ten-oh9 asked: Do you think it's too late to apply to the program? I got an email about when the applications opened up, but I haven't since checked if there was a deadline. I hope this isn't a stupid question.
I think I saw on the DCP Facebook page yesterday that applications are still open. If it’s something you think you want to do, go for it!
saisir-linstant asked: Hi!! I'm really excited because I just scheduled my DCP phone interview. While I'm really excited I'm also really nervous and worried. I guess I'm in need of support! Is it as terrifying as it sounds? I also want to ask, how does it feel being a part of the cast? Has it being as amazing as living in disney sounds?
I’m here for you, girl! The phone interview can be a bit nerve-racking, but it’s nothing to be scared of. I know they tell you to prepare for a thirty minute conversation, but it’s usually only about ten to fifteen minutes long. You review what you put on your application (ex. are you applying for WDW or DLR, fall or fall advantage, ever committed a crime, etc.), go over Disney look, your work preferences (inside, outside, individual, team) and tell the interviewer why you’re interested in the program.
To prepare for my interview I surrounded myself with post-it notes to remind me of things I wanted to say, and of course to smile. They can hear it in your voice!
And to answer your last question, yes, being a Disney Cast Member is as amazing as it sounds. No matter what the role, our job is to make magic and that feels incredible. We have the power to make people’s day and give them life-long memories. We sing along with the fireworks, dance with the parades, sprinkle pixie dust, and give stickers to the little princesses, pirates, cowboys, and space rangers. Being a Cast Member is hard work, but when you get those extra special guests, you’re reminded of just how wonderful it is to work for the Mouse.
As far as being a custodian on a day to day basis, it’s pretty easy.
On any given day you’ll either be scheduled to work in streets or in restrooms.
If you’re scheduled to work streets, all you do is take care of a very small section of the park, which is called a zone. You’ll be assigned a zone when you clock in. You just have to sweep up any trash you see, empty trash cans, and clean up any code V’s (vomit), code H’s (poop), Code U’s (urine), and BBP’s (blood spills). I can understand not wanting to clean up any of those things, but you’ll become so desensitized to it that you won’t think anything of it. Chemicals do most of the work for you anyway so it’s not bad at all. Other than that, you’re expected to actively approach and interact with guests, and that’s the best part of the job!
If you’re scheduled to work in restrooms, you’ll be assigned a certain amount of restrooms to look after during your shift. It’s kind of self explanatory, but you’ll be responsible for sweeping floors, cleaning toilets, restocking paper products, emptying sanibags (for females), and wiping the counters down.
Overall, it’s a very easy and fun role to be in. I absolutely loved it and I don’t know anyone who disliked it. You have so much freedom and so many opportunities to talk to guests and make magical moments! The role is definitely what you make of it!
Very important for anyone who got accepted into a Custodial role!
Congratulations!! That’s what I did on my CP! I’ll be honest and say that you’re in for some hard work, but you will make amazing friends in Quick Service and have the opportunity to work in several locations. You’ll also never have to worry about getting enough hours.
I forgot that Parking is under Main Entrance Ops! Who knows, someone could be a superstar like Rebekah and start in Parking and work up to Guest Relations :)
If it helps, I was pended for ten weeks before I got my acceptance email. One thing that really comforted me was that getting pended isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it often means that based on the answers you gave in your phone interview and the roles you indicated on your application you’re flexible and they could place you in a few different places.
For example, some people only sign up for Attractions, so recruiters have fewer areas to place them. But others who put down preferences for a variety of roles, say they can work inside or out, or if they are comfortable working independently or with a team can be placed almost anywhere. So in a way, sometimes they need to assign those specific people first and then fill in the gaps with the flexible ones.
Basically, try not to stress about it too much. All it takes is faith and trust ;)
My program was Fall Advantage! It’s so awesome because you get to work summer and then be there for Food & Wine and holiday parties! And Attractions is pretty awesome, too. There’s so many options with that.
Good luck on your interview! It’s not very difficult or long. The first part is just reviewing what you put on your application and then you answer a few questions (could be about your previous work experience, why you want to work for Disney, and what kind of environment you prefer). If any have any role or location preferences be sure to speak up! It will be your only chance. You can do it!
Yay, another Custodial! And congrats to @riddlemethisbatmannn on your second program! The only thing better than doing a CP is doing another one!
Congratulations to you both!
One of my FP+ coworkers just finished her program in Custodial (World Showcase in Epcot) and she loved it. You have a lot of freedom and tons of guest interaction. Plus, you could be trained in water art!
My roommate, Angel did Main Entrance Ops at MK during our CP! Especially at that park there’s a lot of things under it aside from turnstiles (well, they’re the cool new Vs now), like Parade Audience Control, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and working at Townsquare Theater!
Have any of my followers heard back on the College Program?
Did you get your acceptance email? Have you been pended? What’s going on?!
Here we go!!!!!!!!
Acceptances for the Fall 2014 WDWCP have starting to come out!
Best of luck to everyone who applied/got accepted! You will be making memories that will last a lifetime.
I applied to the DLCP Fall 2014 so fingers crossed those acceptances come out soon!
Anonymous asked: I read this book (Cast Member Confidential) and it kind of crushed all sorts of hopes and dreams of the park or ever working there... What are the (serious and maybe one not so serious) pros and cons of working at the park...?
I handed this ask off to a friend who worked for the mouse, and here’s what they had to say:
I haven’t read Cast Member Confidential, so I can’t speak to the book specifically. I read part of it, but I kind of had to put it down after the whole “Tarzan jumping off a parade float to save a drowning kid and then getting back on the float to finish the parade like nothing happened” bit. At this point I figured the book was going to play loose with the truth, and that it wasn’t worth reading it for the sake of answering this question. So instead I’ll rely on my own experience to give you the pros and cons.
Here’s what I will say, though: Working at a Disney park is entirely what you make of it. It’s hard work, it’s office politics, it’s seeing people in management who couldn’t name four of the seven dwarfs, much less “get” what Disney is all about, it’s thankless work for unappreciative tourists in motorized scooters. It’s cleaning up puke, it’s “playing hurt,” it’s heat exhaustion, it’s taking money from the hand that you just saw scratching the owner’s butt (on the inside of their pants) and pretending that you aren’t sickened by the thought of it. It’s cast member parties (or perhaps not being invited to them), it’s high school mentality, and, yes, you may work with people who will make you wonder what the hell Casting was thinking when they offered that person a job.
It’s also magical, in every sense of the word. It’s seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when they see Mickey Mouse or Cinderella for the first time. It’s having a parent tell you that they’ve been saving every penny that they could spare for this day for ten years, and that it’s been worth every luxury that they went without for all that time. It’s realizing that you’re smiling not because “you have to,” but because you can’t help it because you’re surrounded by so much true happiness. It’s saving a life (the Tarzan story may have sounded like BS to me, but I guarantee you that cast members do, on occasion, save lives). It’s doing that one tiny thing that makes the difference that turns a frustrated guest’s terrible day into a joyous day that they’ll never forget. It’s free admission into the parks — let’s be honest, that’s a definite plus. It’s knowing that for every bad cast member that you work with, you work with ten others who make working there truly special.
Working for Disney definitely isn’t for everyone. There are good things and bad things about it, just like every other job. I will tell you right now that there is no such thing as a perfect day at a Disney park. Something will ALWAYS go wrong, and sometimes that bad situation may involve you somehow. Your patience will be tried, over and over again. Sometimes you’ll get backstage and you’ll just want to scream over a guest that was angry at you for not letting their 39”-tall child go on the attraction with the 42” height requirement, or the guest who, after changing their kid’s diaper, put the old poopy one on your food counter and walked away.
Yes, I heard about cast members busted for drugs, if that’s one of the things that upset you. It’s true, it happens. Some cast members should not be cast members. In any organization that has thousands and thousands of employees at each location, there are going to be bad seeds that somehow make it into the company’s employment. But the fact is, Disney takes that very seriously, and those people rarely last very long.
The bottom line is that you can’t let your perception of working for Disney to be formed based on a single source. I’m guessing that the person who wrote Cast Member Confidential had a less-than-stellar experience based on this ask. I, personally, loved my time working at the park. And I wouldn’t expect you to base your perception solely on me, either, especially since the people at Backstage Magic tell me that I’m answering this anonymously.
Use the tools at your disposal to gather more information. Do you follow any cast members who sometimes beg for asks, or who just come across as being the type who wouldn’t mind answering questions? Ask them about their experiences. Ask them what the pros and cons are of being a cast member. Cast members on tumblr seem to be pretty open, as a whole, though many won’t want to talk about certain backstage things for various reasons, but while I do see cast members on tumblr complain about rude guests or rough days at work, they also seem to share a love for Disney that carries through the rough times.
Also remember that, if you get a job with Disney, you’re not stuck there. If you end up in a position you don’t like, you can transfer after six months. If you decide that working for Disney isn’t for you at all, you can always quit. You’re not signing up for life (unless you want to, of course). You’re not going to be banned from Disney property because you decided that working for them isn’t for you (unless, of course, you do something terrible, like stealing, in which case you may get banned).
Working for Disney isn’t for everyone. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s right for you. But speaking from my own experience, I had the time of my life working there.