Dreams Within Reach:Disneyland Resort Cast Member Makes Master’s Dreams a Reality with Disney Aspire
by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks
As a stocker at the World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, Adi Alegria is dedicated to helping keep the store in ship-shape for guests searching for some extra magic during their visit. And with Disney Aspire, a groundbreaking education investment program for hourly cast members, Adi is now working to create magic for herself by pursuing her Master’s degree.
In this installment of our #DreamsWithinReach series, following cast members making their dreams come true with Disney Aspire, we’re pleased to share Adi’s story with you, which began with a little wonder and a big goal.
Adi grew up down the street from the Disneyland Resort and dreamed of working for Disney. Fast forward to two years ago when she graduated with a degree in journalism from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She was the first in her family to attend college and knew that she wanted to further her education and earn her Master’s. At the time, Adi wasn’t sure how she would accomplish her goal.
Then, when Disney Aspire launched, Adi immediately wanted to learn more about the program.
“When Disney Aspire rolled out, I realized that this was my ticket, not just to further myself and my education but also a way to further my career at the Disneyland Resort.” Now enrolled in a Master’s program in Communications Management with the University of Denver, Adi is well on her way to her educational dreams. Hear more about Adi’s story:
Disney Aspire launched in 2018 to help more than 85,000 hourly cast members like Adi reach their goals by equipping them with education programs, coaching and job skills so they may learn and grow, with the cost of tuition and books covered by Disney. Cast members can pursue graduate programs like Adi, professional skills like Anthony Payne and even study English or Spanish with Rosetta Stone courses! And at Disney Aspire Expos, cast members have the opportunity to learn more about the schools and programs in the Disney Aspire network and speak with leaders and representatives to help them find the right program to suit their goals.
From application to graduation, we can’t wait to see how far Adi will go on her collegiate journey and beyond. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories of cast members achieving their goals and making dreams come true with Disney Aspire, as we continue our #DreamsWithinReach series over the coming months.
Learn more about the program and apply by visiting aspire.disney.com.