Let me introduce myself…
My name is Kaitlyn and I am 25 years young. I was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Wisconsin will forever be home. My Disney journey began with participating in the Fall Advantage Disney College Program in 2016 as a Custodial Cast Member at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. After my College Program ended, I returned home to graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees in Accounting and Business Finance. I got the opportunity after I graduated to be a Professional Intern. I returned to Disney as a Business Management Professional Intern for Event Operations. I am happy to say I was recently hired full-time as a Financial Analyst on the BPAC reporting team and I now get to help make the magic behind the scenes every day
Aside from my Disney story I also have a passion for fitness and helping others! I am an active member of Disney VoluntEARS and love to be a part of the community that gives back! I also just began my journey as a Beachbody Coach. Since my college program started in 2016, I have managed to lose 45 pounds and keep it off. I attribute this weight loss to a lot of hard work but also have used My Fitness Pal and Beachbody on Demand to help me! If you want to join my amazing team to achieve your own fitness and health goals, check out my Coaching Website and send me a message 🙂
Brief random facts: I’m obsessed with my dog Mowgli, reading, food, traveling, Harry Potter, and of course, anything Disney.
Disney Park: Magic Kingdom (favorite land is Tomorrowland or Main St. USA)
Ride: Peter Pan’s Flight, Carousel of Progress, Soarin’, Flight of Passage
Food: California Grill, Yachtsman’s Steakhouse, Whispering Canyon Cafe, ‘Ohana, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
Disney Movies: Peter Pan, Toy Story, Aladdin, The Emperor’s New Groove, The Lion King, Mulan, Moana, anything Marvel
Disney Characters: Rex, Kronk, Olaf, Mushu, Scuttle, Genie, Hades, Pleakley (anyone that makes me laugh)
Resort: Polynesian Village, Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge
I get this question quite often in various formats. Why would you work for Disney when you have an Accounting degree? Why would you want to work for Disney if you can make more money elsewhere? Why don’t you work somewhere closer to home? Don’t you get sick of going to the parks?
My short answer is because I am passionate about The Walt Disney Company. For the long answer, you’ll have to keep reading. However, I can answer “don’t you get sick of going to the parks?” very easily…no.
I’ve known for a long time that degrees in Accounting and Finance will help me in my career, regardless of the industry. Business is everywhere and understanding accounting, which many claim is “the language of business” is a great benefit to me. With that being said, I never wanted to take the typical CPA route. I appreciate accounting because it is a constant challenge and it forces me to think differently, but I knew since the day I decided to major in it that I would never be content working in a firm.
Happiness is the simple reason of why I want to be a part of The Walt Disney Company. Walt envisioned Disneyland as a place that would create happiness for all. Although I can’t testify much to Disneyland having only been there once, Walt Disney World replicated the idea (and in my opinion, heightened it).
Fortunately for me, my grandparents were snowbirds with a home in Florida and I grew up going to Walt Disney World. It has always been my second home and I truly believe it is magical. Seeing the diversity and hearing all different languages spoken inspired me to study Spanish language through college. And to me, magic, is that despite the troubles around the globe, families from all over the world can gather every night regardless of race, religion, gender, political views, beliefs and language and watch the fireworks together.
The Walt Disney Company exists to make people happy, and to me that is incredible. Obviously, money is a factor as with every business, but without money they couldn’t do what they do. Walt and Roy Disney are two of my biggest idols (along with Ellen Degeneres) and maybe that sounds cliche, but there is no one dead or alive I’d want to meet more than Walt Disney.
I identify with Walt in many different cases. Like Walt, I am a dreamer and I have decided to follow my passions instead of look for the financially stable options. Like Walt I also come from a family of high expectations, and I have overcome adversity to get where I am today. My passion is to make people happy. My passion is to make sure that people have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World and experience the same magic that I did growing up. I have seen the feelings that both young and young-at-heart get when entering Main St. USA for the first time and it can bring you to tears.
I am deeply attached to the foundation of the company. I believe in spreading happiness, creating magic and celebrating diversity. There are not many places on this Earth that you can go to and experience what you do when you set foot in Walt Disney World. It is not just a theme park. It is entertainment mixed with education and reflects the past, present, and future of mankind.
The Walt Disney Company is not perfect. There were many things I disliked about the company while working for them. So why would I wan’t to go back? Because I care. I care about the future success of The Walt Disney Company, and if I don’t like something the company is doing, then I feel it is my responsibility to make a change.
Almost all of my happiest memories throughout my life have been at Walt Disney World. It is my favorite spot to visit and to me it will never get old because as Walt said it will continue to grow. I do not expect anyone to feel the same way about Disney, but I do know that many cast members work their hearts out creating magic every day to give back for the same reasons I want to.
So why Disney? Because Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth. Why would I want to work anywhere else?