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    Hey everyone! I'm a little freshman up here in Minnesota and I just applied for the Disney College Program yesterday for next fall. I have talked to some alumni of the program; however, I wanted to get some of your thoughts, ideas, and advice from anyone who has anything to offer me. Also, any tips for the interview? Thanks so much!!

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    Interesting. Which of the "roles" are you applying for?

    Bathroom cleaner, Laundress, peeling vegtibles or one of the other similar oppertunites?
    "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

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    • #3
      Sad.

      Originally posted by Moonliner
      Interesting. Which of the "roles" are you applying for?

      Bathroom cleaner, Laundress, peeling vegtibles or one of the other similar oppertunites?
      I am excited about the program. I don't exactly care for your pessimistic attitude. Also, I won't be peeling "vegtibles" anytime soon because that is virtually impossible since "vegtibles" do not exist. Thank you for your advice. I will be sure to stay far away from people like yourself.

      Does anyone have any kind advice to share? I sure hope so.

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      • #4
        I dont really have any advice, but I am planning on doing that after my senior year, so I dont end up without any credits. Besides, if you did end up as a bathroom cleaner, you still get access to Disney World every day for half a year free. AND THOSE ARE THE HAPPIEST POTTIES ON EARTH!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BigPigletFan
          I am excited about the program. I don't exactly care for your pessimistic attitude. Also, I won't be peeling "vegtibles" anytime soon because that is virtually impossible since "vegtibles" do not exist. Thank you for your advice. I will be sure to stay far away from people like yourself.

          Does anyone have any kind advice to share? I sure hope so.
          I'm sure that Kevin will be able to chime in. However, Moonliner's response wasn't really too far off base. There are a LOT of really bad jobs in this program and some bad housing. Not everyone reports a bad experience, but many do.

          I think it was a much better program in the beginning.

          Just be careful. Even if they promise you a particular job, you may not get it.
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          • #6
            Remember if you get Vista Way for housing, you will be in a world famous living area. It made Playboy's list a few years back. But if you can live off of about $60 a week after rent, taxes, electric, and everything else that comes out of the check. Also do not spend all your off hours at PI. Never was a CP but have a few friends that I keep in contact with. Also I was FT for a little over a year and a half. I am seasonal right now.


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            • #7
              I did the College Program for a year, and I had a blast! I did my first program (Fall Adv '02) in Merchandise, in Adventureland/Pirates/Glow. I was with a great group - we really went out and had a blast, especially when we did Glow. I know some people have experiences where they hate their job. Yeah, it happens. Then again, my roommate worked in quick service food an beverage. She may have hated her actual job, but she really loved interacting with all the guests. I guess I just look at it this way - yeah, most of the jobs they give you are kind of the bum end. But you gotta make it fun for yourself. Not to mention the fact that you get free admission to WDW while you're there! I loved my program so much that I stayed on for a second program in Entertainment.
              "I don't need intelligent drugs because I don't know what they are. But I will put anything into my mouth that is given to me, whether it's supposed to go there or not. Because... I'm different."

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              • #8
                I got accepted to the program last time I applied, but couldn't go because I can't afford to loose any credit hours. Do you know if they have a summer program, or if there's any way to go the summer right after I graduate?


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                • #9
                  There's no more summer-only program (unless you're alumni, and you come back under seasonal status), but you can do the program the semester after you graduate. I believe the official rule is that you must be enrolled in college at the time of your interview.
                  "I don't need intelligent drugs because I don't know what they are. But I will put anything into my mouth that is given to me, whether it's supposed to go there or not. Because... I'm different."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BigPigletFan
                    I am excited about the program. I don't exactly care for your pessimistic attitude. Also, I won't be peeling "vegtibles" anytime soon because that is virtually impossible since "vegtibles" do not exist. Thank you for your advice. I will be sure to stay far away from people like yourself.

                    Does anyone have any kind advice to share? I sure hope so.

                    OK, Looking back on that post it did come across much harsher than intended. My apologies. I was just making fun of the way the Disney site portrays a few of the positions. There was no malice directed at you. :o
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                    • #11
                      I'm going to be an intern

                      Hey All,

                      I am going to be in the WDW College program from April to August. I got a "role" in operations so I either will be working one of the many attractions or the parking lot. Lets hope it's an attraction.

                      I also have started a website about my future adventures on the program. It's going to have updates from me about the program and what's going on in Disney World as well as pictures of the park that I'll be taking with my new digital camera. The address is wdwadven.freeownhost.com At the moment it looks the best with a resolution of 1024 by 768 or higher.
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                      • #12
                        Hey Doc,

                        I'm an alumni from Fall of 2002, a current campus rep for the program at Oklahoma and I'll hopefully be going back either as an Advanced Intern or doing a Fall Advantage CP this fall. I noticed you're doing what basically amounts to a summer program; are you an alumni, or at a school on a quarter system? How did you get accepted and a role already? (The recruiting season for Fall/Fall Adv officially starts tomorrow, so I'm curious!)

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                        • #13
                          Kate,

                          I am going to be on the program the first time this April, but have been waiting for quite a while (since Junior High) to do it. I am a freshman at a local community college in Vancouver, Washington, just north of Portland, Oregon. The college I am in is on a quarter system and so I am doing the Spring Quarter program for Disney World. I could have done the Spring advantage program which is from January to August, but I wanted to go on a shorter program because it will be my first time. Perhaps next year I'll do an advantage program.

                          Sometime in the future I hope to do an advanced program as well. I really want to work somewhere within the Walt Disney Corporation and think this is a great way to get your feet wet. You can learn more about me at my website. wdwadven.freeownhost.com
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                            Originally posted by Moonliner
                            OK, Looking back on that post it did come across much harsher than intended. My apologies. I was just making fun of the way the Disney site portrays a few of the positions. There was no malice directed at you. :o
                            I'm sorry that I read you wrong Moonliner.

                            Thanks for the information about the program. I will let you all know what happens after my interview on Monday and then after that if this thread is still open. Hopefully everything will be good for me? Wish me luck! Thanks

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                            • #15
                              My advice to you is to have fun! You're so very lucky... I had pretty much planned on going and looked forward to it all though high school... but it just didn't happen. *sigh*

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                              • #16
                                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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                                • #17
                                  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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                                  • #18
                                    Thanks!

                                    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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                                    • #19
                                      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.
                                      They are the Disney Princesses and their goal is world domination. -Mary McNamara | LA Times / AP

                                      Fall 2004: Fantasyland Attractions

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                                      • #20
                                        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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