Taking Disney Classes in the Parks

Taking Disney Classes in the Parks

CP Moment:  Taking classes during your program.

As part of the Disney College Program, you can sign up for free classes at Disney University.

Disney University in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Welcome to Disney University in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

At the Florida DCP program, taking a Learning Class is optional, while at the California DCP program, taking a class during your program is  mandatory.

Depending on your major, some colleges will give you credit for both taking a class during your program (3 credits) and for the DCP internship itself (3-5 credits). You must ask your academic adviser about this option!  As we weren’t hospitality or business majors, our college, the University of Colorado-Boulder, wouldn’t give us any credit for doing the program.

The learning classes at Disney University are different than the Disney Training Classes online that all cast members must complete during their program.

Attending Disney Traditions classes with Caroline.

Attending my Experiential Learning class with Caroline.

Caroline is ready for class.

Disney Program Field Trips

We had several of our Disney learning classes held at the Parks. The first one was during Traditions when we toured MK in a large group. Touring MK as a Cast Member.

A few months later, one of our Experiential Learning classes was held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Field Trip to Hollywood Studios.

They were a lot of fun and we learned a lot of backstage Disney trivia.

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Our learning class required a group project.

We had group presentations on our last day of class. Only one guy in our group was taking it for university credit; we other three were just auditing the class. But, we would have gotten an “A” in the class! Probably the best part of taking the class was that Caroline and I always had Thursdays off together!

T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney.  First time eating there.

T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney. First time eating there.

To celebrate, our group went out to the T-Rex Restaurant in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs).

Our group.

Our group for Experiential Learning class.

Caroline’s Cotton-tini drink being made (vodka and cotton candy)!

Caroline’s Cotton-tini drink being made (vodka and cotton candy)!

We’ll be going to the service celebration where the DCP students officially graduate from the program. Mickey, in cap and gown, will be there to give us a diploma and our graduation Mickey Cap! Can’t wait!!

To read more about the class we took, click here: Disney Experiential Learning Class.

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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