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    Wow, I wish I had read this thread sooner. I just finished the Fall Advantage program, June through January. I was lucky enough to work in Fantasyland Attractions (although "lucky" was stretching it, at times).
    My advice: during the interview, only check what you want to do. If you absolutely do not want to work in food service, don't check it. It will seem like Disney is Not Picky about its interns. You will meet quite a lot of bozos during your program.
    Don't be discouraged by this, though. You are also going to have a Lot of Fun. I promise you that. If you want to stay with the company, this internship will help a lot.
    Don't plan on saving money. Do figure out a way to work the attendance system. You're going to spend a lot of time at the parks, but try and get out of Orlando every now and then; Clearwater and Daytona are beautiful. Universal will be a splurge, but it will be nice to purge the "magic" every now and then.
    Good luck to you, and Have Fun!

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    OK, here's my $0.02 on the WDW CP. I think it's frookin' awesome.

    I did the CP twice, in summer of 1999 and summer of 2000. The first time down, I was a host at the Trail's End Buffet at Ft. Wilderness...and even with a job like that, I had so much fun that I wanted to go back again. Since they didn't have any advanced internships in my field (Theatre, the acting aspect), I just opted to try to finagle my way into attractions. And somehow I did. My second summer I was on the Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour. That was a blast-and-a-half in all directions.

    Now, some people just can't deal with the whole Disney mindset day in and day out...some people can. As Bibliophile said, don't plan on making money hand over fist when you're working there. For me, the internship is for the experience, not the cash. Just go to have fun, to get an extended Disney fix, and do the best you can to contribute to the Disney culture and to learn from it.

    So yeah...have fun! And good luck!
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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bibliophile
    Wow, I wish I had read this thread sooner. I just finished the Fall Advantage program, June through January. I was lucky enough to work in Fantasyland Attractions (although "lucky" was stretching it, at times).
    My advice: during the interview, only check what you want to do. If you absolutely do not want to work in food service, don't check it. It will seem like Disney is Not Picky about its interns. You will meet quite a lot of bozos during your program.
    Don't be discouraged by this, though. You are also going to have a Lot of Fun. I promise you that. If you want to stay with the company, this internship will help a lot.
    Don't plan on saving money. Do figure out a way to work the attendance system. You're going to spend a lot of time at the parks, but try and get out of Orlando every now and then; Clearwater and Daytona are beautiful. Universal will be a splurge, but it will be nice to purge the "magic" every now and then.
    Good luck to you, and Have Fun!
    Thanks! My interview was yesterday and I actually did that. I only checked 4 of the 19 options. Those who interviewed me didn't seem too concerned because I am not a bozo like you mentioned. Or at least I don't think so? I'm glad that you enjoyed the program. I'm planning on going for fall. If I go back again, I will do an advantages program - but right now I need to work on going to DL for the 50th! Quick question, do you know anyone who was a character?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPigletFan
    If I go back again, I will do an advantages program - but right now I need to work on going to DL for the 50th! Quick question, do you know anyone who was a character?
    Hey, if you're there in the fall, you'll already BE there for the celebration!
    I do have a friend who was "friends" with Aladdin. Are you interested in entertainment?
    If so, audition before you go down there. Once you're placed in a role, they won't switch you, unless it's an extreme circumstance (like, say, you look *exactly* like Mary Poppins). My roommate had some problems with that...her recruiter told her she could switch when she came to Florida, and that's just not the case.

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    I'm a former CP'er from the Fall of '93.

    My biggest advice - hope you have generous parents, as you won't have much left out of your paycheck by the time they deduct rent. You'll be left with $60-$75 per week, and that doesn't really go as far as you might think. Also, if you have a car, you'll be much better off, because you can go to discount grocery stores, rather than the *really* expensive one they bus you to. It was also hard to be away from family during the holidays.

    Other than that, my experience was wonderful. You'll make memories to last a lifetime. The Disney University seminars are a blast, and you can even purchase a DU class ring towards the end of the semester.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPigletFan
    Quick question, do you know anyone who was a character?
    *raises hand* Entertainment CP, Spring 2003.
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    :)

    Quote Originally Posted by xfkirsten
    *raises hand* Entertainment CP, Spring 2003.
    To answer someone else's question first, yes, I am interested in entertainment. My audition is March 3rd in Chicago. May I ask about your audition? What did they ask you to do and such? How long was it? Do you have any tips for it? Also, what character(s) did you play? I am curious. I have a friend that I have asked many questions about the program, but he was not a character so I'm left bumming around here for support. I would like to know anything and everything you are willing to share! thank you in advance!!


    Also, thanks for the car tip - that's a good thing to note.

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    Advanced Internships?

    I don't want to steal any of BigPigletFan's thunder, but I have been salivating over the "management" internships at WDW for a couple years now. I have guest service and management experience up the wazoo but no Disney experience.

    Anyone want to chime in on whether or not this is a wothwhile program? Is the money any better (since I guess you have to provide your own housing)? Do I even have a shot as someone who has never worked at WDW and only been there once?

    Thanks for any thoughts, quips, etc. and thanks for the thread BPF!
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    Hey Bibliophile -- do you know Abby from OU? She's one of my sorority sisters and worked Fantasyland Attractions last fall on the CP. She's taking over my campus rep spot in the fall since I'm graduating this spring.


    egroeg, two of my friends are applying for management internships -- one in Merchandise, one in Rooms and Related -- for the fall. You do make more than on the regular CP; it's a set amount per week, and plenty to afford housing. If you have management experience, you've probably got a decent shot, and you don't have to be an alumni for Merchandising MI's, so if most of your experience is in retail, I would go for it -- you'll never know if you don't apply, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPigletFan
    To answer someone else's question first, yes, I am interested in entertainment. My audition is March 3rd in Chicago. May I ask about your audition? What did they ask you to do and such? How long was it? Do you have any tips for it? Also, what character(s) did you play? I am curious. I have a friend that I have asked many questions about the program, but he was not a character so I'm left bumming around here for support. I would like to know anything and everything you are willing to share! thank you in advance!
    I meantioned this in a PM, but I'll post it here too for anyone else who's interested.

    Basically, you go in and they'll teach you a short dance routine (around 6 counts of 8 or so) in a big group. Then they'll bring people in in small groups to do sort of a "final" performance of the dance. A part of that is also an animation exercise, where they give you a sitation and ask you to act it out as a character would (eg big movements, etc.). For instance, my situation was "getting ready for a show." The whole thing ran probably about an hour and a half. It kind of depends on how many people attend, though. It could be much shorter or much longer, depending on how long you have to wait.

    For tips, first and foremost, have fun with it! It's easy to get worked up and fret over the dance, but really, your actual dancing skill isn't what they're looking at. They're looking to see that you're smiling, that you're having fun and giving it your best. I have no dance experience whatsoever, and completely messed up the end of the dance at my audition. But I just kept going and doing my own thing til I caught up. Also remember that, while they give you a "final" audition of the dance, they're still always watching you, so really your audition starts the minute you walk in the door. So make sure you're always smiling and friendly!
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    My son is already talking about this program and how bad he wants to do it, oh did I mention he's only 10

    Keep the information coming for all those interested in the program.



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    Kate: I do know an Abby from Fantasyland! I don't know which school she went to, but if she was one of the playing cards, then that's her. Ask her if she remembers Tera at all...

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    cute!

    Quote Originally Posted by dsnylndmom
    My son is already talking about this program and how bad he wants to do it, oh did I mention he's only 10

    Keep the information coming for all those interested in the program.

    Aw, that's cute! I started to get information when I was 15, so he is five years ahead of me. I will let you know more as I get it. There is more on www.wdwcollegeprogram.com if he wants to look around. There is information about classes, you can see what schools they are traveling to or have traveled to this year, etc. What does he say that he wants to do on the program?

    Also, thanks so much for all of your help and tips about the audition. I will let you all know how it goes.

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    Hey Big Piglet Fan!
    I am an alumni member of the Spring 1982 College Program. That's right....23 years ago last month, I was part of the third class to work in the College Program. For five months, I worked on Main Street North, which encompassed the Sealtest IceCream Shop, Coke Corner, the Sara Lee Bake Shop, and Outdoor Foods. After finishing school and grad school, I went back to work at Disney for 13 years as a restaurant manager. I know many of the managers who currently work in the College Program and I know the program today hardly resembles my colllege program days, but my five months there were some of the happiest and most exciting of my life. I can tell you lots of great stories on my experiences, but I wouldn't want to bore you ... I hope you have the chance to be in it. șoș

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disney3xJC
    I can tell you lots of great stories on my experiences, but I wouldn't want to bore you ... I hope you have the chance to be in it. șoș

    No, I am interested. Tell me! What restaurant(s) did you work at? Why did you leave? What was the best part? What was the college program like in its early years? Please don't feel like you're boring me.

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