Wow…it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated this blog! According to my WordPress analytics, my last post, “Valravn,” was posted 8 months ago! A lot has happened since then. I’ve completed my first year at Wright State University, and in the process, got accepted into the Disney College Program!
What is the Disney College Program?
The Disney College Program is designed for college students to experience an internship at Walt Disney World for a semester or two, depending on what the applicant applies for. If a college student would like to attend the program in the summer, he/she can apply for fall or spring advantage. This is where a student can attend the program in the summer as well as fall or spring semester. There is the option of applying for fall or spring semester only. I applied for the DCP for Fall semester 2016, and I was accepted! More on that later…
When you apply to the Disney College Program, you must address what roles you could see yourself working in. DCP roles include merchandise, attractions, custodial, quick service food & beverage, character performer, monorail, watercraft, children’s activities, and more. My role is monorail, and I will be doing radio communication and guest assistance!
The application was a long one. I applied on January 13th (coincidentally the 4th anniversary of Tangled Ever After’s release; it was a good luck day), and then was prompted to do a web-based interview right away. After completing the web interview, I was notified to schedule a phone interview with a DCP recruiter. Since I was just a freshman, I was on the moon that I would simply be talking with a Disney professional! I really didn’t think I would make it that far, so I simply tried enjoying the process itself. I knew I wanted to do the college program at some point, I just didn’t think it would be so soon!
My phone interview was on January 29th. I wasn’t as nervous as I could have been, but I was a little uneasy. My recruiter was very nice and my interview was very conversational. Instead of simply telling her about my past experiences, I felt as if I was having a conversation with her about it. There was really no way of knowing how she felt about the interview, so it was up to my interpretation. Unfortunately, I am a girl with a personality that tries my best yet fears the worst.
Then, the waiting game began. I waited. And waited. I checked, and checked, and checked my email during the big “waves” of acceptances. I woke up and checked my email. Before class, I checked my email. After class, I checked my email. I started memorizing times that waves would occur. Huge masses were being accepted and rejected. I felt like Disney had forgotten me in all honesty, and I would be one of the unlucky hopefuls to be rejected on the very last day in mid-April.
I had just come out of a bad week. Midterm exams were surrounding me, and things at my current job were not the finest…and quite frankly, I was feeling a bit depressed. Then, it came. March 16th, I opened my email expecting to look at nothing, but I saw the words “Disney College Program” and “Congratulations!” and I knew I had got in. It was the middle of the day. I started jumping up and down, screaming and crying in my tiny dorm room. Parents were called at work. It was a day to remember.
Some may call me crazy when I say this, but that day was one of the best days of my life. I am now a step closer to my ultimate career goal of becoming a theme park communications specialist. I am dipping my toes in what will be my reality for when I enter the “real world” after college.
I arrive at Walt Disney World on August 7th, and I will leave January 5th of 2017.
DCP Hannah In The Parks
I will be doing vlogs for the “fun” of my journey at Walt Disney World. I created a YouTube channel that will hold the vlogs. All vlogs will be uploaded on this blog into the “Disney College Program Fall 2016” category. You can check out the channel and a couple of practice vlogs here:
I will also be blogging for internship credit at Wright State University about my experiences. You can find those posts in the “Disney College Program Fall 2016 Communication” category.
99 days until Disney!