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This program requires registration before ticket package purchase.

Journey behind the scenes and on select attractions to explore "wild" careers in zoology. Discover the innovative ways that Disney staff promote animal care and well‐being.

For groups of 10 or more.

  • Walt Disney World, Florida
  • Year-Round
  • High School, Girl Scout Seniors, Girl Scout Ambassadors
  • Starting Price

Program Overview

Students in grades 9-12 will study various animal science roles—from animal behaviorist to nutritionist—at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park. Throughout this 3-hour field study, students investigate the responsibilities and contributions of the various scientific teams that ensure the well-being of the animals in our care.

Learning Objectives

During this interactive field study, students will:

  • Learn the importance of maintaining a genetically diverse population of captive animals and the role of zoos in managing that biodiversity
  • Examine the roles of science and technology in meeting local, national and global conservation challenges
  • Comprehend the ways in which humans today are putting their environmental support systems at risk
  • Discuss how the animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park act as ambassadors for their species by raising awareness to help prevent extinction
  • Learn how zoos are transforming animal care from an art to a science with innovative management techniques
  • Think critically about the role that they can play in conservation on both a domestic and global level

Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
All programs subject to availability. Program content, times, attractions and locations subject to change due to inclement weather, availability or group dynamics. Students must meet minimum age/grade requirements.

National Core Standards

Disney Youth Education Series fulfill many of the National Core Standards. Review the standards explored through this experience.


Plan Your Trip

Park Location: Disney Animal Kingdom® Park
Program Length: 3 hours
Program Grade Range: Grades 9 - 12

Below are 6 easy steps for planning your Disney Youth Education Series visit to Walt Disney World® Resort.

  1. Select the program(s) that best suits your group.
  2. Choose the dates you intend to visit. Disney Youth Education Series programs are available year-round. While we will work diligently to accommodate your request, we ask that you identify an alternate program date in case programming is not available on your preferred date.
  3. Submit a Program Request Form. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is encouraged to ensure availability of your chosen program.
  4. Upon receipt of confirmation from the Disney Youth Programs team, you may purchase your value-priced group theme park Ticket Packages, which include your first Disney Youth Education Series program. Ask your Disney Youth Representative about adding additional programs during your visit to maximize your experience.
  5. You can also purchase tickets that include other Disney parks or events, including: Disney water parks, Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
  6. Be sure to request information on food and beverage options and convenient Disney on-site group hotel accommodations.

Additional Guests

Additional Guests are the perfect way to share the wonder and magic of your Walt Disney World® Resort visit. Students, friends and family can each enjoy their own special kind of Disney fun with the same great value-priced Disney Youth Education Series ticket packages!* The Disney Youth Education Series Additional Guest ticket package does not include participation in the Disney Youth Education Series program.

Additional Information

Disney Youth Representatives can guide you in choosing the programs that best suit your group, plan your food and beverage options and book your Disney Resort accommodations at special group rates.

*A minimum of 10 students is required and a maximum of one (1) adult may attend the program per every five (5) students. Minimum of 1 adult per 15 students must attend the Program. The number of Group Leaders and additional Guests (i.e. chaperones, parents, siblings, etc.) may not exceed the number of students.

Theme park admission is required and all participants must purchase a Disney Youth Education Series Ticket Package to attend any Disney Youth Education Series program. Use of an admission is required for entrance into the park on the date of your program. Tickets are valid for 7 days prior to your arrival date and after departure date. Annual passes, complimentary admission and regular front‐gate admission cannot be applied to the cost of a program.

All programs subject to availability. Program content, times, attractions and locations subject to change due to inclement weather, availability or group dynamics. Students must meet minimum age/grade requirements.


Use the downloadable materials below to share the objective and key learning points of this program with other teachers, administrators and parents. Also, refer to these materials for support in writing grant applications.

Download the Program Description Sheet

The program description sheet provides an overview of the experience and the key learning points of the program.

Download the Supplemental Materials sheet

Engage in these activities with your students either before or after your trip to the Disney theme parks.