recoursing asked: i think its cool that you're not afraid to write about the hard things of working at the dcp too. no one should feel like they have to pretend like everything is completely great to make sure other people will still apply to go there. but the thing about the dcp is the good outweighs the bad so it doesn't even matter! please keep writing about your full experience, the good and the bad, because it's honest and interesting.
Thank you. It was always really important to me to be honest when I was blogging about my program, and I’m continuing to do so now that I’m a permanent CM. Many people don’t realize how much work goes along with the DCP, but that’s what it is. We work while others play.
Anonymous asked: What transport can a DCP use when travelling to and from the parks?
If you don’t want to bring a car there are (CP only) buses available at the apartment complexes for you to use. They go to all of the parks, hotels, water parks, and Downtown Disney, as well as Walmart, Publix, the post office, and the Florida Mall. Upon arrival Housing provides you with a bus schedule and there’s now a smartphone app that shows the buses current locations and estimated arrival times.
*note that this is for the WDW College Program
saisir-linstant asked: A couple of days ago I asked you about the phone interview, I wanted to thank you because your advice was very helpfull! I received the email today and I've been accepted for the fall program!! :D
That’s so awesome!! If I was on my computer I would use a really fun gif for this. You’re going to have so much fun and meet so many great people!
alyblogsherfeelings asked: I just wanted to tell you I got accepted into the Disney World College Program! I got the role of Main Entrance Operations for fall 2014 and even though its not my top role it still holds so much potential for magical guest interactions and an amazing experience! I just really wanted to share my happy news with you :)
Oh my gosh, congratulations!! Main Entrance Ops has a lot of variety and is a great place to grow from, and you’re right about those magical moments!
I’m so excited for you!
Anonymous asked: I forgot what roles I chose as high interest and I can't find a way to check exactly what I put! I generally remember, but I don't want to look like an idiot in my phone interview.
That’s okay! My interviewer didn’t even bring up specific roles or what I listed. What’s important is that you remember why you’re interested in doing the DCP. If you would prefer a couple of different roles it’s okay to bring those up to the interviewer yourself. Take the lead, so to speak.
kackedub asked: Just wondering if there was anyone that follows this blog who can make me feel more positive about getting accepted in the role of QSFB
Any followers want to share stories?
For me personally, even though Quick Service wasn’t the easiest role, I’m glad I had it because of all of the wonderful people I met. A big part of any role is your coworkers and I had some great ones.
Food also gave me the opportunity to work all over Magic Kingdom and at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival (which was amazing).
One of my favorite moments from my CP is from when I was deployed to Cosmic Ray’s, the busiest Quick Service restaurant in MK. I was a greeter and a woman approached me stating her daughter, who was currently attached to her hip in a Rapunzel wedding dress, had somehow lost her shoe in the dining room. I asked the girl, “Well, are Rapunzel or Cinderella today?” earning me a big smile before running to our lost and found.
I found the princess’ shoe in the back and brought it out with me, hiding it behind my back. I found the mother and daughter again and told them that Pascal had been running around the dining room earlier, though they probably didn’t see him because he blends in so well, and he happened to find something and brought it to us. I took her shoe out from behind my back and the little princess exclaimed, “Pascal found my shoe!” She was ecstatic.
If I hadn’t been placed in QSFB I would have never had that interaction with that little girl, or countless others during my CP. Food may be tough, but it has its rewards, too.
ten-oh9 asked: Is there anything I should know or say or any way I should prepare for a phone interview? I'm super excited about it, but I have no idea how it's gonna go!
Sorry about the long wait! My computer has been on the fritz and it’s harder to answer asks on my phone.
For you phone interview be prepared to discuss what your put on your application, as well as why you want to do the DCP. Also, this would be your one and only time to mention if you have a role or location preference. A good time to do so is when the interviewer asks you if you like working inside or outside and independently or within a team.
Just stay calm and be positive! Lastly, it’s always good to have a few questions prepared at the end.
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!