Cast Members hope to reach the college playoffs within five years.
WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — The Walt Disney World College Program provides job experience and college credit to over 12 thousand students per year. And now Disney will add a new perk for those students: NCAA Division I athletics!
“We’ve been looking at this for some time,” says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). “We already pay our CP Cast Members next to nothing, so it was pretty easy to provide some positions for athletes where we actually pay nothing, but provide room, board, and college credit. Just like at every other NCAA school!
“In exchange, we get to add an array of college sporting events, many of which are incredible revenue-generators. And once we get our football team organized and get to playing in the Southeastern Conference, we’ll get a cut of that sweet, sweet TV revenue. And it hardly costs us a thing!”
The change will require the College Program to be treated as its own school, with all participants considered to be transfer students rather than interns. At current levels, the new school will be the second-smallest in the SEC, only ahead of Vanderbilt.
“This could actually be interesting, being a real college,” says Disney (no relation). “Hey, if some CP’s stick around long enough, I guess we’ll need to give them a degree. Can you imagine the fun of having Mickey himself hand you your diploma?”
At press time, no official announcement had been made as to the offical WDW team name or mascot.
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Cover photo: WDW is adding NCAA Division I sports! Background of cover photo by US Army Reserve [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.