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  • On Oct 14, 2019
    Robin from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hey moms! My son loves marine biology. I would love for him to participate in one of the youth programs but there is no way to get 10 other kids to participate in the program in FL. Is there a way I can chaperone him and we could be apart of another group?

    Hi, Robin! I'm so glad you reached out to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    Being a former teacher, I know all too well how real-world experiences are the most valuable learning tool. Walt also valued the discovery of knowledge and tried to weave these experiences throughout his original theme park, Disneyland Resort. Following in those revered footsteps, Walt Disney World Resort has been offering educational classes to guests since 1979, and today we have the Disney Youth Education Series, which I'm very passionate about.  A few months ago, I was a lucky participant in these classes, and I'll share some of the insights I learned with you.

    The Youth Education Series (YES for short) is meant for school-age children (ages 5 through 18) to part-take in accredited educational classes held inside one of Walt Disney World's theme parks. Since your son is a marine biology buff, the Exploring Careers in the Marine Sciences YES class would allow him to take the plunge into an exploration of STEM careers at The Seas with Nemo & Friends

    The catch, as you mentioned, is that these classes are exclusively for groups of ten or more students. I asked about this during my trip, and I learned that several years ago, individuals were allowed to sign up for the classes, but that option is not available at this time. However, I was told by one of the members of the Disney Youth Programs team that occasionally they will work with a particular homeschool group that allows individual participants to join their consortium.  I suggest calling Disney Youth Programs at (877) 939-6884 and asking if they can connect you. 

    If that ends up not being a viable option, I have a few other recommendations for your son. Epcot has a series Seas Adventures Tours that are very popular with guests: the Aqua Tour, DiveQuest (must be CUBA-certified), and Dolphins in Depth. Have your son read the descriptions on the Walt Disney World website, and see if any appeal to him. If you'd like more information, call (407) 939-8687.

    I hope you and your son have a splash-tastic time on your Walt Disney World vacation, Robin! Please stop back if there's anything else we can help you with!

    Eean
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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.

 

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