As part of the Disney College Program, you can sign up for free classes at Disney University. New in 2015, at Disney World your school has to offer credit for the Disney class or you can’t enroll (Disney budget cutting at work!). This is the opposite of Disneyland where everyone gets enrolled in at least 1 Disney class.
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.
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.
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!
To celebrate, our group went out to the T-Rex Restaurant in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs).
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.
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 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