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URI FLP - Disney
Kingston, RI, United States; Orlando, Florida, United States; (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter J-Term
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Program Description:
DisneyOrganizational Communication:
Exploring Disney and the Culture of Success 
January 2 - 16, 2020

This course focuses on organizational communication and culture as applied to for-profit and not-for-profit institutions. Using Walt Disney World as a primary case study, the course examines the development and preservation of organizational success through intercultural communication, effective team building, decision-making, conflict resolution, and leadership
This program is divided into three parts. First, on the Kingston campus, we will focus on organizational theory and examine the concept of culture as it relates to global business. Second, traveling to Orlando, Florida and utilizing Disney World as the classroom, students will explore the leadership strategies, techniques of teamwork and the culture of excellence that has contributed to Disney’s success. Finally, upon returning to campus, students will work in teams to develop a strategy to support an organization in achieving a culture of success.  


During this program, students will be enrolled in COM 310 - Topics in Communication (3 credits). In addition to on campus class sessions, students will be attending three Disney Youth Education Series: College Edition courses.

Disney’s Leadership Strategies: At Disney, leadership isn’t just a title; it’s a journey upon which we consciously embark. In this eye opening experience, students explore our world-renowned leadership heritage and legacy to begin discovering their leadership potential. This program will include a unique backstage experience that examines our leadership strategies in real-time application.
Disney’s Techniques of Teamwork: The program will focus on teamwork and communication from a team perspective. What are a team member’s responsibilities as part of a high-performing team? Who creates and owns the success of a team? It’s all about individual accountability for the choices we make. This program will include a Disney Leader Guest Speaker, who will focus on their strategies for developing and maintaining high performance teams. This program also includes an exciting Strategic Challenge.
Disney’s Culture of Excellence: When you do something really well, word tends to get out! Products and services can easily be replicated, but create a culture to achieve your vision and you’ll have an advantage that’s difficult to match. The magical setting of Magic Kingdom® Park is the ideal place to discover key elements of our formula for success. This program includes a very special backstage experience. 

View the tentative syllabus for Winter 2020: Disney Syllabus - Winter 2020.pdf


During travel to Orlando, FL, students will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms on the Walt Disney World property. We will use Disney transportation to travel to and from the parks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided daily.


 Residency  Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total Cost
 In-State  $2,350  $858  $3,208
 Out-of-State  $2,350  $1,422  $3,772

Program Fee Includes:
  • Airfare from PVD-ORL
  • Housing in Orlando, FL
  • Meals in Orlando, FL
  • Disney Park Tickets
  • Admission to the Disney Education Series
  • Backstage Tours at Disney
  • On-site Transportation in Orlando
NOTE: All fees are subject to change. 



Kelly Watts, Ed.D.
(401) 874-2019  -
Kelly Watts has worked in the Office of International Education at the University of Rhode Island for over 9 years. In her role as an Assistant Director, she manages off-campus faculty-led programs, on-campus Summer Institutes for international students and is the director of the URI Internship in Ireland program. Prior to her role at URI, Kelly served as the International Programs Coordinator for pre-college programs at Stanford University, directing programs for high school students in Beijing, Singapore, London and Istanbul. 

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