This post is all about the Disney College Program!
I thought it would be fun to talk about the Disney College Program. If you found this blog post that means that you are interested or curious about the Disney college program.
I was chosen for the Disney college program for fall 2020 as an Attractions cast member. A little back story, I applied to the DCP 3 times and got accepted each time but unfortunately was not able to go until now!
I am so excited about this magical journey. I was a nervous wreck each time I applied, and I wanted to share my advice on how to get accepted on your first try.
Disney College Program
What is the Disney College Programs?
If you don't know what the Disney College Program, DCP, is it's a 4-6 month paid "internship" that takes place in Walt Disney World or Disneyland
The DCP allows students to work at Disney parks. The DCP allows you to earn school credit, but it just depends on your school. My school does not accept DCP as credit, so I suggest looking into that with your academic advisor to see if you could earn credit.
How can you apply and when?
The DCP has five programs that students could apply to:
- Fall advantage: May-August
- Fall: August-January
- Spring advantage: January-August
- Spring: January-May
- Summer for alumni: May-July
If you're interested in applying for the fall you have to apply in the spring and vice-versa.
- Students must be currently enrolled and taking classes and have completed at least one semester
- Or have graduated within the last year
- Must meet any school requirements.
- You are encouraged to speak to your advisor if applicable
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Possess unrestricted work authorization
- Former DCP participants may not return to a program sooner than four months before their last departure date.
For more information on the requirements for applying to the college program you can go on the Disney Program website .
What's the Disney College Program acceptance rate?
The acceptace rate for the DCP varies depending on the program and the park. There is no specific amount but nearly 12,000 students apply each program and about 20% gets accepted.
How much does the Disney College Program cost?
Once you get accpepted for the DCP in order to save your place you must pay a fee, which includes porgram participation and housing fee.
- Disneyworld: $390
- Disneyland: $940
Please keep in mind that once you get there if you decide to do the housing provided they will take the money out of your pay check weekly. Rent can be between $114–$205 a week depending on where you are staying and how many roommates you have. (you do get paid weekly!)
If you are waiting for applications to drop I would do some research on the roles that you might find interesting. Here is the list of roles that you can apply for.
Now the first part of the application process is the initial application.
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Now just as a disclamer: This is not a magical potion that if you do this you'll get in automatically this is what worked for me.
The first step is the basic job application which includes work experience and education.
For past work experience Disney wants to know where you worked, title,how long, and the responsibilities of your job. When doing the responsibilities part do not over think it. You can put either bullets or paragraphs it does not matter.
One tip I advise to get your application noticed is to natually put in the disney keywords: saftey, courtesy, show, and efficency.
Another thing I've learned that helps is when your apply put work experience that relates to the role you want.
Here's what one of my experiences looked like:
Then there is an option for you to submit a resume, and that is up to you. I know some people that have gotten accepted with or without the resume.
Do not think that you have to have this or that in your application. When I first applied I didn't even know that there were keywords and I got accepted.
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The biggest advice I can give you is that if you have no interest in doing that role, whatsoever put no interest. Disney will and can put you in a role that you have a little bit of interest in because you showed interest.
A lot of people have this idea that you have to put interest in one of the high demand rolls and you don't. I put no interest in all of the high demand roles and moved on.
But keep this in mind that the more flexible you are when picking your roles the higher the chances of getting accepted.
I applied only with 6 roles and moved to the next step. Some people only have two roles they have interest and moved forward. Just be mindful.
Then the final steps will ask whether you're interested in Disneyland or Disneyworld.
Disneyland accepts very few people compared to Walt Disney World. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Disneyland program is the most expensive.
I would apply for both or just Walt Disney World to increase your chances. But that decision is completely your own.
Now it's finally time to submit it. The next step is the web-based interview, which you could receive instantly or wait a bit.
Web Based Interview
Now it's finally the web-based interview. The web-based interview ,WBI, is a series of personality question whether or not to see if you can move to the next step.
The WBI is not hard, but it shows what kind of worker you would be. Make sure that you take your time and read the questions carefully. But don't take too much time because the test is timed.
You want to make sure that your answers are consistent and honest. Just breathe and relax and know you got this.
The questions that the WB I will ask is repetitive. It will ask similar questions but phrased differently. That's why it's important to remain consistent throughout the interview.
- I am always late for work.
- I am always on time for work.
You would put strongly agree for on time and strongly disagree for late.
And they toss tricky questions like:
- I work better by myself
- I work better in groups
The way I answered those questions is putting strongly agree for both.
Another advice that I found helpful is that you want to answer the questions only with strongly disagree or strongly agree. You can answer the questions with neutral but I recommend using it a few times.
After finishing the WBI you could get congratulations you moved on to the next step which is the phone interview or no longer in consideration (NLIC).
Congrats! You made it to the final step! In my opinion, this is the most nerve-wracking step to me. But there is no reason to be. The interviewers are extremely nice and want to get to know you. They just want you to be yourself.
They're going to ask you several questions about your experiences, why you should be for your selected roles, and situational questions.
The best advice I can give you is to smile and be confident in your answers. Do not psych yourself out by looking too much into it.
One thing that has helped me with my interviews is practicing with a friend. This blogger posted a list of potential disney college program phone interview questions that they may ask on her blog.
Just a disclaimer if the interviewer does not ask you questions about the role that you want do not worry because you still have the chance of receiving that role.
At the end of the interview, the interviewer is going to ask you if you have any questions for them.
You do not have to ask any questions, but a lot of people ask the recruiter how they got into Disney or how they can make the most from the Disney college program.
The Waiting Game
Now it's just a waiting game. You will hear back from Disney whether it's a thank you for the interview or no longer in consideration.
If you recieve a thank you letter for your interview you have to wait for your decision if you got accepted.
Please do not give up if you get no longer in consideration, because I know people who applied the next time and got accepted.
My advice is not to wait next to your phone for your answer and go out and do something that makes you happy while you wait for your decision. If you're wondering how to know there's a wave you can follow Recruiter Christy on Twitter.
In the meantime, you can connect with people and make friends or meet potential roommates on Facebook groups for your program.
Remember that everybody's journey is different. The second time I apply for the Disney college program I did the phone interview application opened and got accepted the very last day. This time I got accepted three weeks after my phone interview.
Please keep me updated on your application journey. If you have any questions about the Disney college program please leave a comment down below or contact me on my contact page!
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