Disney College Program – What I Learned 1 Year Later

11 Dec

It’s been almost a year since I completed my Disney College Program experience. I left an exhausted shell of a human (thanks, New Years Eve shifts), and I slept the entire drive back to Kentucky. I didn’t think I’d miss it. I went to the parks whenever I got the chance. I had enough Disney movies on VHS to sustain me. Disney depression might exist for some people, but not me. I was above it.

Wrong. ALL WRONG.

I confess my role with Walt Disney World had absolutely NOTHING to do with my journalism degree (much to the chagrin of my adviser and professors). I thought the only “practical” thing to come out of this experience was this blog, which I marketed as validation I put my writing skills to good use.

In doing so, I neglected a plethora of other skills I could actually put on a resume (GASP).

So, for those of you confused as to how to market your mad spieling skills from Attractions or ability to serve thousands of hotdogs per day in Quick Service, here’s how to break it down:

1) If you spieled, congratulations! You have excellent lung capacity, a knack for pantomiming, and a penchant for remembering/relaying information to Guests.

2) If you worked Attractions, your nimble and adept fingers can push multiple buttons in order to restart a 101.

3) Merchandise people, be sure to mention your ability to stay awake until ungodly hours of the wee morn as you stock and organize.

4) Character performers, congratulations. You’re so freaking special. Everyone worships you at the parks. Why do you even need a resume? Just get some headshots done. You’ll be fine.

5) Quick Service F&B, bless your souls. Seriously. Be sure to note your ability to operate often-faulty equipment (merch CMs could put this down, too). Mention your ability to take physical injury and excessive verbal abuses simultaneously.

6) Hotel people, you’re business-y types. You’re probably in hotel management and already have “people-oriented” listed somewhere on your resumes in neatly-organized serif fonts.

7) EVERYONE WHO MADE IT THROUGH DCP: You all have people skills. You all worked hours/shifts you didn’t think you could finish. You worked in conditions and lived with people you might not have liked against your will. You missed family functions, holiday traditions and other opportunities to devote at least five months of your life to making other people happy.

YOU make the magic in the parks, and the boss-mouse couldn’t do it without you.

Good luck putting that on a resume.

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One Response to “Disney College Program – What I Learned 1 Year Later”

  1. megelizabeth19 December 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    True. All true. The Disney Depression is so real! And yeah, we got good at pantomiming at the Jungle haha. (“Lightning” was particularly difficult to get across to guests who didn’t speak English…)

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