I recently had the great opportunity to take my two sons, a 5th grader and a 9th grader, through a fantastic learning experience being offered at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This new adventure at the Magic Kingdom® Park, called the Kingdom Keepers Quest, takes groups of 10 or more students on an interactive self guided Disney Youth Programs fieldtrip. This is one of those experiences where your students will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are improving their educational skills and learning.
To start this Quest, we read the first book in the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson. My kids knew we were going to Disney, but they had no idea what fun was in store for them. The Quest takes you through the park as you race to solve letter and number codes, riddles, and ultimately a final “Letter Quest.”
The quest is broken down into “Stations,” with each station containing a perspective from author Ridley Pearson: an Attraction Quest, a Letter Quest and a Keeper Quest. Students are then asked to solve each of the Quests in order as the answer leads to the following attraction. To really get the full experience, it’s best to read at least the first book in the series before attending the adventure.
For my kids and me the Kingdom Keepers Quest really brought the book to life and led to a deeper conversation about the literary elements in the book. My hope is that you will get an opportunity to inspire your students to read the series and participate in this worthwhile experience.
While I do have to admit that I had to consult the Teacher’s Guide on one occasion, the best part that I want to share is that we were able to utilize critical thinking and “new perspective” (hint from the book) that really led us to the answers. The Quest keeps you involved in the magic of Disney as well as the Kingdom Keepers books.
But, Beware – the Overtakers are right on your heels.