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Disney College Program Reviews

Updated March 17, 2019
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Pros
  • "As an employee of Disney you got to go into the parks for free and we even could go to the Walt Disney Studio" (in 32 reviews)

  • "I had the best time meeting people from around the world and of all ages at my work location and in Disney Housing" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "min wage for working long hours" (in 39 reviews)

  • "long hours, low pay, sometimes difficult guest experiences, work holidays" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Server Epcot"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time

    Pros

    Housing facilities, cast member discount, free entrance to the parks,free guest passes (9x)

    Cons

    Sharing your bedroom with weird people


  2. "Costuming Operations"

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    Current Employee - Costuming Operations in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Costuming Operations in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Disney College Program full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Never boring, always something new to keep it exciting

    Cons

    Never being apart of the magic in a direct way, such as seeing the guests

  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time

    Pros

    Fun job making magic and memories

    Cons

    You usually work long hours


  4. "Disney College Program - Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The DCP is what you make of it - if you're a go-getter and clearly understand what the DCP program is, the opportunities are endless.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the work environment is out of your hands - you don't get to choose where you get placed.


  5. "I loved it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time

    Pros

    -so many perks such as free entrance to parks and discounts
    -work environment was great and everyone working there were awesome

    Cons

    -hours can be as long as 11 hours a day and on the flip side, some of my friends barely had 30 hrs per week and struggled because they were not earning enough


  6. "Main Street Merchandise CP"

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Cast Member in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Merchandise Cast Member in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can get into the parks for free

    Cons

    You can work 45+ hour weeks, working in Magic Kingdom means you won't get out of work until 2:30 am in the summer, too many locations within Main Street means having to learn so many niche things, the pay is awful especially with the high rent


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Disney College Intern"

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    Current Employee - Outdoor Foods in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Outdoor Foods in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney College Program full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Park Entrance
    Meeting international interns

    Cons

    Long hours, exhausting, 60 hour work week, never off before 2:30 AM, no respect given to interns, very low pay, expensive housing, disorganized management, poor leadership, unreliable bus services, barely any days off & NO vacation time, hard to request, no relevance to my degree, I don’t even know how this could be classified as an intershipz

    Advice to Management

    You should be ashamed to represent the Disney company, I’m horrified and my dreams of working a corporate job are crushed.

  8. "May Open Doors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The ultimate crash course in customer service

    Cons

    You will not make money

    Advice to Management

    Pick out the gems quicker


  9. "College Program Custodail"

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    Former Employee - Custodial in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Custodial in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great experience working for a huge company like Disney. They provide you with a lot of knowledge and special backstage magic that you cannot get anywhere else. My management was always friendly and helpful. The perks are pretty good too!

    Cons

    Sometimes you are overworked when they are waiting for a new shipment of College Program kids to come in.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "There are better ways to work for Disney."

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    Former Employee - Retail Merchandiser in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Merchandiser in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Getting into the park free
    Fun co-workers (sometimes)
    Discounts
    Magical Moments & Guest Interaction

    Cons

    Management is a MESS. They are control freaks, god-complex ridden jerks. After leaving Disney I got a new job IN MY FIELD that pays way more. Don't be fooled by the "magic". Disney College Program is a way for them to get cheap labor and young intelligent minds to waste their time being yelled at for not smiling. Working here is HARD, LONG, AND DRAINING. You WILL be tired. Even the biggest Disney fans know its BS. Do the program if you want - but please be weary. You will be working with thousands of people who all think they are better than you.

    Advice to Management

    Ya'll are insanely embarrassing.
    Merchandise Disneyland Parks Management are bad.