An update from Walt Disney World, Florida!

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An update from our Travel & Tourism graduate Teej, who is having an amazing time in on the Cultural Exchange Programme at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  We are so proud of you Teej!

Kia ora Crown whanau,

At the beginning of February, I moved across the world to Orlando, Florida to live my dream of working at Walt Disney World. I moved into Flamingo Crossings Village which is where most of the Disney cast members live while doing the Cultural Exchange Programme or the College Programme. This place is almost like living in a resort. It has two swimming pools with huge screens, a massive gym, basketball and volleyball courts, lots of hang out areas and a huge lawn. There is a shopping centre down the road which has lots of fast food restaurants and a Target for groceries. We also have free bus transport to the four theme parks and the 32 Disney resorts, which is great because we’re able to visit the parks and resorts for free on our days off!

I have moved into an apartment with three Americans – Abbie, Chynna, and Amber – who have been really welcoming and helpful while I navigate my new home. The same day I moved in, my roommate Abbie invited me to go to Magic Kingdom with her and ride the new attraction “Tron” which is only available for cast members and is not open to the public yet. I didn’t think I’d be in one of the theme parks a few hours after moving in!

I want to say a big thank you to Crown for preparing me for this once in a lifetime experience and for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone to do this. I still cannot believe I’m actually here!

For more information about Crown’s travel & tourism courses, contact us on 0800 357 316 or info@crown.ac.nz. Next courses start in April 2023!

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