By: Elizabeth Iafelice
The Happiest Place on Earth and The Place Where Dreams Come True- these are just two titles for the company that I work for. When offered the chance to attend a lecture for The Disney College Program I jumped at it. Disney has fostered great memories for me. The chance to make these memories for others sounded like the perfect job for me, a Theatre/Communications Major.
It was during the middle of my phone interview when I realized just how important the organizations I am part of at Loyola were to my professional development. An example of this would be Loyola Ambassadors. When asked if I was able to memorize information and give tours I was able to answer “Yes” without a second thought.
My Theatre classes taught me to memorize large scripts, much like the 40-page script I had to memorize on my third day of Disney training. Loyola helped me to get to this position and I know that I am prepared for whatever task is given to me.
When I arrived in Orlando I took classes on the history of Disney to better understand the company for which I am working. I found out the next day that I would be working in Hollywood Studios at The Great Movie Ride, my favorite attraction.
Following a week of training I had to “earn my ears” and pass an evaluation. My evaluation required me to correctly answer a 100 question test, give four tours to Disney visitors, and show that I can work the four other positions at the ride. I am glad to say that I passed!
Right now I am able to work 40 hours a week, pay my rent, and even spend time with the wonderful new friends I have met. I look forward to what will happen next week when I take my “Creativity and Innovation” course.
Elizabeth Iafelice is a Theatre/Communications Senior at Loyola University and is currently participating in the Disney Internship Program in Orlando, FL.