Friday, August 31, 2012

Management/Professional Internships Spring 2013

Don't just fly, soar
They are up! I can't believe they are already up! (Yes, they've been up since last Monday, but I'm just now getting to a blog post about it)

I am having real problem refraining from worrying about these Professional Internships. My official decision is to wait to apply. This goes against everything I ever do or advise people to do, but for my situation I need to. Most of the positions prefer that you have done the College Program before, so I want to be able to submit a resume which lists the College Program in my resume. Also because I have graduated college, the only reason I am eligible for most of these internships is because I am a current participant in the CP.

Whew, can you tell how nervous I am from this post? Maybe not, but trust me I AM!

I am apart of a Facebook "Support" Group for the Spring PIs, which is helping and making me more nervous. It's good because I can see how much everyone else is preparing, so I am making sure that I am (at the very least) putting in as much effort as they are. Also some people are reporting that they have gotten NLIC (no longer in consideration) from some of their roles, which worries me and also makes me feel better. When I applied for a PI last year, I got a phone interview, so I know that I can probably get to that point again.

Also can I tell you how great my resume looks? It looks awesome!! It makes me wonder how I ever thought my old resume was quality. I guess it was quality enough for college, but my new resume is for the real career world. Look for a few posts on what I've learned about Resume writing and cover letters on Every College Girl in the near future.

I'm going to leave you (as I often do) with a list of what I need to do to prepare for my Professional Internship Applications.

Checklist For MI/PI
  • Edit, edit, edit my resume!!
  • Scan transcripts
  • Write my "general" Disney cover letter
  • Breathe and drink more coffee
  • Practice/read up about phone interviews
If you're applying, I wish you the best of luck and let me know so I can send pixie dust your way!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Outskirts of the Kingdom: Over-Packing!

Yes, that's my Tinkerbell makeup bag..
Honestly, I am typically a feather-light packer. I know, I know, I'm a girl, so that cannot possibly be true. But it is. Some trips I freak out the night before and stuff a bunch more things in my suitcase and feel like I have over packed, but when I compare to my travel companions...I am still miles ahead in the "light packing" competition. Not that's it's a competition. But seriously. I win.

But when it comes to packing for the College Program, what kind of packer am I? Well, right now I cannot tell, but my plan is to bring EVERYTHING I need because I do not want to have to buy a lot once I'm down there. That includes any clothes I think I will want. I know everyone over packs on clothes, but I'd rather have enough/more clothes than need to do laundry every week, since that will not happen. To thy own self be true, and pack enough underwear to last you 3-4 weeks so you don't have to do laundry constantly (That's a Shakespeare quote right? Taming of the CP or something haha).

I know a lot of people want a good packing list to use for their program, so I'm going to list mine below. I think you could definitely use this as a base to delete and add things that you need. Also I hope to write another entry on Packing Lists after I've been on the CP for a while, and let you all know if I packed too much, too little, just right, and any other advice I would've wanted for myself.

My Packing List
Bedding (Twin-comforter, 2 sets of sheets)
2 Pillows and pillow cases
*Comfy mattress pad
Bed risers
2 Pillows and pillow cases
*Comfy mattress pad
Bed risers
Under bed storage
Coat rack
Pink chair
Storage container (3 drawer)
Fuzzy rung

Computer and cord
Ipod, usb cord
Alarm clock(s)
Cell phone and charger
Camera, usb cord
Printer, power cord, usb cord
Extension cords-2

Purex sheets
Laundry basket(s)

Cupcake Tray
*Coffee pot
*Crock pot
Lunch box for work

Toilet Paper
Shower caddy
Shower curtain (outer)
*Matching rugs
Over door storage
Towels, hand towels, wash cloths-4
Beach towels -3
Hair dryer

*Cleaning Supplies
 -buying once at Disney
Clorox wipes
Shower spray
Dishwasher/dish soap
Toilet bowl cleaner
Toilet brush
Windex and paper towels

Contacts & supplies
Leave in conditioner
*Body wash
Nail clippers
Glasses and case

Makeup remover
Curling iron/straightner
Hair spray
Assortment of Jewelry

Umbrella, rain coat/boots
Hanging storage for closet
Combination lock
Yoga mat
Exercise ball

I leave you with one question. Chef coat, yay or nay?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Running Around the World: The Challenge

photo credit
I've been doing a really good job running while I'm living at home. I log 4-5 miles some days, and it's not even a big deal. That's huge for me. For a girl who used to dread running "The Mile" in gym class in grade school (and yes, that's how we always said it), I have come a long way.

So in order to keep up with my running/fitness/training for the Princess Half Marathon while on the CP, I have created a challenge for myself. I challenge myself to run at ALL of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Okay so what does that really mean? Well, below is the "official" list of the resorts I need to conquer. There are 22; however, some of these resorts can be conquered together. For example I have a run planned which includes Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan, and Dolphin all together. So that's 5 resorts finished at once. Yay!

Resorts to Conquer

  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
  • Walt Disney World Swan
My plan as of now is to run in the resorts once a week. I don't want to aim too high because I am not sure how exhausted I will be from work. I am assuming pretty exhausted. Besides this list I also want to run at my apartment complex (if feasible), Mickey's Retreat, and around the Downtown Disney resorts. Also I want to make these runs around 4 miles, preferably with only 2-3 laps required. This is probably the biggest part of the challenge because most of the resorts only have 0.8 mile running trails, so I'm going to have to get creative.

If you have any favorite Disney trails or tips, please share them with me! And if you need some motivation to run, watch the RunDisney video below. Maybe it won't give you motivation, but it will sure make you smile!

In Magical Miles,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Favorite Sounds of the Kingdom

photo credits
"Welcome home." -any resort. Aaaww finally home. =)

"Driver, we're clear. Beep beep." -Parking Lot trams

"Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas." -Monorails

"Welcome to the World Famous Jungle Cruise! World famous for being world famous." -(you guessed it!) the world famous Jungle Cruise

"Hold on to yer hats cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness!" -Big Thunder Mountain

"A-a-aa-achooooo!" -Ice Gator at Blizzard Beach

"Upon entering the theater, please move as far to the end of the row as possible. Stopping in the middle is distinctly unpatriotic." -Sam Eagle at Muppet Vission 3D (and basically anything any of the Muppets say)

"Dead men tell no tales." -uh..Dead pirates?

"Hurry ba-ack.. Please sure to bring your death certificate should you decide to join us." -Little Leotta at Haunted Mansion

The entire "Opening Ceremony" at the Magic Kingdom (makes me cry...)

"Come in Simba 1." -Safari at Animal Kingdom

"She was my roommate in college. We used to call her stupid Ellen." -Jamie Lee Curtis at Ellen's Universe of Energy

"On this magic night...Glimmering, shimmering, carousel-ling..." -Spectromagic

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What should be on your Disney Bucket List?

photo credit
Every CP has the typical items on their Disney "Bucket" lists. The common "Visit all 4 Parks in One Day," , the stomach-ache-inducing "Finish the Kitchen Sink," the lofty "Ride/See every, single Attraction," and the just ridiculous "Ride Everest 60 Times in a Row" or something like that.

I just compiled my own Bucket List, and I wanted to find some new, creative ideas for the list. I actually found some really great ones and thought of some new ones as well. Some that I just had to add to my list. So here's the list of creative ones I found on the message boards and some I've made up. I'd love to know if you add any to your lists!!

Creative Bucket List Ideas
  • Meet a guest from all 50 States (I got this idea from Emma's list)
  • Have a Beverly Shot Contest (If you are as confused as I was see the video below..)
  • Use a British accent for one entire shift (Especially great if you get to use a microphone during your shift!)
  • Ride A Small World with someone from each country represented
  • Find a family of three and let them into the parks for free (LOVE this!!! Adding it to mine)
  • Be the first/last one in the parks
  • "Create" a new Hidden Mickey (use your Cast Member powers for good!)
  • Visit all of your roommates at work/Get a picture of them in costume (great challenge if you're in a 4 bedroom haha)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kingdom Hopping: What's to come?

It's now 21 Days Until Check In! And in case you doubt me, here's the sign outside my bedroom door confirming this countdown. Is someone getting excited? Is that someone me? You better believe it!
I just wanted to do a quick post about how I'm preparing myself 3 weeks out.

My Preparation for the Kingdom:
I've been watching lots and lots and lots and Disney CP Vlogs and reading and rereading DCP blog posts. I'm learning some pretty interesting things!! I'm also dying to start packing, but I'm making myself wait. I can't use my car like regular if all my Disney stuff is everywhere.

My Work on Kingdom Hopping:
I'm working on some possible artwork to use. Below is the start of a new concept for a layout. It features a symbol from all 4 theme parks, and both water parks (summit plummet coming soon!).
I'm also figuring out what goals I have while I'm living at Disney. I'm trying to make them very simple and easy. I'm only there for 4 months, and I know I'm going to be very busy, so I'm giving myself a break. But one of the goals I'm really excited about is for my "Running around the World" section. I want to run at a different resort every week around 3-5 miles and report back how it is. I'll let you know what trails are worth it, which ones are super busy or provide a little shade, which ones are monotonous, etc.

I'm also going back and forth on wanting to bring a video camera, so I can start posting videos of some of my experiences. I really don't know if I'd love doing it or if it would just be one more thing to worry about... Hmm. I'll keep thinking.

Keep Moving Forward!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Plans Post Fall 2012 CP

photo credit

I write this as my cat sits on my mouse and my CTRL keys pops of the keyboard. This is why I can't have nice things...

I think I've written a little bit about my plans, but with the applications for the Spring Professional Internships going up very soon , I feel the need to readdress it. Specifically for my peace of mind. And my fathers. He does not understand that I have a plan past the CP, and he really does not understand why I would accept a job as a lifeguard making way below my "earning potential" when I am a college graduate.

Also today my mind has been all a buzz with my expectations for after the CP. I've been in Kansas City, MO for the past few days helping my brother find an apartment in the area. His job has transferred him from Milwaukee to Kansas and is paying for his moving costs including paying for the housing search. It makes me want an apartment that I can actually settle in and decorate.
photo credit
Like I said I am a college graduate. I graduated in May 2012, but I still really wanted to do the CP. I want to do it for the experience, the social aspect, the networking opportunities, and most importantly to decide whether or not Disney is a company I want to pursue. I majored in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and while I received an amazing education, many of the examples I used to learn and discuss great hospitality came from my real world experiences because I'm lucky to have been to Disney World a few times.

Scenario A: The Dream
Get a Professional Internship after the CP. Either live in Disney Housing or find an apartment.

Scenario B:
Do another CP starting in January, either Concierge, Housekeeping, or Front Desk. Post on "extending the CP

Scenario C:
Accept a full time position in my role (Lifeguard).

Scenario D: 
Audition to be Princess/Parade Performer, land the role, and do entertainment for a while. =)

Scenario E:
Apply for a job working a cruise ship, being a flight attendant, or a tour guide.

Scenario KW
Finally write finish my novel, get it published and mildly popular, and move to Key West

Scenario P:
Become a Pirate. Or mermaid. Just kidding. Already accomplished.

Following Scenarios A, B, C, D, & E I will find an apartment in Orlando (if I haven't already) and get a full time job (not necessarily with Disney). I want a job in management since that's what my degree is in.

If you hadn't noticed, I'm using Tiana as my imagery for this post. Tiana is the only princess with real career ambitions, since she is more of a modern day princess. Not only that but she's in the hospitality industry and loves to cook! I definitely love Tiana and down the road I want to be my own boss and possibly own my own restaurant, hotel, coffee shop, or brew pub. But for now I want to work for Disney.

 photo credit

Anyone else going to apply for a Professional Internship for the Spring? I plan on applying for every one that I can. Not sure when the Internships will go up, but it's so soon!!

Much Affection,

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Outskirts of the Kingdom: Packing!

photo credit
Okay. Before I even get into my real post can I just express how much I'm loving this picture? It's from Disneyland's Facebook page. Be sure to look at the original version. All the little princesses match up with their respective Disney princess luggage. It's adorable, magical, precious, and no one has stiff Bibbity-Boppity-Boutique hair (bonus!). Okay moving on...

I'm just under a month away from my check in date! That means I need to start getting serious about the packing process. I've been scouring the message boards and looking through old Disney CP blogs to see what people suggest to bring and what to leave at home. The biggest problem people seem to have with packing is clothes. Everyone says that they bring too much. Everyone!

I will be driving down, so I do plan on bringing a lot of stuff. I really don't want to have to buy much once I'm down there, especially dorm room type stuff since I already own that. But I will be driving down in my little Mitsubishi Gallant with myself, my mom and dad (and Duffy & Minnie), so it's going to be a tight squeeze.

  • Use Walmart's "Ship-to-Store" Online
    • If you're going to be buying things from the Walmart when you get down there, try ordering online and use "Ship-to-Store." A majority of people said that Walmart is packed with other College Program kids, and a lot of things they want are sold out when they get there, like curtains and sheets. So using the ship-to-store option will not only ensure that you get everything you need, it'll also help you bypass the crowds. It's like Fastpass...for Walmart...
    • Walmart near Disney: 3250 Vineland Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • Coordinate with a roomie
    • This way you don't end up with 2 toasters and 3 hair dryers when you get down there.
  • Watch an apartment tour on youtube
    • I think this is a good idea because you can get an idea of the layout of a typical Disney CP apartment.
Right now I'm "staging" some of my packing items in my room, like my open suitcase, storage containers I will bring, sheets, towels, etc, but I do not plan on putting anything into my car until 2 weeks before. I'll have to update later you on how well that goes... With pictures!

Sending you positive vibes of organized packing!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Disney College Program: Is It For You?

Well, is it? photo credit
I made a big list for this post a while back, but I'm not quite sure where I wrote that down. So if you have some to add please leave me a comment! Enjoy.

The Disney CP is NOT for you if:

You want to make a lot of money
You're not willing to follow/read rules
You refuse to wear a "costume" to work every day
You don't realize what you're signing up for
You don't do your Disney research
You are worried about spoiling the magic
You hate hot weather and sweating
You don't like people or children
You can't smile for long periods of time

The Disney CP IS for you if:

You want to meet a lot of new people from all over the globe
You want to get your foot in the door at a great entertainment/hospitality company
You are willing to go out of your way to network for a future job
It's been your dream since before high school...
You are very open minded
You are willing to work a (possibly) less-than-ideal job, just to get a glimpse of Disney's company
You cannot wait to earn your ears
You want to get a Professional Internship down the road

Notice I did not even add getting into the parks for free in either of lists. There are just so many other reasons to do it than that! I don't think everyone realizes that. I do know that some people come out of their College Program hating it and having a poor experience. It is not an easy internship. You could get a job you don't care for and a manager that doesn't like you or that you just don't work well with. I definitely suggest educating yourself on the reasons why people don't like it. It's usually a bad manager, long hours, roommate issues, or something else outside of your control. If you go into this internship knowing what you want to get out of it, it will really help you survive the negative parts.