Arrivals are right around the corner in Florida for Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program, and Disney Professional Internships participants! These participants exciting journey will begins on with check-in. There will be many stops along the way but one of these stops will take you to the historical Walt Disney World Casting Center near Downtown Disney Marketplace.
This landmark building (360-by-80 feet; or 61K square-feet, to be exact) can be seen as you drive on I-4 in the Lake Buena Vista area. It is the only Disney building that can be seen from I-4 without driving into Walt Disney World Resort property. The word “Casting” stands at a whopping five feet tall and captures the attention of drivers and makes them want to stop and see what this building is all about.
Robert A. M. Stern, who also worked on Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, designed the building. In creating the style for the building, Stern believed that this might be the only time some cast members had the chance to experience the total identity of the Company. In his design he captured whimsical Venetian theme. He incorporated an argyle pattern which is repeated throughout the building (look for it on the painting of Walt Disney – his socks).
The Casting Center opened its doors to guests on March 27, 1989. When you arrive, you are taken aback by the beautiful harlequin styled walls of the exterior. You also cannot miss the Mickey Mouse shaped ears that surround the building’s roofline. However, the most exciting feature you will notice when you are about to walk into the building. You reach your hands out to talking doorknobs from the Alice in Wonderland film! As you enter you feel as though you are smaller in stature in comparison to the 12-foot columns featuring familiar Disney characters.
From the rotunda, you see a ramp and when walking up the ramp, you get that same feeling when you are entering one our Theme Parks. Be sure to get a good look at the paintings as you walk up because you will see many familiar faces along the walls. The left side you will see Walt Disney World Resort and on the right are Disney characters driving on I-4.
The building has been a historic landmark for many years and will continue to be for several to come. Thousands of cast members, have stepped foot into this iconic building and now you will get to be apart if that.
Ivette, Disney Internships & Programs Communications Team