Dream A Dream: Katelyn's DCP Experience
The Disney College Program was literally a dream come true for me. Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I couldn’t help but daydream about becoming a participant. Disney influenced much of my childhood, and I cherished the memories of the parks that I had visited with my family! I wanted to personally take part in the daily magic making.
Once my mind was set, my Dad became a phenomenal support for me. He helped me research the program so that I would have the best chance at getting in. (From what I was told on my first day of work, on average 60,000 people apply per program, and only about 4,000 get accepted) After we had researched everything we could, my Dad would find spare moments in the day to call me and pretend that he was a recruiter calling for an interview. This gave me many opportunities to think about how I would want to answer questions, and what general impression I wanted to leave. At first, I thought my Dad was overkill, but when I got to the actual interview, I was grateful for many efforts he had put into finding realistic questions they would ask!
When I finally got through the application process/auditions, and was accepted, I felt as if I was given the winning lottery ticket! The program became my obsession. I honestly can say that it was one of the best decisions I have made! Living with great roommates, working with magic, and having the chance to go to the parks literally whenever I wanted, all while being paid, was the dream. If anyone is considering the Disney College Program, here are a couple things that made my program the “Dream come True”
1. Find your own roommates.
Don’t chance getting anyone Disney Housing might assign you. I took finding roommates as a serious priority, and because of that I ended up with the best roommates that a girl could find. My roommates made my program extra special, as I had people to share the experience and magic with. My college program would not be as special as it is if it were not for them!
2. Bring a car.
Because I brought a car, I had the freedom to go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted, without having to wait for the painfully slow bus system that Disney provides for participants. Everybody hates the bus system, and you can avoid extra stress by taking the extra time to drive your car all the way to Florida!
3. Research and make a bucket list.
Walt Disney World honestly has so many things to do that you could spend a year in Florida, and still not accomplish everything. Because I created a “Disney College bucket list, I was able to use my 3 months to the max, knowing exactly what I wanted to experience. Not only did I ride every ride and meet all the princesses, but I also went resort hopping, completed a passport for the Epcot world showcase, watched a movie in the Downtown Disney theater, got a certificate as a “Liberty Bell pilot”, and collected most of the “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” cards. The list goes on and on, and it’s because I planned ahead of time!
We created some of the best things for your DCP Bucket List here.
4. Shop at Cast Connections!
Cast Connections is the Disney discount store for employees. You can get some great finds on a wide variety of Disney merchandise! I might have spent a little too much there, but I don’t regret a single purchase, especially when it was 40-70% off!
I could go on and on about the wonderful opportunities I had while I was on my college program, but I hope this helps you guys out! Disney Magic is real and you can see for yourself firsthand when you are a Disney College Program participant!