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  • On Jun 18, 2012
    Steve from OH Asked

    I am a university staff advisor, and I'm trying to plan a Disney World for the student body. It's going to be hard time convincing college students to spend $800 - $900 on a trip. Any advice on resources to how to show them it's worth the cost?

    Hi there, Steve!

    As a University educator myself, I am constantly regaling my students with stories of Disney: from best practices to demystifying the Wicked Stepmother, the company lends itself to academic exploration in any number of academic ways.

    Give the folks at Disney Youth Education a call at (877) WD-YOUTH. While their programs skew toward high school and younger, they still might be able to help you out. And on the older side, try Disney Institute. This is a phenomenal resource for business professionals; who knows, the Institute might be able to line up some workshops in, for example, leadership training that will both enrich a resume and offer the students a reason to justify the expense.

    But Walt Disney World is also just for fun!

    Focus on the facets of Disney that appeal to young adults: the nightlife, the shopping, the thrill rides. There's relaxation, excitement - parasailing, watercraft, etc. - and romance. And there is, of course, a high nostalgia factor. This is where a college student can go and be a kid again before so may of the responsibilities of "the real world" take over.

    While I have no single resource, I would definitely point you towards the Disney Parks online planning center, where you can customize a vacation experience, tailored just to your travel party.

    If you think of some specific areas you'd like to target, drop me a line, and I will be glad to come up with dedicated resources for you and your party.

    Happy planning!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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