In the early hours of daylight, 100 Poets loaded onto buses from the Campus Center parking lot wearing mouse ears and Disney gear, excited for the day of magic ahead. The trip to Disneyland was made possible by the Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) Senate Program Board.
Program Board’s Off-Campus Events Committee planned the trip with First-Year Programs, the Office of the President, the Leadership Experiences and Programming Office, the Garrett House and Hartley House. Former Program Board Chair third-year Keelin Bettridge planned the event over the summer. “Taking 100 students to Disneyland is pricey, so we reached out to partners around campus to collaborate so we would be able to take as many students as possible for as little money as possible,” said Bettridge.
The 100 tickets for the event sold out within an hour, which program board expected. Typically 50 tickets would be purchased for events of this size and cost, however Program Board knew that the event would be popular and secured funding for 100.
Many students wanted to attend the event, and many said they did not know about it until the morning the ticket sales went live. However, Program Board advertised the event at orientation as well as on flyers advertising the fall excursions. They also advertised the Disneyland trip on the first day of school during a coffee and donuts event.
Third- year Jessica Hernandez used to be a annual passholder and was excited to go on the trip. “My pass expired so it was good that it was less expensive,” said Hernandez. Other students went for the first time in a long time. Fourth-year Kendyl Riley hadn’t been to Disneyland since she was 12 years old and was particularly eager to get a pair of Mickey Mouse ears and eat a churro.
Many were ecstatic about the discounted price of a Disneyland trip as it only costed students 40 dollars to attend instead of 110 dollars. “We love Disneyland and Whittier provided a really good deal for us,” said fourth-year Melanie Rizzotti. “We’re graduating so wish we would have taken advantage of these opportunities before.” Splash Mountain is Rizzotti’s favorite ride and one of the highlights of her experience was eating pineapple Dole Whip from Adventureland.
Poets will hopefully see another trip to Disneyland again in the future. “Since it is one of our most expensive trips, it will take several offices partnering to make it possible, however, we love offering trips that students can get really excited about- at prices that are affordable,” said Bettridge. “Program Board established their new Off-Campus Events Committee this year in order to make sure trips like this are possible for students.”
Program Board was happy with the turn-out of the event and was pleased to have students of every class year attend as well as both residential and commuter students.