Walt Disney “just had to get in there” and fulfill a sense of duty to his country during World War I. He served with the American Red Cross and through the years provided artwork and films for various military efforts. This Memorial Day holiday, take time to acknowledge those whose lives were sacrificed. Without them, there would be no United States of America.
We cyber visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) at Walt Disney World this month and spotlighted a couple favorite stage shows. Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage debuted at then Disney-MGM Studios’ (now DHS) November 22, 1991, marking the first time a feature film and its stage version opened on the same day. Help your children develop a stage play from traditional versions of the folktale. Playhouse Disney—Live on Stage! is a great place for parents to cool off and toddlers to recharge as they help familiar TV characters plan a party for Minnie. Test a few recipes to see which produces the biggest, most colorful, and longest-lasting bubbles.
“Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in the creative imagination of a man named George Lucas, a new mythology was created. He called it Star Wars. Visit DHS during Star Wars Weekends and check out the Star Tours attraction. Teach your children how to utilize search engines to gather information for an internet scavenger hunt.
Hungry? Sample a variety of menus at DHS, from Mom’s downhome cooking at the 50s Prime Time Cafe to dinner and a movie at the Sci-Fi Drive-in to gourmet fare at the Hollywood Brown Derby. Follow Disney’s example of not letting edible food go to waste. Organize a group collection benefitting Feed the Children and make their goal to prevent hunger in the United States and around the world your goal too.
The 2008 opening of Toy Story Mania! marked the first time Walt Disney Imagineering designed an attraction to premiere simultaneously at Walt Disney World and at Disney’s California Adventure. “Shrink” to the size of Andy’s toys and play an interactive 3-D game on this ride. Help your kids build their own carnival style catapult game.
Do your children realize Walt Disney was a real man? Or do they think Walt Disney is just a company name? Stepping into any Disney Park is like walking into Walt’s own dreams. Be sure to check out Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at DHS and introduce your kids to the man behind the magic. Have them keep a dream journal and do as Walt did: test their dreams against their beliefs, dare to take risks, and execute their vision to make those dreams come true.
The Great Movie Ride carries Guests through Raiders of the Lost Ark, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and Alien, and past nearly fifty lifelike Audio-Animatronic replicas of legendary movie stars in memorable film moments including an oozing Alien movie scene. Freak out your kids and make your own creepy, drippy slime!
This month, we were excited to host our first giveaways! Congratulations to Bethany LeBedz and Laurel Peace, winners of Magical Mouse Schoolhouse t-shirts! Thanks to all who participated in the challenges. We will have more fun stuff to offer during the summer months. Be sure to let your friends know about us, so they can join the fun!
Take some time to review the posts you missed and try out the suggested applications. Check back this Thursday to see what’s up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Think outside the textbook with this veteran homeschooling author & editor, and learn while you play!