Former Disney Cast Members Opening Italian Ice Shop

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Photo Credit Chip Byers and Andrew Collins – Rita’s Italian Ice

Two former Disney cast members opening an Italian ice cream shop for employees of all abilities according to! The two ex-cast members are Chip Byers and Andrews Colon and together they are opening Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard in Lake Buena Vista. According to the article, visitors to their Italian ice cream shop will be served mouthwatering gelato by employees of all abilities, which is very important to the shop owners.

Chip Byers said that being Autistic myself, he understands how “trying to find a job can be incredibly challenging”, which has also influenced the location of the shop with the incentive of “opening opportunities for people like me”.

According to the article, Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, located on Regency Village Drive, Lake Buena Vista, will hold its grand opening with a four-day event starting July 25 called “Christmas in July”. The event will run from 12 pm-4 pm. There will be an official grand opening as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place on Saturday the 27th July. The shop owners have said that the first 50 guests in line will win free Italian ice cream for a year!

The two former Disney cast members are throwing a grand opening of their ice cream shop to celebrate “diversity, inclusivity and new beginnings” and that they hope the community will know Rita’s to be the place to “celebrate the little everyday moments that make life special”.

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  1. Hats off to these former Disney employees. I understand the challenge people with disabilities have trying to find employment. Every community should be supporting this effort . They should be understood for their ability. With a family member who has a delay but is very high functioning it can be a challenge to find the understanding for these people.
    Best of luck to these former employees!

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