We want people to know that we’re not this crazy group of people and all we do is watch Disney movies and obsess over it — and I mean, we are that. But we’re also more than that. We’ve taken Disney as Walt Disney himself, as this kind of icon that has inspired so many. It’s powerful. You forget that he was just a man with his own dreams and he accomplished something so great. You wouldn’t expect one person to have started something like this. It’s very inspirational to everyone, no matter if you’re a Disney fan or not.
In my high school, there weren’t that many hardcore — well, I say hardcore, but — there weren’t that many devoted Disney fans in my school than when I came here. Obviously, we have a big animation department, an illustration department — art in general.
The club was founded last year (2012) by all of us. Whether we want to be involved with the company, or whether we’re just fans of Disney in general. It’s not just a social club, though. While we all do indeed enjoy watching a good Disney movie, we also want to help out with the community at large. We also have career oriented programs — we teach workshops, like drawing workshops. We have presentations on the Disney College Program, and our (Imagineer) professors give presentations on animation.
One of the core values of our club deals with volunteering, whether that’s through children or hospitals or foundations. We want to do that as well as work with students and develop Disney related careers.
Everybody should come to the meetings. We want to hear your expectations, what you want to say, what you want to see. We want SCAD Mouseketeers to be a club that anyone can join, that anyone can have a word in or a say int.
SCAD Mouseketeers embodies everything anybody could ask for in a club. It started with friends, and a passion for the art and entertainment of Disney, and grew into something more than what we would have ever expected.
This club is just so much more than what people think it is. Still, we’ll always be that group of freshman, sitting in the Turner House Courtyard for our very first (unofficial) meeting, singing and bonding over a common love.
For me, this club was a stroke of luck because I want to have a career in Disney, and there are so many people in the club that are helping me toward my goal. Justin Martin, for example, is a member who finished the College Disney Program his freshman year, and now he’s the campus rep for it! Because I met him through the club, and I know him, I can easily shoot him a Facebook message and ask any questions I have. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t even know who to ask.