Disney College Program
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Disney College Program Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014

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Robert A. Iger

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83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great personal learning experience, free admission into the parks"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Meet people from around the world and network with people within your field"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long hours, but every job can have that"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Low pay, high rent and the value of life seemed low on their priorities"
    in 8 reviews
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Overall an interesting experience, gave serious insight into how a big business runs. Was not a "magical" experience.

Atractions (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

I have been working at Disney College Program full-time for less than a year

ProsYou get to meet people from around the world!

ConsIts all about making money for this company they don't seem to value people as individuals but as work slaves! They didn't treat interns well. Low pay, high rent and the value of life seemed low on their priorities. Sad to see

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I wish I could make a career out of the college program

Former Merchandise Cast Member (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Disney College Program as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou're living in Disney world that is pro enough. It's more for the experience than anything. Apartments are great, pool side, palm trees. They provide transportation. You're able to extend

ConsPay isnt great. long hours. called in moments notice. training is like for a month. you get written up for the smallest thing. you may not get the role you wanted. and costumes aren't great.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disney College Program

Disney College Program (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Disney College Program as an intern for less than a year

ProsWorking at Disney
Visiting the parks
Friendly co-workers

ConsLow wage
Crazy hours depending on position
Poor program housing management

Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up the housing rules and enforcement especially since participants pay high rent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One-of-a-kind fantasy internship but challenging program

College Program Intern Merchandise (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

I have been working at Disney College Program as an intern for more than a year

ProsI love getting into the parks for free and working with kids my age mostly that I get along with. Free food at housing events, party buses are insanely fun, central Florida is an awesome place to live, and there's always something to do. Some of the guests are awesome.

ConsThe rent is way too high for sharing rooms. The housing code and rent a cop security take their jobs WAYYYY too seriously. Working in the park at a high volume location is hard, especially Magic Kingdom.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop making coordinators do all your work on the floor and you'll have a better understanding of why things work better the way we do them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was a very memorable experience

Food and Beverage Hostess CP (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Disney College Program as an intern for less than a year

ProsGet in the parks for free
Resume-Building
Great networking

ConsLow pay (8.75)
Long hours sometimes

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst experiance ever

Former Merchandise Cast Member (Former Employee)
Anaheim, CA

I worked at Disney College Program full-time for less than a year

ProsGot to work at the park and meet wonderful people. I got to get my family in the park for free

ConsFelt like I was in high school again. If you where not in the in group you got the shaft. If you want the shift you where promised you had to kiss butt to get them

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat everyone the same. Dont say it is fine an then suprise people with right ups.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Life-Changing

Disney College Program (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

I have been working at Disney College Program as an intern for less than a year

ProsIf you go into the program with a good attitude and don't have extremely high expectations for your job, you will have the time of your life. You'll make the most amazing friends and have time to hang out and do your own thing.

ConsIt's not all fun and games. No matter what your role, you're going to have to work. Some roles require harder work than others. Don't expect that just because you're working for Disney, your job will be magic and pixie dust.

Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe rewarding CPs for a job well done in all lines of work and trying to keep it standardized. Also, making sure not to treat CPs like they're worth less than full-time and part time employees, and making sure other cast members treat CPs with respect as well.

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Best Internship Ever.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Disney College Program

ProsPaid internship, access to lots of networking opportunities.

ConsLong hours, but every job can have that

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It was fantastic

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Disney College Program

ProsThe experience that one gains

ConsThe roommates can be a little hard to handle

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best experience I've had in my life.

Conduct of the Walt Disney World Railroad (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Disney College Program as an intern for more than 3 years

ProsMoving away from home to experience the world in a positive safe environment.

ConsSlave labor. No vacation days or holiday pay when everyone else does. No say in schedule.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe respectful to managers but don't let them bully you around, and try to resolve a guest dispute before they go to city hall.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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