By: Brianna Montecalvo, Communications Studies Major, Class of 2017
It is widely known as the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has earned that nickname for a reason. People have a lot of fun at the amusement park. But, what many people do not know is that it also provides an excellent learning opportunity.Students enrolled in Organizational Communication: Exploring Disney and the Culture of Success started their studies in Kingston during winter break. After four classes the students and instructor jetted off to Orlando, Florida where Disney became the case study for the class. The students learned firsthand about work culture, organizational excellence, and how to create an environment that allows for success in an organization.While there, the students attended the Youth Education Series to get hands-on experience and utilize Disney World as the classroom. During this series they toured Epcot and the underground tunnels in Magic Kingdom and met top executives in the company.
Trent Anderson, a film and communication major, couldn’t keep a smile off his face when he described the hands-on learning experience.”It was really great to be in a learning environment as well as a fun environment, like Disney World!” he said. “My favorite part was being able to go on the tours of Magic Kingdom and Epcot. When we were working with employees and executives we were able to learn more about the culture we were discussing in classes and to see it in action was awesome!”Anderson loved the trip and never thought he would learn so much from just going to an amusement park. But it is, after all, the “Happiest Place on Earth”.