The Road to DCP: The Whole Video Diary

We left for our DCP road trip on May 30th and arrived in Orlando on June 3rd. In between, we drove through 8 states and changed time zones twice. We spent the night in 3 hotels and with my brother in Alabama for 2 nights. We bought a lot of gas to keep the cars going and we ate more snacks than is probably healthy, but you gotta do what you gotta do. 
These videos are all on our YouTube Channel but I thought I’d put them all here in a single blog post for easy access. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel because the videos are going to be rolling out a lot more now and they’ll be full of fun tips and tricks for visiting Disney World and the surrounding area.
Enjoy a brief look into the madness that was our cross-country drive to the DCP!
Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
Day Six

Disney College Program Series: The Bucket List

Our Disney College Program dates are June 4th-January 3rd. We’re in the “Fall Advantage” program, meaning we are there for the fall semester plus the summer before. With all of that time in the program, with access to various discounts and other perks, we will have ample opportunities to revisit some of our Disney World favorites and explore some new-to-us aspects of the parks.

So, I’ve come up with our Disney College Program Bucket List! Here’s what we have so far:

Disney College Program Bucket List

  • Go to All 4 Parks in One Day
  • Try a new restaurant in each park
    • Magic Kingdom- Liberty Tree Tavern
    • Epcot- Tutto Italia
    • Animal Kingdom- Yak and Yeti
    • Hollywood Studios- 50’s Prime Time
  • See the fireworks shows in each park
    • Magic Kingdom
    • Epcot
    • Animal Kingdom
    • Hollywood Studios
  • “Open” each park
  • “Close” each park
  • Spend a night at a resort we haven’t tried before
  • Celebrate our Birthdays in the parks
  • Attend “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”
  • Attend “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”
  • Attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • Register for or participate in a RunDisney race
  • Go on a special tour
  • Go to a Water Park- Typhoon Lagoon
This is just the start of our list. I fully expect it to grow as we get settled in and start figuring out some other unique experiences we want to have. And we will definitely be making a non-Disney bucket list as well. 

If you guys have suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment with your MUST DO items while we’re in our program!

How to Land a Role in the Disney College Program: pt. 4 Packing for the Disney College Program

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Today’s video talks about our preparations for our move to Florida and the Disney College Program. Specifically, I give tips about how we are packing for our big move across the country. While we happen to be driving and plan on living in the furnished apartments provided by the program, we talk about tips that are applicable to any big move.

In the video, we talk about some specific items that we’ve found extremely helpful in our packing and preparations. I wanted to provide links to these items so you can take a look and grab some for yourself.

Space Saver Vacuum Zip Bags can be found here.

These are similar to the containers we use for our toiletries and other small miscellaneous items.

We got our large totes at Costco, but they are heavy duty like this Rubbermaid container.

We have multiple accordion files that we use at our house. These ones are so great! I always use one when we go on vacation and they’re great for keeping track of your important documents for the move!

*All Photos courtesy Amazon

Graduating on May the 4th!

In case you haven’t caught on yet, we are


And as luck would have it, we got to graduate on May 4th! May 4th is a MAJOR nerd holiday! It’s Star Wars Day! You know…May the fourth be with you…get it? And we are so excited to celebrate hard core.

 Here we are in our AMAZING graduation attire! BB-8 All the way!
Here we are being more traditional graduates.
And this is our AMAZING voice teacher Kirstin Chavez. We just love her!

Not only did we look super awesome as graduates, but we also had a fun family party and honored the day the way only the coolest people do.

 All parties should include cupcakes, especially ones with Lightsabers sticking out of them!
 Who doesn’t love a Death Star watermelon?

 We absolutely bought a new Han Solo just so we could put him in carbonite jello!

 Wookie Cookie snickerdoodles
And of course a proper May the Fourth Celebration wouldn’t be complete without a Lightsaber Duel!

It was definitely a successful day! From graduation to our Star Wars graduation/birthday party, a good time was had by all. And the best part is…now we can look forward to our move to Disney World and of course, next year the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!!! 

How to Land a Role in the Disney College Program: pt. 3 The Waiting Game

I don’t know about you, but for me, waiting is the hardest part of an application or audition process! And the more I obsess over it, the slower time seems to pass. I find that the best way for me to cope with The Waiting Game is to distract myself with other things I enjoy.

As far as the DCP Application and hiring process, there’s really no telling how long you might have to wait. Some people only wait a few days after their phone interview and some wait closer to a month or more!

I have a few suggestions for ways to distract yourself and make The Waiting Game a little more tolerable.

1.  Coloring Book- Stress Coloring is a real thing, guys! And I love it. Because I am obsessive, the details in stress coloring books help to focus my obsession on something that is actually in my control. Just color away and before you know it, hours have passed. I love coloring and I love Avengers…so you know I’m getting me this awesome Infinity War coloring book!

2.  Get into a good TV show. Netflix is a beautiful time waster. And it’s even more beautiful when you actually WANT to waste some time. Find yourself a TV show with multiple seasons that can really suck you in. Some of my Favorites include: West Wing (7 seasons), NCIS (14 seasons and still running), New Girl (6 Seasons) and FRIENDS (10 hilarious seasons).

3.  Movie Marathon! These days there are multiple movie franchises that could take you DAYS or even WEEKS to watch. At our house, we routinely do Harry Potter marathons or Star Wars or Marvel. With 18+ movies in the MCU, this one takes some time and is a fantastic distraction from real life. (Although, there is part of me that thinks Hydra is a real thing and I need to be training for when the Avengers call me up to fight.) Black Panther comes out on May 15th! But the digital is available May 8th! Pre-order here!

4.  Read a book. Wait…a book? Did you mean Buzzfeed or Reddit? Nope. I mean a book. Find a book about something you enjoy! Or even better…find a series of books you enjoy. (Kingdom Keepers) I love Disney World and the Kingdom Keeper series are so much fun! Find them at this link. Even reading them before I had actually been to Disney World was fun because the author is so descriptive, I felt like I could see all of the different places the Keepers visited. And they’re suitable for the young and the young at heart. So read them as a family!

5.  Find a new hobby! I’m always looking to learn new things. One of the newer hobbies I’ve been trying to pick up is Handlettering/Calligraphy. There are a lot of different resources out there for you to try if this looks fun to you. But I really like this book “Hand-Lettering: An Interactive Guide to the Art of Drawing letters“. It really is hands on and interactive. And that’s the best way to learn! And you can’t forget your writing tools. These brush markers are just what you need to really get started on your way!

6.  Eat your feelings. I’m going to tell you right now, do not spend the entire Waiting Game eating your feelings. But maybe treat yo self once a week. Try a new recipe or buy yourself a cake. I have eaten many a cake as my treat yo self reward.

7.  Legos! This one is for Adam. We are lego people at our house. We have lego BB-8 and Po’s X-Wing and an AT-ST and many micro fighters. We also have many super hero Block Headz! Legos are a fun little distraction from constantly refreshing your email to see if you’ve been accepted to the DCP. Buy yourself some Block Headz friends here

8.  Exercise! Endorphins make for happier people! And happier people don’t stress out about The Waiting Game! (At least…maybe not as much!) I like to combine #3 with exercise. Watching the Avengers reminds me I need to do more squats and push ups. So drop and give yourself 20! 

9.  Take a nap! Waiting is exhausting work! Kick back and take a nap! Maybe set an alarm though so you don’t sleep through something you need to be doing!

10.  Get out of the house! Go to dinner with friends! Go to a movie! Go for a bike ride or a hike! Just get out of the house. Stop looking at your email and making yourself crazy. Keep living your life! Find fun things to do where you are. You might not be there for much longer! Enjoy your current surroundings before you start your exciting DCP adventure!

Hopefully these ideas will help you while you’re waiting to hear about the DCP or anything else in your life! The important thing to remember is that you don’t have control over when or if they accept you! But you do have control over what you do while you’re waiting. Don’t waste that time by making yourself a crazy person! Keeping improving yourself and living your life!

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: 2018 Edition

We were lucky enough to be able to visit Disney World during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival this year. This is an annual festival involving beautiful floral displays, topiaries, food booths and MORE! The dates for the 2018 festival are February 28th-May 28th! So if you’re in the area, you still have time to hit this year’s event!

Epcot’s very own Figment in all his Topiary glory!

This was our first year attending the festival! We had read a lot about the festival and were excited to see what all of the excitement was about. And we were not disappointed! The topiaries and other displays are nothing short of breath-taking (quite literally if you have severe allergies- plan ahead with some allergy medication)!

Walking around the World Showcase, you’ll see many more topiaries! A special topiary is featured at each country. In Italy, you can find Lady and the Tramp. In Norway, there are some trolls. The Outpost between China and German has several Lion King topiaries. Germany has Snow White and her Seven Dwarves! 
There’s no shortage of beauty to be seen at the Flower and Garden Festival! If you’re planning a trip around this time, just know that you will want more than one day in Epcot in order to fully enjoy this festival. We spent a week at Disney World during the festival and we probably stopped in to see (and eat) things in Epcot at least 4 days.

Epcot doesn’t just stop with the beautiful flowers! If you’ve been to any other festival at Epcot, you know that it isn’t an Epcot festival without FOOD BOOTHS! 
This year, there were 15 booths, plus the Joffrey’s carts had some specialty items as well. Disney provides booklets so you can track your adventures through the Festival. They are pocket sized and have stickers to mark each booth or garden visited. The booklets also included menus for each of the food booths!
We tried multiple items, but not all of them. Most of them were winners in our books, but a couple fell short of what we had hoped.
 The Warm Cheese Strudel at the booth in German was something I didn’t eat until the end of our trip. And I found myself really wishing I had tried it earlier so I would know to eat it more than once. The booths open at 11:00 am so I called this a late breakfast, but I’d eat it for every meal, if I could.
 This was the Beef Tenderloin Tips from the Canada booth. This is another one I would have eaten multiple times. But there were so many dishes we wanted to try. The meat was tender and tasty and the potatoes were creamy. I wish we had gotten more than 1 carrot, but over all, this was a big winner!
 The Sugar Cane Shrimp skewer with Steamed rice and coconut lime sauce was also exceptionally tasty. I believe this had 4 shrimp on the skewer which sat on a healthy sized bed of rice. The plating was fun with the sugar can skewer and the dish was yummy!
 It’s hard to go wrong with Cheesecake, but some people manage to do it. HOWEVER, this was not one of those times! This dish was found at the Honey Bee-stro not far from the Canada pavilion. It is made with local wildflower honey and seriously was so delicious and creamy. It was another one we wish we had tried earlier so we could eat it multiple times during this trip.
This was our one food fail for the trip. This Lamp Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique from The Berry Basket booth was not great. There was very little meat on the lamb chop and the salad was REALLY bitter! The flavors didn’t balance out and we felt like we had cold Quinoa in our teeth for the rest of the day. 

For our first Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, we’re calling this a win! We can’t wait to see what they do next year! The food was great and the topiaries were so fun. We’re already HUGE fans of Epcot, but this was just the cherry on top for us! 

How to Land a Role in the Disney College Program: Pt. 2 The Interview

So you’ve submitted your application! WOOHOO!!! Now what?

There are two possible options from here. First, you get an email saying that after reviewing your application, Disney is no longer interested in you as a candidate for the DCP. Second, and far preferred, Disney sends you an email telling you that they have reviewed your application and think you might be a good fit. This email will also give you instructions for the next step.

In order to evaluate if you really are a good fit with Disney as a company, they have an online questionnaire they ask you to complete. It’s a sort of personality profile. If you’ve ever taken a personality test you’ll see some similar questions. The process takes around 45 minutes. And it’s timed. They don’t want you to obsess for 10 minutes and then answer the question. They want your first instinctive response. So you have to answer each question within a specific time period.

After you complete this questionnaire, there are two possible options. First, you get an email saying that based on your online questionnaire, Disney is no longer interested in you as a candidate for the DCP….or….You get an email asking you to schedule a phone interview. For me, after I submitted my application, within an hour I got my email to fill out the questionnaire. And within the next day or two, I had an email asking me to schedule a phone interview. Start to finish, I submitted my application and had a phone interview in a week’s time. This isn’t necessarily the same time frame for everyone.

Now…The phone interview…

I suggest you do what I did and search the internet. There’s no shortage of lists of interview questions people have been asked. But there are A LOT of different options. The recruiter will ask you questions based on the specific roles in which you expressed interest when you filled out your DCP application. Make sure you know which roles you listed and print out and know what the responsibilities are for those roles. Write out some experiences you’ve had at other jobs or in your schooling that might help you answer some of the questions from the recruiter. Prepare, Prepare, PREPARE!!!

Here are some questions they asked me:
1. Why do you want to participate in the Disney College Program?
2. Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult co-worker and how you handled that situation.
3. You expressed interest in working Attractions. What would you do if a child approached the ride and, upon measuring, was just a little too short for the ride? How would you handle the situation?
4. Tell me about a time you had to work with a team to achieve a common goal.
5. You’re working at Bibbity-Bobbity-Boutique and a parent brings their child back, disappointed with the service you have given. How do you handle the situation?
6. I was also asked specifically about experience I had as a Costumer and Photographer, since these were roles I was interested in. Be prepared to give convincing evidence of your competence.

After you have done all of your web searches and prepared your resume and experiences, take a deep breath and relax. Most importantly, smile during your interview! The recruiter does this A LOT. They can tell in your voice if you’re a happy person or a stressed person or have severe anger issues. Disney wants to hire happy people to give their guests the most magical experience possible.

Remember that you don’t have control over who Disney hires. But you do have control over your preparation and your attitude! Do what you can and then be confident with what you have to give!

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