I had a lot of memorable moments during my summer at Imagineering, but fortunately my favorite is one I can actually share with others:
At the D23 Expo, I was helping man the DISH at my group’s booth. Sometime in the afternoon, a young man in a motorized chair was next in line. His mother helped him ask me questions about my group, what we did, and what he was about to see. I found out he had recently started studying computer science at a local college and was very interested in computer music and music technology. Once there was enough room in the DISH, he and his mother went inside. They stayed in there for a long time, I believe watching each of the three videos that we had playing.
I looked up at the exit at the end of a video and saw him come out. As soon as he made eye contact with me, he flashed me a huge grin and gave me an enthusiastic thumbs up. Once the next group had gone inside, he and his mother came over again to thank me, and just before he left, he reached out to give me a handshake.
That moment made the rest of a long day (actually two, since I helped strike the next day) breeze by, and has really stuck with me through the entire internship. I am so grateful for the opportunity, and honored to wear the Sorcerer’s Hat, if only for a little while.