This Day in Disney History
February 9, 1996: The Disney Institute opens at Walt Disney World
The Disney Institute was a really interesting Disney concept that I personally thought was great. You could sign up for “classes” ranging from cooking to golfing to animation. Some programs even toured some of the Disney parks, taking you behind the scenes and learning the history of some of the attractions. I know I took a few of those tours myself!
The programs were aimed at kids, adults, and families, and it was really exciting for little me to get to go with a friend on a tour by ourselves, without our parents! We also took a cooking class and made pizza from scratch as well as a few other items, making the pizza really stood out for me!
The concept didn’t last and in 2003 the Institute made way for Saratoga Springs. Since we were locals it was fun to try new experiences on property, but for people coming for vacation, I could see how spending a whole day taking classes would be off-putting, especially when exploring the parks with your family is really what you came for!