A plaque on Walt Disney World’s grounds commemorating its opening in 1971 reads: “… May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place ... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn—together."
Warner Zingg ’91 first experienced Disney’s philosophy when he and his family started visiting the resort not long after it opened, about the time he was five or six years old. From that point Zingg knew where he wanted to end up.
“What Disney does for people is it takes them out of reality,” Zingg said. “It creates magical moments for families. How many places can you go where people are happy all the time?”
After an 11-year post-graduate interlude in computer and information technology sales in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Zingg started his career with Disney in 2002 as a baggage handler. He climbed through the ranks, as is the Disney way, and now serves as a project manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Zingg is responsible for personal mobility products that are being rented from third-party companies by resort guests. These include electric conveyance vehicles, scooters, wheelchairs and strollers, and Zingg must make sure their quality is up to Disney’s standards.
Zingg, who now lives in Winter Garden, Fla., came to Grove City College from Alliance, Ohio, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing. He was actively involved in the Wolverine Marching Band and served as president of the organization. He was also in the jazz band, the Alpha Sigma housing group and worked at the campus radio station, WSAJ 91.1.
“My fondest memories during my college career were above and beyond the classwork,” Zingg said. “The experiences I had in the music department were amazing. I think that I’m a more well-rounded individual because of my involvement in the instrumental music department.”
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