Many people dream of working at the happiest place on earth, but this dream became a reality this summer for Eleanor Bates (left) and Althea Tablada – both Maple Ridge residents – when they went to work at Walt Disney World in Florida.
“The most ironic thing is that we didn’t even know that we were both from Maple Ridge until we met at the interviews in Toronto,” Bates said.
The pair were “specially chosen” to work with Mickey and his friends this summer by participating in the two-and-a-half-month international college program that Walt Disney World offers to all post-secondary students worldwide; Tablada attends University of the Fraser Valley, while Bates attends Simon Fraser University.
“This summer, there were a few people selected to work at Walt Disney World from Vancouver, B.C., but me and Althea were the only people from Maple Ridge, so we thought it would be special to represent Maple Ridge at Walt Disney World by taking photographs with our nametags by Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom!”
Tablada worked in attractions at Voyage of The Little Mermaid and Disney Junior at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Bates worked in attractions at Living with the Land boat ride and The Circle of Life movie at Epcot.
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