The Walt Disney College Program or CP as I like to call it is one of the most magical and most rewarding experiences you will ever get the chance to do. If you ever get the opportunity to go on this life-changing endeavor, take it! In May 2009 I had such a chance. I worked in merchandise for six months and was able to extend my program another six months into entertainment as a character performer. That year was one of the greatest years of my life. These are some of my best reasons on why YOU should go.
Making your resume stand out– Disney is world renown for excellent customer service and satisfaction. Having The Walt Disney World College Program on your resume is gold. Every interviewer after this program will ask you about your experience there because it instantly sets you apart from the competition.
Endless Opportunities- Disney is one of the best companies to pursue a career in and they a have a reputation for hiring within. If this is something you see yourself doing than by all means take advantage of all the great opportunities the program has to offer. Take the free classes, network like crazy, and once you’re done apply for the Professional Internships only available to CP Alumni. The Professional Internship is a great way to start your career with the company and the CP gets your foot in the door.
It’s the place where dreams come true– Walt Disney World is amazing and as an intern you will get free admission to the parks. The first three months of my program were absolutely non-stop from park-hopping, having fun with friends, and work. There just didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in.
Something for everyone. The CP is a wild ride if you know how to make the most of it, and let’s be honest with six months in beautiful central Florida it is not that hard. The College Program does a great job of making your experience a memorable one. They host events like BBQ’s, trips to shows, and block-parties. Some of my favorites being the Night of stars (a CP only talent show) and the formal. How many people can say they’ve danced with Mickey Mouse and partied with the princesses?
For those of you just looking for a good time you’ll find plenty of parties within the three different complexes as well as a party bus that goes into downtown Orlando every night to all the hot spots. Check this out.
Happily ever after…?- This is a funny one to me. A lot of people set out hoping to find their princess or prince charming and rightly so. You’ll be hard pressed to find a place more romantic than a hammock on the beach of the Polynesian resort watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s castle. I met my girlfriend on my program and we’re still together. She is awesome. And hey if mushy stuff is not your thing, Playboy magazine rated The College Program as the #2 spot in the United States to get laid… They don’t call it “Vista Lay” for nothing… just putting that out there…
Bottom line- You’re probably going to hear this 433 more times, but the program is truly what you make of it. My personal experience exceeded my own very high expectations. Do your research. Find out if the program is right for you and if it is you’re in for a ride you will never forget!
All you have to do now is apply and set up an interview. Good luck!