Honestly, I still can’t believe that in a few short months I will be moving to Orlando and working at the happiest place on Earth. The anticipation is a struggle and I’m finding myself getting distracted most days by thinking about DCP related things. I’m also realizing that there are several things causing me to worry thanks to my fear of change and the unknown. However, I can definitely tell the excitement side is winning as every time I think about it I end up smiling ear to ear. To help build up some excitement (and hopefully get out some of the things that are making me distracted) I’ve decided to do the DCP tag. It’s a lot of frequently asked questions to get to know more about my program, as I know several people have been asking me about it. Hopefully, this helps answer some of the questions I keep getting asked! Not that I’m bothered by questions, I could talk your ear off about the program no problem.
How did you hear about the program?
I found out about the DCP when I was on my 16th birthday trip to Walt Disney World. I met a cast member in the Emporium on Main Street and we started chatting about why I was at Disney. I told her it was my 16th birthday trip and she immediately ran to get me a birthday button! She told me she was working there as a part of the college program, and ever since that day I knew that was something I wanted to do. I actually went back to the hotel that night and began researching about it.
How was the interview process?
The interview process wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I purposefully tried to not put any pressure on myself, because I knew if I didn’t get in this time I could keep trying every semester until I graduated. I applied on August 23, 2018. You fill out an application with typical job applications questions. They ask about which roled you’d be interested in, where you’d want to work (Walt Disney World vs. Disneyland Resort), job experience, skills, traits, the whole job application shebang. I attached my resume and some photos of floorsets I had done while working in retail (can you tell my top role I was going for was merchandise?)
I honestly was getting a little worried because I hadn’t gotten my WBI (Web-based Interview) the same day. I had read a lot of blog posts and watched a lot of vlogs from cast members doing the DCP where they had gotten there WBI within hours of applying. However, two weeks later I got an email saying they’d like me to move on to interview rounds and I received my WBI. This is in its basic form a personality test. They want to see if who you match the values of the Walt Disney company. I took a deep breath, got a glass of water, and filled it out that night. You’ll know pretty immediately after completing the WBI if you’re moving on the next round… the phone interview.
The phone interview is probably the most stressful part of the entire interview process. You schedule a day and time and wait until it arrives to speak to a Disney recruiter. It was very stressful! My phone interview was only five days after I had completed my WBI, so I didn’t have a super long time to prepare. I looked up potentially questions that could be asked (thank you, internet) and wrote down some notes to make sure I’d remember to mention certain things I wanted to talk about. The phone rang on September 10th, and to my horror, my phone decided to be an absolute jerk. It sounded like the recruiter was speaking to me from underwater! I had a slight moment of panic but then realized I could make out most of what she was saying and decided to press on. A lot of the questions are pulled directly from your application. She asked about any tattoos or piercings I may have (the Disney look is something I can touch on later), reiterated that many positions involve lots of standing in high temperatures, and went through each role I had expressed interest in and asked some follow-up questions. Of course, the question of the hour was “why do you want to do the DCP?” That is one that anyone who ever applies to the program can be expected to be asked. She also had me talk through some possible scenarios of how I would close a line if I were a character attendant or how I’d react if parents were unhappy with a makeover I was giving in the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique/Pirate League. Overall, I felt pretty confident with my PI and my recruiter was so nice and easy to talk to.
I hung up the phone that day and began a waiting game that would turn to pure joy when I found out that I was accepted!
Where were you when you found out you were accepted?
I found out I was accepted while eating lunch with some friends at Chick-Fil-A (a truly holy establishment). I got a text update saying “Exciting update! Check your email for more details!” and my heart started racing. I quickly dropped my fork, switched over to my email account, and there it was!
What is your role?
I was offered the role of merchandise, which also happened to be my top role! In that role, I can learn more about marketing and PR from a Disney standpoint which I am stoked about. It will also count as my internship as a requirement for my major at school that I need to fill. The other roles I expressed interest in was PhotoPass, Character Attendant, and Bippidi Boppidi Boutique/Pirate League.
What are you going to miss while on the program?
I’m not just saying this to be a suck-up, but I genuinely will miss my friends and family the most. I’ve never been gone for this long from my family and will miss seeing my mom, dad, and sister. I love all of the people in my life right now and am already planning on harassing them with many texts and Snapchats to stay in touch while I’m gone. Don’t think you can get rid of me that easily!
I’ll also miss my current job. I absolutely adore all of my co-workers and the work that I am doing, but in order to find out what I want to do with the rest of my life, I need to experience new things. Of course, I’ll also miss my cat, the cute pets I get to pet-sit for on a regular basis (I basically feel like their god-parent at this point), Pal’s peachy sprite, the possibility of snow in TN while I’m gone, and Daylight Doughnuts bubble tea.
Which Disney park is your favorite?
Honestly, I’m a big fan of Epcot. I could spend days wandering around the World Showcase and never get bored. The Magic Kingdom is a very close second.
What is the first thing you want to do when you get there?
I’ll probably be crying (mostly happy tears, of course) but I want to go sight-seeing around Orlando and get used to the city I’ll be calling home for the next four months. I need to find the nearest Target, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A to make it really feel like home!
What’s number one on your DCP bucket list?
Definitely to watch the fireworks with my new friends on our first day in the parks as cast members. I haven’t been to Disney since they changed the show from Wishes, so I’m stoked to see the new one.
What is one thing you hope to take away from the program?
I really hope the DCP provides me with a new sense of self-confidence and just a new sense of self in general terms. I’ll be completely on my own for the first time, making new friends, and having all of these new adventures that will hopefully help me develop and push me out of my comfort zone to overcome fears and self-doubt. Obviously, I also hope this experience provides me with so many amazing memories that will last me a lifetime.
I hope this answers some of the questions you may have about the DCP. Expect a lot more DCP related content to come. Have a magical day!!
❤ / Bailey