Summer is going to zoom past us at a crazy rate, and fall will be here before you know it. For the real Disney World fans out there with kids, there will come a time when you have to ask yourself if you should take the children out of school to go to Disney. What do you do?
I’m going to tell you to stash their book bag for a few days and pack a suitcase. I say go.
What about school work?
I am a public high school teacher, so this may sound, gasp, like educational hypocrisy. Kids need to be in school. Kids learn great things in school. But as the mother of three Mouse fans ranging from 5th to 9th grade, I know from experience that you only have a certain amount of time your children will live with you until flying away from your nest. If your child hasn’t missed 16 school days due to illness during a school year, then a few days at Disney isn’t going to ensure your darling won’t get into college.
Call the principal beforehand and explain you are taking a trip. You don’t have to even mention Space Mountain, but rather focus on the educational slant that Epcot and Animal Kingdom legitimately offer. Chances are it will be excused. Make sure the school work gets completed before the trip or made up afterward. It seems that it would be less painful to get it done before you leave.
Am I suggesting you take your child to Disney during state testing? Certainly not.
Am I suggesting you take your child to Disney during exams? Certainly not.
Successful children will grow up to take time off from work as adults, and this will undoubtedly require some extra hours of make up work. They might as well learn, and learn it now, how to get things done when plans vary from the norm. Life is full of changes; kids need to know how to adapt to change and varying schedules.
When to Go?
The general unofficial rule of Disney vacationing is that if kids are in school, the parks are less busy. If you’ve ever been to Disney on December 4th and on December 26th, there is a huge difference between crowds. Any time of year that most students are in school is referred to as “off-season” time at Disney. Of course there are exceptions. Lots of kids are in school during March and April, but spring breaks also fall within these months, so park crowds will vary.
For years, most seasoned Disney travelers regarded fall as an un-crowded time to visit WDW, because what parent in their right mind would take their kids out of school when it just started? But more do these days, and with events like the Magic Kingdom’s “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” this may not be the most un-crowded time to go. BUT, it will still be less busy than when the kids are out of school.
Another bonus is that you can frequently find hotel and resort specials off-season as they attempt to get more people into the theme parks.
Need help deciding the best times to visit Disney World?
What else does Orlando have as far as educational opportunities?
For info on Sea World, visit www.seaworld.com.
For info on the Orlando Science Center, visit www.osc.org.
For info on Kennedy Space Center, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
So the worst that can happen if you take them out of school?
Their grades may drop. This is something you will have to weigh against Splash Mountain, I mean educational learning opportunities at Epcot.
Their teacher may be irritated. Bake a banana bread, send it with a note of thanks, and hope for the best.
If the school refused to excuse the absence and you went anyway? See one and 2 above, encourage your child to continue to study hard, and hope for the best.
And remember, the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Expansion will be opening up at some undetermined point.
Unless you live very close to Orlando, most of us are not going to Disney as often as we would like. We are certainly not pulling our kids out of school left and right to play hookey at the Magic Kingdom as often as we day dream about doing just that. So I am going to go against the common educational notion of perfect attendance and say…Go! Have a great time. Take a lot of pictures so you can remember the fun you had playing hooky when your house is empty of children and silent. I dread this already.
Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in the fall, sneaking those kids out of school and into the car.
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