Educator Site Visits

Every semester, students gain college credit through the Disney College Program. The Disney Collegiate Courses are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education, and many institutions choose to also offer credit for the student’s work experience. To optimize the experience of the students and explain the benefits of the program, the Disney College Program invites school faculty and administrators to visit the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.  By visiting, educators can see firsthand what the Disney College Program has to offer.  Several hundred educators each year embrace this opportunity.

When educators request a visit, they discuss their objectives with Kent Phillips, Educator Relations Specialist. They coordinate a personalized itinerary for their visit that includes a program overview and a discussion of credit offerings and ways to maximize credit.  Educators are given a tour of the housing complexes and other facilities, such as the Disney Service Center.

“It’s fabulous to find out what’s new and going on and visit the education center to sit in on classes,” said Debra Gallagher, who recently visited from Nassau Community College. “It’s great to meet some of the people who work with my students and to visit the students on their job sites and meet their managers.”

In addition to visiting to learn more about the College Program, many educators visit for a school-required semester check-in with current students.

“The main reason educators visit is to meet with their students on the Program,” Phillips said. “They talk about their job responsibilities and can check in to see if the students are meeting learning objectives that may have been established for them to receive credit.”

Visiting educators have the ability to explore the Disney Theme Parks in their free time as well as observe their students in action as cast members!

“The most beneficial part of the experience for educators is to get to see their students working in their role at Disney,” Phillips said. “But we benefit as well because it gives the visiting educator a greater, in-depth insight to how well-rounded the Program is and shows them the infrastructure we provide for students.”

The students benefit as well, having the opportunity to share their experiences with someone from their school.

“All of my students say when I visit they feel a connection with home,” Gallagher said.