Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Disney World Communication Culture

Disney World Communication Culture

Study first-hand the organizational communication used at Walt Disney World.  Discover how nearly 75,000 Disney employees create and maintain a successful organizational culture.  The smallest details of communication are planned and blended seamlessly so visitors never notice the flurry going on around them.         

Location(s)  Orlando, Florida 
Term   Spring 2024
Credit   COMM 379, 3 sh 
Class Sessions Macomb campus in-person class sessions, Spring 2024. Exact time and location TBD
Travel Dates March 6-14, 2024
Housing   Hotel
Passport Not required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Conduct
Good status
Grad credit No
Non-WIU   Yes 
Pre-requisite COMM 130 or instructor permission 
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Health Insurance

You must have health insurance for the time you are on your program.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU student health insurance
  • Personal medical coverage
Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to follow the policies of your host country, the CDC and TSA.  It is your responsibility to know and understand these policies.  If policies change before or during your Course, it is your responsbility to comply with the new policies.  Failure to do so can result in removal from your Course and/or the host country, financial consequences and academic consequences.

Walking/mobility/travel - Walking included in excursions but varies in length and intensity.  Expect to walk 7-10 miles per day.  It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day, sometimes over uneven terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some excursion sites and historic areas have limited handicapped accessibiity.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces. 
You will also be responsible for moving your own luggage.

Environmental - Average daytime temperatures for Florida are in the 70s-80s for this time period.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, regardless of the weather.  Sun protection is strongly recommended.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost. Contact Kim McDaniel  if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. 

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location.

Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $2,900-$3,200
Included in the program Airport transfers in Orlando, lodging (triple/quad occupancy), entry fee to Disney World, some meals
Application Deadline October 31, 2023
Non-refundable deposit $1,575 due December 8, 2023 
Final payment* Balance due January 31, 2024

* Costs subject to change based on student enrollment.

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals .

Important Dates

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2024


Credit offered

COMM 379 - Counts as an upper-division elective for COMM majors/minors

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Program fits your specific academic needs.  

  • Learn how to perform a basic observational analysis of an organizational culture 
  • Discover how 75,000+ Disney employees create and maintain successful organizational communication   
  • Apply elements of the Disney World and Disney Cruise Line cultures to your major   

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to David Zanolla .  






Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

David Zanolla
Faculty leader

Memorial Room 330

Information Sessions

Wednesday, September 27
Thursday, September 28
Wednesday, October 11
Thursday, October 12

All meetings in Memorial 338 at 4 pm

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