The Man who Started it All

On my journey to the college program, I am really interested in learning more about the company, and Mr. Walt Disney, the man who started it all. Today, I was talking with a friend about Walt, and I decided to write about him! Here are some fun-facts you may not know:

1) Walt Disney is 1 of just 800 famous faces to have been featured on a postage stamp.

2) Walt Disney did not graduate from high school, however, he has several honorary degrees from schools such as UCLA and Harvard.

3) Walt’s first academy award was for the beloved character, Mickey Mouse in 1932

4) Walt won 48 Academy Awards, 32 Oscars and 7 Emmys.

5) Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was Walt’s first successful character, but the rights were sold to Universal up until 2006.

6) The “Disney” signature we see today was actually a stylized version of his, with rumors stating he could not reproduce that same signature

7) When Disney received the Academy Award for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” he also received 7 miniature awards

8) Walt first displayed audio-animatronics at the World’s Fair in New York, 1964- This is where “It’s a Small World” was introduced

9) Walt had a small train track in his backyard, which can now be seen at the Main St. station in Disneyland, California.

10) Walt was the original voice of Mickey Mouse.



“Oh Boy!” (Mickey Mouse)


What now?!

I’ve got a countdown at the bottom of my page that let’s me know I still have five months left until I can apply! So what am I even doing writing a blog about my journey, when I am certainly not in the program yet, let alone have yet to apply! Well, that’s exactly why I am writing a blog, actually. I have five months until I can apply, and about a year until I get there. That’s a long time to be sitting here day-dreaming about it day-in and day-out. I thought that energy would be best put to use by writing about my dream, keeping track of how I am preparing myself for the process and making something I know I will look back at one day to enjoy, or laugh at, while getting to hopefully update on how the program is going if I get accepted. I am also hoping that sharing my passion will spark something in someone else! This is truly one of the first times I have taken a big dream and gone after it. At the very least, the end of this will bring happiness to myself knowing I went after my dream with everything I had in me! So, until I can apply, I will be posting about Disney, Disney, and more Disney! As if that even needed to be said. Right now I am in the research phase. This basically means that every time I get excited about the idea of moving to Florida for a few months to go explore Disney World, I end up watching YouTube videos and reading other articles/blogs about it.  It only gets me more excited, but it also prepares me because I have gained so much information, not only on what to expect once I am there, but I have also gained a lot of tips from those who have been there on the application process. I only hope that I can do the same for someone, someday, and will be able to use this blog to prepare someone else for their dream, too! Now, I have told a lot of people about my idea, but it’s time to make it a reality! This is the beginning. After all, “The way to get started is to quit talking, and begin doing” (Walt Disney).

What is the Disney College Program?

Ah, the Disney College Program.  The dream I have been talking about so much already! But what, exactly, is it? I won’t go into too much of a history, but it was a program started at Disney World in 1981. Today, the program takes place at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. It is basically an internship program in which you get to work at either resort, with the opportunity to take some business-related classes, possibly even for school credit at your university, and you also get to live with other participants in Disney sponsored housing! I basically relate it to freshman year of college, where I was excited to live in dorms, and excited for school! There was always so much going on, so many people to meet, and so much to learn. I imagine that this is how it would be. But, oh wait! I would get to go to the parks WHENEVER I WANT! So yes, the Disney College Program, is basically my dream come true- and I know that with a “little faith, trust, and pixie dust” my dream will become a reality (Peter Pan).


The Start of a Dream Come True

As a senior in college with a dream of working for the mouse, I have always known the best start would be the Disney College Program. I was in high school when I discovered this existed, and thought it would be really cool; that I would want to do it someday. I had only ever imagined I could do it at Disneyland. At the same time, I had been dreaming of the day when I could finally travel to Disney World, when it dawned on me. What better way to do Disney World, than to live, work, eat and breathe Disney for a few months during a paid internship? I had never dreamed I could just up and leave California, my home, my friends, my family, and everything I have known for these past 21 years, and yet, I could. I could hop on a plane and within a few hours, begin the dream that is my Disney career. I knew this was the dream I had been waiting for, this was the ultimate college experience I needed, rather than to spend my weekends partying or my summers studying abroad in a foreign country. I needed to visit “A Whole New World,” I needed to discover something new, that would be meaningful to me. I needed Disney. With the words of Walt himself to inspire me, I know that “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” (Walt Disney).

How it all Began…

I can’t exactly pin point an event that made me the Disney  addict I am today, but I can safely say I have always loved Disney. From thinking I was Pocahontas as a toddler, to finally becoming a Disneyland Annual Passholder in college, it’s just something that has always made me one happy girl! My love grew once I was able to go to Disneyland as many times as I pleased. Not only could I plunge into the Briar Patch of Splash Mountain, while getting Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah stuck in my head again and again and again, but I could actually take the time to enjoy the shops, and better yet, I could spend hours looking at displays on Main Street to feed my hunger of more knowledge on how Disneyland came to be. There is never a shortage of things to do and learn. I never want to stop learning, and luckily for me “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world” (Walt Disney).

What could be more magical?

What could be more magical?