Magic Kingdom at Disney World is full of classic rides and exciting attractions. However, it is also home to educational experiences throughout the park. Below is a list of 15 educational experiences for homeschooling at Magic Kingdom.
- The Hall of Presidents – See all presidents represented at The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. All ages are welcome to watch American History unfold before your eyes. Also, as you walk into the entrance of this attraction, look around as it is inspired by Independence Hall in Philadelphia (where the U.S. Constitution was signed).
- Presidential Artifacts – Take a minute to walk around the lobby of The Hall of Presidents and see real artifacts such as, from George Washington (his dental instruments) and Abraham Lincoln’s (his leather portfolio).
- Presidential Seal – Located in Hall of Presidents in the center of the waiting area is a Presidential Seal that is surrounded by a gate. This is the only place other than the White House where this seal can be found.
- Different styled doors – Most of the buildings in Liberty Square are styled as residential dwellings that could have been found along the Hudson River in New York in the 1700’s – 1800’s. Each building has a door and the 2 numbers on that door indicate the year that type of door was in use in American homes. Add an 18 to the front of the number and you’ll know when this door was first found in America. A door with the number 19 would indicate 1819.
- Sagging shutters – Take a hard look at the shutters on the windows in Liberty Square. They are all sagging! This is because during the Revolutionary War, England stopped shipping anything made of metal to the United States because the colonials were melting them down to make bullets. The only way the shutters were able to hang were by leather straps that over time began to stretch and cause the shutters to sag.
- The Liberty Bell – This bell is made from the same mold as The Liberty Bell that can be found in Pennsylvania. There were 50 bells cast from the original and given to the 50 states. Since Pennsylvania already had one, they sent theirs to Disney World.
- The Brown Pavement – You may notice in Liberty Square, the brown pavement running through, this represents the raw sewage that used to run down the streets in Colonial America. As indoor plumbing did not yet exist, residents would throw their trash and waste out the window.
- Liberty Square Riverboat – Cruise on a steam-powered paddler wheeler and take in many educational scenes such as: an early American settlement and an idyllic Native American village.
- Two if by sea – In one of the windows facing the Haunted Mansion you will find 2 lanterns. These represent the ones that indicated if the British were coming. Be sure to check them at night to see them lit up.
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Travel through the 20th century and see how technology has changed, following an average American family. Starting with gas lamps and a hand-cranked washing machine to the invention of the radio followed by television, and more, travel from the 1900’s, to 1920’s and 1940’s and end at present day.
- Walt Disney World Railroad – Riding the Walt Disney World Railroad is an excellent opportunity to learn about trains. Walt Disney himself loved trains. The 4 restored trains running at Disney World today were originally built between 1916 and 1928.
- Main Street Vehicles – Are fun examples of popular U.S. vehicles found at the turn of the century. Look for: a Horse-Drawn Street Car, a Jitney, a Fire Engine and an Omnibus.
- Dapper Dans – After seeing turn of the century vehicles, listen to turn of the century tunes from the Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet on Main St USA.
- Tom Sawyer Island – This attraction is based on the classic stories by Mark Twain. See a giant waterwheel, explore early frontier settlement and more. For any height, found in Fronteirland.
- Swiss Family Treehouse – Explore nature and a treehouse based on the Swiss Family Robinson, plus get a workout at the same time when climbing a total of 116 stairs. Bonus, the view from the top.
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