Map Skills for your Disney Vacation

Map Skills for Your Disney Vacation

Planning for your Disney vacation is a lot of fun. Incorporating educational moments into your planning process is natural for many homeschooling families. Reading a book about the attractions, creating a lapbook about the resort and parks, and helping parents decide on dining experiences are a few ways to enhance onto the building excitement of a Disney countdown.

Another terrific skill to have when visiting the parks is map reading.

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Children will enjoy carrying their own map throughout the trip and helping locate the next attraction or ride while in the parks. Park maps are plentiful and available at the front entrance as well as in most gift shops and dining locations. Everyone in the family is welcome to pick one up so they have their own copy.

5+ Helpful Map Skill Resources

Many geography curriculum’s cover basic map reading skills. My favorite introduction to to maps skills is a book: Legends & Leagues By: Ned Bustard.  (Description excerpt: Mr. Tardy explains he’s always lost, and therefore always late, and his two new acquaintances take it upon themselves to explain maps and globes and cartography in an effort to help him understand where he is and where he wants to end up.)

Here are 5 other unit studies or worksheets:

  1. Free Printable Mini Unit Latitude and Longitude for Kids ages 8-10
  2. Royal Castle Floor plan – Free, Printable PDF
  3. Campground Map – Free, Printable PDF
  4. Map Skills – Super Teacher Worksheets, some free
  5. Map Skills for Kids, Unit Study

Disney World Maps

Now it’s time to practice with actual Disney World Maps. Before your trip, you may request maps from your travel agent or contact Disney directly and request maps of the four parks, the water parks and Disney Springs.

Or use these maps:

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  • Magic Kingdom Map

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  • EPCOT Map

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  • Animal Kingdom Map

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  • Hollywood Studios Map

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  • Disney Springs Map

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  • Water Parks Maps

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~coming soon~ Related: A Pirate’s Adventure~Treasures of the Seven Seas

While in the parks, plan to search for pirate treasure as you look for clues while reading a map in a self-guided quest through Adventureland.

Please share your favorite map skill resources in the comments.

Penny@PixieandPirateDestinations.com

PirateMomPenny enjoys helping others plan their Disney vacations (click to find out how she can help your family) and writing about how her family enjoys their Disney vacations at Scouting-WDW.comTheDisneyMoms.com and HomeschoolingWDW.com

Born and raised in the south, I now live in central New Jersey. My days are filled with homeschooling, reading, and ministry work. My son and I are active members of our local church and enjoy camping with the Boy Scouts of America.

We believe everyday is a day to celebrate and if you visit our kitchen, you will find us putting sprinkles on everything from pancakes to ice cream! Between baseball games and scouting trips, we enjoy dreaming about our next Disney vacation.

15 Ideas for Homeschooling Before and During your Disney Trip

Disney Homeschooling

Recently a mom in our Facebook group asked other homeschoolers to share their best tips for studying about Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks before and during a family vacation.

Here’s what they shared:

  1. We went in December of 2014 and we studied the countries of EPCOT and their holiday traditions~ Basye Family
  2. Read a biography on Walt Disney.
  3. We studied some light physics behind how roller coasters work.
  4. Learn about Imagineers.
  5. Review types of dinosaurs. (Animal Kingdom)
  6. Talk about the animals we might see in Animal Kingdom.
  7. I also made a list of the different countries. Typed up various questions…type of government, geographic location, climate, art, etc. various things depending on child’s age. The Cast Members working in the various stores are from that country. I had my daughter ask them a couple questions if they were not too busy. ~ Lehrfeld Family
  8. They can also take notes during the movies (in World Showcase) and write about them later.
  9. EPCOT has a passport book. The Cast Members in each country will stamp and sign the passports. Plus the book includes stamps of the flag and other country specific information.
  10. Wilderness Explorers – Animal Kingdom has a badge program where you go on a scavenger-like hunt and look up different information. (example: Birding)
  11. Epcot has a great ride, Living with the Land, on farming, growing hydroponic gardens, raising fish, etc.
  12. We did the Behind the Seeds Tour at The Land. (and if you have a Disney Visa, you get a discount). Then we had dinner at the Garden Grill to sample some of the food grown that we saw on the tour. The tour goes over the 5 basic needs of plants, how to control pests, and hydroponics. We released some lady bugs. ~ Hochstetler Family
  13. Create a Disney lapbook – choose from a variety of topics like movies, rides and books.
  14. For printables, crafts and more (lots more) – search for Disney Homeschooling on Pinterest
  15. Attend a YES class – students learn in small groups with Cast Member educators and enjoy many behind the scenes activities.

At time of publication, links to outside pages were quickly reviewed and deemed family friendly. Always use caution on the internet.

How have you incorporated Disney into your homeschooling? Share your best tips in the comments.

Penny@PixieandPirateDestinations.com

PirateMomPenny enjoys helping others plan their Disney vacations (click to find out how she can help your family) and writing about how her family enjoys their Disney vacations at Scouting-WDW.comTheDisneyMoms.com and HomeschoolingWDW.com

Born and raised in the south, I now live in central New Jersey. My days are filled with homeschooling, reading, and ministry work. My son and I are active members of our local church and enjoy camping with the Boy Scouts of America.

We believe everyday is a day to celebrate and if you visit our kitchen, you will find us putting sprinkles on everything from pancakes to ice cream! Between baseball games and scouting trips, we enjoy dreaming about our next Disney vacation.

2016 Homeschooling Class / Field Trip to Disneyland

2016 Homeschooling Class / Field Trip to Disneyland 

YES Discover

When: April 27, 2016

Where: Disney California Adventure Park

Who: All families welcome – homeschoolers and more!

Class info: 

Animation Academy

Designing a Disney Story: Disney Animation for 3rd – 12th grade at Disney California Adventure Park (Disneyland)

Disney’s Animation Magic is a three hour program through Disney California Adventure™ Park led and taught by a Disney facilitator. Students discover and learn about the history, creativity and innovation of the animation process and how the vision of Walt Disney influenced the history of animation. Students have the opportunity to create a kineograph, plan and design their own  storyboard, and explore their creativity in the Sorcerer’s Workshop. They also discuss, observe and participate in character development at the Animation Academy and see how technology has influenced animation in Turtle Talk with Crush. (Turtle Talk with Crush is inspired by Disney · Pixar’s “Finding Nemo”.)

 

More information: Trips details

Disney Lapbooks

Disney Lapbooks

Using lapbooks in your homeschool day is a fun way to learn about the Disney Resorts and Parks. You can research for an upcoming vacation, fondly remember a past trip or add a little magic into your school week dreaming about castles, lands, and the wonderful attractions.

Disneyland Lapbook

A lap book, lapbook, layer book, flap book, or shutter book is a type of single-subject book created by a student, generally as a supplement to a curriculum. A lap book generally consists of a paperboard folder such as a file folder with small pieces of folded paper glued inside.Wikipedia

There are many topics you could research for a Disney themed lapbook:

  • each theme park
  • the countries around EPCOT
  • the countries featured in “it’s a small world”
  • Disney movies
  • Disney books
  • Walt Disney Biography

or choose a topic from a pre-made lapbook resource:

However you decide to incorporate Disney into your lapbooking projects, your family will enjoy their lessons sprinkled with a little pixie dust!

Do you use lapbooks in your curriculum? Have you ever created a Disney inspired Lapbook?

Penny@PixieandPirateDestinations.com

PirateMomPenny enjoys helping others plan their Disney vacations (click to find out how she can help your family) and writing about how her family enjoys their Disney vacations at Scouting-WDW.comTheDisneyMoms.com and HomeschoolingWDW.com

Born and raised in the south, I now live in central New Jersey. My days are filled with homeschooling, reading, and ministry work. My son and I are active members of our local church and enjoy camping with the Boy Scouts of America.

We believe everyday is a day to celebrate and if you visit our kitchen, you will find us putting sprinkles on everything from pancakes to ice cream! Between baseball games and scouting trips, we enjoy dreaming about our next Disney vacation.

Disney Resorts and Dining

Disney Resorts and Dining

Plan an incredible visit to the Disney Parks and Resorts!

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Each family is welcome to make individual resort arrangements for their stay during our group trip. We invite you to choose the accommodations which best fit your needs and budget – a Disney Resort, off-property hotel, timeshare, or campground.

With over 50+ visits under our belts, we know the in’s and out’s of a Disney Vacation and will share our experience with your family to help you make the most of your Disney dollars! If you are interested in staying at a Disney Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground or at a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel (located off-property, yet still convenient to the Disney Parks), please request more information at homeschoolingwdw@gmail.com.