Where Are They Now? Meet 2003 Prairie Grad Ben Waychoff

Name:  Ben Waychoff

What year did you graduate Prairie High School? 2003

What is your current position and place of employment?
Research Systems Manager, Consumer insight, Measurement & Analytics for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

What are your job responsibilities?
I lead the team responsible for managing active Guest surveys and the organization of the resulting data for the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and Adventures by Disney.

Describe your career path since graduating from Prairie High School.
I started with the Walt Disney Company in 2004 as a Fantasyland Merchandise Host as part of the Disney College Program.  After finishing that internship program I returned to Iowa and kept working for Disney as a Campus Representative for the Disney College Program as I finished my degrees.

After finishing my Associates and Bachelor’s degrees, I returned to Florida on a Professional Internship as a Coordinator for Disney Internships and Programs recruiting.  I then completed a second Professional Internship as a Mechanical Engineering Intern with Business Integration and Planning supporting Magic Kingdom Support Engineering.

With internships done I moved into a full-time role as a Monorail Pilot with Disney Transportation.  Over the next few years, I held several roles within Disney Transportation Operations Support, starting with Statistical Associate, then System Administrator, Workload/Staffing Analyst, and Workload/Staffing Manager.  In the past year I’ve moved over to Consumer Insight, Measurement & Analytics as the Research Systems Manager, leading the Data Services team.

What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates?
Be flexible.  Be open to new opportunities.  Have fun!