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The school year 2020-2021 is one for the history books. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, schools nationwide are offering a virtual learning alternative to traditional classroom learning. Luckily for Disney loving parents, The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort is offering a “schoolcation.”
What is a Disney “Schoolcation”?
Excitingly, Fox35 Orlando reports that families can enjoy “vacation vibes, even while school is back in session.” Ultimately, “schoolcation” at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World provides what Fox35 Orlando describes as “quiet learning spaces for children to use while they attend classes remotely.” In a press release by The Four Seasons, resort officials highlight several benefits of “schoolcation.” One highpoint is that “flexible school schedules and accessible e-learning mean it’s now easier than ever to take a family vacation when school is in session.” Families can reserve their “schoolcation” starting September 14, 2020.
A “schoolcation” offers several incentives for parents with virtual learning students to go on vacation. The “schoolcation” package offers supervised schoolwork sessions that are in small-group classroom settings. The Resort has made arrangements for proper social distancing. Ultimately, the classrooms allow for adequate space for no more than six children in a room. Not only is high-speed premium wifi provided, but there is a half-day schedule from 9 AM to noon. The full-day program is from 9 AM to 3 PM. The half-day option offers a snack, while the full-day option also includes lunch. Both schedule options are available Monday through Friday. Surprisingly, it seems like The Four Seasons has thought of everything since there are also enrichment sessions for Arts and Crafts and Physical Education.
What else is there to know about Disney “Schoolcation”?
Remarkably, The Four Seasons reassures parents that their children are in good hands. Additionally, The Four Seasons trains their team for a preexisting program, “Kids For All Seasons.” Sarah Peltier, Director of Recreation, says, “Our kids’ club team members have enthusiastic, delightful personalities.” Peltier goes on to say, “They are looking forward to supporting the students while they engage in their virtual learning, and bring fun and creativity to the afternoon enrichment session.”
Consequently, there are some requirements for students to participate in “schoolcation.” Attendees must be overnight guests of the Resort. Also, the reservation (for the program) must be confirmed 48 hours in advance. The half-day session costs USD 50, and the full-day session is USD 100.
What safety precautions are in place at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World?
It goes without saying that a lot of things have changed since the height of the global coronavirus pandemic. However, The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World wants their guests to know that their health and safety is of utmost importance. “Within this new environment, our singular goal is to provide guests, residents, and employees with the confidence and assurance that their health and safety is our first priority,” Says President and Chief Executive Officer, John Davidson.
Additionally, the Resort has even gone as far as to implement a new safety program called “Lead With Care.” It seems that this program is fluid and provides “ongoing guidance during the pandemic,” reports Fox35 Orlando. Ultimately, high touch surfaces throughout the Resort are receiving “intensified clean and sanitizing schedule.” Allegedly, Four Season has a consulting agreement with John Hopkins Medicine International.
Consequently, Disney World also released a set of safety guidelines ahead of reopening in July. Of significant note is that “all guests ages two and older are required to wear face masks in all public areas throughout the Disney hotels.” There are exceptions to that guideline, one being while swimming and the other is while dining. Rumors are Stormtroopers patrol Disney Springs to enforce social distancing protocol.
Other Disney News
In other Disney news, Fox35 Orlando also reports that Disney World’s Polynesian Resort is getting remolded. Initially, the reopening of Polynesian Village Resort was due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ultimately, Disney decided to take this time to remodel the Resort’s guest rooms and the Great Ceremonial House. Excitingly, the renovations take inspiration from Disney’s 2016 film, Moana.
Unfortunately, it is uncertain if these changes will replace the previous renovations changes. More specifically, the updates to the Polynesian Village Resort amenities, merchandise, and menu items from 2002’s Lilo and Stitch.
All of that to say, maybe a change of scenery can help the stress caused by all the uncertainty of the school year ahead. The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort “Schoolcation” could be a welcomed opportunity to reset, refocus, and be productive. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.