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From thrilling attractions to iconic entertainment, Disney parks are dynamic, real-world physics laboratories. In this unique science workshop that takes place inside a Disney theme park, students explore the principles of physics—learning the kind of hands-on physics Disney Imagineers use to create new attractions and enhance the classic ones.

How Does a Roller Coaster Work?

Students on a physics field trip to Disney Parks would want to know the answer to that basic question. They will find out about that and more when they investigate the role that physics plays in the design and operation of Disney theme park attractions and entertainment—with principles including Newton’s 3 laws of motion, gravity and potential and kinetic energy.

They will likely be curious about what makes Disney attractions and entertainment so magical. They’ll soon discover the answer is Disney Imagineers—living proof that creativity and science are integral partners!

Students’ curiosity about real-world physics will be additionally sparked when they step into the shoes of a Disney Imagineer—and explore the myriad ways physics is applied to every element of the theme park experience. Some might even wonder how to become a Disney Imagineer!

Key Learning Objectives

After completing the Physics of Disney Parks Workshop, students will be able to:

  • Participate in various hands-on opportunities to apply the scientific method
  • Collaborate with peers in creative problem-solving scenarios
  • Take part in brainstorming sessions to design attractions
  • Hypothesize, analyze and experiment to uncover how specific theme park attractions and entertainment work
  • Create concepts for a new Guest experience
  • Define speed, velocity, acceleration, inertia, force, friction and more
  • Compare and contrast attractions and the principles of physics governing them

Additional Information

  • The Physics of Disney Parks Workshop at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Physics of Disney Parks Workshop at the Disneyland Resort in California are available for students in middle school and high school. However, the course can be adapted for students in 4th and 5th grades*
  • A minimum of 15 students is required per organized group to participate in one of these physics workshops.
  • *Subject to change. Please see your Disney representative for questions.

Pricing Information

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