To dodge higher costs and crowds, many moms and dads let their children skip school; frame Disney as educational?

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The Thatcher family on a separate trip to Walt Disney World in Florida in March, 2022.

Photo: Julee Justice

Some parents have found a shortcut to save money and dodge crowds on family vacations: They enjoy a break while all the other kids are stuck in class—and perhaps frame Mickey Mouse as educational.

Airfare and hotel prices are high right now, particularly for popular travel dates around spring break or summer vacation. Sightseers are back in force. To circumvent the added cost and headaches, many families are opting to pull their children out of school for trips.

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