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going2wdw
03-01-2001, 04:27 PM
I received the information I had requested on the education programs for kids at WDW. I got the package today and it seems almost too good to be true. The only downside is that the package is only listed as including park passes but the price with park passes makes me wonder whether I should wait and activate my DDs annual passes later. This is a sample:

5-day Prem"EAR" package
One standard Disney Y.E.S. Program
5-day Park hopper pass
Disney Y.E.S. T-shirt
choice of 1 day water or 1 day disneyquest
$133.00 per person

The price of a regular 5-day hopper pass is $230 for anyone over 10 so the cost of the package is much less and includes the class, optional pass and t-shirt - the package passes are good for quests under 22 with a group of 10 minimum. They do expire 7 days after 1st use.

Two chaperone packages are included for each group and for every 5 students one chaperone may purchase the package at the student price.

There are add-ons if we wanted to do additional classes.

The things that worry me are the brochure says it is good until Sept 30, 2001 so the prices may change. Also I do hope this is still around when we want to use it.

I do have a call in to them to ask about prices without passes and will also ask about the timing and if/when a new brochure will be available.

Here's a link to the classes offered. Disney Y.E.S site (http://disney.go.com/DisneyWorld/disneyyouthprograms/YouthEducationSeries/index.html)

Not sure where we need to go from here. I do think this is a very good opportunity for our kids to get to do something that we won't get a chance on other trips. Let me know who is interested and if you have a preferred class. That might get us started. We will need to wait until the convention schedule is set before we do anything.

Convention planners - is this okay or should we get with you to organize this?

*~* Annual Pass update
AP holders will only pay the "add-on" rate for the classes. A standard class is $18 and an extended class is $28. The t-shirt is an additional $5.

I'm going to add a list and I'll keep it updated as we have more interested. This will help keep the numbers and ages together. As the plans are more final we'll start deciding on classes, schedules and how to work out the passes.

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DIS name ------ Age at convention
Tiger Fan DD ------ 5
bashful64 DS ------ 5
Emmy DS ------ 6
going2wdw DD#2 ------ 7
Mom-to-3 DD#2 ------ 7
bashful64 DD ------ 7
CookieGVB DS#2 ------ 8
dizkneybabe DD ------ 8
Mom-to-3 DS ------ 9
CookieGVB DS#1 ------ 9
going2wdw DD#1 ------ 10
Teri DD ------ 11
fostrmom2mny DD#2 ------ 12
fostrmom2mny DS ------ 12
Mom-to-3 DD#1 ------ 12
dizkneybabe DS ------ 12
Tiggeroo ------ 13
Tiggeroo ------ 13
CarolynNC DS ------ 15
Tiggeroo DD ------ 16
fostrmom2mny DD#1 ------ 17
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[This message was edited by going2wdw on 03-18-01 at 10:46 PM.]

fostrmom2mny
03-01-2001, 08:36 PM
In this for my kids!! Just let me know all the bottom line prices and such. Gerri

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going2wdw
03-01-2001, 09:13 PM
The $133 would be the final cost but would include the 5 day park pass. The same package with a expanded study class would be $143 and it is the most expensive. The least expensive is $99 which includes a 3 day pass and t-shirt but not the optional day. The 5 day seems to be the best value especially for the convention since that would provide park passes for Wed-Sun.

The prices may change for the next enrollment year also. We probably won't be able to do actual cost until we know how many are going to participate.

I have 2 girls 9yo & 6yo. They seemed most interested in the animation program but 6yo won't be quite old enough according to the listing (3rd grade) . There are more programs for kids 3rd - 12th grade so depending on how many are interested the younger kids may can do a different program than the older ones. That will give the older ones more selection.

Gerri - how old are your kids? Do you have preference on the class?

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teri
03-01-2001, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the info, Janette... Hmmmm... I wish the passes were not part of it, we have APs... but my DD has already jumped up and down for joy over the idea of doing these programs. I guess we need at least 10 kids!

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fostrmom2mny
03-02-2001, 06:46 AM
My kids was the Magic Behind the Show. Grades 6 thru 12. I know though that we need a program that will most fit ALL ages. My kids are DS 12, DD 12, and DD 17. My daughters are in special classes and their reading levels are both in the 3rd grade range, so even the younger stuff for them would work. They are both hands on and auditorial learners, so I imagine that these programs would be fantastic for them. Since I will have to do some high talking to get my DS out of classes for about a week, One of these classes may help intise the teachers' understanding and blessings :) Myself, I would think that the price that includes the passes would be a great thing for us. If enough people do this, maybe some of us could get the lower rate. If I remmeber correctly, the passes thru the convention are $202.00 each. This would actually same me some $$ even if just the kids get the price. I hope we can get at least ten kids to gaurentee that they'll do this. My three are in!!!!!!

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Mom-to-3
03-02-2001, 06:54 AM
$133 for a 5-day hopper! Wow. The DIS Con 5-day convention hopper is $182 for ages under 10.

Looking through the web site, I couldn't tell quickly if they have to do a class every day in order to get a 5-day hopper. Also, will the DIS Con have enough kids in a certain age range?

Thank you for looking into all this stuff for us! :)

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going2wdw
03-02-2001, 07:05 AM
One class is included a standard or extended depending on the package. The standard classes are 3 hours. We will have to pick a day / days for the class and may be able to do more than one group. I think we can get 10 but the challenge will be getting groups of different interests / ages.

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CarolynNC
03-02-2001, 09:11 AM
I found some I'd love to take and I'm sure I can get my 14 (15 at convention time) year old son interested. Count me in if this works out.

I would think there would be enough to make up several classes.


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fostrmom2mny
03-03-2001, 08:30 AM
My biggest problem is getting my 12 yr DS as hyped. The girls are excited and I've read the different classes offered to them and they have chosen for their top four choices as these. (DS says, whatever)

Disney's Animation Generation"
at Disney-MGM Studios -- best for students in grades 3 - 7

Language Arts -- 3 hours

Embark on a voyage to discover how storytelling is vital to the success of the animation process. Hands-on activities and authentic Disney production artwork are integrated with state-of-the-art Disney attractions in this program. These elements serve as the foundation for students to demonstrate creative problem-solving skills as they create pre-production storyboards.
Standard study courseDisney's World of Physics: Properties of Motion"
at Magic Kingdom -- best for students in grades 3 - 12

Mathematics & Science -- 3 hours

This interactive program casts students in the role of Theme Park scientists as they explore the Physics concept of mechanics at select Magic Kingdom attractions. Hands-on examinations and activities of the basic properties of force, motion, and gravity bring this adventure to life.
Standard study course

Magic Behind the Show" -- NEW
at Downtown Disney -- best for students in grades 6 - 12

Performing Arts -- 3 1/2 hours

During this entertainment adventure, students participate in improvisational games, study a live performance, and come to know one another as members of a creative team. Using their new knowledge, they perform a unique improvisational production


World of Outdoors"
a Disney's Wilderness Adventures Course -- best for students in grades Pre-K - 12

Wildlife Environments -- 3 hours

Discover hidden treasures in nature often missed by the untrained eye. Students learn how to observe and interpret animal behavior in the wild and gain basic outdoor skills. (This is a Disney Scout Sprit Days program designed to help Girl Scouts meet merit badge requirements.)
Standard Study Course designed to help Girl Scouts meet merit badge requirements.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

I also read that even though it says that the programs are BEST suited for paticular age groups, I knoe from experiance that if kids are really interested in a certain program and close to the reccomended grade, it should work out OK for them. Our next step may be to get a show of hands on how many kids we have and then ages and which four classes sound great to them. Maybe we can find a consesis as to which ones to offer to choose from and so on. I really hope we can do this. Not on;ly does it sound fun for the kids and give them time to be indipendant and time of their own, it gives us parents a chance to have a few hours of our own. It doesn't hurt that it can save us a few $$ to boot, and a Glow in the Dark tee shirt as a souvinir for the kids :)

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going2wdw
03-03-2001, 11:47 AM
I've added an interested list to the top post. Please let me know if you'd like me to add your child's name. We'll work out details as far as class selection and other things after we get a more complete list and the convention schedule is posted.

Thanks Gerri for posting some of the class descriptions. Those are some of the ones we are also most interested in.

I will be updating as soon as I have a chance to talk to Disney about the annual pass issue.

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Mom-to-3
03-03-2001, 05:42 PM
If it is alright with Pete that we get our passes this way, rather through him,

and if we only have to do one class,

then count me in. Saving $$ is always good.

DD#1 will be 12
DS will be 9
DD#2 will be 7

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emmy
03-03-2001, 07:37 PM
I'm interested- but most of the classes are above my kids ages. I think DS6 would like the outdoor one for pre-k-12.
Also we all have APs also- so if we can just do the classes I would say 1 or 2 of my kids would probably go!

Emmy

mnbrowns
03-03-2001, 09:43 PM
My kids are too young for most of these also. If we can find some more classes for younger ones, maybe we can set up 2 programs.

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Tiger Fan
03-04-2001, 07:48 PM
Do they have classes for kids as young as four (will be almost five at convention)? Just wondering if there is anything for my little one. Thanks.

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going2wdw
03-04-2001, 08:18 PM
The youngest option is pre-K so 5 would be old enough. That is "World of Outdoors", there is also a "Ranch Encounter" with the the start listed as K so that would probably be okay. These look like the only two choices for the 4-5 age range.
One of these would probably be a good option for the younger kids.

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going2wdw
03-05-2001, 10:46 AM
*~* Annual Pass update
AP holders will only pay the "add-on" rate for the classes. A standard class is $18 and an extended class is $28. The t-shirt is an additional $5.

I also asked about kids with special needs and they said that is no problem. We do have to have chaperones and can have extra if a child needs one on one assistance.

I think these classes well worth this price. This is something we wouldn't be able to do on most family trips so I'm looking forward to this opportunity.

Janette

Linda
03-05-2001, 05:35 PM
Hi!

The passes you have listed here are for Disney's youth programs such as scout groups, youth group field trips, etc....

So we can not get these passes as we would have had to book the whole trip as a youth group which we are not. Plus the youth groups are not set up to handle conventions like we are having, for example they do not offer all the special events that we are planning such as the Illuminations Dessert Party.

Now it maybe possible to add some of the special youth day programs to our convention if there is enough interest. I will check on this when I'm in WDW next week and let you know.

Linda

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Tiger Fan
03-05-2001, 05:42 PM
This annual pass holder info is great for us. If this works out, Emily would be old enough for the Ranch Encounter and the Outdoor one too. I know she would love the Ranch one as we spent a morning at Tri-Circle Ranch in January and I think she liked that more than the parks. Keep us posted.

Lisa

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Mom-to-3
03-05-2001, 07:17 PM
Well, reading Linda's response makes me think we can't get the reduced price passes this way. If that's the case, I don't want to do a class. I'm sorry. :(

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going2wdw
03-05-2001, 07:56 PM
Linda, these are for youth groups but not limited to school or scouts. The brochure says they are available exclusively to K-12 student groups of 10 or more. I did mention to them today that we were going to be there as part of a convention and from various parts of the country they didn't indicate that would create an exclusion.

The discounted passes are only for the class participants and would not include others from the convention. The passes are optional but the classes do require park admission so for those that do need passes it would be a better deal for them.

Janette

CookieGVB
03-07-2001, 09:18 AM
The programs sound great...maybe we could arrange for them to take place on the 27th - the day before the actual convention begins? (Just a suggestion - you don't want the classes to conflict with the other convention activities...you'd have to ask who is arriving when, though...)

I have 2 DSs - will be 9 & 8 (5th & 3rd grades) - we have APs, so we'd just be paying the add-on fees.

Thanks for looking into this - please keep us posted!

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teri
03-07-2001, 10:03 AM
For me, it isn't about the cost of passes at all. It is about the quality of the programs and the ability to get our kids into them. Many of the other activities that have been suggested - cookie decorating, or crafts, or treasure hunts, that sort of thing - are fine for little kids, but would not be nearly enough to keep our school-age kids going for half a day or more while we are shmoozing. I really see this as an opportunity to see the DIS Youth (Orphans of the DIS? Children of DIStracted Parents?) into a really fine set of activities that have educational and social value, and are developmentally appropriate for their age group. So, if there is some way we can figure out to make this happen, we should. I nknwo that parents of younger kids won't see the value of this, but those of us who have school-age kids know that the kids want to hang out with each other and do fun stuff independent of the parents, and this is the very best supervised program for that at WDW.

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going2wdw
03-07-2001, 05:19 PM
Cookie - we will be waiting on the convention schedule before we make any real plans. Just getting a list together to see the interest level at this point. There may not be enough arriving early to do anything before the convention. The minimum is 10 and I know I will be trying to get my children there maybe even Wednesday night since they will be missing school to attend.

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CarolynNC
03-12-2001, 06:33 AM
I think there are some great programs offered. I would hate for our sons and daughters to miss this wonderful opportunity not available during a normal WDW trip.

Carolyn

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Tiggeroo
03-12-2001, 06:52 AM
Count me in for my 16yo and two 13yo's. Don't know which class they'd be most interested in. Would my 16yo be the only one her age going. Any other parents of teens let me know.

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bashful64
03-12-2001, 07:36 AM
My DD (she will be 7) might be interested. We would only need to add on the cost of the class as we already have UMPs with our 7 day land/sea package.

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CarolynNC
03-12-2001, 08:22 AM
TiggerooCheck the list in the first post. My son will be 15 and there is a 17 year old. Check the link for a list of classes. There are so many great ones I think we can work out something to please just about everyone.

On another noteI'm very enthusiastic about these programs and I'm willing to volunteer as one of the chaperones. I don't mind missing time at the parks if it means my son can enjoy this experience.

Carolyn

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going2wdw
03-13-2001, 04:48 AM
Thanks Carolyn for the chaperone offer. We will need at least one per class but will need to base that on ages of the kids. The miniumum is 1-15 and the max is 1-5.

I'm not at home this week but I will keep checking when I get a few minutes. Everyone will be added to the list as soon as I can.

The list is growing, we may be able to arrange different classes for K-2, 2-6 and teens. :D

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bashful64
03-13-2001, 12:35 PM
My DS will be 5 and might be interested depending on the class and if there were other boys his age in it.

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fostrmom2mny
03-16-2001, 02:48 PM
Just had to bump this up so as no one will forget about this. BTW, Linda, have you read the last few posts on this? According to what is being read, we could enroll our kids in one of these programs as long as we have at least ten. I am right? Gerri

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Mom-to-3
03-17-2001, 05:21 AM
In the middle of the night it occurred to me:

Would we be able to get the 5-day pass ahead of time... or would we have to attend the class first?

I like to have everything in hand ahead of time. Just my way.

I'm also waiting to see if Linda is really OK with this.

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going2wdw
03-18-2001, 07:36 PM
I haven't gotten final information on timing yet, from the brochure I think they could be picked up early. The tenative plan would be to pick up the package and be able to have it for everyone Wednesday.

I'll keep up the list of everyone interested and once we get the schedule and final okays we'll go ahead. Thank you to everyone for your patience.

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fostrmom2mny
03-19-2001, 06:41 AM
For keeping this up and going. I had wondered the same thing as well since my bunch will be arriving Tues afternoon. (I thought it would be a good time to visit Disney Quest, but then I read an article in the Southern Living magazine that told about going over to Boardwalk and renting surrey bikes buiklt for four. (anyone else ever did this?) That might be fun and then be ready to hit one of the parks early Wed. morning. (If we can have the passes ahead of time.) When I was working on the Disney's Magic Music Days, it was the same simular thing, and we would have had to send $$$ in ahead of time, and I believe that they were sent out ahead of time. BUT with all of us, we'd need to send you all our $$$ and then Disney would send the passes to you. If that is how it ends up working out, then when everyone sends you his/her $$, they need to send a return selfaddressed stamped envelope. I may be jumping ahead here, but I'm so excited about this! Thanks Janette for all your consistancy in keeping this thing going, I know my kids are going to love it!! Gerri

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fostrmom2mny
03-23-2001, 11:36 AM
So it doesn't get lost or forgotten :) :)
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going2wdw
03-28-2001, 03:41 PM
:D

fostrmom2mny
04-06-2001, 05:03 PM
Bump

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luvdsny
05-14-2001, 12:29 PM
...time for a little bump again. :D

fostrmom2mny
06-17-2001, 11:54 AM
Hey Jeanette, any new developments on this since the itenery for the DIS Con is out? Thanks for your help. Gerri

mnmom22
06-17-2001, 06:57 PM
I have an almost 7 yo boy who would love any program he would be old enough for. Our last trip he did the pirate cruise and loved it. He also loved the kids program on the cruise. We have AP's so ehatever would work out. That would also free me up to spend a little quality time with his 20 yo sister.

going2wdw
06-18-2001, 06:39 PM
I'm moving and have a vacation planned in the next month so I won't be able to work on these plans for a little while. It looks like we'll have plenty of time in the schedule so I'll get some new documentation and verify that our group can do the programs. It will be a great opportunity for the kids to get a glimpse of something else Disney has to offer.

fostrmom2mny
08-01-2001, 06:36 PM
It's time to give this a BUMP!!
Bumpety Bump!!

Here ya go .

going2wdw
08-27-2001, 11:28 PM
Bump - Started two new posts for final lists:

Program for 3rd to 12th Grade (http://www.disboards.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=86113)

Program for K to 2nd Grade (http://www.disboards.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=86109)