This past weekend several Middle School students attended our end-of-the-year field trip to Orlando! Students spent Friday afternoon at Epcot discovering countries from around the globe in the World Showcase, enjoying Moroccan cuisine at the Tangierine Café, delighting in the “Illuminations:Reflections of Earth” laser and fireworks show over the World Showcase Lagoon, and finishing up with some crepes and ice cream in France.
Saturday began with the Disney Youth Education Series “Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation” at the Animal Kingdom. This 3-hour program brought environmental studies lessons to life as our students gained new perspective while discovering how all people and animals are connected, and how each uniquely responds to environmental challenges. Our group studied different cultural perspectives on conservation, challenges to fossil fuels and the human development of renewable energy. Students worked together using their new knowledge to create an effective conservation action plan. Afterwards, students cooled off on “Expedition Everest” and the “Kali River Rapids” rides. They saw lions, and elephants, and flamingos (oh, my!) on the “Kilimanjaro Safari” and then enjoyed a delicious lunch in “The Rainforest Café.”
A ferry ride carried us into the afternoon at “The Magic Kingdom” where students split into groups with chaperones and explored all the different lands in the park. We came back together in the evening to watch as the sky lit up during the “Wishes” fireworks show and Disney friends continued to light up the night in the “Main Street Electrical Parade.”
Early Sunday morning the fun continued with the Disney Youth Education Series “The Evolution of Technology.” During this adventure, students came to understand the broader scope of technology and how innovation is inspired. In this 3 hour academic adventure, attraction experiences helped to demonstrate the factors that drive technology development and how mankind’s challenges are being aided by these advancements. We learned about Canada during a Circle Vision 360 “O Canada!” film and experienced Mexican cuisine at “La Cantina de San Angel” for lunch. Students then flew over natural vista’s on “Soarin’,” escaped tricky trolls in the Norwegian mists on “Maelstrom,” and discovered their inner engineers as they designed and customized their own thrill ride at “The Sum of all Thrills.”
Sunday afternoon we traveled home and the fun we had was not forgotten as the students reminisced about the amazing time that was had by all. Please enjoy the memories captured in photographs below!