Discovering the American Spirit

Program Overview
Students grades 3-12 will journey into Liberty Square to get better acquainted with our country’s great leaders and understand the impact of their influence. Then explore Frontierland to learn about sharing our cultural values and traditions from one generation to the next. In this 3-hour academic adventure students will also act as American pioneers to study the Gold Rush and the challenges of settling the western frontier.

Key Learning Points

During this interactive field study, students will:

  • Explore the major conflicts  and resolutions of 19th Century America as they study the historically accurate presidential figures at The Hall of Presidents attraction
  • Discover presidential contributions and influences upon the development of our nation
  • Splash Mountain® takes students on a trip through the 19th century South to discover storytelling as a method of communication
  • Learn how oral traditions were a way of communicating values, events, traditions, and heritage from one generation to the next
  • Gain an understanding of the challenge in settling the western frontier and the impact of the Gold Rush on the nation
  • Using Frontierland as a backdrop, students assume the roles of prospectors, merchants, or investors as they barter and deal their way to fame or misfortune in this re-creation of a western boomtown
  • Discover significant events which led colonists down “The Road to Revolution” and to ultimately ratify the Constitution of the United States
  • The Hall of Presidents attraction shows how the conflicts of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era tested our nation and its constitution
  • Be summoned to sign the Declaration of Independence by the ringing of an authentic replica of the Liberty Bell

Program Description Sheet