Sure, Disney World and Disneyland are a lot of fun. But that’s not the only reason why they’re some of our most popular student tour destinations. During tours, groups participate in an array Disney Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs that introduce students to the educational components of these information-rich parks. Led by knowledgeable Disney professionals, these accredited, standards-based programs are filled with hands-on lessons that will reinforce what is taught in the classroom.
Michael currently works as an assistant and technical director at a high school theatre department, but he has experience working in Walt Disney World as a stagehand. After learning about the National Performing Arts Festival and what it had to offer students he knew that it was really a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Here are some highlights from his performance travel experience to NPAF.
Traveling from Hawaii is expensive. Traveling from Hawaii to Florida is really expensive. But that didn’t stop Meagan Olsen’s island-based theatre group from competing in the National Performing Arts Festival in Disney World. We spoke with her about how she made it possible for her students to participate in this event. Here’s some of what she had to say:
Kevin has brought dance and musical theatre students to plenty of regional competitions. But this year, he wanted to give them a purely educational performance opportunity with a trip to Walt Disney World. We spoke to Kevin about his experience with the Disney Performing Arts Program. Here are some of the highlights.
Leslie is a sixth grade teacher who’s brought her students to participate in Disney Y.E.S. programs in Walt Disney World for the past 19 years. Some of the most recent programs she’s attended include Exploring Disney Animation History, Evolution of Technology, Properties of Motion Physics Lab, Everyday Chemistry and Backstage at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.
This year, band director Josh R. brought his marching band to perform in Walt Disney World for the first time. The trip was successful, and Josh hopes to start a tradition of performance travel at his school. We were lucky enough to get insights into his experience planning and going on tour.
We had the pleasure of speaking with one of newest clients, Kimberly, about her experience planning and fundraising for a Disney dance tour. In addition to teaching seventh-grade language arts, Kimberly leads an after-school dance team and is constantly looking for new ways to inspire her students.
The best way to wrap up the school year is spending a day at Disneyland with fellow teachers. On Saturday, June 20th, nearly 50 teachers came for a tour of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, where they learned about Disney’s Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) programs. Organized by Brightspark Travel’s newly-opened Los Angeles office, this tour attracted teachers from throughout the entire state of California.
This year, Brightspark Travel reached PremEar status with Disney Youth Programs. This mark of excellence is only awarded to Disney’s top youth travel partners and is the highest level a student tour provider can achieve through Disney Youth Programs.