As I wait anxiously for the next 120 days to pass before I arrive at Disney, I pass my time pinning ideas for my apartment and roommate gifts. I've collected some of my favorite pins for you!
Display Your Ears
During your program you'll assemble quite a collection of ears! You'll get one pair at traditions and one at graduation, and you'll probably buy more to wear in the parks. I have 4 sets of Minnie ears and my two ear hats. I've spent a lot of time trying to come up with the best way to display them, and this is the cutest! Pin it!
In the last two posts I talked about high need and high volume roles. These are other roles that are offered for CPs although only a handful or a few people are accepted for these roles. Obviously people are accepted for these roles every season however the odds of it are rare or uncommon. Fair warning: since these are more uncommon roles I might not know much about them, if that's the case, I'll try to include lots of references!
During my last program, a few of my friends worked bell services. The two things they usually did were working at the bell services desks and transporting bags between resorts.
Hours: My friends usually got the full 40 hours and it was fairly easy to trade shifts.
Pros: Not too much too do, where I worked they usually watched youtube videos during their entire shift, bell services isnt' open late, it's the job of Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya Del Rosa Ramirez!
Cons: It can become boring, you work in a resort
In the first part of this post you heard about the four high need roles, in this post you'll hear about four more roles: the high volume roles. Even though these aren't high need roles, they are roles that a lot or moderate amount of CPs are accepted for so you have a good or moderate chance of being accepted into these roles.
Attractions cast members are responsible for running attractions and parade audience control, you can also be placed as a park greeter who scans tickets and finger prints. Working attractions includes running the control panel, fastpass and standby merge points, loading people into rides, greeting at the front of the queue and scanning fastpasses, and more. You'll also likely have to spiel which can include reciting the rules or reciting a full script for the duration of the ride on attractions like The Great Movie Ride or Jungle Cruise. During your shift you will rotate between positions at the ride and possibly at other rides, attractions, or character meet and greets. You can also be asked to help with stroller parking and attending the fastpass kiosks.
Hours: My friends were usually scheduled 36-40 hours, 6-8 hour shifts, they also had very active facebook groups for trading, picking up, and giving away shifts.
Locations: Parks, Water Parks, and Disney Springs
Pros: This is a super fun job! The coworkers are usually cool, you're right in the middle of the action and a part of the heart and soul of the theme parks
Cons: You can only pick up shifts at your location, some of the tasks like running the control panel can become redundant, sometimes parents and guest can become hostile because of the wait time, height requirements, or when a ride goes down, hearing a que line rope fall to the ground will make you NUTTY!
This post comes as a request from a reader, and is in three parts. As you think about applying and what roles you want to list as your top roles, or even which to put as high, medium, or low interest, it's important to know what each role entails. I'm here to help! I want to provide you with descriptions, details, and links to other resources for each role! These posts only includes roles offered at Walt Disney World, since that's where I have experience and where most people are accepted. This post will include descriptions of all the roles listed as "high need" on the application, the next will include roles that hire a lot or moderate amount of CPs, the final post will include the rest of the roles. To read the official role descriptions from the DCP website, click here.
On the new application (It's different from both times I applied before), they first ask for your interest in the "high need roles" which are custodial, housekeeping, lifeguard, and quick service. These are the roles they need CPs for the most so you are most likely to be accepted for these roles.
Obviously Custodial is the best role out there! Custodians are responsible for keeping the parks and resorts clean. This includes emptying trash cans, spot sweeping, general cleaning, and cleaning bathrooms. Resort custodians are scheduled for bathrooms and general cleaning each shift but park custodians are scheduled for either bathrooms or general cleaning each shift. In many locations custodians also get to answer a lot of guest question, pin trade, and give out stickers. Custodial is often titled "the best kept secret" or "the hidden gem" of the college program because of those fun perks and the flexibility and freedom the role offers since you're not always right next to your supervisor and coworkers. You can make magic by pin trading, giving out stickers, or giving out no strings attached forms.
Hours: As a resort custodian I was usually only scheduled for 32 hours, but many of my friends who worked in parks were scheduled 40-50 hours with many opportunities for overtime. You can trade shifts with people at other parks (if you're at a park) or resorts (if you're at a resort).
Locations: Resorts, Parks, Water Parks, Disney Springs, ESPN
Pros: Lots of freedom! Lots of experience for guest service, not too busy, if you work in parks you get to watch parades and fireworks, lots of opportunities to make magical moments
Cons: You need to be familiar with the area you work so you might not feel comfortable picking up shifts, resort custodians can't pick up parks shifts usually and vice versa. It's all cleaning!
Resources: My blog, thedcplife.blogspot.com
Here are some of my favorite blogs about the program:
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale: collinsrace1.wordpress.com
Best Housing Info: thedcplife.blogspot.com
My Favorite Blog Ever: dcp2014.wordpress.com
Lucy Ears Her Ears: lucyearnsherears.weebly.com
Don't forget to check out the official program blog, youtube videos, and connect with people you know who've done the program!