Are you game for a wild family field trip? Attend Disney Homeschool Days 2014, in Orlando, Florida, this winter!
Our family attended homeschool days this past October; the main event was held at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on October 9th. When we arrived at the presentation, we received a flyer for Winter 2014. I was excited to see that the Winter event was going to be at Animal Kingdom, as we had just explored this park the Sunday before, and our family loved it!
Each homeschool days event has a different, and unique theme. The theme for the Winter Disney Homeschool Days 2014 is Disney NatureBears. During the multi-day event, there is a main presentation at one of the theme parks for all registered homeschoolers.
Although the homeschool day presentation at Animal Kingdom is on February 27, 2014, homeschool days last from February 11 through March 10, 2014 - that's one month of potential homeschool field trip fun (and sun) for homeschooling families!
Disney changed the winter event dates to February 20th- March 6th; they also changed the name of the event to "Disney Student Seminars" formerly known as Homeschool Days.
To purchase tickets, you will visit Disneyyouth.com and click on "Disney Student Seminars".
Disney offers a variety of discounted theme park ticket packages that will fit almost any budget. You do not have to use your tickets on consecutive days. However, they can only be used during the February 11th - March 10th time period. You can visit any park you want on any day, but you will need to keep a ticket open to visit Animal Kingdom on the 27th. The feature homeschool presentation is included in your ticket package at no additional charge.
Your family should find the presentation very interesting. The one our family attended was about an hour and a half long. Disney experts share their insight, experience, and knowledge in an appealing and enthusiastic way, to engage and educate even your youngest of learners.
Disney also offers additional (and optional) educational classes for students during homeschool days; they meet at different locations within Walt Disney World and cost around $30 each.
The 2014 ticket packages went up slightly, but you will still save a considerable amount, compared to regular ticket prices. Below, are the prices for Disney Homeschool Days 2014:
1-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package
(For FL Groups Only)
3-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package $167.68
3-Day Homeschool Days Hopper Package $191.96
3-Day Homeschool Days Premium Package $210.86
4-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package $182.56
4-Day Homeschool Days Hopper Package $206.69
4-Day Homeschool Days Premium Package $223.31
5-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package $196.21
5-Day Homeschool Days Hopper Package $220.20
5-Day Homeschool Days Premium Package $236.54
6-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package $209.85
6-Day Homeschool Days Hopper Package $233.71
6-Day Homeschool Days Premium Package $249.78
7-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package $223.49
7-Day Homeschool Days Hopper Package $247.21
7-Day Homeschool Days Premium Package $263.00
8-Day Homeschool Days Starter Package $237.14
8-Day Homeschool Days Hopper Package $260.72
8-Day Homeschool Days Premium Package $276.24
Our family had a fabulous time at Animal Kingdom. Although I was very hesitant about going to this theme park because of the reviews (almost didn't go!) I had read online (I hate wasting money), I am so glad we went!
We enjoyed the shows, activities, and rides (except Kali River Rapids - they shut it down at the beginning of the day and it never reopened, to our disappointment); we especially liked Kilimanjaro Safaris. The animals were all out and visible, and our guide, Dwayne, was interesting and fun. And to think we almost didn't visit this park!
Kilimanjaro Safaris puts you up close with animals from the African Savannah. You feel as if you are on a real safari and many of the animals are within reach of your vehicle. Apparently, the animals can be finicky some days, but all were out, visible, and active when we went in the morning.
We liked that the animals are not caged in. The ones that are, Disney has done a great job at creating natural looking habitats, keeping the animals contained and guests safe.
We found Animal Kingdom to be the most "educational" for our children. Remember Russell and his dog, Dug, from the movie "Up"? Well, your kids (and you!) can follow in their footsteps and become Wilderness Explorers! Kids need to pick up a Wilderness Explorer's Field Guide from the WE Headquarters and as you make your way through the park, you can earn over 30 badges by completing challenges at different locations in Animal Kingdom.
As Animal Kingdom first-timers, we had a hard time trying to experience everything and unfortunately, missed quite a few of the challenges... definitely a reason to go back, though. If we ever visit again while our children are young, I would go with the goal of completing the Wilderness Guide. There is so much to learn and the cast members who were located at each challenge, were very knowledgeable, engaging, and very good with kids.
If your family loves roller coasters, you'll want to try Mount Everest during Disney Homeschool Days 2014. My crazy family members are the ones waving below...
Of course, if coasters are not your thing, you always need someone to snap a picture of your family on this visible, and quick, decent.
Although we enjoyed Disney Homeschool Days at Hollywood Studios, I was a teeny, weeny bit disappointed when I found out the winter Disney Homeschool Days 2014 event was going to be at Animal Kingdom.
If you have been thinking about taking a trip to Florida, or visiting Disney with your homeschooling family, make a plan to go this winter to Disney Homeschool Days 2014; you won't be disappointed!
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