Cumberland Times-News

Latest news

October 6, 2013

Local student interning at Disney World

CUMBERLAND — After receiving a coveted internship, McDaniel College senior Whitney Walker of Cumberland is fulfilling a lifelong dream by spending her fall semester helping Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Cinderella and others entertain at Disney World.

“I’m a huge fan of Disney,” said Walker.

A 2010 graduate of Bishop Walsh School, Walker, 21, has been able to turn a fascination with the world of Disney into a real life experience.

Currently a character assistant at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., Walker is an English major with a writing minor at McDaniel in Westminster.

“After I got to see ‘The Lion King,’ Mom said I watched it 100 times a day,” said Walker.

Walker said she fell in love with the many characters of Disney from the Princess and Cinderella to Hercules and Mickey Mouse.

“I like the personalities and animation Walt Disney brought to the world and I love the story lines,” said Walker.

Dressed in civilian attire, Walker helps the kids and parents visit with the characters in an orderly fashion and get photographs. She also makes sure the characters get refreshments and breaks and attends to any needs the performers may have.

“We help to make the magic happen,” said Walker.

Elizabeth van den Berg, associate professor and chair of McDaniel’s theater arts department, said the internship program at Disney is a great opportunity for Walker.

“We have had former students go and they work them really hard,” said van den Berg, “It gives them the sense of what it is like in the real world.”

The daughter of Dennis and Wendy Walker, Whitney performed in area stage productions growing up.

“We took her to Disney World when she was 4. She loved hanging out with Cinderella,” said Wendy Walker.

“My mom is an actress. I followed in her footsteps as a performer in the theater. When I went to McDaniel, I fell in love with the English department,” said Whitney.

Whitney said her interest in writing has begun to take priority over performing and acting.

While at McDaniel in 2012, Walker was allowed to go on a weeklong study at Disney World. It was during that visit that she discovered about the semester-long internship program at Disney.

Whitney applied for the internship during the spring.

“Around 7,000 applicants are chosen from tens of thousands of applications,” said Whitney.

“I was thrilled when she was selected. It’s a good thing when dreams come true,” said Wendy.

The internship, which includes arrangements for a two-person apartment just outside the parks, began in late August and will end Jan. 1.

Rent is taken out of her paycheck.

“I like it that way. It’s easier and you don’t miss it,” said Whitney.

“I just hope she is successful in whatever she wants to do in life,” said her father, Dennis.

As a character attendant, Whitney has worked with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale, Baloo, King Louie and more.

“It can be a shock for the students. Most of them have never had more than a part-time job. Disney is strict,” said van den Berg.

Van den Berg said they can tell you what to wear down to your earrings.

Walker said she has worked in all four parts of Disney World: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom.

“She is very dedicated with whatever she chooses to do,” said Dennis.

Wendy said Whitney doubled up on classes so she would be free this semester for the internship. Whitney is still on schedule to graduate in the spring.

Whitney hopes to get a full-time position in some portion of the Disney empire after graduation. She hopes to employ her writing skills in whatever she does.

“She is a very positive person and that will serve her well in whatever she does,” said van den Berg.

For Whitney, every day is magical.

“Being with Disney, every day is better than the one before,” said Whitney.

Greg Larry can be contacted at glarry@times-news.com

1
Text Only
Latest news
  • Springs, Pa., man missing since Jan. 6

    SPRINGS, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police are seeking help to find a Springs man missing since Jan. 6.

     

    April 19, 2014

  • Man charged with handgun crime

    Timothy Hart Winkler, 30, Grantsville, was arrested by city officers early Friday after a complainant and a witness said he pulled a handgun during an argument in front of 124 Seymour St.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Redman.asp.jpeg Moorefield man jailed on felony drug count

    KEYSER, W. Va. — A Moorefield man was arrested on various charges Thursday, including a felony drug offense for possession of amphetamines, according to the Keyser Police Department.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • City woman charged in domestic call

    CUMBERLAND — A city woman was arrested Thursday evening after Cumberland Police investigated a domestic assault complaint in the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

    April 18, 2014

  • Carlton.jpg Arrest made in alleged drug deal

    CUMBERLAND — A 25-year-old city man was arrested Thursday night after Cumberland Police observed him allegedly taking part in a drug deal on Columbia Street.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff warns of scams targeting taxpayers

    CUMBERLAND — Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson cautioned residents Thursday to be aware of continuing telephone scams that are targeting taxpayers.

    April 17, 2014

  • DSC_0446.JPG Oakland returns to normal after tanker accident

    OAKLAND — Nearly 12 hours after a propane tanker overturned in the heart of its business district, the town of Oakland returned to normal early Wednesday night.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • New River Gorge bald eagle dies from injuries

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A female bald eagle that nested in the New River Gorge has died from injuries suffered last month when she was hit by a train and later by a vehicle.
     

    April 17, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
     

    April 17, 2014

  • Park Service opens Canal Classrooms Park Service opens Canal Classrooms

    CUMBERLAND – The National Park Service held a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday for a new program called Canal Classrooms, which will offer students pre-K through fifth grade accredited classwork on the Canal Place grounds.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday