November 24, 2017

Walt Disney World: 5 Most Educational Attractions for Preschoolers


Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

If you have young children and are planning to go to Walt Disney World, there’s no doubt you’ll hit Fantasyland and Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. It’s a Small World and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin are must-visit attractions. Popular, yes, but educational, not so much. So I checked in with Lisa Battista, author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers, to get her picks for the top-five most educational attractions at Walt Disney World.

Innoventions (Epcot): This hands-on learning pavilion has a variety of exhibits that are both fun and educational for preschoolers, as well as an interactive play space for kids of all ages. Check out The Great Piggy Bank Adventure to learn financial basics, and then head to Where’s the Fire? to learn all about fire safety. The Test the Limits Lab invites little ones to safety test everyday products used at home.

Living with the Land (Epcot): Your kids will enjoy the 14-minute boat ride that teaches about farming and where food comes from. Interestingly, the produce you see on the tour is grown for and used in Epcot restaurants. For an extra fee, you can also enjoy a Behind the Seeds walking tour and enjoy an herb/spice sensory challenge, vegetable taste tests and a ladybug release.

Journey into the Imagination with Figment (Epcot): On this ride you’ll journey through the labs of the Imagination Institute to see the impact that the five senses can have on one’s imagination. Following the ride, kids can enjoy ImageWorks, a hands-on play area where kids can conduct an orchestra, experiment with lights and video, and explore various interactive stations.

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (Animal Kingdom): Your kids will enjoy this self-guided walking tour of African wildlife, which gives them the opportunity to watch naked mole rats in underground burrows, cruise through an aviary filled with rare African birds, and even see hippos, gorillas and meerkats. Another self-guided tour to check out at Animal Kingdom is the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (Magic Kingdom): Head to Tomorrowland inside the Magic Kingdom and travel decade by decade along with a family as they discover new technologies that make their lives easier. No doubt this ride will spark questions about what life was like for grandma and grandpa when they were growing up.

What are some of your favorite attractions at Walt Disney World that are both fun and educational? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, be sure to check out my related post, Magic Kingdom: The Perfect Itinerary for Preschoolers.

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  1. Great post! I actually saw your earlier post this year on Disney World, and I ended up buying that book before our trip in June. It was a lifesaver, thank you!

    We (me AND my 18 month old son) really enjoyed Magic Kingdom the most. I think all experiences for him are learning experiences, so I wasn’t too worried about that for this trip. I really of course enjoyed doing Fantasyland with him since that is what he reacted to the most. He loved the carousel! He also really loved the show (Mickey Mouse Club House and other characters) at Hollywood (and he doesn’t even watch TV yet so he wasn’t as familiar as the older kids).

    It was such a wonderful trip!

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