Okay, I definitely, 100% did not keep anyone updated throughout my adventures at Disney. I know. I’m terrible. I was stretched so incredibly thin I got an average of 4-5 hours of sleep a night (and my schedule was an enviable one; I didn’t have nearly as many hours as some of my coworkers) and I was also constantly terrified of being fired for something I’d say on this blog. It was so easy to get termed at Disney. I knew people that had gotten termed for less than a disgruntled blog post.
Yeah, at the time I didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about Disney.
I think my main issue with the Disney College Program (though there were plenty) didn’t come from Disney at all – it came from requirements put in place by my university. In order to get the internship credit offered by my college (and, if I didn’t complete the internship I would lose my scholarship) I had to complete 540 total work hours, take and pass a collegiate course offered by Disney, and take one additional online class offered through my university.
This was too much. Oh my god, it was too much.
If you do the program, make sure that’s your main focus. My peers were having fun going to clubs, exploring the state, and taking advantage of our free access to all Disney Parks while I was stressing about homework and dragging my tired ass out of bed at 6 am in order to make it to my morning class.
I took the Creativity and Innovation class that was offered by Disney, and in my opinion? It wasn’t worth it. I felt like I didn’t learn very much and I nearly failed due to attendance absences because I ditched class so often.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe? I hated this work location. The leaders there were angels, and most of my coworkers were also angels, but I just despised the incredibly repetitive tasks that I would be assigned to for hours. Once I bussed tables for 6 hours before finally (mercifully) getting my break. You could be in charge of changing trash cans for a whole day. That’s it. Just trash. You’d wheel around your trash cart, stopping at all your assigned trash cans, change the ones that were full, and repeat this process for hours and hours and hours. My coworkers were the ones who made it bearable. I love them all to death and I’m still in contact with quite a few.
I also worked in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and I liked this location much more. The work was hard and hot, but I felt like the time went by more quickly and I made a lot of friends through the festival that I was sad to leave when it ended and we all returned to our original work locations. There’s a reason they call it Tragic Kingdom. The smell of the tunnels underneath the park will haunt me for a very long time.
My roommates also ended up becoming a huge reason why I was able to do so well in this program. I became very close with my french roommates and I’m currently planning to visit them in France. Who would’ve thought, right? Disney will definitely introduce you to incredible people from all walks of life.
In short, I struggled with the Disney College Program, but now that I’m gone I do miss the constant excitement that the Disney culture provided. I’d recommend the DCP if you don’t have to worry about any classes in addition to work and if you’re looking to push yourself to your limit, both mentally and physically. You will cry, and you’ll probably cry a lot, and it’s likely that you’ll cry in front of guests. So just make sure you have tissues. I’ll probably work for the Mouse again after I graduate, and tissues will be my first purchase in Orlando.
You might be wondering why I decided to resurrect this blog 10 months after abandoning it. Well, I’m going to be studying abroad in Spain this fall, and one of the requirements of a scholarship I was able to get is to keep a blog. So, this time you can rest assured that I won’t drop off the face of the planet and you’ll be able to read tons of new super interesting, not-garbage posts created by yours truly.
Thanks for stopping by,