A few days ago I joined the DCP Spring 2017 page as an alumni and an applicant. Applications only came out a few days ago but everyone's already worried about the status of their app, and I don't blame them. There are tons of theories that float around every season as to how you get into "in submission" or "in progress" or what increases your chances of being accepted. All of these are valid questions, but also no one knows the answer. If this is you, I want to encourage you to slow down and remember it's going to happen or not, worrying isn't going to help you, quite the opposite actually. In order to encourage you to be patient and wait I wanted to give you a glimpse into what the timing of my application process last year.
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.
This week has been eventful to say the least! Last Tuesday my toe was numb after work, and it's still not quite right, I don't know why. I thought that would be the biggest event of my week...boy do I wish it was!
I finally finished my custodial training on Thursday, only to find out I need to be recast because a drivers license is required for the role. All this after working eight days straight! Phew!
After I got off work on Thursday I was ecstatic to finally get to play in the parks the next two days without having to worry about working later. But that was not how my "weekend" would play out! I woke up bright and early Friday morning and found myself puking! (Code V as we call it here.) I spent the entire day lying in bed with a high fever and a few more episodes of code v. The next day continued with the fever, getting up to 104.5 degrees. The next day I still had a fever and was too dizzy to walk, which meant I had to call in sick to work. (eeek! Nooo!!!) That night my roommate took me to the emergency room and they pumped fluids into me (so I could walk straight again), and we figured out I had a bladder infection. I was ordered a round on antibiotics and 3 days rest.
Today is my second of those three days rest. I'm still a little dizzy and having a hard time eating but the antibiotics are starting to work. It's all been an adventure (with lots of crying)! I'm ready to go back to playing in the parks and working again! After the stye in my eye goes away. (just a little gift today to top it off!)
Stay safe! Stay healthy!
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.
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!
On Christmas I officially announced I would accept my internship at Walt Disney World. Now, questions from family and friends are piling in! I want to write this post to introduce you to the program and answer some of the questions I'm asked often.
This will be my blog for the time being. You can go back to my college blog here.
General Information About the Program
The Disney College Program is an internship for students in college or who have graduated in the last 6 months. It's different from simply taking a job at Disney for a semester in that you get to live in company sponsored housing and participate in special events just for College Programmers. In this way you still get the college experience while participating in the program. The internship opens lots of doors for future positions with the company such as full time park positions, professional internships, cruise line jobs, movie industry jobs, business jobs, and jobs with other parts of the Disney company. You can find more information and apply to the program here.
Commonly Asked Questions