The North Bend Eagle

 

Disney dream a reality for Scott

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 12/19/18

Aaliyah Scott is a 2016 graduate of North Bend Central. She enrolled at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and declared hospitality, restaurant and tourism management as her major.

Train ride
Aaliyah Scott stands outside the Seven Dwarfs Train Ride she works in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

On a lark, she applied for an internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, last January. Over 50,000 apply and only 7,000 are accepted. Scott, 19, was thrilled to find out she was accepted.

She flew to Orlando on Aug. 12, moved into one of the four apartment complexes that are provided for those in the college program.

“I flew by myself,” Scott said, “not my first time flying by myself, but I was still nervous since I had no family down here to help me, so I was on my own.”

After five days of training, she was assigned to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train dressed as a miner.

“It’s a family style roller coaster,” Scott said. “It’s the newest and busiest attraction in the Magic Kingdom.”

Scott usually starts work at 4 p.m. and gets off around 1 to 2 a.m. She gets two days off a week. She is considered a full-time student and takes two classes that the internship will count in and 13 credits in general education.

“I’m happy to say I passed all my finals,” Scott said.

Scott said the best thing about being at Disney is being at Disney.

“I get to go to any park whenever I want and see fireworks every night.”
When asked what is the down fall about being at Disney she said, “There is not really a bad part about being at Disney, because, come on, I’m at Disney.”

She did say it was an adjustment not to have a car. Occasionally, she’ll get away from the parks on busses or with a friend who has a car.

 

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