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    Disney College Program?

    I also posted this in the Disneyland Resort Forum, but found a lot of people commenting on Florida so I thought I would include this here too! I found out about the Disney College Program where once you are 18 you can work for Disney on a paid internship sort of a thing. I was just wondering if anyone has ever done it or knew someone who has. I really want to do this when I am older and in college but am wondering what is the experience you get out of it? Thanks! (Also if you have done the Disneyland Resort program too in CA would love to here your experience too!)

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    I did the College Program for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 and absolutely loved it! I met a lot of incredible people. I worked at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad my first program and the Great Movie Ride my second, and both were amazing. If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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    That's great!!!!! Okay, when you either applied or went to work did they ask you were you wanted to work or was it by chance? like could you have been put in the food business or retail? Did you ask for Big Thunder Mountain or The Great Movie Ride? Also did you ask to be in FL or did they choose it for you? Lastly do you still go to college while in the program or does Disney give you college classes and credits? Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGreek View Post
    That's great!!!!! Okay, when you either applied or went to work did they ask you were you wanted to work or was it by chance? like could you have been put in the food business or retail? Did you ask for Big Thunder Mountain or The Great Movie Ride? Also did you ask to be in FL or did they choose it for you? Lastly do you still go to college while in the program or does Disney give you college classes and credits? Thanks so much!
    When you are filling out the initial application, you can check as many boxes as you like for roles, like Attractions, Food and Beverage, etc. Then you make a list of your top 3 choices. They try to put you in your 1st choice, if they can't they look at your second choice, then third, then anything else you said you were willing to do. I did not ask for Thunder, but I did request Great Movie Ride. You can request, but it is not always possible. I applied specifically for Florida, the applications for Florida and California are separate.

    It is up to you if you want to take online courses from your own college. Disney also offers classes, but not all of their classes will count for credit at your college. The classes are things like Disney history and Marketing You. Some colleges will also give you credit for the program as an internship, if it applies to your major.

    Hope that helps! Do you know what you want to do at Disney, like attractions or food?
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    Re: Disney College Program?

    I really want to do like attractions or guest services if you can even do that! haha but what I am most nervous about is the classes and graduating in 4 years. Also do you know if there is anything different between the Ca version and the FL version? thanks!

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    If you really want to do the program, but don't want to slow down before graduation, you can apply in your last semester of school, graduate, and then do the program. As long as you are enrolled in one college class, you can apply. The Florida program is a lot bigger, so they can take a lot more students than California can. Florida also has private College Program housing and buses, which California does not. Attractions is available for students, Guest Relations is not. Some International Program students can get into Guest Relations, but only after they have been at Disney for a while.
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    Re: Disney College Program?

    If I'm reading this correctly, there are two essentially separate programs.

    The "Disney College Program" where you typically work in the park (food, retail, etc..)

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    "Disney Professional Internships" that are more tailored to professions. (hotel management, Information Systems, etc...)

    Which one are you thinking about?
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    Re: Disney College Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by DancinBelle View Post
    Florida also has private College Program housing and buses, which California does not. Attractions is available for students, Guest Relations is not. Some International Program students can get into Guest Relations, but only after they have been at Disney for a while.
    California does have housing, but I'm not sure about busing. I would think so, though.

    Another difference between the programs is the CA college program has fewer options in courses you can take. You need to check with your individual college if they'll accept the courses offered for credit. If you google Disney College Program, you can find the official website with the list of courses.

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    I did my CP Spring 2011 in FL and it was amazing! I did the Spring Advantage Program (7months vs 5) and was there from January 19th - August 5th. I met amazing people and had so much fun!! I was merchandise in Adventureland. Adventureland is pretty unique in that they have TONS of CPs. During the shorter Spring Program we had 30 CPs. In Adventureland we had the typical stores plus all the Squeeze Breeze and Glow carts that are out before parades. If I wasn't in a job where I see myself long term I would take a class just to go back again. The apartments are pretty nice but you will be sharing a room with someone. I found my roommate on Facebook before I went and she is my best friend. I would say do it for sure!

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    Re: Disney College Program?

    Thanks for all the answers! Ii have another question. What is the best time to try for? Fall or Spring or Summer? Also in the fall do you get anytime off for the holidays like can you go home for Christmas? Thanks!

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    You usually can't apply for summer. It's usually an Alumni-only program. Fall has more special events because of the holidays, so it's my favorite. You will almost certainly be working for every single holiday. Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for Disney, and they need all hands on deck.
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    If you want to experience the Florida summer, Spring Advantage is right for you.
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    Re: Disney College Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGreek View Post
    I also posted this in the Disneyland Resort Forum, but found a lot of people commenting on Florida so I thought I would include this here too! I found out about the Disney College Program where once you are 18 you can work for Disney on a paid internship sort of a thing. I was just wondering if anyone has ever done it or knew someone who has. I really want to do this when I am older and in college but am wondering what is the experience you get out of it? Thanks! (Also if you have done the Disneyland Resort program too in CA would love to here your experience too!)
    I've done the CP 6 times. My roles were merchandise, character attendant, custodial, QSFB, and attractions. If you have questions about those roles, I can try to answer them for you

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyjustin View Post
    California does have housing, but I'm not sure about busing. I would think so, though.
    I'm pretty sure the buses for DL are not private use (the way WDW buses are).

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    Thanks for all the answers! Ii have another question. What is the best time to try for? Fall or Spring or Summer? Also in the fall do you get anytime off for the holidays like can you go home for Christmas? Thanks!
    For me, I loved being at WDW on the fall CP (because then you are there for the major holidays). And no, unfortunately you will be working the holidays if you go during Fall
    Many as a kid (1986-1998)Aug 98- Port OrleansMarch 03- Jr Band Trip (offsite)Aug 03- Port OrleansJan 12-Aug 5, 05- CP (CS)Jan 1-5, 06- AS Sports (Solo Trip)May 24, 06 to Jan 5, 07- CP (CS)Jan 31-Feb 3, 07- offsite (solo trip)March 1-3, 2007- Dad + Me (offsite)May 16-Aug 10, 07- CP (CS)Aug 10-12, 07- GF/P&PMay 21-Aug 15, 08- CP (PC)Aug 15-18, 08- AKLMarch 25-29, 09 (off-site)Aug 10, 09-Jan 2, 10- CP (CS)Jan 3-May 14, 2010- CP (CS)Feb 12-16, 2012: DCL DreamOct 20-27, 2012: DCL Fantasy (East)Sept 8-12, 2013: DCL Dream

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    May 16- Aug 10, 2007- Epcot WS Custodial/Seasonal CA
    May 21- July 5, 2008: Casey's (QSFB); July 6-Aug 15, 2008: character attendant
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    Re: Disney College Program?

    [QUOTE=joanna71985;1056819576]I've done the CP 6 times. My roles were merchandise, character attendant, custodial, QSFB, and attractions. If you have questions about those roles, I can try to answer them for you


    How would you describe the high and low points of each job? Did you like one more than the other? Also are these jobs also at Disneyland here in CA? Thanks

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    Re: Disney College Program?

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    How would you describe the high and low points of each job? Did you like one more than the other? Also are these jobs also at Disneyland here in CA? Thanks
    Each of the roles has/had good and bad things about it. Merchandise- I liked the guest interaction, and I loved my location. However, I was not comfortable working with money. CA- I loved the interaction with the characters and guests, and getting to work in all 4 parks. The only bad thing was the potential for guests getting upset when the line closed. Custodial- there is a lot of freedom with this role. The only bad thing was that I wasn't there long enough to get used to all the walking. QSFB- I liked the location and the people I worked with. However, I didn't like the money part (and it could get a little crazy at times). And attractions- I worked at Toy Story Mania (and currently work at Great Movie Ride). TSM I didn't like at all (it was very busy, and I was not fond of dealing with FP). GMR- I love getting to do shows (as each show is different), and it's a great group of people there.

    Overall, I think my favorites would be CA and GMR (as they are the 2 I am still proficient in).

    And as for DL- most roles will be the same (with possible name changes between parks). However, I'm not sure if CPs can do entertainment roles in DL
    Many as a kid (1986-1998)Aug 98- Port OrleansMarch 03- Jr Band Trip (offsite)Aug 03- Port OrleansJan 12-Aug 5, 05- CP (CS)Jan 1-5, 06- AS Sports (Solo Trip)May 24, 06 to Jan 5, 07- CP (CS)Jan 31-Feb 3, 07- offsite (solo trip)March 1-3, 2007- Dad + Me (offsite)May 16-Aug 10, 07- CP (CS)Aug 10-12, 07- GF/P&PMay 21-Aug 15, 08- CP (PC)Aug 15-18, 08- AKLMarch 25-29, 09 (off-site)Aug 10, 09-Jan 2, 10- CP (CS)Jan 3-May 14, 2010- CP (CS)Feb 12-16, 2012: DCL DreamOct 20-27, 2012: DCL Fantasy (East)Sept 8-12, 2013: DCL Dream

    Jan 12- Aug 5, 2005- Fantasyland Merchandise
    May 24, 2006 to Jan 5, 2007- Character Attendant
    May 16- Aug 10, 2007- Epcot WS Custodial/Seasonal CA
    May 21- July 5, 2008: Casey's (QSFB); July 6-Aug 15, 2008: character attendant
    Aug 10, 2009-Jan 2, 2010: Toy Story Mania
    Jan 3-May 14, 2010: Great Movie Ride
    May 16, 2010~ Fulltime
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