Scientia 2006: Robinne Okrasinski

Robinne Okrasinski is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She is a Marywood Presidential Scholar and a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Honor Society for Catholic Colleges and Universities. Robinne also belongs to Lambda Iota Tau, the International Literature Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, Robinne is the accompanist for the Marywood Children’s Choir, and she maintains an active role in many community musical groups. After graduation, Robinne hopes to combine her English skills and her love of music in a professional career at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Robinne Chose to pursue a Citation in Honors in order to challenge herself academically, enhance her undergraduate experience, and expand her course of study. Robinne would like to thank Dr. Helen Bittel for her encouragement and expertise. Without her help, Robinne would not have been able to accomplish as much as she has. Robinne would also like to extend her gratitude to Dr. Jaclyn LaPlaca, who graciously volunteered her time and suggestions throughout the entire process. In addition, Robinne would like to thank her family and friends, especially her parents, for their never ending love and support.

Consumer Capitalism in Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Director: Dr. Helen Bittel
Reader: Dr. Jacklyn LaPlaca


The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. It is comprised of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, numerous hotels, and other recreation options, making it a large source of revenue for the Walt Disney Company. Today, the Magic Kingdom, which was modeled after Disneyland in Anaheim, California and was the first theme park to open at Walt Disney World, is often most associated with the resort. Yet, Epcot the second theme park to open on the property, was originally the focus of Walt Disney’s “Florida Project.” In 1964, when Walt Disney World was still just a dream, Walt Disney gathered his most trusted staff together to discuss plans for Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Originally, Epcot was not supposed to be a theme park. Instead, it was a planned residential community, the perfect environment for people to live, work, and play. The site would be home to nearly 20,000 permanent residents, and it was Walt Disney’s vision of a utopian community. Today, the original plan for Epcot is still on display in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland section and pays tribute to the original dreams of Walt Disney.

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