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So You Want To Do The Disney College Program, Well…

…whoop dee doo.
I have been around the block before with block heads just like you.

If you don’t know where that lyric is from, I’m going to kindly ask that you brush up on your Disney movie knowledge (and oh, fun fact, we barely sell ANY merchandise from this particular movie and it makes me sad because it’s such a classic and one of my favorites).

But back to the main event. SO YOU WANT TO DO THE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM?! YAAAAAAAAAAAS.
No, seriously, that is AWESOME. Four for you, Glen Coco!
Deciding to apply to the Disney College Program is a big step in and of itself, and I’m sure you have a lot of questions.
Luckily, for you, I happen to have a lot of answers 😉
Now, of course, if a question/answer isn’t here, please feel free to comment with other questions and I will add them to this list for future CP applicants 🙂

Now, let’s get started!

Q: What exactly is the Disney College Program?

A: The Disney College Program is a paid internship at either the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida or at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. You can express interest for both locations when filling out your application.

Q: What do you do on this internship?

A: You can express interest in a number of roles ranging from entertainment (which requires an audition), merchandise, custodial, quick and full service food and beverage, attractions, etc. *Note: Any role you have will be directly in the parks (including Downtown Disney and water parks). If you want something that is more ‘business-y,’ you may want to consider applying for a professional internship!*

Q: How long is the program?

A: There are three different time frames for which you can express interest. The first one is the Spring Program which normally goes from January to May. It does vary, though, and your start date could be February with an end date in June. The second one is the Spring Advantage Program, and these typically start in January or February and end in August. The third one, which to my understanding isn’t always offered, is the Spring Quarter Program. This one starts in April and ends in August.

Q: What are the requirements for applying?

A: You must be at least 18 years old, currently be taking classes at an accredited university/college AND have completed at least one semester. In other words, if you are currently a college freshman, you can apply right now for the Spring program! Also, if you have graduated within the last six months you are also eligible to apply.

Q: Is it better to do it during college or after you graduate?

I just completed the program and I am still in college, but I do have a lot of friends who waited to apply until after they graduated as a way to make the transition from college to ‘real world.’ My advice? Do what works best for YOU. If it doesn’t fit into your schedule, don’t ruin your future by trying to do this program. Disney will always be there; your education should be your main priority. But, if you want to do this program as a way to get your foot in the door with the company, I would recommend applying while you’re still in school because it gives you more chances to get accepted than if you wait until you graduate and you only have one chance to get in.

Q: Do you have to take classes?

A: Disney does offer classes that you can take for college credit–if your school will accept them. If your college does not accept the courses for credit, there are free seminars/courses you can take instead to build professional skills and learn about the history of The Walt Disney Company. However, it is NOT required that you take classes during your program.

Q: Does it cost anything?

Upon accepting your invitation to complete the DCP, you will have to pay a fee which covers your rent for the first few weeks (more on this in the next question) and other things. For the Disney World program, it’s about $350. For the Disneyland program, it’s about $850.

Q: Are you provided with housing?

You are eligible to request Disney Program Housing during your college program and link up with roommates. You will be paying rent on a weekly basis and it will be taken directly out of your paycheck each week, so you don’t need to worry about it. (The first few weeks you won’t be working enough to cover rent, and that’s why you pay that money in advance so you don’t have to worry about it.)

Q: Is there transporation?

There is, at least for the Disney World program. (I’m a little fuzzy on the Disneyland Program details since I didn’t do it!) HOWEVER, if you have a car, I HIGHLY suggest bringing it because the transportation we are provided can be very…unpredictable and unreliable at times.

Q: Do I have to have a certain major to apply?

No! All majors are welcome to apply.

Q: What is the application process like?

You will first fill out an initial application. This is where you will express interest in either one or both locations (Orlando and Anaheim), express interest in the various roles you can be cast in, and provide the standard background information. Next, if your application is strong, you will be invited to complete a web based interview. Based on that, you will either no longer be in consideration for the program or you will be invited to schedule a phone interview. Once you have completed the phone interview, the waiting game begins.

Q: How long does it take to hear back after a phone interview?

A: Honestly, you could hear back immediately or you could be waiting a while. (I waited a month until I found out I was accepted) Also, you may be pended throughout the process. DO NOT FREAK OUT! Being pended is always better than no longer being in consideration, so if you see pending on your dashboard, stay calm. A lot of people who were pended, including myself, were accepted.

Q: Is it easy to get accepted?

A: Honestly…no, it isn’t. I know a lot of people who applied several times before getting accepted, but on the flip side I know a lot of people who applied many times and got accepted every time they applied. If you have a strong application, a winning personality and your passion and love for the company is evident, your chances are a lot higher. But tens of thousands of students apply for this program, and only a few thousand get accepted for Disney World and even less than that get accepted for Disneyland. So do not put all of your eggs in one basket when applying for this program–you are not guaranteed to get accepted.

Q: What do I get out of it?

A: This program is what you make it. You will either get A LOT out of it and have a wonderful experience or get NOTHING out of it and be miserable. In addition to perks like discounts and free park access, you get life long friends (if you make the effort to get to know people), you get connections (if you learn how to network), and you get valuable skills that will help you be successful even after your program ends. Plus, you get to put that you worked for a Fortune 500 company on your resume. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

Q: Would you recommend it?

A: Absolutely. If you decide to apply and get accepted, your program will have its ups and downs. However, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I think it’s worth everything that you go through. You just have to be open minded, positive and willing to put in the work. ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ is like the unofficial motto of the DCP, and it’s a motto to live by.

These are some general questions that I have been asked/questions I had myself when I was applying, so I hope that this is helpful to you if you’re considering applying or know someone who is! If you have any other questions, like I stated earlier, please don’t hesitate to comment and ask!

Applications are now OPEN for the Spring CP season, so click here to begin your application to work at the most magical or happiest place on earth!

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Happy New Year!

I am finally writing my first post of the new year! (I know it’s eight days late…forgive me.)

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

A new year brings new opportunities, new relationships, new adventures and SO MUCH THEME PARK NEWNESS.

Are you as excited as I am?!

Before I run down the list of new things happening at some of our favorite theme parks this year, can I just say that you need to experience NYE in Disney at least ONCE in your lifetime? It’s magical. In fact, it needs its own post. *Makes mental note to do a post on NYE in Disney*

Now that I’m done being sidetracked, let’s talk about some of the things you can experience this year in some of the best theme parks in the country!

1. I am just going to leave this list of 10 new rides/attractions coming to theme parks across the country via Theme Park Tourist here. All I have to say is…I need to go to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Look at the list–you’ll see why.

2. This year, Disneyland will be celebrating 60 years of being The Happiest Place on Earth! (July 17 is the day Disneyland opened in 1955.) The Diamond Celebration is set to begin this Spring, and I need to find my way to California.

DisneylandDiamondAnniversary3. The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is officially on its way out as of yesterday. Workers have begun to dismantle the impressive structure and soon, The Chinese Theatre will be in full view as guests walk down Hollywood Boulevard. Will the Earful Tower resume its duty of being the park icon? Only time will tell!

4. I know it’s far away, but Universal Studios Florida will be putting on their 25th Halloween Horror Nights event this fall on select nights from Sept. 25-Oct. 31. I am a huge baby when it comes to anything horror, but HHN keeps me coming back every year. If you’ve never been, this is the year to go. I guarantee they have some amazing plans up their sleeves.

5. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World returns this Spring from March 4-May 17. I have personally never attended the Flower and Garden Festival AND I will be in Disney completing my college program this Spring, so I’m excited to go for the first time!

6. A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure takes place from Jan. 30- Feb 1.*Fun Fact: YOU CAN DRESS UP!* There are so many fun events planned throughout the weekend, so take a look here and form a plan of action if you plan on going!

7. The ‘Frozen’ Fun may have ended at Walt Disney World (except for the sing along at DHS), but it’s just starting over on the other coast! At Disney California Adventure, you can meet the royal sisters, shop at Wandering Oaken’s, play in the snow, and maybe even get a warm hug from Olaf! Details can be found here. There is also a ‘Frozen’ show at Disneyland, so be sure to get a park hopper ticket in order to experience everything ‘Frozen’!

8. Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be here again before we know it! (May 15-June 14 to be exact) And with the release of a brand new Star Wars movie at the end of this year, I bet the event will be even better!

I guarantee there are more things happening this year, and as I find them out I will add them to the list! If you know of anything super awesome happening at a theme park this year, let me know in the comments!

What events are you looking forward to most? What theme parks do you plan on visiting? Let me know so I can live vicariously through you!

Disney Update!

Walt Disney World has certainly been the center of attention lately, hasn’t it?

It’s easy to miss something when it feels like an announcement is coming every few days!

So here is your Disney Update Cheat Sheet!

1) Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has begun at the Magic Kingdom!

On select nights from now through Dec. 19, Magic Kingdom will transform into a winter wonderland from 7:00 PM to midnight for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Guests will be able to meet their favorite Disney characters dressed in their wintery best (including, for the first time, Sandy Claws!), watch Elsa, along with Anna, Kristoff and Olaf, cast an icy glow on Cinderella Castle during A Frozen Holiday Wish, wave to Disney friends as they pass by in Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, see the sky explode into glorious colors during Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies while they walk down a snowy Main Street! This is my favorite time of the year and my favorite hard ticket event at Disney, so make sure to check it out! I’ll be going on Monday, so be on the lookout for a post and if you see me, say hi!

2) The Sorcerer’s Hat in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Will Be Removed in Early 2015

No, this is not a rumor. Disney has announced that the Sorcerer’s Hat, placed in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2001, will be removed in early 2015. I can’t tell you how many people didn’t know this was happening or thought it was a rumor, but it isn’t. Personally, I’ll be sad to see it go since I’ve only ever known DHS with the iconic hat, but I’m sure whatever Disney has planned will blow us away!

3) Maelstrom, Studio Backlot Tour, and The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow Have All Closed

Maelstrom and Studio Backlot Tour both closed a few weeks ago, but you’d be surprised how many people are still unaware of that! The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, in Disney’s Hollywood Studio, closed Thursday. It’s unknown on what will replace this, but seeing as it is right next to Pixar Place, one could speculate that Disney is gearing up to expand the area that houses Toy Story Midway Mania. At least, that’s what this girl is hoping for!

4) Toy Story 4 Is Coming To A Theatre Near You in 2017

Toy Story fans, get ready to continue the adventure with your favorite toys because they’re coming back! John Lasseter, the director of Toy Story 1 and 2, will be directing the 4th installment, which is slated to be released in June of 2017, seven years after Toy Story 3 was released. Now, I admit I was a little upset when I first heard that a fourth movie was being made because I thought, like many other people did, that Toy Story 3 ended the trilogy PERFECTLY. However, after reading several interviews with John Lasseter in various articles, it’s clear to me that these movies meant just as much to him as they did to the fans. I have faith that this movie will wow us. (But Toy Story 3 was still the perfect ending.)

5) Big Hero 6 Is Now In Theatres!

Big Hero 6, the newest movie from the brilliant minds at Walt Disney Animation Studios, is finally out in theatres! I’ve heard EXCELLENT reviews, some claiming that this is the best animated movie Disney has ever put out! This is actually the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel characters, so Marvel fans will be pleased! I can’t wait to go see the movie. If you’ve seen it, did you like it?! Let me know in the comments below!

6) The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Is Getting A Little…Frozen

The coast-to-coast Christmas Day Parade, hosted by the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is getting a new name: Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration!

If you’re a fan of the popular film, this is exciting news! If you’re absolutely over the hype, this is upsetting to you. All I can say is this–Frozen is popular and is a film that transcends age, which is not something every film can accomplish. At the end of the day, Disney is still a business, and they have to capitalize on what brings in the most money, the most views, the most people. When was the last time a movie made THIS big of a splash? While I know it’s upsetting to see Frozen taking over a lot of things, I don’t think they’re sacrificing the magic of Disney in any way. People LOVE meeting Anna and Elsa in Princess Fairytale Hall; they love to sing along to movies from the film in ‘For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Celebration’; they still get excited to see the sisters during Festival of Fantasy. In fact, Frozen merchandise is STILL selling like hotcakes. It’s more popular now then when it was first released, and if people didn’t love it as much as they do, Disney wouldn’t continue to build on the excitement.

I personally love the film. I loved Frozen Summer Fun, I still go to the sing along, I still wait in line to meet the princesses, and I’m BEYOND excited to see them during MVMCP lighting the castle! I don’t agree with taking out Maelstrom to replace it with a Frozen inspired ride, but otherwise, I’m excited to see what else they come up with. Let the storm rage on, right?

If you know of any other huge Disney updates, tell me in the comments so I can add to this list!

Are you excited about the changes?

Which change is the most exciting/most upsetting to you?