Students at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management will have a new course option starting in the Fall of 2018. HFT 4756, or “Attraction Experience Survey”, will be offered exclusively to students in the Theme Park and Attraction management track of the Hospitality major at the start of the next academic year.
The semester is broken up into multiple units: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and a few hours of Hollywood Studios. The course curriculum, which has been in development for several years, sets objectives for students to learn the ins and outs of attraction enjoyability in three crucial areas: thrill rating, ride production value, and wait times.
To experience the criteria firsthand, students will meet once weekly at the Rosen campus and be bussed to the week’s designated park for the 3-hour course. For the final exam, students are expected to produce a 3-5 photo Instagram album of their favorite park photos from the semester; extra credit is awarded if they’re reposted on the official Walt Disney World social feeds.
“We heard students loud and clear,” said Jessica Dickenson, Rosen advisor. “When we send out surveys asking students what they want to be doing out in the real world, we see the same response time and time again: they just want to be at Disney World. So we brought that educational, career-defining, definitely entirely academic experience to them!”
Prospective students should know that, in addition to the course tuition, students are required to pay an additional $882.89 ($1,010.69 for non-Florida residents) to cover the cost of an annual pass for ease of entry and avoidance of blackout dates that fall on class days. It is not yet known if state-funded scholarship programs, such as Bright Futures, will cover the incidental cost.
“It’s totally worth it,” squealed junior Alex Torres, stuffing his annual pass into his wallet upon enrolling for the course. “This is the best school ever. I’m really looking forward to the ‘Drinking Around the World’ class in the Epcot unit.”
Rosen administrators are sure that the new course will be a hit with students and are looking to employ more student demand-based courses into the curriculum, such as Making Your Roller Coaster Tycoon Dreams a Reality and But Where is Walt’s Frozen Body?