Facility tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at continuous improvement in action at various facilities in a variety of industries. Facility tours require pre-registration and separate fees. All tours depart from the Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South. Roundtrip motor coach transportation is included in the fee. Space on tours is limited. Register early to ensure your space on the tours.
Monday, Sept. 29
Walt Disney World® Resort – Textile Services
1:30 – 4 p.m.
At nearly 40-square-miles, the Walt Disney World® Resort is the most-visited touristic destination in the world. It includes four theme parks, two water parks, 35 on-site themed resort hotels and a retail, dining and entertainment district. To support our day-to-day park and resort operations, our back-of-house facilities play an integral role behind the scenes to make sure our guests have a memorable and seamless experience.
This is one of the three facilities that serves more than 28,000 rooms across property and processes 100+ million pounds of laundry a year. The tour will provide a general overview of the area and walk attendees through various examples of how Disney Industrial Engineers help drive efficiency through value add process improvements across the Walt Disney World® Resort.
Please note the following restrictions:
- Cameras: Cameras cannot be used during the tour.
- Special Needs/Equipment/Shoes: There will be light to moderate walking in non-air conditioned space, so comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn. Shoes cannot be open-toe style. Tennis shoes, rubber soles, good traction or heals less than one inch are appropriate. Those traveling in a wheel chair or using other mobility assistance devices can be accommodated on this tour.
- Competitors Accepted: Yes
- Age: Participant must be 18 or older.
Thursday, Oct. 2
University of Central Florida Idea Lab
Innovation Lab & Senior Design Collaborative Lab
8 - 11 a.m.
The Idea Lab is a collaboration space where students can come and sketch ideas on the wall for any type of product, process or project and get faculty engaged to help foster student ideas in senior design or product/process development. The Innovation Lab is a rapid prototyping facility that will be used to develop ideas into reality. These two labs are cornerstones to UCF’s Engineering Leadership program, which spans our curriculum to develop engineers who understand how to use technology and collaborative spaces to develop their ideas for senior design projects as they prepare for professional practice. There will be a 45-minute presentation/demo/tour to demonstrate the concepts and the two facilities, enabling educators to foster ideas for developing better curriculum related to lean Six Sigma (LSS) education.
The other part of the tour will be in our Senior Design Collaborative Lab space. Senior design teams have 24/7 access and have adjustable spaces to allow meetings of two to seven people. We have two 64-inch monitors that allow two teams to develop and practice client presentations simultaneously. All senior design teams are required to follow the DMAIC process, which they learn in our Quality Engineering course where the course content is presented following the DMAIC process. We have posters of all senior design projects and how the teams applied the DMAIC process to meet their objectives. We will discuss two to three selected projects as well as the structure of the Quality Engineering course where students use the LSS principles to drive these and other curriculum projects.