About the Author/Creator

Christopher W. Tremblay, Ed.D.


Dr. Christopher W. Tremblay is a 1994 graduate of the Western Michigan University Lee Honors College and has been fascinated by Disney since his parents took him to Walt Disney World when he was 5 in 1977. During his undergraduate studies, Tremblay participated in the Walt Disney World College Program (WDWCP) in 1993, where he spent a semester learning all about the Disney enterprise and earned his “Ducktorate Degree” and the Rachel Imilio Scholarship for designing a new theme park called “Downtown Disney.” That’s also when he received his first set of mouse ears and met Dick Nunis (see photo below). On the WDWCP, he earned the nickname of “Mr. Pixie Dust.” One of Tremblay’s undergraduate honors courses was “American Pop Culture,” and in that class he wrote about the cultural impact of the opening of Disneyland in 1955. Tremblay’s honors college thesis was entitled, “Promoting Square Feet with Character: The Influence of Fantasy on Meetings and Conventions at Walt Disney World.” In 2015, Dr. Tremblay developed and first taught “Walt’s Pilgrimage,” a course in the Study in the States Program for students enrolled in the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. He is a member of the Disney College Program Alumni Association and a shareholder of The Walt Disney Company. Tremblay has supported The Walt Disney Birthplace and has a brick at the Walt Disney Hometown Museum and in front of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World’s “Walk Around the World.” Tremblay is also the author of article entitled, “Disney for Credit: The Presence of Disney in the Academy.” He earned his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. A Michigan native, Tremblay lives in the metro Detroit area. This is the first book he has authored.

Tremblay is available for college course development, consulting, and trip planning. He has organized four “Walt’s Pilgrimage” college courses for Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College and more are in the works.

Tremblay is holder of 13 U.S. copyrights.

Tremblay also published a research article on Disney in the Academy in College & University Journal.


Tremblay also recently published the children's version of Walt's Pilgrimage called Walt's Pilgrimage, Jr. which features full-page color photographs from many of the main sites in Walt's life and beyond.


Tremblay created the Creative Character Book Series with co-author Sr. Dorothy Ederer, O.P.

In 2018, Tremblay and Ederer also launched a series of Mandala Journal books.

Click here to learn more about these children's and Mandala books.


Tremblay is also a playwright, actor and producer and co-founded/co-owns TLC Productions in Canton, Michigan, with Tim Chanko and Linda Pohl.

He also invented the college admissions card game, Getting In. Click here to listen to a podcast about Getting In (and Walt’s Pilgrimage).

Tremblay is also passionate about college access and co-founded/co-edits the Journal of College Access with Dr. Patrick O'Connor.

He co-authored 9 murder mystery dinner party kits with Amy Farrell.


Tremblay has held various enrollment management positions at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Gannon University.  He is Director of External Engagement for the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Director of AACRAO’s Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Endorsement Program. He most recently served as a Marketing/Research Consultant for Michigan State University’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program.  Tremblay earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University.  He has a post master’s certificate in enrollment management from Capella University and doctor of education in educational leadership from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His dissertation was a study of graduate certificate programs in college admissions counseling.  He has published articles in four journals:  College & University, the Journal of College Admission, Journal of College Orientation and Transition and the Journal of Intergroup Relations.  Tremblay serves as co-editor of the Journal of College Access.  He has presented at nearly 75 association conferences nationally and internationally. 




WMU Lee Honors College  Kalamazoo, MI

WMU Lee Honors College

Kalamazoo, MI

Tremblay is grateful to the Western Michigan University Lee Honors College for supporting Walt's Pilgrimage as a college course in the Study in the States program.