One of my favorite attractions at Animal Kingdom is Kilimanjaro Safaris. It allows guests to get up close but not too close to the animals. It provides some shade while sitting down (my family always seems to go to Animal Kingdom on our vacation’s hottest day). Lastly, it provides lots of great photo opportunities.
Last month when my family was in Orlando, we decided to make a side trip to have a breakfast with some Minions and other characters at Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort. My daughter and I are both huge fans of the Minions. We wanted to find a way to meet them without spending the money on a one-day ticket to Universal.
At the end of 2016, Walt Disney World debuted two new shows to the Magic Kingdom: The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. When I was at Walt Disney World in December, I was able to view both of these shows and grab some good pictures.
This post is the first for a new Disney Facebook group that I have started: Disney Parks for Educators. This group is designed for school teachers and administrators to have a place where they can discuss ways that attractions can be incorporated into daily lesson plans and curriculum along with project ideas for students who go to Walt Disney Work or Disneyland while school is in session.
The Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are two of the top family destinations in the world. Families visit the resort year round even when school is in session. But that does not mean that the learning has to stop. If your child goes to Disney while school is in session, then it is likely that your child will be given a packet of work to do while on vacation. But parents and educators can work together to find ways to find less busy worksheet work to do and more hands-on engagement with the attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
This story broke last week and quickly raced through the Walt Disney World fan community with nearly universal acceptance. I spent some time, over the weekend, and I am about to throw some cold water on that acceptance. I don’t think this is a good idea for the Walt Disney World resort. I think it is a case of short-term profit taking over the long-established traditions of the Magic Kingdom. Below I will lay out my case for why I think this is a bad idea.