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Tips & Tricks

Today I went to Chick-fil-A and while I was there I met Jillian, a new CP who moves in on Monday. We talked for a bit about the check-in, the program, and her role as a Main Entrance Operations Cast Member (like Angel!).

Answering her questions made me want to do a post about some of the things I’ve learned in my three months here, so here are some tips and tricks for CP life!

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Check-In, Part 2

The last post left on with Casting, which is arguably the most exciting part of check-in day.

Emily, Deena (roommates), Amanda (new-found friend), and I took the bus over to the Casting building, which is directly across the street from Downtown Disney. The bus ride was fun because first of all, it was air conditioned, and secondly a Cast Member gave us an entertaining overview of what was to come.

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Check-In, Part 1

An incredible amount of things happened today, so I’ll try to write them all down! I’ll go in order of today.

The plan last night was to get up at 5:50 AM to get ready and be out the door ready to go at 6:30. That did not happen. The hotel alarm clock never went off, but thank goodness my mom set an alarm on her cell phone a little after six. In a little bit we were dressed, but not completely ready to go and I looked at the clock and saw it was already 6:30!

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It’s Like He’s Trying to Speak to Me, I Know It!

Walt Disney World attracts people from all over the globe, so it’s not uncommon to hear a ton of different languages on property. If you’re on vacation, it’s no big deal. But if you’re working there it’s a little intimidating because you have to interact with people. I’m especially freaked out with my role.

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I Graduated!

Last Saturday I graduated from RIT! Yay me!

Now how many of you are lost right now? You know I’m doing the Disney College Program, but I’m now done with college. Is that even allowed?!

Well, guess what? It is! You can still participate in the DCP after you graduate college on a few conditions.

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Getting Excited About My Role

Quick Service is one of those roles that most people do not want, and I totally get it. You can serve food anywhere and a Disney park offers so many cooler options. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work at the famous attractions or get to hang out with the characters all day?

But that’s not what I’m going to be doing. I will be working with food and I can’t change that. To get excited about my role, I started thinking about the pros of working in QSFB and salvage reputation of the role a bit.

That magic won’t be “ruined” for me. This is something a lot of CPs are nervous about.

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Making It Official

After you get your acceptance into the DCP, you have to accept the offer. Disney gives you ten days to do this, which is a pretty good amount of time.

I got my acceptance email on a Tuesday, but decided that even though I knew without a doubt that I was doing the program, that I would wait until Friday to accept. I wanted to have my mom with me when I did it so that I knew that she understood everything and to double check that I understood everything.

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Since you can all see my info on the side bar, I’m not going to play it coy with you. On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM, ten extremely long weeks after I applied, I received my acceptance email into the Disney College Program!

Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!

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Still Pending

On March 18, I got another email that said the same thing as my first “Thank You for Your Interest” one. My application had not yet finished processing, but I took it as a good sign that it wasn’t an “Are You Still Interested?” email. Personally, I think they send those when you don’t have a strong chance so they give you the option to back out. But, hey, what do I know? Maybe I just say that to make myself feel better.

Anyway, while waiting for my good email to come, I started thinking about what it would mean if I was accepted into the DCP.

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Two Weeks Later…

Two weeks. That’s the standard waiting time after a phone interview, and it feels like forever. There are some people who get accepted before then, some as early as three days after their interview. Others face a much scarier fate.

I checked my email and Disney Careers Dashboard like crazy hoping for something to pop up that started with “Congratulations!” Then, on February 22, exactly two weeks from my phone interview I got an email from Disney Recruiting. The subject line said “Thank You for Your Interest.”

"If you dream a thing more than once it's sure to come true." Ashley, Disney Cast Member, and DCP alum. DCP stories at