This is a story about a girl I met during Traditions.
I’ll try to “preserve the magic” as much as I can while telling this story because I don’t want to blow anything for anyone that hasn’t been through Traditions.
For those who don’t know, Traditions is held in a room with several tables that fit about 5 people per table. I wound up being the only guy in my table and had to deal with the awkward silence/introductions from the other CP girls. There was one girl in particular—I forgot her name, but she stood out to everyone else in the table. I’m not saying that she didn’t belong there, but she sounded like she knew nothing about the DCP.
Traditions was going pretty well until we reached a certain part. I can’t really explain the activity, but this girl was acting super ignorant. Like, the genuine ignorant like she really did not know what the hell was going on. She wasn’t trolling at all but this bothered the rest of the table. There was a part in the activity where it was mentioned that Walt Disney passed away on December 15th, 1966; a fact that anyone with common sense would know whether you’re a Disney fan or not, especially since it was clearly mentioned that he was born in 1901. Without missing a beat, this girl blurted out loud
"WAIT A MINUTE! He’s not alive anymore???"
Everyone at our table (including a few people at other tables because she was mad loud) turned to her like
Everyone was in shock. I’m sitting there trying to get my life together while fathoming how this girl even made it into the DCP. No one could say anything. I decided to speak up:
"Nah. He passed away…45 years ago."
"NO! Really?! Oh my God, I didn’t even know. That’s so sad…"
After that exchange, I could say no more. I just went back to what I was doing in the activity. Later on, during the same activity, she was hit with “breaking news” Disney owns ABC
"WHAT?! DISNEY OWNS ABC?! Wow, This Disney company must have a lot of money!" <—-word-for-word quote, I’ll never forget that statement
One of the girls snapped. She tried to quiz her a bit but only couldn’t make it past the first question:
"So, what made you want to do the DCP?"
No lie, she said
“‘Cause it’s Disney! DUH!”
We all stared at her like
She then went on to brag about how this is gonna be so much fun, talking about the benefits, etc. She didn’t mention anything about work, she blew that off completely. She was dead set on hitting up the parks as much as possible. We all went through the rest of the Traditions in an awkward silence. I didn’t say shit for the rest of my time in there. I never saw any of the people I sat with at the table ever again but I’m almost 100% sure this girl self termed within a month into her program.
I’ll never forget this day because this angered me in a sense of there are hundreds, if not, thousands of people willing to anything to be part of the DCP and know what comes with it and somehow, they don’t make it in the program. Not just on a knowledge perspective, but a work perspective as well. And the fact that people can just simply get in just to fuck around and not care or take advantage of this golden opportunity given to them bothers me to the nth degree.
I know applications are coming out within the next week or so, so I want to let this be known to all DCP applicants: This will be the best experience of your life. Please, please do not take this for granted. There will be days when you just want to walk out and take the next flight/drive home but if you ask any alumni DCP-er or any CM or Leader for that matter and they will tell you one magical moment will make up 100x for the several bad moments you had in the day. And there will be days when you need to pinch yourself because you feel like you’re in a dream, working your dream job (if you thing working there is your dream), creating happiness for Guests of all ages, races, gender, whatever. You will have the time of your life. For the sake of humanity, take full advantage of it. You won’t regret this decision, given you’re accepted into the program. Remember, FT&PD. Always.
I’ve had a lot of new followers lately, so I’d just like to say hi!
My name is Ashley, I’m a DCP alum and I worked QSFB (in a lot of locations!) for Fall Advantage.
My favorite WDW parks in order are:
1. Magic Kingdom
3. Animal Kingdom
4. Hollywood Studios
I (obviously) love Disney and love talking about it with my followers. Please feel free to send me a message; my ask box is always open!
I was thinking about all of the merchandise I bought for myself (not counting what I bought as gifts for family) in Disney during my CP and…
- 3 shirts
- 3 sweatshirts
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 1 pair of earrings
- 1 necklace
- 1 bracelet
- 1 scarf
- 2 pins
- 2 ride photos
- 1 tote bag
- 1 wristlet purse
- 1 mug
- 1 Christmas ornament
- 1 Eeyore pillow pet
I think I may have a problem.
Friendly reminder that the deadline to apply for the Disney College Program is approaching!
There’s still time for you!
Doing this program was one of the best experiences of my life. If you’re even considering doing it, apply now.
This is a loaded question. Here we go.
My DCP was the hardest work I have ever done, by far. I spent the first month with sore muscles, burnt fingers, crying to my roommates almost every night because of the stress of so many new changes and challenges. My shifts were always getting extended, pushing me even farther into overtime. I worked outside in the heat and in the rain and faced what seemed to be never-ending lines all while being held to a higher standard of quality.
But then it got better.
I ached a little less, learned how to stop burning myself on ovens, and got used to my new line of work. I went with the flow when it came to extensions because they were inevitable. Lines not longer phased me and I realized that the weather is always changing. I became good at my job. In many instances, even great at it. I did the best I could to make a magical vacation for my guests and I enjoyed doing it.
As for the people, I was extremely fortunate. I had the best roommates I could possibly ask for and we still talk to this day as best friends. I formed amazing friendships at work, too. You hear people say that during the program you’ll make lifelong friends and it sounds like a cheesy line, but it’s true. They believe in magic. They sing while they work. They’ll trade their costume for park clothes so they can go on rides with you. Disney friends are amazing friends.
So while in the beginning I was sad and tired and sore, I adjusted and found myself having one of the best experiences of my life. One that I miss everyday. The DCP is challenging, but if you’re up for it you won’t regret it.
You know what question is always in the back of my mind?
If I went back to work at Walt Disney World, what role would I want?
I was in QSFB for my college program, and while I loved being a CM, I wouldn’t want to return to that role. But working there also taught me that every role has its pros and cons.
Attractions is great, but there’s stroller parking and countless guests who don’t know how many are in their party. Merchandise is cool, but often has late, late hours filled with re-stocking. If you get Costuming you could help Fairy Godmother get the princesses ready for their shows, or you could do Cast laundry all day. Character Attendants get to hang out with characters, but they also have to be the one to tell a guest that Mickey needs to leave for some cheese.
I’d like to hear from some current or former Cast Members about you would or wouldn’t recommend your role. Why did you choose it?
On my very last day, I visited my coworkers for the last time. They told me to go on something big, Splash Mountain big, because “GO BIG OR GO HOME”
So here I am. 11:30 at night. GOING BIG AND GOING HOME.
I love how if you google image search ‘stands west magic kingdom’ the first picture that pops up is me…
in the Cosmic Ray’s costume.
Anonymous asked: I'm not sure if you've answered this, but if you're a part of the Spring Advantage program is it possible to extend your stay and work in the fall if you really love it?
It is! I had two coworkers who arrived in February and stayed until December. You’ll most likely stay in your same location, but it is possible to transfer to another, or even to different role.
I Created a New Page!
It’s an “About the DCP" page, located on the top and sidebar of my blog.
Essentially, it’s a FAQ of sorts that covers everything from if you’re eligible to apply to the Living, Learning, and Earning aspect of the Disney College Program, both WDW and Disneyland.
I hope you find it helpful!