The BEST Disney Park for the Wanderlust

As a worldly traveler, it comes at no surprise that Epcot is my favorite Disney park. In a figure eight-like shape with Future World toward the entrance, and, more importantly, World Showcase further in, Epcot is home to 11 international pavilions circling a lagoon. It’s known to some as the more “adult” and educational park at Disney.  Future World is home to Disney’s greenhouses, aquarium and futuristic attractions while World Showcase is, what I like to call, cloud nine. Allow me to enlighten you:

As you make your way around the Showcase, you are completely immersed in the cultures of each respective country. Starting from the left, you’ll adventure into Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Everything from the Cast Members’ attire to the background music to the gastronomy and architecture submerses you in a microcosm of the country.

 

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Don’t believe that you’ll feel like you’re really there? Talk to a Cast Member in one of the pavilions. They’re from that country! You can imagine my giddiness upon discovering this and, since then, I’ve made friends in (and from) France, spoken Spanish, attempted Italian and struggled through some German with fellow Cast Members in World Showcase.

Fun fact: Disney works extensively and directly with each country in World Showcase to create the most authentic experience for guests.

And if you’re still not impressed with Epcot, visit in the fall and indulge in Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Food and wine, people. From all over the world. It epitomizes my version of heaven.

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In addition to the endless festivals and the accompanying tasty treats in Epcot, the eclectic restaurants leave you with far too many options to only spend one day in the park. The Garden Grill is one of my favorites not just because Mickey, Pluto and Chip and Dale dine with you, but also endless brunch with Mickey waffles. Game over.FullSizeRender_4

For these reasons and many (MANY) more, Epcot has swept me off my feet and taken the number one spot on my Disney Parks list.

Besos,

Jeni

My Disney Internship: The Place Where Dreams Come True and Skeptics Become Believers

 

International Public Relations intern: the dream job (minus the intern part) through most of college.

Disney: not on the radar until a dear friend urged me to look into their opportunities.

I’m at the halfway point of my Professional Internship program with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and what an adventure it has been. From -20F and landlocked to 100F+ and hurricanes, this state and company have turned my world nearly upside-down—actually. Admittedly, I stepped into this role with more than a drop of hesitation; I’m not an animation aficionado, character connoisseur—heck—I couldn’t differentiate Epcot from Magic Kingdom before I arrived. Three months later, I’m happy to say that (almost) everything is coming together better than I could have imagined.

As the International Public Relations Intern (only one of my kind!), I use my Spanish and Portuguese daily to connect with media and celebrities from Spanish-speaking Latin America and Brazil. My team and I plan their visits, then accompany them during their stay (hello, fun and fancy meals, riding attractions on the clock and meeting crazy cool people from my favorite countries). Beyond working across borders, I’ve participated in local media events and partook in media stunts only Disney could pull off, all the while meeting incredible local journalists and social influencers.

Aside from personal enjoyment in my work, the company as a whole has surpassed a bar I didn’t even know existed. In other words, it has exceeded my (what now seem like) piddly expectations to such an extent that I struggle to comprehend what it is that makes this company so special. If you can imagine a world where everyone knows your name and gives a passing smile and welcoming wave every time you cross paths, you have a good initial understanding of Disney’s company culture. Support, creativity, growth and making magic have become four pillars of my Disney internship experience.

I may never be a die-hard park-goer or Disney expert, but I cannot deny my change in heart about this incomparable company. A little pixy dust really does go a long way.

Un beso,

Jeni