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Educational tours at Walt Disney World

Are you in China? No, you're in Epcot's World Showcase (courtesy goodgrief at flickr's Creative Commons)Yes, you can do more at Florida’s WDW than scream your head off on the rides….not that there’s anything wrong with that….

My new article on education.com, Learning at Disney World? outlines some behind-the-scenes tours that your family might enjoy at Disney Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios,) Epcot, etc.

All tours are an additional cost above park admission.

As you’ll see from my discussion in the article’s comments, the vast majority of the tours have a pretty high minimum age. A teenager or maybe a tween can have a heck of a time, but younger children don’t have many options.

For best general educational value, I recommend Epcot’s World Showcase and Animal Kingdom, where there are plenty of (free) educational demonstrations and activities going on all day. My kids loved the Dragon Legend Acrobats in Epcot’s “China,” and you might consider Flights of Wonder to learn about birds at Animal Kingdom.

Always check each park’s Daily Activities handouts when you arrive, for a complete list of presentations, performers and musical highlights.

Related posts: Survivor’s Guide to Walt Disney World (first in a Family Travel series)

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