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Disney College Program Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • loved being able to get into the parks for free, and the merch discount was great too (in 26 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
  • Working long hours nights and holidays can be annoying at the time, but once you leave you end up missing it all (in 35 reviews)

  • long hours, low pay, sometimes difficult guest experiences, work holidays (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Opportunity for Students!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time

    Pros

    I participated in the college program at Disneyland. The housing community was wonderful and the program staff was overly helpful. As an employee of Disney you got to go into the parks for free and we even could go to the Walt Disney Studio. The classes were incredibly helpful and the MarketingU class really improve my resume. I have been offered numerous interviews for having Disney on my resume.

    Cons

    Long hours, especially during Holidays. DCP participants get priority over hours and some of the other park employees don't like that and tend to disregard you.


  2. "Interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Disney College Program full-time

    Pros

    Free Disney park access, chance to experience independence, great way to get an easier access into Disney career wise.

    Cons

    They put you on overtime every week for 6 months straight, but in a way that you don't get paid for overtime.

    Advice to Management

    I was in housekeeping, and the amount of physical labor required is ridiculous. You need to lower the amount of rooms housekeepers have to clean every day, and just hire more workers.

  3. "Awesome experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Disney College Program part-time

    Pros

    Fun, you got to be in the park everyday!

    Cons

    It could be challenging physically

    Advice to Management

    Provide some relaxing breaks


  4. "Attractions Host"

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

    I worked at Disney College Program (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Great work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low Pay.
    Strict rules, long hours.


  5. "Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Disney College Program part-time

    Pros

    Met people from all over the world, amazing network opportunity, looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Low pay, high hours. It's only worth it if you put in the effort.


  6. "There's a time and place for it..."

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    Former Employee - Custodial in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Custodial in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of cool Disney perks. Opportunities to meet people from across the globe. Decent housing.

    Buses go to other places other than Disney.

    Cons

    I got a weird vibe from management. if you're a grad student or been out of the college scene for a little while it can feel like a waste of time unless you're really into Disney.

    Schedule changed constantly and they changed the time-off policy for the worst.

    The bus situation can be annoying. Especially if you work at a far away resort. Bring your car.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much to say, they made expectations pretty clear.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Lake Buena Vista, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting into parks for free, meeting best friends of my life, getting to make tons of magic, meeting people from around the world, getting to experience all Disney World has to offer while making money and incredible memories.

    Cons

    Working long hours nights and holidays can be annoying at the time, but once you leave you end up missing it all.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I had a great experience with my role. The bus system can be iffy and the apartments can be expensive for what you get, but remember its temporary.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Merchandise"

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Cast Member in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Merchandise Cast Member in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get into the parks for free, meet people from all over the world, looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Rent is super expensive and they don't really do maintenance on the apartments, paid very little, transtar busses have almost killed several people and been in so many accidents on my program, they will try to term you for anything (one girl got termed for feeding a cat, another person got termed because her roommate didn't like her and told housing that she was depressed), If you bring something up to leadership or housing they will try to pressure you to self term if it's at their inconvenience

    Advice to Management

    Better recognition to cps, lower rent and dont make CP's pay for parking at their own complex, be more helpful during housing situations, be more understanding of college students and offer more support than negative responses to situations, also bring back the ability to giveaway shifts or at least bring it back to where you can giveaway a minimum amount of shifts away a week


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dinsey College Program"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Disney College Program full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to network in the company if you put in the time and effort.

    Cons

    Long work hours, and now that we are unable to give away shifts, it is very difficult to plan to do anything ahead of time.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Stalled my College Graduation, Wasn't Worth It"

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    Former Employee - College Program in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - College Program in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free admission to the parks and discounts on merchandise and hotels are nice. Certain employee benefits like Cast Connection for discounted merch.
    This program gives you valuable life experiences: I learned that I am worth much more than $7/hour, and I will always be striving to have a better career than a glorified indentured servant at a gigantic corporation.

    Cons

    I did this program with much higher expectations and wish I had seen more honest reviews before signing my time away, so I hope this helps at least one person before making their decision.
    The way this program is set up requires you to take a semester off college. They advertise it as a "college" experience and offer classes they claim can be used as university credits, even though this is false, as "Disney University" isn't a real school and therefore cannot award class credits. There is nothing college-related about the program, aside from being surrounded by fellow college-aged people from the US and abroad. You will work 40 hours a week or more, and get assigned the worst schedules because you are a cheap source of labor with no long-term benefits from the company.
    This program targets people who are caught up in the Disney brand and don't mind working and living in very sub-par conditions for the sake of being surrounded by nothing but the company's ecosystem.
    College students are paid less than regular full-time employees, and rent is taken directly from your paycheck. I made about $130/week working 40 hours or more each week. Housing is very low quality and if you do not have a car with you, do not expect to have any freedom in your free time at all. Each apartment complex is guarded 24/7 by an outsourced security company whose effectiveness and demeanor can only be compared to airport TSA. Apartment management does not care about you, and if you need something fixed don't expect it to be taken care of in a timely manner.
    When you are done with your program they try to convince you to continue working there as a seasonal employee. What Disney is trying to do is have a large pool of minimum-wage employees working the easy jobs without paying long-term benefits or livable wages.

    Advice to Management

    Management gives the college workers the least desirable schedules because those workers have the lowest wages and no say in anything. Management is very dismissive and disrespectful to CP employees for the sake of making themselves look like higher performers and pleasing their own managers. Sometimes they ask for "feedback" (as mandated by a higher-up I'm assuming) or interview CPs on what can be improved, but outside opinions are seldom considered.
    If the faked empathy the managers show towards park visitors could be given to CPs now and then, working there might have been less horrible.


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