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Disney announces new educational experiences at US theme parks

Walt Disney Imagineering has announced a series of educational workshops at Disney’s US theme parks called Disney Imagination Campus.

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Starting in January 2022, Disney Imagination Campus’ educational experiences can be found at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) aims to inspire the next generation of creatives through the following workshops – Performing Arts, Arts & Humanities, Science & Technology, and Leadership & Innovation.

“Our Walt Disney Imagineering partners are renowned for blue sky thinking, masterful storytelling, and creative problem-solving,” said Maryann Smith, vice president of sales, services and events at Disney Destinations.

Disney’s learning opportunities were developed to “challenge students to use their imagination, all within our real-world learning laboratories and performance venues across our theme parks”, said Smith.

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Performing Arts workshops have been available at Disney theme parks “for more than 40 years”, said Matt Conover, vice president of live entertainment at Disneyland Resort.

“Disney Imagination Campus will build upon that legacy and expand on stage and backstage experiences led by world-class Disney arts professionals,” Conover added.

“We worked with educators from a variety of disciplines to bring their expertise so our new campus will offer educational experiences for students from all over to enjoy.”

Disney has also teamed up with game-based learning platform Kahoot! on interactive learning experiences for Disney Imagination Campus students and visitors at Disney parks.

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“Kahoot!’s long-standing relationship with Disney is now expanding beyond the classroom, bringing interactive learning experiences to the Disney parks designed for Disney Imagination Campus students,” said Kahoot! CEO Eilert Hanoa.

“Whether students are visiting the Disney parks for a day or participating in workshops, we’ve developed interactive, self-guided challenges that will test their comprehension and retention of key learning objectives during their visit.

“This is a holistic, groundbreaking, and experiential approach to education.”

Walt Disney Imagineering recently unveiled an animatronic Baby Groot, which is part of ‘Project Kiwi’. “This small-scale, free-roaming robotic actor can take on the role of similarly-sized characters,” said WDI.

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A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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