Archive | October, 2010

Questions: Part 2

3 Oct

I looked through the Facebook group’s discussion board to find the most frequently asked questions and picked 3 that I felt were most relevant right now. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

1. I plan on flying into Orlando International Airport. Is there any transportation provided to the Disney apartments?

For those who are planning on flying to Florida, Orlando International (MCO) is your best option because it is closest to Disney. There is no official Disney transportation from MCO to the apartments, so you are responsible for finding your own way there (whether that be taxi or the Mears shuttle bus). If you stay at a Disney resort the night before your arrival, you can take the Disney Magical Express to your resort, but you will still have to find your own transportation to Vista Way for check-in. 

It seems like most people arrive in Florida at least one day before their schedule arrival because you want to make sure you can make it to the check-in between 9:00am & noon the next day. On the college program website, it says that if you’re plane doesn’t land before 10:30am on the day of your arrival, you will not make it to check-in. Your best option is to arrive in Orlando the night before your arrival date.

If you’re going for a cheaper option, stay in one of Disney’s value resorts which include are the All Star Resorts and Pop Century Resort. As mentioned above, the Disney Magical Express will take you from the Orlando airport directly to your hotel. You DO have to find your own transportation to Vista Way the morning of check-in, but there are several options for you to choose from. You can call a regular taxi, schedule a town car to pick you up (more expensive), or carpool with another CP that is staying overnight.

Here’s the link to the Mears site which will help you plan your ride from the airport to the apartments:

http://www.mearstransportation.com/

2. What is the Web Based Interview like? Will I be quizzed on my Disney knowledge?

You will NOT be quizzed on anything related to Disney, as this is more of a personality evaluation.

Have you ever taken a personality quiz before? The kind where you have to choose “On a scale of 1 to 5, rate how much you agree with this statement: I get along with others.” If you’ve done something like this before, than you’re fine. If not, don’t worry because there is no right or wrong answer. The purpose of the WBI is to get an idea of the applicant’s personality and see how they would fit in the Disney Company. As long as you answer honestly, you’re going to do fine.

The entire WBI lasts about 30 minutes and consists of multiple choice questions and questions like the one above that have you rate how much you agree with a statement. Sometimes the answers are simply on a 1-5 scale, and some of the answers are set up as strongly disagree through strongly agree. At one point you only have 50 seconds to answer each questions and another point you only have 20-30 seconds. This is not to scare you away, but rather to make sure you put your gut answer. I personally like those questions the best because I don’t have time to sit and think about my answer and I do put the first answer that comes to mind, which usually reflects how you honestly feel.

Overall, the WBI is not hard and the majority of people pass it. The key is to give as many strong answers as possible. Be honest, but limit how many times you choose a neutral answer. Every once in a while is fine, but if you choose 3 or “neither disagree or agree” a lot, you will seem as if you haven’t put much reflection on your answers. I found a really great personality quiz that has similar questions to the WBI. Keep in mind that this is just a way to see the types of questions that may be asked and in no way reflects Disney’s system of evaluation, but the results are interesting if you choose to read them. Here is the link:

http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/

3. I found my roommate and apartment mates. How can I make sure we all live together?

As stated on the Disney College Program official website, you are allowed to request ONE roommate before you get there and that will be the person you share a bedroom with. Once you are accepted and log in to the password area of the site, you will see similar links to those on the regular CP site, but with more in-depth detail. In the housing link, there is information provided about how to request a roommate.

The Roommate Matching/Notification system will not let you do anything until 30 days before your arrival date. You can log in earlier, but it will tell you that your arrival group is not eligible so don’t be alarmed if you read that. Once it is 30 days before your arrival, you will have one of two options. If you know who you want to room with, only ONE person has to enter the other’s information. (If you both do it, the system will not match you.) The second person will receive a roommate request notification and upon accepting it, you will both be matched together. If you do not know who you want to room with, you can elect to be randomly matched to someone. You will be notified who your randomly assigned roommate is so that you can coordinate things to bring. If you choose to do nothing at all, you won’t find out who you’re living with until you get to Florida.

If you and your roommate have found another pair that you want to live with, make sure that you all have the same arrival date, otherwise you will not be able to live together. You also have to be in the same age category, either wellness or non-wellness. (If you are 21+ and want to live in a wellness apartment, you have to sign something that states there will be NO alcohol in the apartment, regardless of that fact that you are over 21.) If you do all have the same arrival and are in the same age category, the best way to get placed in the same apartment is to get to check-in early and stand in line together. If you tell the check-in staff that you all want to live in the same apartment, they are usually very accommodating and will place you together.

I hope this information helps! Have a magical day 🙂

ACCEPTED…now what?

2 Oct

Sorry for the huge delay in posting here. Between school and waiting for my acceptance, the beginning of September was very busy for me. I’ll try to quickly fill you in on what my life has been like lately and my next steps in this CP adventure.

I last posted on August, 17. At the time, everyone on Facebook was still wondering when applications would go out. I woke up on August 18 to see a very special post on the group’s page: “APPS APPS APPS!!!!” from Kayla. I didn’t believe it at first, but as soon as I went on the official CP site, I was able to view the e-presentation and apply. I had my interview on August 20 and then the waiting began. Now for anyone still applying, don’t let the wait scare you. IT WILL BE LONG. The first batch of acceptances went out about 2 weeks after we all applied, but I didn’t receive mine until exactly 4 weeks after my interview date. So on August 17, I finally received my purple folder!!! Let me just say, it was the best day of my life and after I finally had it, the wait was in the back of my mind and I didn’t care that it took 4 weeks. The beginning of my letter reads:

 “Congratulations! You have been selected to participate as an Attractions Cast Member on the Disney College Program, for the Spring 2011 Season. This is a valuable résumé-enhancing experience for all students, and we are proud to offer this opportunity to you! This program will allow you to gain academically-oriented work experience – the kind that provides participants in any major with the tools they need to compete effectively in today’s job market.”
 

The rest of the letter states that my hourly pay rate will be $7.25 and talks about basic job responsibilities for attractions. When you get your acceptance letter in the purple folder or by email notification (some may not receive an email, but everyone gets a  purple folder), you are provided with a user name and a unique password. You are also given a deadline to accept which is about 2 weeks after your letter was addressed. This does not mean that you have 2 weeks if you receive initial notification by regular mail. My letter was addressed on September 7, but wasn’t postmarked until the 15th and I received it 2 days after that. My deadline to accept my invitation was September 22. For me this wasn’t an issue because I have a credit card and paid the fee right away.  But it’s definitely something to be aware of, that you may only have a few days to accept. When you pay the fee (which was $104.50), you choose your arrival date at the same time. I chose January 10, 2011 because it was the earliest and I can’t wait to get there. But there are a few dates to choose from so that people can choose what works best for their schedule.

Once you get done accepting your invitation, there is a whole new world to explore on the CP site. You can use your username and password to access the log-in area of the site, which gives you all the information you need to start planning your move to the happiest place on Earth. The most important thing to look at is the College Program Countdown, which gives you a detailed list  of everything you need to accomplish before you arrive in Florida. This area of the site also provides you with a list of basic things you should bring, arrival information, and more details about the living, learning, earning aspects of the college program. All the information you could ever need is on the CP site, but I will be writing a few more questions blogs to answer some detailed questions that have been asked on the Facebook group.

So now that you’ve been accepted, picked your arrival date, and looked at all the information on the CP site over and over, there’s only one thing left to do…..start getting excited for January/February because YOU’RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!