Michelle Townes Lofton

Questions about Disney Classes

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  So excited!! I want to do it all!  And, I already have a question :)

 

Do you anticipate getting enough people to do the Kingdom Keeper Quest on Tuesday, 11/19?  I would love for my kids to participate in that.  However, it is the same time as the Principles of Animal Behavior tour that I was going to register my 5th grader to attend since we took the Ocean Discoveries tour (through Y.E.S.) in 2011.  

 

Since grade levels are so fluid in the homeschooling world, would I be able to bump him up into a middle-school class with his sister?  

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A question from me, too! I have two children who will likely attend How Things Move - would one parent be sufficient to chaperone the both of them? Thanks!

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Michelle, the Kingdom Keepers Quest isn't an educational program. It's an add-on activity/quest that is based on the Kingdom Keepers books. Here's a link: http://www.disneyyouth.com/our-programs/education/sp/kingdom-keepers-quest/#categories-kingdom-keepers-quest

 

Principles of Animal Behavior is very different, so you won't have any overlap. I think we'll have enough to do the Quest - we don't need many.

 

Regarding grade levels - they're not as fluid with Disney for insurance reasons (different programs have different behind-the-scenes components, and insurance factors often play a role in what ages can participate). That said, sometimes I have some flexibility, so when you register, let me know in the comments sections if you're requesting flexibility in the grade level guidelines and I'll let you know if there's any leeway for the program(s) you want.

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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Robin, it's best to have two parents with the How Things Move program because of the rides they do. Sometimes they'll let one parent chaperone two children, but the year before last, they wanted a one-to-one ratio and some parents/children were turned away when there was one parent/two children. So that's why we require a one-to-one ratio now. The Synergy program would be better if you want a two-to-one ratio. I can't guarantee a chaperone spot (it's first registered, first served), but it doesn't require one to one.

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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Thanks for clarifying! I'll register Thomas in his right age group.

 

I was thinking that we had to meet as a group for the Keeper Quest on Tuesday, the 19th at 10:00 and that the Animals class was on the same day from 8:30-11:30.  So, we can do the Quest whenever we have time?  I guess the Keeper Quest is more like the Kim Possible quest (which we've done and enjoyed).  

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Michelle, I'm sorry I misunderstood. You're right - you have to meet as a group to do the quest. Hmmm... how about if I push up the time of the Quest to 1:00 pm? That will give everyone time to finish with their morning program (regardless of which one they choose that day) and each lunch, I think.

 

What do you think?

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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So can we use the age recommendations on the Disney info site, or do we need to stick with what's on your site. I noticed some have a broader age range than what you posted and I'd like to take advantage of that. For instance the Principles of Animal Behavior is listed as being for ages 7-13, and I have an 11and turning-9 year old who would love it, but I wasn't sure if your 3rd-5th Grade designation would cover the 11 yr old? Although he would also enjoy the La Nouba backstage as well! Thanks for your time, Diana!

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Jennifer, you'll need to go by the age ranges that I have at my site. When a public school class arranges to participate in Disney's programs, they target the programming for that one specific grade. Since we're homeschoolers, they give us a broader range, but they still need to be able to target the information. We've found that the narrower we can make it, the better the experience for all the students.That said, if your student's grade differs by one level for any class, email me and we'll see if there's some flexibility for that specific class.

 

For the La Nouba backstage class, they're very strict about that one because it's behind the scenes and there are insurance issues. 

 

Dianna

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Oh, I get it now.  I guess part of my confusion is that we don't have strict grade levels for our kids, they're at different grade levels in different subjects, so if someone (like our church) needs a grade I usually just take their age and subtract five from it on the assumption they would have started Kindy at age 5.  But it's also totally normal these days to start at 6, so I guess I could use that number, too?  I just don't want to have to email you and bug you for every single class :P , so I'm trying to figure out what the best guidelines are going to be for me to make my plans.  Thanks again for dedicating so much time to us!

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Are any of the classes full? We are considering joining all of you this year. We did the individual Yes class one year, and we had a blast.

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None of the classes are full yet, so no worries. Welcome! :)

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I am new to this group,and hoping to go on this trip also!  One of the reasons I wanted to go along so much was the opportunity to do Kingdom Keepers,which you can only do with t agroup,so I assumed we'd never get to do it,and both sons have loved that series of books- so thanks for all the effort and info here!

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You're welcome, hsmama! I think my daughter and I will do Kingdom Keepers this year, too.

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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b/c a class has stated 'grade levels' does that mean the ages are flexible? my 14 y.o. wants to do the zoologist program,he's in 9-10th grade......would that be ok? ( he has taken h.s. level science classes since the 7th grade,so he's familiar with this kind of thing)

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Anyone else having a class schedule conflict?  We have one child going to Animal Kingdom on Tuesday morning and the other going to Magic Kingdom.  We figure one parent and child can hop a cab, since we are staying off site, to get to Animal Kingdom but I thought if someone else was going that way maybe we could meet up and car pool?

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Hi I have a few questions about the Disney classes:

 

#1 - Are any of these new classes?  Wildlife Conservation (6-9), Principles of Animal Behavior (3-5), Energy and Waves Physics Lab 101 or 201, Discovering the American Spirit (6-8)

 

#2 - Those are the classes two of my kids are interested in - have your kids given them a thumbs up or ok?  I would like some reviews please.

 

#3 Wildlife Conservation - would my child be disappointed with this if they are thinking learning about animals?  Would animal behavior be better?

 

#4 If I have a child in 5th and 6th next year, would they be in the same class with Energy and Waves?  It sounds like they would be there at the same time, but in different age groups, therefore different teaching levels.  Do you know much to give me a more descriptive explanation of what is taught (kinda a scope and sequence if you will)?  For ratings if it has been done before, did the kids have fun and learn with this one or were some kids bored once they did it because it really wasn't something they were interested in or went over their head?

 

#5 - I believe I recall Discovering the American Spirit.  Could parents or children tell me a bit more about this and what they thought of it?

 

Thanks, I much appreciate your input in advance! :)

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Now questions about my K and 2nd grader to make an informed decision between the two choices.

 

How things Move and  Synergy in Science look like the only choices this year.  I thought I saw an animal one at the AK last year and thought it would be an easy decision for the youngest ones!  It sounds like reading this thread that in How Things Move the kids actually go on rides as part of the class?  Do they on the other class too?  My K is a girl and my 2nd grader is an ALL BOY, very active and his head is always thinking.  I am surprised how much he already seems to know about science and I wonder where he learned it all! :)  What have your kids thought about these two programs?

 

 

Thanks again, just trying to get the best fit for my children.  They seem too young to choose between the two.

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This is the first year I've included Wildlife Conservation on the schedule, Animal Behavior used to be called Wild by Nature and we've done it every year for the past 7 or so years (majority good reviews). Energy and Waves also has been offered for the last 7 years or so (majority good reviews). I just added back American Spirit in 2013 (after doing it back in 2007 or so) and it got good reviews, even with the early start time.

 

Since we've never done the Wildlife Conservation before, I can't answer your third question.

 

Energy and Waves has three levels now: 101, 201, 301, so your children would be in two different classes (same date, same time, same park, but different classes). It's a favorite among the students because it includes a brief behind-the-scenes look into the Haunted Mansion attraction. If you don't want your children to experience that attraction (for whatever reason), then choose a different program. Click on the link in the class description at my website for a more-indepth description of that program (and others).

 

We got good reviews of American Spirit. The curriculum for that one was recently revamped and (according to feedback), it's a better program now than when we did it years ago.

 

I hope this helps, but I hope parents will pop in to share their experiences with the programs.

 

Warmly,

Dianna

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For your K and 2nd students, both programs have rides. If you do the HTM, you'd need two parents to attend. For Synergy, one could attend for both. Both get mostly good reviews, but HTM focuses more on physics while Synergy focuses on different sciences and how they merge together (kind of...). HTM is at Magic Kingdom, and Synergy is at EPCOT (if that matters in juggling your schedule).

 

Warmly,
Dianna

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Bless9ings, I did the animal behavior experience last year with my son, who was 10. We loved it! It rained for much of our trip, but for this class that turned out to be fine, because many of the animals were out and active. The tour is in the AK, and for our group we ended up having 4 homeschooling families ( this is often not the class, as IE classes are open to everyone). Our teacher was fantastic, and she showed us so many things we might have just quickly walked by on our own. She explained habitat design and gave detailed animal information. The class ended with a fast pass entry onto the safari ride!

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Thanks Dianna for pointing out that there is links in the descriptions!  I guess I was quickly skimming the information so quickly I didn't realize their was links with more information.  Also, I copied and pasted the information into my word processor and then printed it out for the kids to read and choose, so there would be no further access to more info or realizing it after taking a second in depth look at the class descriptions!  :)

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