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Disney University event a hit at FGCU

EN photo by Julia Bonavita. Students enjoy the ride at FGCU’s Disney themed event.

By Nina Mendes
Beat Reporter
FGCU’s Programming Board (PB) brought “The Happiest Place on Earth” to the library lawn during their  event, Disney University.
The Disney themed afternoon took place from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, underneath the Veteran’s Pavilion at the center of campus.
“The inspiration behind the event came from Disney World itself, and I wanted something students could take away from the event,” said Samantha Nelson, Director of Special Events.
Various Disney themed activities, such as a Disney bounce house and a photo booth, were on the scene for the event.
The attraction that brought in the most participants to Disney University was the spinning, wind-up ride at the center of the lawn.
“I attended the event because of the noticeable attractions and my love for Disney,” said sophomore Lonneke Williams. “It was a good event; it felt like a quick relief from classes.”
Famous Disney treats, like the pineapple Dole Whip and sugar-coated pretzels, were complimentary to students who swiped in using their ID.
Five lucky raffle winners won Disney waffle-makers. The only requirement to enter the giveaway was to follow @fgcu_pb on Instagram.
“This was a great event for college students because many people love Disney,” said Jessica Scott, a member of PB’s Special Events Committee. “Since it’s [almost] midterms week, many people got a chance to take a break from studying to have a little fun.”
PB has planned the details of Disney University since May, allotting enough time to contact vendors and prepare for the event.
“I think the [planning] paid off, and it went well,” said Nelson. “Students looked forward to this event because of the theme, and many people were interested in Disney being brought to campus.”

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