The Disney College Program totally changed my life! And now I want it to change yours too! Today I'm checking in for my second Disney College Program, and I am SOOOOOO excited! A week ago, Disney opened up applications for the Fall Disney College Program, I plan to extend through the fall, and I want you to join me! Why should you do the Disney College Program?
You'll make amazing friends!
I've made a lot of wonderful friends in my lifetime, but the friends I made during my Disney College Program are some of the best, and everyone I know says that! I made friends that support me in my faith, my daily life, and in my career. Often, when I move someplace new I lose touch with many of my friends, these friends are so faithful to maintain our friendship, we talk every day!
You'll learn a lot about your career!
When I started the Disney College Program I was an education major, but still very undecided on how I wanted to go with that, having changed the details of that degree three times. I didn't like my job experience in schools, but loved my job experience at a coffee shop where I got to talk to and take care of customers every day. I always swore I'd never pursue a business degree, but after my Disney College Program I decided to change my degree to Hospitality and Tourism. I realized that there was a job that linked my love of child-like fun and caring for people.
Applications for the Fall 2017 season opened at the beginning of this week, but now you're wondering how to get a leg up on the competition. Thousands of students apply for the program, but only 10-25% (rough estimate, depending on the season and hiring needs) of those are accepted. With so many people applying, how can you make your application stand out from the rest? Today I have 3 tips to help your application stand out and increase your chances of being accepted.
1. Put high interest in the high need and high volume roles.
On the application, it first asks you about your interest in high need roles, and then asks you to mark which other roles your interested in. The high need roles are the ones they REALLY NEED participants for. High volume roles aren't listed as such on the application, but some roles like merch, attractions, and character performer do hire a significant number of college program participants compared to other roles. On the other side of it, if you put high interest in all the hard to get roles like Boutique, Front Desk, bus greeter, bell services etc. it will really hurt your chances because between those four roles combined don't hire as many people as quick service by itself. If you'd LOVE to be a Fairy Godmother in Training (BBB) list that as high interest, but list some of the more common roles too, it'll really help you! Custodial was my first choice for my program, and I'm convinced that's why I was accepted!
Check-in is the first thing you do as a college program particiapnt. When you accepted your college program you chose an an arrival and departure date. Check-in is on your arrival date. You will receive your housing assignment, keys, housing ID, program guide, everything you need to get started. You'll be notified of your check-in time 5-10 days before your arrival date.
I don't arrive until January 30th (the second to last arrival date!) but I asked someone who arrived this week, January 10th for her experience with check in so everyone else has a point of reference. Thanks Jennifer!
What is the check-in process?
When I got to the first station at the clubhouse I had to show the cast member my boarding pass (paper with the barcode) and I received my program guide, which showed me my apartment number and how many roommates I had. At the second station I got my picture taken for my housing ID card. At the third station I had to show proof of identification and received the communicator (a cast member newsletter/calendar).
Whether you're waiting to apply, waiting for an answer, waiting for your program to start, or just arrived for your program, there's a lot of in between time. What should you be doing while you're waiting? When does everything happen? Where can you find related posts? These questions and more will be answered in this post.
Disclaimer: This post is based on the spring program, since I'm about to apply for my first fall program, but I'll try to give you approximate dates for fall based on the spring programs I've done.
Today's role spotlight is a look into the life of an attractions host. Particiapants placed in attractions can be stationed at a ride area, as a park greeter (Read more about that here.), or as parade audience control. Attractions hosts work in all 4 parks as well as Disney Springs. Today's post features the experiences of 4 attractions hostesses: Megan worked Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, Sarah worked Peter Pan's Flight and It's a Small World, Molly worked Parade Audience Control on Main Street, and my sweet friend from my program, Amber-Lynn, worked Spaceship Earth.
Megan: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure (Epcot)
Program: Fall 2015
Other Locations: American Garden Theater
Role Description: I handed out phones to secret agents so they could save the world! I also park cleared at the end of the day to make sure there were no guests left in the park. At the American Garden Theater, I helped with making sure the food and wine performances went smoothly.
Training: I had a few days of on the job training and then an assessment
Hours: 30/week, 6 hour shifts with 2 15 minute breaks
Likes: I loved it! I really liked all of the guest interaction
Dislikes: Park clearing wasn't my favorite but I loved the role anyway!
Favorite Memory: My favorite stories all have to do with park clearing or New Years. I loved the crowd and doing crowd control, and many of my stories have to do with that. I have too many to pick just one!
Last week I posted my "5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging" and promised you an opportunity this week. I'm looking for guest blog posts! This is a great opportunity to get more exposure for your post and mine. This opportunity will stay open all the time, but I'd love to get some of the posts in and scheduled before I start my program in 28 days. Keep reading to find out more about this cool opportunity.
This opportunity is open to bloggers, vloggers, and store owners. It's also open to current particiapants, as well as program hopefuls and alumni. Bloggers, just write a post like you would for your own post, and I'll make sure to include links back to your site. Vloggers, just choose one of your vlogs that you'd like to share and I'll post it, you can also include some written content or infographics if you like, or you can write a traditional blog post if you want. Store owners, just write a traditional blog post, and I'll make sure to include info linking it back to your store.