Educational Attractions at WDW

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As a homeschool graduate, I was “taken out of school” often to go to Disney. In fact, we always went to Disney during the school year because, quite honestly, we never had the desire to go to Disney during the hottest and busiest time of the year.

I know a lot of people frown at the idea of taking time off of school to go on vacation, but quite honestly, there are a ton of educational attractions and shows at Disney that may just teach you a lot more than you’re learning in school.

In fact, I always felt like I was learning more while at Disney than I ever did sitting at home with my school books in front of me.

That being said, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite educational attractions at Disney World, so that you too may realize just how much you can learn while on a vacation to Disney! 

Magic Kingdom:

  • Let’s start at the beginning – Main Street USA. Full of all sorts of Disney history – especially check out the names and dates on windows while you’re walking down. Sometimes we tend to overlook these things because we don’t think about it – but this is something that you might want to think about checking out next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Hall of Presidents – this 25 minute show covers the countries origins from the Civil War to the present time. There are Audio-Animatronics of all the presidents. Both George Washington and Barack Obama give speeches (and yes, it’s really Barack Obama’s voice!). This is a great place to stop and take a break, all while learning! 
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  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Okay, okay, this may be stretching it a bit, but it does take us back in time to the turn of the century and goes through 4 scenes about an American family. Most people think of this as a great place to just take a load off, but I think this is my all-time favorite attraction in all of Magic Kingdom. Probably the biggest piece of history here is that Walt Disney himself came up with the idea for this attraction of the 1964-65 World’s Fair. 

EPCOT:

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  • Spaceship Earth – this attraction that is right in the big ol’ Epcot ball is another great educational attraction to make sure you hop on. It takes us back to before time began and goes all the way to the future. While I don’t agree with everything that is said on this ride about how the world began, I think this is a great ride that can be considered very much an educational attraction.
  • The Seas With Nemo and Friends – this part of the park is kind-of like an aquarium. You can look at all sorts of fishes and sharks, and it’s a great place to just take a break from the heat!
  • Living With the Land – This is a boat ride that takes you through Disney greenhouses and shows how they cultivate and grow things right on Disney property. This is one of my mom’s favorite rides in Epcot.
  • World Showcase – World Showcase is just FULL of history and educational things. You can walk through each country and look in shops to buy/see some things you can only buy in those countries, as well as taste good food. Yum! (This past trip, we tried some pastries in France, and boy were they good! We also enjoy just about anything at Karamel Kuche in Germany!) Be sure to watch the shows inside the countries, as well, for even more history!

Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood Studios is full of film history! If you’re looking for that, you’ll find it here! HS used to be my all-time favorite park, and I loved every single attraction here.
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  • The Great Movie Ride – this 19-minute ride is full of all sorts of film history and film-making. I think I could say this is my favorite non-thrill ride in all of Hollywood Studios. It’s even got some action packed into it. 😉 
  • One Man’s Dream – this attraction shows the beginning of Walt’s life all the way up until his death. This is a walk-through attraction, so you can take as much time as you need to walk through and look at all the signs and replicas around. I could spend probably a whole day in this attraction alone, mostly because I love the history of Walt Disney – the man himself! At the end of the attraction, there is a video about his life as well! 🙂 

Animal Kingdom: 

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris – this 20-minute safari takes you to Africa and is everything you’d expect from an actual trip there! You’ll see animals including giraffes, elephants and more! Your guide will tell you all about these animals as you’re going through – and hopefully you’ll even have time to take some cool pictures!
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – this walking trail takes you through some really cool exhibits. You’ll see anything from naked mole rats to hippos to aquariums of fishes! 
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek – Another self-guided walking tour that takes you through the tropics where you’ll see tigers, Komodo dragons and more! 
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  • Flights of Wonder – this 20-minute show is all about the different kinds of birds that the Animal Kingdom has! We had never done this until our most recent trip last December, and it was so cool to see how well-trained these birds really are! They are super smart! I can’t wait to see it again next time! A great place to take a load off, and learn all about these cool creatures!

Quite honestly, Walt Disney World is my all time favorite place to learn! I can’t wait to be back in a few weeks so that I can learn even more! 🙂 

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  • Great list, Ashley! Your mom taught you well! This is just the tip of the iceberg of all that is educational at Disney. Even the resorts are full of educational opportunities! Sounds like a list we might need to write!

  • I agree with your mama, just the tip of the iceberg but such a great list! I think Carousel of Progress isn’t stretching at all… it’s a wonderful conversation starter for “the way things were”, as is One Man’s Dream. And gosh, don’t even get me started on all you can learn from Walt’s life alone! So which one was your favorite learning attraction? 🙂

    • Ashley

      My favorite is DEFINITELY the Carousel of Progress. I cannot go to Disney without going on this ride!

  • I love all of the learning opportunities that are available in the park. Animal Kingdom would probably be my favorite. We have had so many fun and interesting conversations with the Cast Members there about the animals.

  • Rosanne Mottola

    Ashley – when I was on my college program I wrote about the history of communication and used so many examples from Spaceship Earth. I’m so glad to see it included on your list. Great post!
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  • Lin @ DisneyMamas

    I love the educational aspects of Disney! There is something to learn no matter where in the parks you are.

  • AWESOME list! I couldn’t agree more. I see such value in a WDW vacation- as a former teacher with a master’s degree in early childhood education! 🙂 We take our boys out of public school for the same reasons you listed.

  • I am amazed that I still discover new things at Disney World each and every trip. So amazing what you can learn.

  • There is so much to learn at WDW. I remember being so excited one time in school when I already knew about what was being taught because I learned it from Epcot!