First, I want to start off by saying that I am very excited to have the opportunity to be able to participate in the Disney College Program. This post will be about my process about getting accepted to do this program. This will be the first in a series about my journey through the program. Also I do not speak for the Walt Disney Company, the information below is my experience and what I have gathered from others.
Why I Applied?
I love Disney, I am a huge Disney fan, but I never thought the Disney College Program was for me. When I would look at my degree plan for college it never seemed like it would be in the books for me. If you don’t know I am in my last semester of college and I am currently student teaching at a high school. (That is a whole other ordeal I could talk about.) But let’s get back to it, the reason I applied. I did keep seeing adds on Instagram and Facebook about the program. I would joke with my friends that I should just apply. What finally made me apply was that I had a really rough week of student teaching and on Friday there was a sub with me and she was obsessed with Disney. Like I want to be her when I grow up. She goes to Disney about every 6 weeks, she loves the mini backpacks, and she has been to all the Disney Parks. We were just talking about Disney and she told me that I was young, and I had time to explore the world and do different things. I had never even mentioned the Disney College Program, but I knew that this was a sign. So, during the study hall I went online and applied. I told myself that if I got accepted, I would go, or I would just get a teaching job.
The application process was actually really easy. You fill out the basic information. They ask you about your major and prior job experience. Then I submitted it. Within 30 minutes I received an email to do a web-based interview. So you know the application is put through their system for a first glance and a computer look at it to decide if you move on. Now some applications go to a under review which means they will look at it more closely, but I really do not know what they look for. My application was really not that detailed. I haven’t had many jobs, I put babysitting during the summer and this culinary teacher job I had during the summer and my major which is Family and Consumer Sciences. They also ask you what roles you would be interested in, I put costuming, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Lifeguard, Vacation planner, and QSFB. The web-based interview is a series of questions that ask about you. There are 4 timed sections. They questions are mostly the same and are just asked in different ways. They do ask about how committed you are, if you are a hard worker, are you usually on time, stuff like that. All I can tell you is to be honest with yourself when you answer the questions! Before I started the interview there was a pop-up that said I would know if I would get a phone-based interview at the end of this assessment. Once I finished it said I would be moving on to the next round. I took the web-based interview on a Saturday night. I got an email Monday or Tuesday following that to step up my phone interview. Luckily me my school district was not going to be in session the following Monday for Presidents Day, so I scheduled my interview for that day. They recommend that you set aside 1 hour for the interview because they could be running late or early but the whole interview only last up to 15 minutes. Now I don’t want to say to not look up questions they could ask but I found lots of list of questions that had been asked in the past but do get too rehearsed, be confident in your interview. Of all the questions that I searched and tried to practice the only one that was asked was why. As in why do you want to do the Disney College program, which if you think about it is the only question that matters. They want to know that you are willing to put I the work to make magic and that you believe in the dream of Walt Disney world. Then we moved on to talking about potential roles that I was interested in. We did not talk about all of them, but my interviewer said I would be considered for ones we did not talk about. For costuming she asked if I had any experience sewing a button or a zipper and she seemed really surprised when I said that I sew outfits for a past Disney Trip. For lifeguard she asked if I could swim and if I would be able to retrieve a 10-pound block form the deep end of a pool. And then she asked if I was okay with working in either the heat or ac. I tried to make a joke like I was okay with working in the heat and that I didn’t know anyone who would not okay with working in the ac and she said that some people would. I definitely had a oh no moment and then tried to play it off, but I would definitely over think this moment this next few days. She ended the interview by asking if I had any questions for her and I did not, so the phone call ended! If you take anything from this WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE! I did not know this so my thank you note was write a like 10 days late, but I still sent it!
I waited 17 days before I heard anything. The first week after the interview I kind of forget about it because it was a hectic week at school. But by the second week I was pretty much checking my dashboard any spare second I had. Also, by Wednesday I had gotten in a deep web dive of other people that had gone through this process. I was really freaking out at this point. I was reading that people usually don’t get in on their first try and that only 20% of applicants ae accepted. DO NOT be me! You will make yourself crazy! I just had to keep reminding myself that everything happens for a reason.
The moment I found out; I will never forget. March 5, 2020. It was a Thursday in study hall period. I was planning lesson for the next day and printing out activity. I remember I turned away from my screen to grad a paper form the printer and I heard my email notification go of. I turned the side of my head and all I saw was Congratulations! I snapped my head so fast and opened up the email that I had been accepted to the Disney College Program. I was internally jumping for joy but not on the outside because I was surrounded by high school students and they would probably make fun of me lol. The first person I told was my mom. I sent a screen shot of the email to her and she was so excited she told me she cried, then she immediately told everyone else in my family. Then I told my friends but then had to go as class was stating soon. I was supper excited and when I got home that day, I officially accepted the offer and I was offed a place in costuming. It was so surreal that I would be living at Disney in a few months. I also paid my fee which was a program fee and housing fee and I got to pick my dates!
Now I am patiently (lol not) counting down the days till my program start date. I have joined just about every Disney College Program Facebook page and group me! I am assembling a Disney Bucket List and trying to look up Disney gear from small shops to have when I go to Disney! If you read this post to calm your nerves or are looking into applying, I hope it helped! If you have any questions, feel free to leave comments or find me on Instagram and DM me!