The first step to becoming a Disney College Program Cast Member is to fill out the online application. This is by far the easiest part of the whole application process. For Fall/Fall Advantage 2017 the application opened on January 23, 2017 and I applied that day. Typically the applications open in late January for Fall and Fall Advantage, and in mid Septmeber for Spring and Spring Advantage but the specific date changes each year. The easiest thing to do is subscribe to the Disney recruiting emails. That way you can know for sure about everything happening regarding DCP recruitment. Here is the general information on what is involved and my personal tips for the Disney College Program Application:
First the application asks for general information about yourself, like your name, where you live, what school you attend, etc. The most important thing to do is just to fill this out truthfully and to the best of your ability. Make sure you fill out all of the required fields; some information is optional, so feel free to leave those boxes blank if you do not want to share it.
The next part is a little harder and used to be part of the Web-Based Interview. As of this year, the application asks you to give your preference for which park you want to work at (Disneyland or Walt Disney World), which program you want to apply for (Fall, Spring, Fall Advantage, or Spring Advantage), and what your role preference is (QSFB, Merch, Attractions, etc.). Answer honestly! For example, if you are studying abroad in Spain until mid June then you can’t be in Florida at the end off May, so don’t say on your application that you can do Fall Advantage. When choosing your job preferences you get to rank each role as no, low, medium, or high interest. If you absolutely do not want to work Merchandise then put no interest. There is no harm in not being interested in a role. Disney’s most needed roles are QSFB (Quick Service Food and Beverage), Merchandise, Housekeeping, Custodial, and Lifeguard. If you put any interest in these you could very likely end up with one of them. The opposite side of the coin is that putting interest in one or more of these roles increases your chances of being accepted. Only you can determine if you want to clean trashcans and toilets for 4-7 months. Of course there are perks to any role, so do some research and decide before you fill out the application what you will be happy doing for the majority of your time in Disney. No one wants to decline the program just because they were offered a role they didn’t want. And Disney does do their absolute best to match you with roles that you are interested in.
Lastly, there is an area for you to mention any past work experience. Fill this out as fully as possible. This is the information that can pull you out of submission. Any work or volunteer experience is fantastic. List everything you’ve done including during high school and be as detailed as possible. Include key word phrases like “cash handling” or “guest interaction” if you can.
After you hit submit, you will recieve a “Thank You for Applying” email. This can take up to 24 hours to arrive. On the dashboard your HR status will read either In Progress (which is ideal), In Submission (meaning your application needs to be reviewed), or NLIC (no longer in consideration). This is determined by a computer algorithm based on your answers on the application. For each of these statuses, you will recieve a cooresponding email. Emails will first show up on the communications tab on the dashboard, so watch this closely.
Information on all of the roles and the Disney College Program in general is listed on their website which is linked below.
Stay tuned for my next installment covering the Web-Based Interview!