In Fall 1981, two Disney College Program recruiters visited campus

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In Fall 1981, two Disney College Program recruiters visited West Chester State College (now West Chester University) to interview students for seasonal Cast Member roles for Winter/Spring 1982.

Guess who was one of those students.

As the interview concluded, i invited Judy and Gail to our Sig Ep MASH party that night.

You could dress up as a nurse, an officer, a soldier (say, Klinger), a patient, a local.

Two months later an acceptance letter arrived in a West Chester, Pennsylvania student mailbox.

Rather than pick classes for Spring Semester, i booked a one-way flight to Orlando.

With an Army veteran’s duffle bag and a decent (framed) backback, i found my way to Snow White Campground in Kissimmee, Florida – it was at the end of Seven Dwarfs Lane, behind the KOA.

Karma and serendipity rescued me.

i had no idea where the campground was, nor was i prepared to do anything but ask questions and bum a ride (hitch-hike).

Fortunately, the couple i sat with on the plane were intrigued and helpful enough to offer me a ride.

Once i got my key, found the cabin (with full kitchen), the next priority was a case of cold beer.


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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.