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Disney College Program Reviews

Updated October 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Getting into the parks for free and employee discounts" (in 30 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
  • "Long hours, especially during Holidays" (in 37 reviews)

  • "long hours, low pay, sometimes difficult guest experiences, work holidays" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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