Sunday, June 23, 2013

Interview a CP: Kaela (DisneyQuest)

Kaela (left) and her friend Nicole!
DisneyQuest is an entirely different kind of role for attractions! It's filled with four floors of unlimited interactive gaming and virtual experiences! I went once with Sara and my roommate who worked in the DisneyQuest food court. If you like video games, it's definitely fun to check out! Here's what Kaela had to say about her experience working there:

What role did you have during the DCP, and where did you work?
Attractions! I worked in Downtown Disney at DisneyQuest.
What was a typical day like at work?
A typical shift would start between 2 and 4pm til 10:30pm. I would get there, clock in, get my assignment and then head out on stage! There was a rotation at my job so you were never in a position too long, and I would spend the time either operating a ride or in a greeter position. 
Is this the role you originally wanted? If not, are you happy you got it?
It wasn't in my top 3 originally but I am really happy that I got it! It was super hands on and I had lots of guest interaction, and I really got to see firsthand how much fun they were having.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts about your job?
My favorite part was that I really really adored my coworkers and managers, and I got to interact with tons of people every day and really have an impact on their vacation.
My least favorite part was dealing with difficult guests...but there weren't too many of them that I had any serious problems!
Any specific magical moment you want to share?
My last week of work, we were at outside greeter and saw a little girl in a wheelchair dressed in her most beautiful Rapunzel dress. We talked to her mom and found out she was confined to her wheelchair. We talked to them for a while and omg this girl was so full of life and energy that we absolutely adored her. We decorated her chair with flowers and ribbons, calling it her "carriage", and made her a crown from maps! Her mom absolutely loved it and I felt like we really were able to make some magic for them.
What made you want to do the DCP?
Honestly, I applied on a whim! I wanted to take a break from school and it seemed fun. And now that
Kaela's last day of work with all her friends!
I've done it I am so happy I did!
Is there something you wish you would have known before doing your program?
I probably would have just read more about the program in general. I wish I would have known more about the rules and policies and things like that, because there was never a lot of clear answers on things like that, which is partially why I started my own blog to tell people what I wish I knew!
What advice would you give to those who are going to be participating in your role?
Attractions is soo much more than just "pressing buttons" to run rides! and get ready to adjust your sleeping schedule because you will alllllways work closing shifts! 
What advice would you give to people who are interested in doing the DCP?
DO IT. Seriously, this is the best experience I've ever had and I have not regretted it even once. I've met the best friends of my life and had sooo much fun doing it, but also grown up and learned a lot about myself. DO THE DCP!
If you have any questions for Kaela about her experience or her role in DisneyQuest, feel free to contact her through her blog, here!
If you're a current or past college program cast member and would like to share your experience, email your name and role to to participate!
Have a magical day everyone! :)

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