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 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.

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


Penny 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 ScoutingWDW.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.

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