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Gaby participated in the Spring 2012 semester Disney College Program (a year before me). She actually was my go-to gal when I had questions regarding the program before I started mine!
I worked in Quick Service Food And Beverage. I originally started my program in Epcot and one and a half months in I switched to blizzard beach. I was at Blizzard Beach until mid April where I voluntarily pulled myself from the program for medical issues, that at that point had been going on for over a month.
What was a typical day like at work?
At Epcot a typical day was counting inventory/money, watching the Jammin' Jammitors while selling ice cream and drinks and then recounting inventory/money. At Blizzard a typical day involved making food to order for a guest, and registering which I honestly enjoyed much more. (Blizzard in general)
Is this the role you originally wanted? If not, are you happy you got it?
I am happy I got this role even though I was hoping for a type of resort role. I made good friends while I was down there which was fun while it lasted. Only two I really stayed friends with.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts about your job?
Favorite part was getting to see how happy little kids (and big kids) live out a dream and of course living it out myself since it had been 12 years since I had been at disney. Least favorite part was dealing with the rude guests who thought disney world was so magical that not a single mistake was allowed.
Any specific magical moment you want to share?
I helped little kids become a chef and make their own cookie once. It was fun!
What made you want to do the DCP?
I LOVE DISNEY!!!! Enough said.
Is there something you wish you would have known before doing your program?
How many hours they work you. At Epcot I was working 12 hour days, six days a week. Blizzard toned down a little bit, but it was A LOT of work.
What advice would you give to those who are going to be participating in your role?
BRING YOUR OWN SUPPORTIVE NON SKID WHITE/BLACK SHOES.....again enough said. (Side note: I agree! The shoes they give you are SUPER uncomfortable!)
What advice would you give to people who are interested in doing the DCP?
Go for it!!!! It's a chance of a lifetime! But do be prepared for long hours!
Are you a current or past college program cast member and would like to share your experience? Email your name and role to firstname.lastname@example.org to participate!
Have a magical day everyone!