Saturday, March 29, 2014

Disney Avenue Welcomes Sam Vlas

Disney Avenue is very excited to welcome our newest contributing writer Sam Vlas. Sam comes to us all the way from the Netherlands! He has several interesting articles lined up for you and we are thrilled to have Sam be apart of the Disney Avenue community. Please continue after the page break and allow Sam to introduce himself...

Hello everybody! You might be thinking: hey... where is Keith? What have you done to him? Who are you? Wow, five seconds on this page and already so many questions. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

My name is Sam Vlas and I’m from the Netherlands. In everyday life I’m a Communication major, studying International Event, Music and Entertainment Studies at the Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in Tilburg. A mouth full, eh? I’m following the Theme Park course, since I’m an aspiring Imagineer. That’s something you don’t hear very often, especially in the Netherlands.

I’ve been a life-long theme park and Disney fan, so I’m glad that I’ll be able to share everything I know with an interested audience. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been going to Efteling, which is a world class theme park in the Netherlands (with a lot of Disney connections I might add!). When I was a teenager, I became more interested in the technical side of things. It was around that time also that I found out that Walt Disney was an actual person, not just some name. Can you imagine the confusion and excitement I got? That must have been the most awesome guy ever, I thought to myself. Turned out he was… Since then I’ve been pursuing a creative career in the theme park industry.

I’ve never been to any of the Disney parks in the US before, but that’s about to change. I’ll be participating in the Academic Exchange Program in Walt Disney World from July 2014 to January 2015. I’m super excited that I’m finally able to head west and experience the Disney theme park from the inside and outside. You’ll be hearing much more of that in the near future!

Besides Disney and theme parks, I have a broad interest in everything fantasy, sci-fi and horror. I write short stories and I’m currently working on my own website “Dreamventurer”, which I hope will be released very soon!

I will write about many different aspects of the company, from the very well known places and movies to very obscure corners of the Company. Since I’ll be working in Orlando real soon, I’ll be able to share some Cast Member stories too. Everything Disney picks my attention, so if I find something exciting, I will write on it!

I hope you’ll have a wonderful time on Disney Avenue, I know I will, and if you like what you’re reading, feel free to leave a comment. They are more than appreciated!

See ya real soon!
As you can see, Sam will bring a lot of material for your reading pleasure and we are excited to have him on board. Check back soon for Sam's first article: "Een moderne toovenaar!": The History of Walt Disney in the Netherlands.
We are still looking for a couple more writers to join Disney Avenue. If you too are passionate about Disney and the theme parks and have an interest in sharing your thoughts then Disney Avenue would love to have you join our team. You can contact us at

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