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UCF with connections to Disney World?

AlfieismAlfieism Posts: 111Registered User Junior Member
The biggest pull to me about UCF is how close it is with Disney World, a place I've seen various shows and dinner theatres at and have loved since I was a little kid. Does UCF have any connections with getting its students auditions at Disney?

Thanks!
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Replies to: UCF with connections to Disney World?

  • BeezeBeeze Posts: 13Registered User New Member
    UCF doesn't "get" their students Disney auditions - but the students in UCF's theatre major programs tend to get cast readily - I'm sure the auditioners take note when a resume proclaiming BFA training at UCF comes in front of them. All the same - the UCF students working at Disney work alongside students from community colleges, non theatre students, and professional working actors. All in all - the favor you get at Disney from being a UCF MT major is minimal if at all. :)
  • Wonky-FaintWonky-Faint Posts: 395Registered User Member
    how far away is UCF from disney world? just curious.
  • Bigjmaster14Bigjmaster14 Posts: 83Registered User Junior Member
    about 15 mins
  • mom at homemom at home Posts: 141Registered User Junior Member
    Actually I use to live in Orlando and DisneyWorld is alot farther than 15 minutes from the school. If you take the 417 and connect to access roads it will take a minimum of 30-40 minutes depending on traffic. WDW is in Central West Osceola County and UCF is in Very East Orange County.
  • dance2nite926dance2nite926 Posts: 201Registered User Junior Member
    Agreed with "mom." UCF isn't THAT close to Disney (or Universal).
  • DisneyDirectorDisneyDirector Posts: 139Registered User Junior Member
    but their connections are...
  • mtdog71mtdog71 Posts: 498Registered User Member
    The proximity to WDW and the truth that UCF students do often work at Disney is a draw for the school. You might want to wonder what that really means - theme park work for a few years - it is a great job for students - but few make a living over a period of time at Disney. I would have been more impressed with their former connection to the Orlando Shakespeare festival - but I think that has ended. On the other hand, if you love the warm weather, and love the entertainment available in the Orlando area - that's a horse of another color. For those considering UCF, I really suggest a visit to the school where you should note the facilities for classes and performance. A real cautionary note - similar to some other state schools across the country - is the draconian cuts to in state funding and how that affects the levels of instruction.
  • DisneyDirectorDisneyDirector Posts: 139Registered User Junior Member
    If a performer desires to make a living over a period of time at Disney there are many who have and still do. I know many performers who still find joy in their work at Disney and others who have transitioned into other roles for the Comany - all making a very fine living doing so.
  • DisneyDirectorDisneyDirector Posts: 139Registered User Junior Member
    If a performer desires to make a living over a period of time at Disney there are many who have and still do. I know many performers who still find joy in their work at Disney and others who have transitioned into other roles for the Company - all making a very fine living doing so.
  • mtdog71mtdog71 Posts: 498Registered User Member
    Folks, please do not misunderstand - I love Disney and I think theme park work, cruise ship work, MT, drama, underground, regional, eq and non-eq - its all work and is all very valid and worthwhile. DisneyDirector, you know , as well as I, that very few UCF students have ended up with long term employ at Disney - not that is imposible - just not very likely.
    My real point is - check out the facilities, and be aware of the ebb and flow of budgets and personnel - and how that might affect the level of instruction. Many are struck by the budget issues - but California and Florida are notably deeper in trouble funding their higher ed.

    Good information helps students make good choices.
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