A group of Niagara College hospitality and business students travelled to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida to participate in the “Get Ready for the World” Program for college students put on by the Disney Institute, Disney Youth Education Series. Niagara College students and faculty participated in interactive workshops, training and challenges put on by Disney professionals including sessions on: Disney’s Technique of Teamwork, Disney’s Leadership Strategies and Disney’s Corporate Culture. Sessions were led by Disney facilitators and held right on Disney property including: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. The program offered students behind the scenes access to Disney parks, hotels and attractions as well as the opportunity to experience the magic of Disney during regular park hours. Students were also able to hear from a variety of Disney managers and employees during several guest-speaker sessions and tours that were arranged for our group. In addition, there were several faculty-led sessions including a tour of Disney hotel properties by Professor Beccario and a session on retailing and customer-engagement led by Professor Terri Champion at Disney Springs, Disney’s newest retail area. At the end of each session, students participated in an online exercise designed by Professor Heather Clark to allow them to reflect on their learning and provide feedback. All in all, it was a “magical” experience!
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