As you fill out your Disney application you might be thinking about brushing up on your Spanish, ASL, or German skills. (For a full list of language pin options check out the Official Disney College Program Blog.) Thinking about all these other languages you might be interested in practicing you might have forgotten that working at Disney practically requires learning a whole new language! Disney loves to abbreviate, and in addition to that there are a lot of words that are just general "Disney-ese." In this post I will walk you through some of these Disney words and abbreviations and when you might hear them. If you come across any more words let me know in the comments at the bottom and I'll try to help!
The Application Process
Apps dropped: Disney has released the applications and you can now apply!
Dashboard: Your dashboard is the home page where you can find all the information about the status of your application.
WBI: Web Based Interview, Disney liked your application and they want to know more about you to see if you are a good fit for the internship. It's basically an online survey where you pick the answer that most describes you.
PI: Phone Interview, you passed the WBI and now you get to have an interview with an actual person over the phone.
In Progress: A general status term you'll see on your dashboard, usually this means you're going somewhere but who knows what this actually means.
In Submission: Another general status term you'll see on your dashboard, usually one thought of to be more negative, I think of it like a waiting list for college.
NLIC: No longer in consideration, this means you are not being considered for an internship with Disney this recruiting season but you are free to apply next season.
Action Required: You have another thing you need to do to continue in the application process, this could be taking the WBI, scheduling your PI, or accepting your offer.
WDW: Walt Disney World
DLR/DL: Disneyland Resort
When I applied to Disney, my first choice role was custodial. I thought it would be so cool to get to work in the streets, watching the parades and fireworks, helping people find attractions, and most of all pin trading and handing out stickers. When I was accepted for custodial I as ecstatic! Months later they sent out itineraries for the first week, on mine there was an event titled "housekeeping town hall." my first reaction was "what?! I'm not housekeeping!" After consulting the DCP Custodial facebook page, we inferred that this meant you were custodial at a resort. Again I was confused, I assumed the people who cleaned the resorts were housekeepers. When I arrived on check in day I found out I was placed at the Yacht and Beach resort, thankfully a deluxe resort. Before I continue I would like to make it clear that because of the experience I now love cleaning bathrooms and cleaning up puke.
I arrived almost 2 weeks ago, so I wanted to share an update on how things are going. The first week I didn't get to do much, I had a few general meetings about housing, being resort custodial, and paperwork. I had my first training class called Traditions, where I learned about the company. During that I received my name tag, the iconic sign of Disney cast member, and my card that gives me access to the parks.
The day after Traditions, Sunday, was my favorite day by far since I've been here! My new friends Robert and Sarah took me to Magic Kingdom for the first time, and we went to church that night. I had a great time finally riding attractions I've been avoiding my whole life. The day, and finally being in Magic Kingdom, was great fun, but by far the best part of the day was spending time in fellowship with these two wonderful people! I look forward to many more adventures with them!
A few other updates: I got my first choice apartment, a 6 person 3 bedroom in Chatham (although there are only 5 of us right now), which is the cheapest and closest to the buses. My roommates are nice but it's interesting because they all knew they were going to be roommates before arriving, so I was the random thrown in, so I'm kind of the outsider right now as I get to know them. I started working at my location yesterday (after 4 days of classroom type trainings) and it's going well, my coworkers are nice and spoil me a little bit. I'm excited to start working on my own in a week. All in all, everything is going well and I'm excited for the next 4 months.