Epcot - The Living Sea

Students descend fathoms into an incredible, 5.8 million gallon saltwater aquarium (the world’s largest), at Sea Base Alpha, a prototype undersea research facility, to a view man-made coral reef with tropical fish, dolphins, sharks, and manatees while exploring the secrets of a new frontier at Epcot’s The Living Sea.

  • Students command an understanding of why we should study oceans and their importance in the survival of the planet while discussing ocean ecosystems and the challenges in creating an undersea research facility.
  • Students witness the latest technologies in ocean surveillance and management communications systems used by the oceanographic institutes for monitoring the undersea world.

Disney’s Y.E.S. Seminar :

  • Disney’s trained and knowledgeable Y.E.S. (Youth Education Series) facilitator introduces students to the program and allows students to do things they can’t do anywhere else in the world.
  • Students become leaders of a tropical island and open this island to tourism. Using problem-based learning, students come to understand environmental challenges that must be considered before inviting tourists to their island.
  • Students explore a coral reef environment to discover its importance and fragile nature and observe how marine animals depend on coral reefs for survival.
  • Students learn about the behavior of wild dolphins that frequent the waters around the island while they explore challenges related to eco-tourism.
  • Students discuss challenges that tourists bring to a beach environment and how these challenges impact nesting sea turtles while they develop a plan to minimize the tourist industry’s impact on the beach wildlife.
  • Students work together to devise ‘the Action Plan’ for bringing tourism to “their island” and evaluate the impacts of their decisions.

Did you know?

  • When The Living Seas opened in 1986, it was the largest ocean environment ever created by humans (5.7 million gallons). It has been dubbed the world’s sixth largest “ocean” because of its size.
  • The marine life of The Living Seas eat nearly two tons of food every week.
  • Earth is the only planet in our solar system with liquid water on its surface.


Living Seas website

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.