Disney College Program

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Disney College Program Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
82 Reviews
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Pros
  • Free admission to the parks is probably the only pro (in 13 reviews)

  • You get to meet people for all around the world (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours - they work you hard but it is worth it (in 14 reviews)

  • Low pay, high rent and the value of life seemed low on their priorities (in 9 reviews)

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    Former Employee - College Program Attractions in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - College Program Attractions in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was good as long as you love education

    Cons

    It was good until at later point where more people coming in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take it easy, be more relax

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome experience, in spite of the company

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    Former Employee - Quick Food and Service in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Quick Food and Service in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Disney College Program as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free entrance into parks
    Meet awesome people from all over the world
    Good transportation to and from work

    Cons

    They will pay as little as humanly possible
    They can terminate you for whatever reason they make up
    If they terminate you, good luck getting back to whatever country you're from in less than 24 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really care about corporate Disney happiness; I just want to meet people from China and Egypt and get drunk at Epcot with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was OK

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard
    Former Employee - Lifeguard

    I worked at Disney College Program as an intern

    Pros

    Fun, disney benefits, disney heritage

    Cons

    not much personal growth, not much professional development

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Seriously, one of the best experiences of my life. I met amazing people and had a great time.

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    Former Employee - Transportation
    Former Employee - Transportation

    I worked at Disney College Program as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free, unlimited park admission. Great people. It's Disney! First chance at freedom from parents for a lot of people.

    Cons

    Some older employees are senile and grumpy. You're going to be interacting with 1000s of people daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what your doing, but don't let profiteering completely kill the experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nothing too great !!!

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    Former Employee - International College Program Member in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - International College Program Member in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Disney College Program as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Furnished accommodation and free transportation

    Cons

    Less compensation , Rent way too higher for sharing rooms , housemates are not good always .Grumpy old managers at workplace( Such people should retire, If they cant cope-up with International employees , rather than commenting on their country and work culture). On duty meals are not included. Many times I completed my duty by eating minimal food. Coz they dont pay you much that you can buy anything from their restos easily, which is literally overpriced. At the end of the day Lot of food is thrown in to dustbin. They should distribute it within cast members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not waste food. Please look that people get separate room or choice to stay with their countrymates. Lower your rent. Pay a bit higher.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Overall great experience and worth the hard work.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Lake Buena Vista, FL

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I got to meet so many great people from all over the world, and made friendships that lasted after the program. Definitely built up my communication skills and learned a lot from the experience. The program had great benefits, discounts on merchandise, hotels and free admission for yourself and some guest passes as well. I did not love my job which was why I didn't extend my program but I do wish I looked into the professional internship.

    Cons

    Long hours (but that was expected), standing on feet for a long time ( up to 15 hours one time for me), the pay was low ($8/hr)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Experience of a Lifetime.

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    Former Employee - Magic Kingdom Custodial in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Magic Kingdom Custodial in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Disney College Program as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The friendships you make, the benefits of free park access, the life experience, and getting Disney on your résumé.

    Cons

    The pay, the especially long hours, the little time off, and occasionally coming in contact with grumpy vacationers (ok, maybe on many occasions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe not have such strict rules and work hours for the DCPers. Let them live a little more - they're in their prime!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I have been working at Disney College Program

    Pros

    -Fun opportunities offered for DCP
    -Meet thousands of people everyday
    -Make Guests happy
    -Work with wonderful Cast Members
    -40 hour work weeks
    -Disney Perks
    -At the end of your program you CAN submit an application to stay part time or seasonal. I did and I still love working here!

    Cons

    -Dealing with unhappy Guests
    -Being a Local and participating in DCP left me with less opportunities I could have had if I were staying in housing.
    -Extremely hard to balance going to school & DCP. I don't recommend it. It was the toughest semester I've ever had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there was a better way for everyone (both locals and housing Cast Members) to get to know each other. I didn't become close to any other College Program kids until a couple of months before my program ended. BUT, I did make many lifelong friends from this experience.

  10.  

    Lifetime Experience

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    Former Employee - PhotoPass Photographer in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - PhotoPass Photographer in Lake Buena Vista, FL

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BEst place on earth
    Making magic
    rewarding
    getting to see the 'backstage" workings of wdw
    bosses treat you amazing and listen
    10/10

    Cons

    hot days when you work outside!!!!
    have to get used to dealing with angry guests who dont speak your language
    guests dont always listen or use their brain
    but it is still all worth it!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best experiences I ever had the opportunity to do

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney College Program

    Pros

    When working there you get to meet so many people from all over the world and talk to guests excited to be in Disney World every day. I worked in Parade Audience Control so I got to watch the parades every day and I couldn't have asked for anything better.

    Cons

    Not having my car sucked because you have to rely on the buses system which is usually very lousy. I would definitely bring my car if I did it again. Also make sure you get good roommates because that could make or break your experience in some instances.

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