Educational experiences at Walt Disney World including activities and private tours at Animal Kingdom & Epcot.
Whether you are traveling during a school vacation, or during the school year, you may be looking for some educational experiences at Walt Disney World for your children to experience. While the parks are loaded with fun characters, exciting rides, and other magical experiences, there are definitely plenty of opportunities for educational experiences at Walt Disney World. Here are some options.
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Educational Experiences at Walt Disney World
The Land and the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot
Many of the best educational experiences at Walt Disney World are in Epcot. Just by the nature of the park, Epcot features a number of opportunities to educate kids and adults on technology and culture.
The Land pavilion is home to Soarin’ – one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. But it also offers Living With the Land, a boat cruise that takes you through the greenhouses in the Land. It’s a great way to teach kids about where food comes from and how important it is to grow healthy food. Much of the food served in the Land pavilion is grown right there, so it’s an especially good experience for kids to see where and how their actual meal was grown.
For a more in-depth experience, consider booking the separate Behind the Seeds tour. This one-hour tour takes you behind the scenes of the Land pavilion, where you’ll get to see the fish farm, learn about agriculture, and so much more. An extra fee applies to this tour.
Visiting the Countries of Epcot
The World Showcase in Epcot is one of my favorite spots on property, due to the delicious food, authentic merchandise, and fun experiences. Kids can learn so much about culture, by going through each country, watching the various movies, and even talking to the cast members, who are from the countries in the World Showcase. You could even have your kids do a scavenger hunt to learn about each country!
When visiting the World Showcase, don’t just visit the shops, restaurants, and rides. Make sure that you also see the movies and shows that are offered.
The Seas Pavilion in Epcot
My kids love the Finding Nemo ride in the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion – even though they are older. However, past the ride, you’ll find so much more. Kids that love aquariums will enjoy walking through the exhibits and participating in the various activities. There are also special tours that can be booked with animal encounters in the pavilion.
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Imagination! has always been one of my favorite pavilions, and my kids love it too. After the Journey Into Imagination With Figment ride, you can go through ImageWorks (formerly known as The “What If” Labs). There are lots of fun sensory experiences that kids really love playing with.
Backstage Tales at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Got a child who loves wildlife? The “Backstage Tales” special tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be a great option. It needs to be booked separately (additional fee applies), and runs about 3 hours and 45 minutes. During the tour, you’ll get to visit the animal nutrition center, tour the vet hospital, and explore the backstage animal areas.
Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
It’s easy to miss in favor of the most popular attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But, if you have children who love animals, definitely take the Wildlife Express Train to the Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. It offers ten animal care areas, a science center, a backstage tour (where guests can control animal cams to see the animals), and so much more. (Note that Rafiki’s Planet Watch has been temporarily closed).
What is your favorite of the educational experiences at Walt Disney World?
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