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This program requires registration before ticket package purchase.

Explore the fascinating and surprising world of animal behavior. See exotic animals in their natural habitat and engage in hands-on activities to learn how they survive and thrive.

For groups of 10 or more.

  • Walt Disney World, Florida
  • Year-Round

Program Overview

Through observation and exploration of wildlife, students from 2nd through 5th grade will discover how behavior contributes to animals’ well-being and survival in the wild. Traveling through the unique lands and settings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, students will gain knowledge of the challenges and threats that face wildlife populations, along with the potential consequences and impact these adversities have on humankind. This journey leads students to understand that each animal species has a place in the circle of life.

Learning Objectives

After completing Principles of Animal Behavior, participants will be able to:

  • Compare “looking” with “making observations”
  • Distinguish between instincts and learned behaviors
  • Model a survival technique utilized by cotton-top tamarins
  • Analyze Africa's biomes through its various landscape characteristics
  • Complete a food web and consider how it affects wildlife populations
  • Examine a variety of behaviors, including vocalizing, grouping, resting, foraging and eliminating as exhibited throughout various animal species
  • Determine how physical characteristics and adaptations contribute to an animal's survival
  • Decide how they can make a difference for wildlife and wild places

Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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.


Plan Your Trip

Park Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Program Length: 3 hours
Program Grade Range: Grades 2 - 5

Below are 6 easy steps for planning your Disney Youth Education Series visit to Walt Disney World® Resort.

  1. Select the program(s) that best suits your group.
  2. Choose the dates you intend to visit. Disney Youth Education Series programs are available year-round. 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.
  3. Submit a Program Request Form. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is encouraged to ensure availability of your chosen program.
  4. Upon receipt of confirmation from the Disney Youth Programs team, you may purchase your value-priced group theme park Ticket Packages, 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. You can also purchase tickets that include other Disney parks or events, including: Disney water parks, Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
  6. Be sure to request information on food and beverage options and convenient Disney on-site group hotel accommodations.

Additional Guests

Additional Guests are the perfect way to share the wonder and magic of your Walt Disney World 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 number of Group Leaders and additional Guests (i.e. chaperones, parents, siblings, etc.) may not exceed the number of students.

Please note: The Disney Youth Education Series Additional Guest ticket package does not include participation in the Disney Youth Education Series program.

Additional Information

Disney Youth Representatives can guide you in choosing the programs that best suit your group, plan your food and beverage options and book your Disney Resort accommodations at special group rates.

*A minimum of 10 students is required and a maximum of one (1) adult may attend the program per ever five (5) students. A minimum of 1 adult per 15 students must attend the program.

Theme park admission is required and all participants must purchase a Disney Youth Education Series ticket package to attend any Disney Youth Education Series program. Use of an admission ticket is required for entrance into the park on the date of your program. Tickets are valid for 7 days prior to your arrival date and after departure date. Annual Passes, complimentary admission and regular front-gate admission cannot be applied to the cost of a program.

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.


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 Program Description Sheet

The program description sheet provides an overview of the experience and the key learning points of the program.

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