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?!
asdfghjklnic0le asked: So I applied for the DCP this morning, and just got the news back that I can begin the second part of the application process. Anyways, I was creeping on Tumblr under the "DCP" tag, and I found your blog, and I adore it. Do you have any tips on how to get into the program or what it's like or anything like that? :)
Yes, yes I do!
If I’m reading this correctly, the step you’re at now is the Web Based Interview (WBI). It’s essentially a test used to gauge your personality and work ethic. The first part is multiple choice and the second has a scale ranging from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree, and is also timed. The most important thing is to answer honestly and consistently. I recommend being alone in a quiet area when you take it, as well.
If you pass that, the next (and final) step is the phone interview! A lot of people, including myself, get really nervous at this part. The whole thing usually only lasts about ten minutes and the first half is just verifying what you put on your application. This is also your one and only chance to tell someone what your role or location preferences are. After that it’s a waiting game! (I waited ten whole weeks to get my acceptance)
As for for the DCP itself… it’s unlike anything else. You’ll work harder than you ever have in your life, but also have more fun than you have. You’ll meet tons of new people from all over the world and make great friends in the place where dreams come true. Working for Disney seriously changes your life.
You can find lots more information about the DCP in general and my program on my other blog: dcpdreamscometrue.blogspot.com and my ask box on here is always open. Good luck!
kewismasheddisney asked: I have a quick question...how do you have to wear your hair as a Cast Member?
Your hair has to be one natural color, so no crazy blue highlights (lol). And if your hair is below your shoulders it needs to be styled neatly in like a ponytail or a bun. And you can only have natural color hair ties and headbands, so no big bows or pink ribbon. :) and when accepted you will get information about the disney look.
Just to add further, if you work in Food & Beverage, your hair must be up at all times. If it is not then you have to wear either a hat or hair net.
Also, I’ve found the “hair that is long enough to cover your nametag must be up” rule isn’t really enforced. And if you do wear any hair accessories they must either be neutral or in a color that matches your costume. For instance, I have a blue shirt and am allowed to wear a blue headband.
disneyphotographer asked: Hello! I want to apply for the DCP as a photopass person. Can you tell me more about your experience, and if you would recommend it? Also, can you talk about the experience/skill level required?
So I’m not too sure where to start, so I’ll ramble. I applied as photopass for Fall 2013. I decided to apply to both DLR and WDW, but was more interested in going to Florida as I hadn’t been in years and wanted to spend some time there (as I go to DLR almost weekly).
So I was a photopass photographer in the Magic Kingdom (MK). I was scheduled about 40 hours a week, give or take some days. I worked day shifts my first 3 weeks, until I was night trained. Then I started working from about 3pm - midnight almost everyday (again, not always, as scheduling was unpredictable for CPs). I was deployed all around the park, but mostly I was in East (Pooh/Tigger, Merida, Buzz, Stitch, Cinderella Castle) and Main Street (Cinderella Castle, The View). Occasionally, I would get put in awesome locations like West (Woody/Jessie, Tink/other Fairies, Aladdin/Jasmine, Tiana/Naveen, Peter Pan/Wendy), Storybook Circus (SBC - Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Minnie, Ariel, Gaston), Princess Fairytale Hall (PFTH - Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora, typically) and Event shifts (where you spend all night with a character during a Halloween/Christmas party).
Work was exhausting. Standing/moving for 3 hours straight is hard (you usually get a break every 3 hours). Cameras are heavy and Florida is hot. If you’re with a character the entire time, awesome. Time flies and you have a really great time (and you have AC, usually). You also get to make a lot of CM friends! I met a lot of wonderful people because I got to work with them in my character shifts. I still talk to them today and love them a lot.
Being on the street and shooting Cinderella Castle was fine, but not my favorite shift. I often found those hours to drag on, especially during EMH (extra magic hours). You don’t always get guests on the street late at night, so you can get bored pretty quickly. I usually would start dancing and singing to keep myself entertained. Also awake. Sometimes guests would come up to me because I was having so much fun. Other times not, they’d just make a comment about how I was crazy but hey, whatever.
But the worst was the view. The view is the place where you can purchase photo prints. In MK, the view is located in TST (Town Square Theater). I often referred to it as the place where dreams go to die, a black hole where this no escape. I personally did not care for the view because you have to help the guest pick out every border, signature, and overlay that they want on their photo, which can take A LOT of time (I’d always ask if the guest was aware they could do all of the photo editing online AND if it was their last day of their vacation - this saved a lot of time and made everyone’s life easier). And then guests in line get upset… which can make it a rough place. The nice thing about it is that you don’t have to wear your gear, so that’s a bonus. Also, a lot of the guests you get in the view don’t speak a lot of English, which can be a challenge. I am eternally grateful to the Merch CMs who were with me who spoke Spanish and Portuguese - they saved my butt so many times.
But, would I recommend it? Yes. The friends I made through MK DPI (Disney Photo Imaging) are some of the greatest people on the earth - they became a family to me. My Photopass CPs were the people I spent my days off with. Was working in MK hard? Of course. Did it suck to work until 3am in paper thin knickers? You bet. But the people I was with made it 100% worth it. So many of my friends stayed there to extend their CPs or went seasonal and I was so jealous. I wanted to, but there was no way for me to do so. My last day in Florida was awful, because I had to say goodbye to so many of my friends. I cried a lot. I miss them like crazy.
I miss work all the time. Hopefully I’ll be working in DPI at Disneyland/DCA soon.
As for experience/skill level required, you don’t need to be a professional photographer in order to be hired! Many people I worked with hadn’t even touched a DSLR before getting hired. When you go through training, you learn how to work the camera, and how to take the shots that DPI is known for (primary, secondary, creative, and magic). So don’t lose hope if you don’t know the first thing about taking photos.
I think what will increase your chance for being considered for photopass is how energetic, driven, and fun you sell yourself to be in your interview. Talk about the things on your resume that show your determination/hard work, while also showcasing your people skills. This is what I what I did. I applied on a Monday in March, was immediately asked to complete a web interview, had my phone interview on a Thursday, and was offered a position on Friday afternoon of that same week.
Best of luck to you, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions!
Great insight for you PhotoPass hopefuls!