Hey everybody! So it’s been awhile since I last posted. School and my cruise/Disney vacation has been taking up my time. But I return with good news!
After returning from Disney World, it was all I could think about. I still felt like there was so much I had not got to experience and was determined as ever to return ASAP. So after some research, I discovered that I (even as a Grad student) was eligible to apply for the Disney College Program. I always thought this was for undergrads, so I never looked into this year until recently. After reading about others’ experiences and learning that it was not slave labor or strictly fast food, I made up my mind and applied. One of my friends had done the program a few years ago and ranted about how wonderful it was upon her return. Well, long story short, I got in! This means that I’ll be moving from this tired old West Virginia town to Orlando Florida in 11 weeks!
Now to bore you with the details.
The online application was similar to any retail store’s asking all the boring personal info and work history. For the College Program, (I also applied to the Professional Internships in early January and it was different) the next step was choosing your desired job positions and location. About 2 hours after submitting my application, I received what seemed to be an automatic response email inviting me to a Web Based Interview. I basically took it within the hour I got the email. This was kind of like a character test that sees if you are able to work with others and can stand to work at all, haha. After completing this, (it took about 20 mins), I received an email within the hour saying “We think you’d be a strong candidate for the Disney College Program!” Some people do not get to this step – probably because they didn’t sound so good on paper. Keep in mind, Disney wants happy and positive team workers.This email also asked me to set up a Phone Interview. I set up the phone interview at the closest date and time slot available – Thursday at 12:00 (When I set up the interview, it was Monday).
The scheduling site mentioned that the time slot you chose is more of a window and that they Disney recruiter would call either 15 minutes early or late. My call came 10 minutes late and the entire conversation lasted about 20 minutes. My main tips for the phone interview is to try and think of it as a conversation, not an interview. Also, know what top 3 jobs you’d like and why you’d be good for them.
4 days after the phone interview, I got my CONGRATULATIONS email! The recruiter said on the phone that I’d hear back from 2 – 3 weeks. And some people on forum sites were being waitlisted until April (THE HORROR!) so I was PUMPED about hearing back so soon. For some reason, after reading the email, I don’t think it had hit me. Since I put my availabilty/interest in so many positions I just assumed I’d either be in food service, custodial, or merchandise. When I went to check my Disney dashboard to learn of what role I had got, the site would not load. Being impatient, I called the hotline and the lady (after trying to fix my account/ help me load the site) finally told me I had gotten accepted as a Photo Pass Photographer!
From what I understand, and keep in mind that I do not represent Disney or speak for them, Photo Pass Photographers are the ones who take your picture with the characters and in front of the nice, scenic areas (ie Cinderella’s Castle). While visiting Disney, I had actually made the remark: “Man, I’d love to have that job!” so I’m finding it crazy that I got in because it’s supposed to be pretty competitive. So naturally, once the lady told me, I started to freak out. While freaking out and feeling like I was going to vomit, I called my Mom and shrieked the news to her. The emotions of realizing that everything was going to change and adventures would begin were over whelming. I remember telling my Mom that I felt like crying and pewking. It was wonderful.
As of now, one week after getting the news, I have found a great group of girls to room with. Talking to them only gets me more excited. Since I am in the “Fall Advantage Program”, I’ll start the program on June 3rd and wrap up January 3rd. Meanwhile, I’ll be stocking up on cute Disney clothes to wear on my days off at the parks.
ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!