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    My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    So after flipping threw the Pennysaver I came across one of many disneyland's job pleas. It stated in bold "3rd shift custodial. Shifts starting between 9pm and 12am. Paying rates starting at 10 dollars an hour" with that being said it peaked my interest to go ahead and apply for the 3rd time. (being turned away twice before)
    So my journey began with heading to the casting center and diving into the long application routine. I stepped in and was greeted with the usual "state your business, how did you hear we were hiring" spiel from HR and they pointed me to a row of computers and I turned and said "They finally switched to computer applications awesome!" so I filled out my application and took a seat and watched a few episodes of the CM tv show. They had a feature on the "little mermaid, the ride that never was" with I thought was pretty neat yet said that it was never approved.

    Then HR called me back up and asked if I had a few hours to spare to go ahead with the interview. I of course obliged and took a seat again. Oh look a bugs life is on. An hour later me and about hmm 6 other people were called into watch the company history/diseny look movie. Then she asked us to follow her to another room filled with computers to take a test. "What a breeze what else you got?" after the test was over we were asked to sit on the couches that lines the wall and we're if we had time for the interview. A few people left but most stayed. "Aww poor Flick brought circus bugs and not the rough tough bugs he thought they were."

    So another hour rolls by and this nice and cheerful woman comes out and askes for me and a female and we follow her to her office and proceed witht he actual interview. Being in this chair twice already I had all my responses planned out, that doesn't help the fact that I was nervous. Anyways she asked me questions then would ask my "opponent" the same and she would just reiterate what I already said but after that she thanked us to take a seat outside while she reviewed her notes. "Our teacher said it would be more dramatic if one of you died =]"

    She popped back out and called in the girl and a few minutes later she left with a slip of red paper. The interviewer then called me in. Expecting to be turned away again I cleared my mind and hoped for the best. She thanked me for my time and said "your interview went really well and I'd like to offer you the position if that's ok with you?" I said "It sure would be!" she then handed me a little stack of papers going over the disney look and all that fun jazz. Then said the 3rd shift likes to meet with they canidates before your hired or not..at 2am. "Is this ok with you?" I said yes I don't have any problems with that" (I'm usually literally down the street at a hookah bar till 1am anyways) she said "that's great! I know they'll like you and would should have nothing to worry about" and slid me a red paper that had a map and said to be put on the dash of you car while parked in the 15 minute parking lot. She shook my had and said "I don't want to speek to soon but welcome aboard" I said thank you very much and was on my mary way.

    So a few (slooooow) days later I headed down to disneyland and parked where the little bossy piece of paper told me to. And headed over to the "California" sign 20 minutes over and was greeted by a group of 15 people. We chatted for awhile and a gentlemen came out asking for 7 people and said "you all will be heading with me to DCA" (I quietly sighed with relief because I pictured myself working at Disneyland Resort) and a few minutes later a woman named Anna came out a greeted the rest of us and said her boss has jury duty and she'd be interviewing us for the night. She took us down and showed us the Cast Member shuttle and explained where (apon hired) we would park our cars. Then we went through the security check point and checked it then received neat little sticker/name tags and proceeded into the behind the scenes.

    Our first stop was Pizza Port, we saw and inspected the kitchen. She explained what areas ("apon hire" ahh stop teasing us with that") we would be cleaning. Then we went into the acutally pizza port resturant and saw more or what we had to clean. (All while she was telling us little stories mind you) we exited Pizza Port and stepped into tomorrowland..

    Bright lights, little golf carts zooming by, very active even at 2am. She pointed towards the subs (a few of the walls where taking down and there were a few trucks sticking out. We didn't get close enough to see inside but it was close enough. She then took us to Star Tours and talked about scraping up gum. She then mentioned a few parks that didn't scrape up gum off the floors and queue lines..I don't think I need to mention any names. But it was really weird and kinda freaky to see all the animatronics live and kicking with no audio. We went through the line and got to board one of the ships. The very first one on the right had a sign on the outside said "down for testing" we went inside that one and all the cusions for the backrests were removed for some reason. But anyways she showed us the equipment used to clean that attraction. A jet pack looking vaccuum which looks pretty cool if you ask me. We came back down to earth, a few "cast member only" doors and we were on main street..

    Beautiful. Simply put, all the lights and the huge christmas tre..which you could smell 10 feet away. She took us in the candy shop for more cleaning examples and she introduced us to a CM who was busy sweeping and he explained how he loved working here and what his routine consists of in the candy shop. It got a lot of people excitied to be apart of that shift. I know I was.

    After that we headed to good ol' Abraham Lincoln (he's still not back yet?!) and we got some history on walt and his wonderful visions on the park. All I can say is Mr. Disney is a man that knew what he wanted. Tour is over. We made our way to an office and she proceeded to interview us. We all went around and explained a little bit about ourselves and our reason for applying. A lot of people we're brought in for the 10 dollars. Me and an older female just wanted to the chance to experience working for The Mouse..the money 10 an hour was just a bonus. She then said it was a pleasure meeting us and escorted us to the gate. She said thanked us, wished us luck and said we should reieve a call within 48 hours. We returned our sticker badges and headed our seprate ways.

    Sure enough 48 hours later I got a call..except I was a sleep I checked my messages and heard a woman from the Disneyland Recuiting Center wanted to talk to me in regards to my application of 3rd shift custodial. I was bummed because I looked at my clock and it was 5:36 and I figured she off the clock already. So I called back and left her a message anyway. About 30 minutes later she called me back and said she would like to extent an offer to me and asked if I was still interested. I said yes of course! And she said great and said to come down on tuesday to do all my paper work and training would be on friday. "Congratulations welcome aboard!" she said. I couldn't help but laugh and say thank you thank you and say how excited I was. She congratulated me again and wished me a goodnight and I told the same and that was it!

    Now for you that survived my boring story I thank you =]

    Any tips and what I should expect on friday? Well thanks for reading! And any tips at all would be great!


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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Congratulations on the new job.

    I think Kelly said she worked 3rd Shift Custodial. She would probably be able to elaborate more on that.

    Just one comment though...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Chopsticks View Post
    We chatted for awhile and a gentlemen came out asking for 7 people and said "you all will be heading with me to DCA" (I quietly sighed with relief because I pictured myself working at Disneyland Resort) and a few minutes later a woman named Anna came out a greeted the rest of us and said her boss has jury duty and she'd be interviewing us for the night.
    Saying "Disneyland Resort" encompasses the whole thing, Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and the three hotels. Those 7 that headed into DCA would still work at the Disneyland Resort if they were hired, but not Disneyland Park. There's a difference.

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    Very cool report and let us know what happens!

    Oh - CONGRATULATIONS (btw).
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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Congrats on the new job! I promise to keep Disneyland clean on our next visit! (jk we always keep it clean)
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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Very cool! I was afraid that somewhere halfway down your story you were going to say the interview turned the wrong way and they said no.

    My only piece of advice for you...and I'm sure you've already thought of this, is....you still need to SLEEP! I'm not sure if you've worked graveyard before, but it's going to take a few weeks to set your internal clock to sleep through the mornings and get to ready to work through the night. The temptation might be to take on another job during the day, in which case, you'll only last so long before you crash.

    Good luck and keep us posted on what it's like to work 3rd shift custodial. We want more stories!

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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Congratulations.
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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Congratulations on getting the job! Mmm you're lucky. I've always wanted to work for Disney....but since I'm only 14 and living in Oklahoma it's kind of tough

    I hope you have fun working at the park!

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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolffin View Post
    ...I've always wanted to work for Disney....but since I'm only 14 and living in Oklahoma it's kind of tough
    That commute's going to be a bitch
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    DCA stands for Disney Construction Area. All the Cast Members are themed with hard hats and steel toed boots.

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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Thanks for the story! Good job on getting the gig.

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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Congratulations!!! I'm very happy for you!

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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    I want to say congratulations!! You are just as much part of the disney magic as the other CM's we see when we come thru the gates. As a matter of fact, the last few months when I leave the park, which I usally stay until park closing and a few times I have actually stayed talking to a CM in first aid until when I came out I saw security standing on the end of main street and there were maybe only 4 or 5 people left on main street. It was kind of creepy. But as I was on my way to the tram, I ran into some 3rd shift CM's coming to work, and thanked them for being part of the magic and a couple of them actually stopped to thank me for saying that. And one actually started to cry and said no one ever thanked me. So I guess I made some disney magic for a CM. Welcome to the mouse house. And I want to thank you for being a special unseen part of the magic. Have fun working for the mouse.
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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

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    Congratulations on the new job.

    I think Kelly said she worked 3rd Shift Custodial. She would probably be able to elaborate more on that.

    Just one comment though...



    Saying "Disneyland Resort" encompasses the whole thing, Disneyland Park, Disney's California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and the three hotels. Those 7 that headed into DCA would still work at the Disneyland Resort if they were hired, but not Disneyland Park. There's a difference.

    yep I did at DCA for over 2 years.. I loved it alot.. the people you will work with at DCA are great (well most of them are)..

    if you are at the 9 pm shift.. (i did that for a while).. beward of a manager thats name starts with a J (male) dont want to say his name here, he can be such a jerk... i loved working at 9 but chnaged back to1 becuase of this man..

    all in all the advice i can give to you, is get yourself in a routine..sleep here and there.. i was in this routine where i slept right after work for about 3 hours and then slept 3 more before work

    you will love it.. I did, want to know anything more just pm or email me ok(about certain perople who work there, etc) other managers, etc. I wil tell you the SCOOP
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    Re: My attempt to become a CM (text heavy)

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleDove View Post
    I want to say congratulations!! You are just as much part of the disney magic as the other CM's we see when we come thru the gates. As a matter of fact, the last few months when I leave the park, which I usally stay until park closing and a few times I have actually stayed talking to a CM in first aid until when I came out I saw security standing on the end of main street and there were maybe only 4 or 5 people left on main street. It was kind of creepy. But as I was on my way to the tram, I ran into some 3rd shift CM's coming to work, and thanked them for being part of the magic and a couple of them actually stopped to thank me for saying that. And one actually started to cry and said no one ever thanked me. So I guess I made some disney magic for a CM. Welcome to the mouse house. And I want to thank you for being a special unseen part of the magic. Have fun working for the mouse.

    you know thanks for saying that because alot of people dont.. they just assume it is disney amgic and poof the park is clean in the morning LOL

    even though I dont work there anymore (quit in august) that makes me feel good

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    Congrads on the getting the job. Did they tell you what you hours will be?
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    congratulations, you are now a vampire

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