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While Disney is one of the biggest employers out there, the DCP itself receives tons of applications and only accepts around less than 20 percent. It's not easy to get into the program, but if you work hard and try your best, you should feel proud no matter what your answer from The Mouse is.


This was my only chance, they don't accept you after 12 months from graduating so this was it. If not I would have gone straight into grad school.

But I got accepted so I'm super excited to be living in Disney for 6 months.

Here are some tips for future DCP future applicants.


TAKE YOUR TIME ON THE APPLICATION

Another reason why some applicants do not make it past the application stage is simply because they rush. They see that the application just went live and they are (understandably) excited. Still, take your time reading every single question. The application is not difficult, and all of the questions are very straightforward, but if you rush and answer one of the necessary yes/no questions incorrectly that could be the end of your process.

If you make a mistake on your application, you won’t be eligible to apply again until the next season, so taking your time is seriously worth it! (And don’t think you can get around this by using a different email or anything like that… Disney always catches on to this and it will only hurt you in the long run).


Stay consistent on the web-based interview

After completing the initial application, one of two things will happen (not necessarily right away). You’ll either receive an invitation to take the web-based interview or you’re application will go to the “submission” stage. (“Submission” is Disney’s way of saying that your application has been submitted and undergone an initial review but it has not been selected to move forward in the process yet. It is possible to come out of submission later in the application season, and contrary to popular belief Disney has confirmed that applications are NOT randomly selected to stay in submission.

If take the web-based interview, the most important tip you’ll need to consider is to remain consistent in your answers. The questions are all multiple choice, and much of the interview consists of the same questions being asked in different ways. Therefore if you answer these questions differently, you are less likely to pass. This is also the first of many reasons why you should absolutely be honest through the whole process, but more on that later!


Prepare for your phone interview

I was so nervous... if you pass the web-based interview you’ll be asked to move on to a phone interview. How long the interview lasts and what it entails seems to vary a lot by the individual applicants and recruiters, but in general you need to be prepared to discuss the roles you’re interested in and how you would handle hypothetical situations with guests. Some students find it helpful to have notes in front of them while others find this distracting, so consider what will work best for you before your call takes place.

Not every recruiter asks for your location and role preferences, so if you want to make them aware of this be prepared to bring it up on your own. And if you have any questions (especially about things that could conflict with certain roles like allergies or tattoos) be sure to bring them up with your recruiter on the phone as well. Lastly, make sure you’re in a quiet place where you can focus during the interview (sometimes dorm living can make this difficult so many applicants interview in their cars).



Let’s get back to telling the truth. In any employment/internship, telling the truth is obviously important, and with the Disney College Program you can find yourself in trouble later on if you are not truthful. When selecting which roles you are interested in on the application, you’ll be asked to rank each role by your level of interest. “Low interest” means that you would do the role if that’s what is offered to you, so if you do not have any interest in certain roles it’s important to check off “No interest”. Changing roles on the Disney College Program is extremely difficult and often impossible except in select scenarios, so only selecting what you are honestly interested in is the way to go.

Likewise, talk about your strengths in ways that actually represent you and not what you think the recruiters want to hear. (This will also help ensure that if accepted you’ll receive the best role for you.) And lastly, do not lie about things like allergies, tattoos, disability accommodations, religious obligations or anything of major importance that any employer should know. For instance, if you have an allergy to ingredients in cleaning products, Custodial or Housekeeping are probably not the roles for you. If you select interest in them without realizing this you can let your interviewer know without any issue, but it’s best to think about these things before you apply.




DON'T GET DISCOURAGED

Stay confident! the worse you can hear back is a no, and if that's the case and you really want this, then try again.

I think applications for fall are still open so :) Good Luck to any and everyone.

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