Disney College Program Participant Marisia Burton Missing For 8 Days

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Marisia Burton, a Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member participating in the Disney College Program, has been missing for eight days now with no information on her whereabouts.

The Disney College Program, a paid internship experience aimed at university students completing their undergraduate studies, began in 1980 at the Magic Kingdom. Over the course of six months or more, “CPs” (as they call themselves) receive employment at Disney Parks and professional development in areas related to themed entertainment, hospitality, and other branches of Disney careers.


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Recently, Disney announced the completion of an all-new housing development specifically for College Program participants known as Flamingo Crossings. In fact, 19-year-old Marisia has lived at Flamingo Crossings East in Winter Garden, Florida, since January 2022.

However, Marisia was last seen at the housing community on December 22, 2022, with no information on her whereabouts since then. As a result, for eight days, her family back in Houston, Texas, has had no idea where she is or what has happened to her.

Blk & Missing FDN on Twitter: "#Orlando, FL: 19y/o Marisia Burton was last seen on December 22, 2022, at Flamingo Crossings East, the Disney College Program housing community in Winter Graden. #HelpUsFindUs #

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Moreover, Marisia’s sibling shared a statement on Instagram with more information on the missing person’s situation, claiming that this is extremely uncharacteristic of her not to contact them, especially over the holidays:


Our beautiful Marisia is missing

Family along with Orange County Sheriffs are concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of Marisia
Burton. Marisia is described as 5’6 weighing roughly 130 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. Family and friends of Marisia have not seen nor heard from her since Thursday, December 22nd 2022.

Marisia originally a Houston, Texas resident has been living in Orlando, Florida (Winter Garden) as part of THE
DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM since January of 2022. She was last seen at Flamingo Crossings East, an apartment community affiliated with the Disney program on Thursday, December 22nd, 2022.
Losing contact with family, friends and loved ones, particularly during the holiday season is uncharacteristic of her and very much concerning for our family.

Police will also ask Marisia if she sees this appeal to contact officers directly to let them know she is safe and
well. We love you Marisia and won’t stop our efforts until we know you are safe and not in harm’s way.

marisia burton missing dcp cast member

Credit: The Aware Foundation

Currently, Marisia Burton is still considered missing, and neither the Walt Disney Company, Disney College Program, nor other representative spokespersons have made a statement regarding her case. Therefore, it is extremely important to disseminate news of her disappearance so that she has a better chance of being found.

The Orange County Sheriff’s department in Central Florida has advised anyone with more information to call these numbers:


Here at DisneyTips, our thoughts are with the Burton family. Let’s do our part to help bring Marisia home.

This story is developing, and we will share additional updates as we have them here on Disney Tips. 

About Spencer Beck

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the halls of the Walt Disney Family Museum, and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @pinknpurble everywhere.