution to the operation. Find out more about this program here.


Epcot Programs (Tuesday)

Synergy in Science (Grades K-3)
Held in Epcot on Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 am.
  
Students in this 2.5-hour program will learn how innovators use synergy to drive technological advancements that improve our quality of life. Students will be inspired through attraction experiences that demonstrate synergy and team challenges designed to stretch their imaginations to see what they can combine to generate new systems and tools. Find out more about this program here.

Everyday Chemistry 101 (Grades 4-5)
Held in Epcot on Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 am.
   In this 3-hour program, students will travel through Futureworld to identify elements of the Periodic Table, study polymers, and see chemical reactions happening all around them. A visit to Mission: Space will help uncover the relationship between chemistry, space exploration, and technology. This program was developed in conjunction with the Education Division of the American Chemical Society. Find out more here. (Note: Students will visit the Ellen's Energy Adventure attraction, which contains evolutionary content.)

Global Citizenship (Grades 5-7)
Held in Epcot on Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 am.
Students in this 3-hour program will explore the cultures of several nations represented within Epcot's World Showcase. Students will interact with international ambassadors to gain an understanding of how technology, communication, and commerce bridge cultural gaps. Find out more here.

Everyday Chemistry 201 (Grades 6-9)
Held in Epcot on Tuesday, September 9, 8:30 am.
   In this 3-hour program, students will travel through Futureworld to identify elements of the Periodic Table, study polymers, and see chemical reactions happening all around them. A visit to Mission: Space will help uncover the relationship between chemistry, space exploration, and technology. This program was developed in conjunction with the Education Division of the American Chemical Society. Find out more here. (Note: Students will visit Ellen's Energy Adventure attraction, which contains evolutionary content.)

Exploring Careers in the Marine Sciences (Grades 7-12)
Held in Epcot on Tuesday, September 9, at 8:30 am.
   Students will investigate five career tracks during this 3-hour program and discover how Disney scientists maintain the environment and inhabitants of Disney's nearly 6-million-gallon aquarium. They'll also learn the education and training required for a marine science career, understand the responsibilities of studying and caring for aquatic animals, and how they can play a role in oceanic conservation. Find out more about this program here. (Previously limited to high school students and titled "Making Waves with a Marine Career.")


Hollywood Studios Program (Tuesday)

Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity (Grades 6-8)
Held in Hollywood Studios on Tuesday, September 9, 8:00 am
   Students in this 2.5-hour program will explore Newton's Laws of Motion to create multi-sensory experiences within the Disney Parks. Hands-on experiments will challenge students to test the force of gravity and study how combining it with technology can create an enhanced affect. Students will uncover how our Imagineers are able to turn ordinary spaces into immersive spaces that challenge their perception of reality. Find out more here.


Downtown Disney Program (Wednesday)

Backstage at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil (Grades 6-12)
Held in Downtown Disney on Wednesday, September 10, at 8:00 am.
   Students in this 2-hour program will go backstage at the Cirque du Soleil theater to uncover the artistry, training, preparation, and support systems required to produce more than 470 shows a year. This tour includes the stage, training facilities, costuming, and props areas, where students will realize the importance of communication, teamwork, practice, and dedication to fulfilling their goals. Find out more about this program here.

(Note: Students and chaperones must attend the group La Nouba performance on Tuesday, September 9, to participate in this program. Students and chaperones who are wheelchair-bound will not be able to access parts of the theater, so their experience will be limited.)


Still interested in going?
Please read the following links for more information:
Important Things to Know
Registration Form

Important Notes
One educational program is included in the cost of your group ticket. You may register for additional programs for an extra $28 per student, per program.



Note the date and time of the program before registering to make sure it doesn't conflict with other plans you may have (dining reservations, SeaWorld tickets, Universal tours, etc.).

We have a new parent attendance policy this year. Please read the Parent Attendance Policy on this page for more information.

If you have several children attending different programs on the same day at different parks, make sure you have enough adults to transport them. (Even if the start times differ by 30-60 minutes, it's difficult to get from one park to another in time if one parent is transporting.)

Many of the programs have new guidelines, or have been updated and/or renamed, so if you've traveled with us before, please read the descriptions and email me if you have any questions about whether your student has already participated in a program.


Age and grade requirements for each program are specific to our group, so go by the age ranges that I have at my site, not at the Disney site. When schools do these programs, Disney targets the programming for a specific grade. They give us a broader range, but they still need to be able to target the information. The narrower the range, the better the experience for all the students. That said, if your student's grade differs by one level for any class, email me and we'll see if there is flexibility.

I may have to cancel a program if we don't have enough students enrolled, so make sure you list a second choice for each student. If your student registers for more than one program, please list them in order of preference (extra program fees will be refunded if we don't reach the minimum for their extra programs).



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