Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What Makes a Disney College Program Blog?

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I've read through so many Disney CP blogs trying to educate myself myself about my upcoming "magical experience," and I've noticed a few similarities. In no particular order:

Updated 8/18/15: I originally wrote this post April 2012 MONTHS before moving to Florida, so for fun I have updated this posts with more photos and more fun asides. Enjoy my friends!
I'm going to Disney World!
You first few posts will be about your interview/excitement about getting accepted. (Unless of course you're me. I just figured that when you go to a Disney CP blog that they probably got in otherwise they would not be writing it...)

You'll be sure to include a few of these posts:
At least one about your anticipation, packing, and your top ten things to do while working at Disney.

And there's no way you could miss these ones:
A few key posts can be found on any good Disney CP blog: The check in, a photo tour of the apartment, brief overview of traditions and additional training, and the biggie: the first day in the parks!

The obligatory purple folder photo shoot.
They really want me! See it says, "Congratulation Julie." Not Jodie or Janet or Amber or Charlotte or Bob. Julie!
I'm too busy to even take a better picture!
Your Blog Posting Schedule:
The posts will start out strong. Many excited posts before the move to the Kingdom. Then as the program picks up, they start to wane...

That One Apology Post...
You'll fill out your blog with a few apologies to the reader for the lack of posts (because you were to busy being awesome, as you should be!).

Uh.. There was a story behind this.. But what was it?
This is how this one day went... 2 months ago.
Throw in a few job stories after the fact and bam! You have a beautiful Disney CP blog, which I would love to read!
If you have any other similarities you want to share, please leave a comment! And if you have a Disney CP blog (past or upcoming) share a link for that as well!

In magical blog conquest,

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Guarding the World

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I honestly could not be more pumped to be a lifeguard for my Fall Disney College Program. I specifically focused on the lifeguard role in my interview, mostly because it was a majority of my work experience, but also because I thought it would be the best role for me at Disney. Since I've been a Disney fan since birth, I did not want the CP to ruin the magic for me at all. That meant that working in the actual parks was a fuzzy territory. What if it made me resentful because of annoying guest? Or I would not like going to the parks because it would make me think about work? So I am super excited to either work at the water parks, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon (love those lazy rivers!) or any one of the beautiful Disney resorts.

I really don't get a choice about where I'm placed. There's a chance that during my swim test I can kind of hint that I'd be better as a deep water guard for the water parks, but I'm not sure which I'd like better. I'd love to try working at both resorts and water parks. Obviously I'm over-thinking something I have no control over!

Cannot wait to start guarding in the world!

Read These Before You Move Into the Kingdom!

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This is a collection of great articles/forum threads that I have read about the Disney College Program. I would definitely encourage anyone doing the Fall Advantage/Fall Program or anyone thinking about the Disney CP at some point in their life to peruse these.

Fridgespace 101
This is an interesting thread at Disboards which tells the story of 8 girls in one Disney apartment. Specifically they highlight how difficult it is for them to share one refrigerator.  You could be housing with more roommates than you planned, so they give some tips of how to deal with it. And there are pictures!

Making Some MONEY!
(you will need a livejournal in order to read this article)
This article gives a practical view at how much money you will be making during your program and how to be smart about your finances. She also gives a great run down of how to pick up shifts and how to figure out overtime.

This is the most thorough account of the Check In day I have found out there. Some things may have changed in regards to the check in, like most of the paperwork is being done online now, but it's still a great way to know what to expect.

Disney Apartment Overview
You'll get a brief overview of each apartment complex and what their reputations are. Also listed are the rent prices you can expect to pay depending on how many roommates you have. Very valuable knowledge!

And if you need more to read in preparation, check out some other great college program blogs! You can search for some on google or Disboards. Below I've listed some of my favorites so far. You may want to read them backwards, starting with their interviews, check in dates, etc.
Happiest Internship on Earth
Working for the Mouse
Rebecca in Disney
Lisa Moren-Disney College Program
Glimmering, Shimmering...

Enjoy your magical reading assignments!