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How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective

Only the magic of Disney could turn the demonstration of a few "high-tech" measurement tools into an entertaining, interactive story that might actually be good at teaching kids (and adults!) some simple science concepts. If you haven't had a chance to see it before, the SpectacuLAB is a 30-minute play about an intern's first day… Continue reading How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective

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Tips for Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Here are my best tips and tricks for maximizing your time at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! Schedule First thing you need to know is that you can enter the park as early as 4:00 PM! So start traveling to the Magic Kingdom between 3:00 PM (if you're parking and need to take the… Continue reading Tips for Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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Science of Disney: Elephants and Bees

One of earth's biggest creatures is being saved by insects. As part of Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary celebration, I attended a Tiffins Talk in which I enjoyed a four-course meal inspired by and specially prepared to accompany a presentation from a Disney scientist about their conservation efforts. During this talk, Dr. Joseph Soltis gave a… Continue reading Science of Disney: Elephants and Bees

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Science Behind Pixar Museum Exhibit Review

Since starting my PhD in Learning Sciences, I've taken quite a few classes that have been focused on the design of learning environments and museums in particular. So I have become overly critical of museums and museum exhibits as learning opportunities because I am now better equipped with theories and ideas about what educational goals… Continue reading Science Behind Pixar Museum Exhibit Review

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Top 5 Educational Experiences at Epcot

Although Walt Disney's original vision for Epcot is far from realized, the spirit of showcasing technological innovations and providing memorable and educational experiences for guests lives on! Living with the Land - This ride is very long but really interesting. I never thought I would care about agriculture but finding out that Disney produces as… Continue reading Top 5 Educational Experiences at Epcot

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Trip Review: Hong Kong Disneyland Part 2

If you've read Part 1, you'll know that I did not get to do everything I had planned at Hong Kong Disneyland due to a typhoon warning. But several magical details made my time outside of the park just as enjoyable! Transportion to Hong Kong Disneyland Getting to the resort was slightly more complicated than… Continue reading Trip Review: Hong Kong Disneyland Part 2

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Trip Review: Hong Kong Disneyland Part 1

In July 2017, I turned a layover in Hong Kong into about 30 hours at Hong Kong Disneyland as a birthday present to myself. Although a typhoon warning put a serious damper on how much I was able to do in my short time there, I greatly enjoyed the experience. In this post, I give… Continue reading Trip Review: Hong Kong Disneyland Part 1