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.
I applied probably two weeks after applications came out, not right away but not way at the end of application season. I was extended an invitation to take the web based interview about an hour later. After taking the web based interview, the only information I received was an email thanking me for taking the interview. After that I got distracted by life and completely forgot I applied. About four weeks later I received an email inviting me to schedule a phone interview! I was completely taken off guard by it! I scheduled my phone interview for a week later. After my interview I received an email saying I would hear back in 4-6 weeks, so I prepared to forget and wait, and did not think I would be accepted since most people I know had two or three phone interviews before being accepted. Two weeks later I was waiting for the bus home from target and casually checking my email. I was accepted! I started jumping up and down and immediately called my sister. The waiting paid off and it definitely did not hurt to forget about the application for a while, I didn't join the facebook group until after I was accepted which helped a lot with not worrying about it in the process. All that being said, don't worry. Disney is going to hire the best people for their company, if you don't get accepted work on your resume and apply again later. Just because you didn't get accepted doesn't mean you're worse than other people, just someone else was more what they were looking for this season.