Disney Apsire Program Celebrates First Cast Member Graduate

We love learning about this kind of Disney news, so we had to share this with all of you!  The Walt Disney Company launched a Disney Aspire education program where Disney is helping cast members pay for various training, certifications, degrees, etc.  The program is a 100% tuition-paid education program for hourly full-time and part-time cast members located in the US to help them advance toward their individual professional dreams.  Disney Parks Blog is debuting a “Dreams Within Reach” series to introduce readers to some of the happenings within the program.  Today, we got an introduction to the first Disney Aspire graduate, Anthony Payne.  He is a Custodial Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort.


He currently works at Epcot through the night to ensure the park is cleaned up and ready for guests arrival each morning.  He has now completed his HVAC Technician course work at Penn Foster.  His dream is to use this education to work on the Disney Cruise Line.  Mickey Mouse showed up to commemorate and congratulate this amazing achievement.  Anthony shared that he is inspired by his wife and three children.  “They have always been my biggest motivation,” he says. “I’ve wanted to go back to school for about 15 years now, and I haven’t heard of too many companies offering something as generous as this.”

“I really feel like Disney is investing in our futures, and they’re helping us to grow and follow our dreams. I can’t wait to use my skills, and advance as far as I can here.”

Check out this awesome video below:

Disney Aspire is set out to help 85,000 hourly cast members reach their personal goals by providing various educational programs, coaching, job experience and more in their career areas of interest.  There are all kinds of options and programs to support a wide variety of career paths like an HVAC technician path or a college degree.

We look forward to brightening your day with more of these great stories from Disney Parks Blog with the #DreamsWithinReach series over the coming months.

Congrats to Anthony on his amazing accomplishment!

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

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I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at http://magicalvacationplanner.com/staff/christy-caby/ or look for me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christy.caby. Have a magical day!