Additional Things to Consider

This course involves a nine-day fieldtrip to a Disney Theme Park (two travel days and five - seven days onsite.)  The fieldtrip is scheduled to take place over the winter semester midterm break.  Departing on a Saturday and returning on a Sunday, students should not miss any on-campus instruction.  However, should weather delay our return, you should be aware of the possibility of missed classes in other courses. The course instructor will work with students upon our return to explain the weather-delays to other professors as necessary. You should understand that you will be responsible for all material covered in any missed classes, assignments given out during missed classes, and work due for classes missed as a result of the field trip.

 

All Disney theme parks are physically demanding... At Walt Disney World or Disneyland Paris, students will visit all theme parks, ride every major attraction, attend every major live-action theatrical event, and explore every themed area of the parks.  Florida is hot - you should be prepared to get tired - you will be covering a lot of ground with little time to rest. Make sure you stay hydrated. Paris in February is cold - make sure you bring cold weather clothing. Touring strategy guides will be distributed to students prior to departure to ensure successful completion of all research goals.  Many people travelling to Disney theme parks dedicate only a single day to each park – we will have seven full days available for the four theme parks in Orlando, or five full days for the theme parks in France, ensuring sufficient time to meet all theme park experience goals.  You will, however, get tired, and your feet will get sore - please bring appropriate footwear!

 

Students must attend an information session prior to the start of class, during which issues central to travel abroad will be discussed.  The Go Abroad Coordinator Natalie Spracklin will be invited to discuss study abroad issues including, but not limited to, passports, visas, travel insurance, health insurance, and legal waivers.  All students will be required to sign a legal waiver absolving Memorial University of legal responsibility for issues arising during the fieldtrip.  Students who are unable to attend the information session in person may make arrangements to attend via SKYPE – you must make arrangements with the professor to do so at least one week prior to the information session.  The information session will be held in Fall 2018. Date TBA.

 

Travel Documents are needed for all Study Abroad opportunities, including this course. . You must make sure you have a valid passport well in advance of our trip.

 

International Students should be aware that their Student Visas might require additional measures to accommodate a field trip to the United States or France.  It is your responsibility to make sure that your student visa allows for travel to these countries, and to take necessary steps to ensure that you have fulfilled the legal requirements for travel abroad while studying in Canada on a student visa.


According to Government of Canada Citizenship and Immigration policy, any international travel while studying in Canada on a Student visa requires that you have a) a valid passport; a) a valid study permit that covers the time period of your return to Canada; and c) a valid temporary resident visa if you are a citizen of a country or territory whose citizens require visas to enter Canada – for a list of such countries, and for further information, visit the Government of Canada website at: http://cic/gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp 


You should also contact the US Customs and Border Protection Agency at http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta to see if you are required apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) under their Visa waiver program. 


You should further contact your Consulate or Embassy for information aboutinternational travel for citizens of your country, and the International Student Advising Office at Memorial University  at http://www.mun.ca/isa/  for general help and advise on Student visas and international travel. 

 

Students with Disabilities... In accordance with Memorial University’s policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, students who require accommodations should contact the Glen Roy Blunden Centre prior to the start of the course if at all possible, but no later than the first week of classes to discuss what accommodations are necessary for the successful completion of the course.

Disney Theme Parks have an excellent record of accommodating guests with Disabilities.  Visit the Walt Disney World website at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/ or the Disneyland Paris website at http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/ for information on services and accommodations available for guests with Disabilities at Disney Theme Parks.

 

This course has a prerequisite - you will need the permission of the Department of Religious Studies to register for this course. To obtain permission, students should have completed at least one of the following courses:

    * Religious Studies 2812 (Religion in Popular Culture) * Religious Studies 3812 (Religion and Disney Films: Not Just Another Mickey Mouse Course) * Religious Studies 3860 (From Elvis to the Undertaker: Religion outside the Box), or have the permission of the instructor.


While on the trip, students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with university policies and procedures of conduct as detailed in the Code of Student Conduct.