The Disney Youth Education Series is a program that gives students a real-world learning experience at Disney Theme Parks. It is for elementary – high school students and is available year-round at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
On select dates, individual enrollment (they usually require groups of 10 to participate in this program) is available and allows individuals, homeschoolers, virtual students and community groups to participate in this magical learning experience.
Classes are typically available in January, February, June, July, August, September and October. You can browse the list of available classes here. Classes do require a minimum number of individuals and you will be notified 1-2 weeks prior to your departure if your selected program’s minimum has not been reached. Purchase of a ticket does not ensure program activation.
Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The adult must attend the class if their child is under 14. If your child is ages 14-18, during the class time, you must remain in the same park as your student.
And if your child takes an educational class at the Disney Resorts, you are eligible for discount Disney World tickets! Each package includes admission to one Disney Youth Series Program plus park tickets. You are usually allowed to purchase tickets for your entire party including chaperones and children that are not eligible to attend a YES class. They recently changed the ticket program and prices are not as cheap as they were in years past.
You do have to purchase your tickets at the time you sign up for the YES class and they are not upgradeable or refundable.
I have not participate in the YES program, but it is definitely something I am considering. If you have participated in this program, please chime in with your experience.