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This program requires registration before ticket package purchase.

Head to Disney California Adventure Park to experience physics principles like kinetic energy and speed at work. Learn the role science plays in engineering our most thrilling attractions.

For groups of 10 or more.

  • Disneyland Resort, California
  • Year-Round
  • Middle–Junior High, High School, Girl Scout Cadettes, Girl Scout Seniors, Girl Scout Ambassadors
  • Starting Price

Program Overview

During this 3-hour interactive learning experience, students in grades 6-12 will learn the role of mechanical physics at Disney California Adventure Park. Students will study Newton's laws of motion and use the scientific method to explore the practical uses of magnetism, friction, gravity and different forms of energy. With the park as their learning lab, students will perform hands-on experiments to see and test the relationship between physics and their favorite Disney attractions.

Key Learning Points

During this interactive field study, students will:

  • Brainstorm and design concepts for a Disney attraction
  • Describe various forms of energy
  • Define speed, velocity, acceleration, inertia, force, and friction
  • Discuss and measure g-forces
  • State and illustrate the Law of Conservation of Energy
  • State Newton's First and Third Laws of Motion
  • Compare and contrast traditional propulsion systems to linear induction motors
  • Articulate factors that may influence the attraction design process
  • Discuss various careers associated with the study of physics
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.

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Program Length: 3 hours
Program Grade Range: Grades 6-12

Below are 5 easy steps for planning your Disney Youth Education Series visit at Disneyland® Resort.

  1. Select the program(s) that best suits your group.
  2. Choose the dates you intend to visit. 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. Disney Youth Education Series programs are available 7 days a week, with the exception of certain blockout dates.
  3. Submit a Program Request Form at least 6 weeks in advance of your travel dates.
  4. Upon receipt of a booking confirmation from the Disney Youth Programs team, you may purchase your value-priced group Theme Park Tickets, 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. Be sure to request information on food and beverage options from your Disney Youth Representative. Information on convenient Disney on-site group hotel accommodations is also available by calling (714) 520-5004.

Additional Guests

Additional Guests are the perfect way to share the wonder and magic of your Disneyland® 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 tickets include admission only and do not include participation in the Disney Youth Education Series program.

Questions

Disney Youth Representatives can guide you in choosing the programs that best suit your group. We understand that your group is unique and may require additional help. Please visit our Contact Us section of the site for Frequently Asked Questions and contact information for a Disney Youth Representative.

*A minimum of 10 students is required and a maximum of two (2) adults must attend the program per every ten (10) – nineteen (19) students. The number of chaperones participating in the program may not exceed the number of students.

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.

Materials

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 Supplemental Materials sheet

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

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.