Disney dreams come true
WHEN Wonthaggi resident Chloe Butler began studying patisserie at William Angliss Institute, she had no idea where it might take her.
On Sunday she travelled to Disney World, Florida in the United States of America, where her cooking skills will be put to the test for the next six months as part of the International Disney Program.
“My official title through this program is ‘food and bar attendant’,” Chloe said.
“I will be working in kiosks, and waitressing and cooking. Basically, I’ll be doing anything food related. We have two weeks of training and then our positions will be selected. I will be working a minimum of 30 hours a week.”
The opportunity to work at Disney World presented itself when the program was advertised at William Angliss. The International Disney Program provides job opportunities to students in many fields and Chloe’s cooking background secured her position as a food and bar attendant.
With the support of her friends and teachers, Chloe applied.
“Going to Disney World is the opportunity of a lifetime; it’s something I never dreamed I’d be doing,” she said.
“I’ve never been overseas before, so I’m both excited and nervous.”
Chloe attributed her success to William Angliss for its focus on team building skills.
“To qualify for a position, I had to have studied for at least a year, provide a cover letter and have an interview,” she said.
“It was all very personality based and studying at William Angliss taught me to work in teams and not to be too shy to ask questions.”
Chloe received her acceptance letter three months ago and the race was on to organise the journey.
The price of the adventure began to add up, but her friends and family refused to let the costs stand in the way of her dreams.
“My friend Jasmin Gardien set up a fundraiser on Facebook almost immediately. Through that, my friends and family raised around $1000, which went towards my flights.” Chloe said.
“A lot of people put in their own donations as well, which helped me pay for most of my trip. I really have to thank everyone who helped me. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be going.
“Their generosity has meant everything to me. I was in tears when I found out how much people were putting in. It was unbelievable; I felt so loved.”
Her friends and family are proud to see her live her dreams.
“I’m very excited and proud of her. It’s a big thing to apply for,” Chloe’s mother Sue said.
Though she was filled with excitement, she was nervous about travelling for the first time.
“To put it in perspective, Disney World is the size of San Francisco and double to size of Manhattan. In fact, Disneyland (in California) is the size of Disney World’s car park,” she said.
“I have a terrible sense of direction. I can’t even manage to walk around a shopping centre without getting lost. At least if I get lost in a theme park, it’s supposedly the happiest place on earth.”
Chloe has had a passion for Disney since childhood and hopes to pursue her second passion – cooking – when she returns home. Her goal is to make wedding cakes.
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