Disney Parks is launching the Disney Imagination Campus in 2022 that will teach student groups to use their imagination for solving challenges in creative ways. Using interactive workshops, performances, and special events, student groups will learn to solve real-life issues with creative ingenuity.
Hosted at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort, these educational experiences help empower schools, classrooms, and student groups.
From Youth Programs to Imagination Campus
The Disney Imagination Campus is a rebranding and reimagining of the former Disney Youth Programs. The Disney Youth Programs allowed students to experience real-life applications of their classroom lessons at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Open to students from kindergarten to college, schools or groups of students could attend workshops at a resort and be given in-park performance opportunities.
“Our Walt Disney Imagineering partners are renowned for blue sky thinking, masterful storytelling, and creative problem-solving,” says Maryann Smith, Vice President of Sales, Services & Events at Disney Destinations. “We’ve taken these key skills and worked with Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Live Entertainment and other Disney thought leaders to create new educational experiences to challenge students to use their imagination, all within our real-world learning laboratories and performance venues across our theme parks.”
Here’s a promo video Disney Imagination Campus released:
Disney Imagination Campus Curriculum
The curriculum offered by Disney Imagination Campus is based on the following four areas of interest:
Performing Arts. Students will engage in workshops taught by world-class Disney entertainment professionals and perform on Disney stages for audiences from around the world.
Art & Humanities. Students will discover the role that artists play in theme park design through the exploration of artistic media and storytelling.
Science & Technology. Students will explore how science and technology apply to every element of the theme park experience and are used to create Disney magic for guests.
Leadership & Innovation. Students will engage in hands-on learning that challenges their creative problem-solving and communication skills based on the real-world business experiences of Disney leaders.
These are the workshops and experiences being offered under the new program:
- Technology in Imagineering
- Physics in Imagineering
- Disney Broadway Magic
- Dance Disney
- Marching Band Performances
- Soundtrack Sessions: Instrumental
- Soundtrack Sessions: Vocal
- Stage Performances
- Immersive Storytelling
- Theme Park Design
The Disney Imagination Campus has partnered with Kahoot, a game-based learning platform, to allow students to continue their learning experience in a fun way off-campus.
Disney Imagination Campus FAQ:
Editor’s Note: We reached out to WDW Public Relations for clarification on the following three areas that weren’t adequately addressed in the press material:
- How, exactly, the program works.
- Whether individuals can sign up (i.e. those who are homeschooled) or if they have to be part of a classroom.
- How long the programs are and if there is any type of certification.
WDW Public Relations chose not to answer the questions for us and redirected us to the same press material and Websites we had already read and researched for this article.
All Theme Park Magazine stories are thoroughly researched well beyond press releases put out by companies and it is our goal to provide you with informative and accurate information. We apologize that we were unable to get clarification on the three issues listed above.