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    Talking DD applying Disney College Program

    This promises to be an exciting year! My DD is finishing her Junior year in college in engineering and has decided to add one semester of college on and one semester in the DCP! She is going to apply for Fall 2015. She has always wanted to be at Disney for the Halloween festivities and it has never worked in our schedule, so she is choosing the Fall semester. That way if she does not get into the program she can re apply for Spring 2016.

    Asking for Pixie Dust for her! I'll update you on her progress! I guess the applications will go on line some time late this Jan or early Feb. She is reading up on the process right now through blogs. She will be starting her own blog as well.

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    Pixie dust for her. My son did the DCP and had the best experience. If you have questions we will be happy to try and answer them.
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    Sending pixie dust her way! I did the CP myself (6 times, to be exact), and they were the best experiences of my life
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    Thanks for the pixie dust. She is really excited! How competitive is the application process? She stated that a resume is not required but optional, would you recommend she submit one anyway? She has had two summer jobs of life guarding as well as an internship in her area of study at college in prosthetics, lots of volunteering and a former competitive swimmer. I have no idea what they are looking for in their CP applicants other than a friendly outgoing personality. Any suggestions would be welcome as she begins this process!

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    I do remember they have a phone interview so being very confident is important.
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    It's pretty competitive. There are people who don't make it past the online application part unfortunately (which is the first step)
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    Both of my DDs applied within the last few years. Oldest was a theatre major (she's since graduated) and the youngest just wanted to work at WDW.

    Oldest DD never got past the online application. She never understood why; they don't provide any kind of feedback. They also restrict you from applying again until the next go-round, so she couldn't apply again because she was studying abroad and then finishing college. She was extremely disappointed in the impersonal process.

    Youngest DD got through to the phone interview. A few days later she learned she didn't get in.

    My oldest decided to try for a job at WDW after graduating in 2013. She auditioned several times (traveling to Orlando and Philly) but quickly realized the competition was overwhelming. She applied for a job in April and was told she needed to live in FL and also drive. She moved from her home in MD to Kissimmee in Aug. and continued to audition. She reapplied after the 6 month waiting period and just got hired -- not in entertainment as she wants but at least she has her foot in the door!

    Suffice it to say any of the Disney CP and career opportunities are highly competitive. What's tough is you don't always find out the reason you don't make it. I'd say try as early as possible so you have time to keep trying if you don't make it in the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mousetrapper View Post
    Both of my DDs applied within the last few years. Oldest was a theatre major (she's since graduated) and the youngest just wanted to work at WDW.

    Oldest DD never got past the online application. She never understood why; they don't provide any kind of feedback. They also restrict you from applying again until the next go-round, so she couldn't apply again because she was studying abroad and then finishing college. She was extremely disappointed in the impersonal process.

    Youngest DD got through to the phone interview. A few days later she learned she didn't get in.

    My oldest decided to try for a job at WDW after graduating in 2013. She auditioned several times (traveling to Orlando and Philly) but quickly realized the competition was overwhelming. She applied for a job in April and was told she needed to live in FL and also drive. She moved from her home in MD to Kissimmee in Aug. and continued to audition. She reapplied after the 6 month waiting period and just got hired -- not in entertainment as she wants but at least she has her foot in the door!

    Suffice it to say any of the Disney CP and career opportunities are highly competitive. What's tough is you don't always find out the reason you don't make it. I'd say try as early as possible so you have time to keep trying if you don't make it in the first time.
    Congrats to your DD on getting hired at WDW!

    Thank you for the advise too. Yes, she will have 3 semesters to attempt to apply during her undergrad. And since she is planning to go to grad school, she could continue on to apply then if she wants to. Though I think she might get discouraged if she was rejected 3 times. We both have been reading on the application and interview process. I just want to get it all over with, LOL so we can know what she will be doing Fall 2015. But it will be an interesting road to see how it goes.

    Thanks everyone!
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    You can't expect your major, or previous experience to affect what job you will be assigned. A couple of my friends did the program several years ago. Ended up as custodial and retail clerk. One was engineering and other was sports management. I doubt it does much for long term career, but they said it was great fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanic View Post
    You can't expect your major, or previous experience to affect what job you will be assigned. A couple of my friends did the program several years ago. Ended up as custodial and retail clerk. One was engineering and other was sports management. I doubt it does much for long term career, but they said it was great fun.
    Yes, I agree. We were not thinking that her major would be a factor in her acceptance into the program. However, if she is accepted, she is wanting to do the engineering class with DCP. So I hope she gets accepted and early enough to get into the class as that would be a great opportunity for her!
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    Well everyone, we have been doing a great deal of reading, following FB groups and watching Vlogs about the program. One thing that seems important for my DD is that she is apply and putting a "high interest" on her application as a Life guard. It seems the requirements for the ability to swim 200 meters and pass the training are the most challenging and where there are the least amount of qualified applicants. Actually, there are position openings for regular hire life guards posted right now on the careers website. Since my DD has experience as a water park lifeguard with 9 save experiences, CPR/Life guard certified, Swim Instructor and a year round USA competitive swimmer we are hoping that will help her get into the program. Life guarding is her first choice (other than if she got accepted as a Character roll, which she is going to audition for but we know that is a long shot for her).

    One of the students posted a letter that her University had up on the bulletin board the other day. It was from DCP stating that the applications would be online Jan 26th, so that is the rumor for Fall 2015 DCP. My DD is in recruitment all weekend for her sorority, so it will be a long weekend and Monday night Bids go out but she is so excited that the applications might be available, the next week should be really exciting!

    Toss her some Pixie Dust! I'll let you know how things progress!
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    The DCP apps went live this morning!
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    Just another update: My DD submitted her ap online last night, got approved to do the web based interview. This afternoon she completed the WBI and passed and now she has a phone interview scheduled for 2/5! That should give her plenty of time to focus on practice for her interview before then.

    For anyone interested these are the roles they cast for and this is the preference my daughter listed for them:

    high:
    lifeguard
    recreation
    attractions
    character performer


    Medium:
    Photopass Photographer
    character attendant
    boutique hostess/ pirate league

    low:
    merchandise
    main entrance operations
    hospitality
    vacation planner
    concierge

    none:
    quick service food and beverage
    custodial
    full service food and beverage
    housekeeping
    hopper
    bell services
    costuming
    transportation
    floral
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    My DD completed her phone interview today. So now the waiting begins!
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    I'm glad I read the post, I can tell my DD there are vlogs about DCP. We have a while before she is ready to apply, but I like her to know the pros and cons. Thanks.
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    My oldest DD did the program several years ago. She was accepted into retail, then learned of an audition in Pittsburgh for entertainment (she was at WVU at the time). We took her to the auditon and for what seemed like to us she being very much out of her league, she passed and is now VERY good friends with many characters....she remains a seasonal employee.. So, good luck !
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1donaldfan View Post
    My oldest DD did the program several years ago. She was accepted into retail, then learned of an audition in Pittsburgh for entertainment (she was at WVU at the time). We took her to the auditon and for what seemed like to us she being very much out of her league, she passed and is now VERY good friends with many characters....she remains a seasonal employee.. So, good luck !

    Thank you! So far, so good. It's past the 48 hour mark from her phone interview. A lot of phone interviews get NLIC (no longer in consideration) emails within those first 48 hours. So she is still in the game. She is attending the Nashville audition in March since it is the closest to us and it is also during her spring break! So we are going to make a mini fun trip to Nashville. I am not sure how good her chances are with that, but it will be fun either way and she can at least give it her all and try. No harm if she doesn't get chosen. This is all for fun!

    I'll keep you all updated. Hoping that acceptance emails begin this week for applicants. BTW, she has a blog but I don't think I am allowed to post it here. If anyone wants to read it for future reference of the application process, send me a PM and I'll forward it to you.
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    Acceptance e-mails are not expected to start going out until March from all that we are hearing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy 1 View Post
    Acceptance e-mails are not expected to start going out until March from all that we are hearing
    The CM that answers Q/A's on DCP Twitter had told them that there would be acceptances starting in February. I do believe the bulk of them will be March though.

    Good Luck to your daughter next week on her PI!
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    1983, 1989 - Off Site
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    2004 - June POR
    2005 - April POFQ
    2010 - May POP and Dec CSR
    2013 - March F&G POP
    Weekend Trip Summer 2013 - Off Site
    2015 - Sept- AKL/CBR
    DEC - BC/WL
    2017 - July - Disneyland & D23 Expo!

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