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
- 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
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!
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.
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.
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 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).
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!
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!
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!
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!
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)!
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.
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!