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Walt Disney World Moms Panel: It Wasn’t the Dog This Time

“Yes! Walt Disney World Resort was educational!” Thousands of children return from trips to Disney Parks each year and many say this to their teachers. I’m imagining the faces of those teachers looking much like they do when they hear the words, “dog” and “homework.” But in reality, those children are telling the truth! At Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, kids can have fun and receive a top notch educational program.

'Leadership Excellence' Youth Education Series Program at Epcot

Earlier this year, one of our Walt Disney World Moms Panelists, Jill Cooper, experienced two of Walt Disney World Resort’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs. As a teacher of American history from New Jersey, Jill and a group of high school seniors enjoyed the programs “American Story” at Magic Kingdom Park and “Leadership Excellence” at Epcot during their stay. Jill shares part of their adventure with us.

'American Story' Youth Education Series Program at Magic Kingdom Park

“As a teacher of American history, I loved the prospect of exploring the myriad of ways in which Walt Disney Imagineers incorporated the story of our nation’s past into Magic Kingdom Park through the “American Story” Y.E.S. program. This program was a lovely complement to the student’s recent courses in U.S. history and American Government.

After having experienced the Disney Y.E.S. programs, I couldn’t wait to share with fellow educators how valuable these experiences can be for their students. I am always delighted when a fellow parent or educator asks me about these programs on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel site.”

Disney Youth Education Series uses the fun and excitement of Disney Parks to engage participants and immerse them in subjects related to science, reading, history and the performing arts. For more information regarding Disney Youth Programs, visit or call 877-939-6884.


  • Bravo! More people need to know about the amazing educational opportunities WDW/DLR offer and articles like this are a great way to spread the word. Over the years my children have learned about everything from robotics, to botany, to history while “vacationing” at WDW. Now, that’s what I call a fun field trip! Thanks for highlighting these great programs 🙂

  • Thx! I have never believed that learning and fun have to be on opposite ends of the globe!

  • Laura, this was a great article! I remember many occasions where my wife and I took our niece to Disney World for quick trips durin the school year (and the teachers were very supportive). Many times, we were given field guides to take with us that helped my niece incorporate her studies in school with some of the experiences at Disney World. I wasn’t aware of the Y.E.S. program, so I appreciate the insight!

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