To all the new CPs – WELCOME to Disney World!! You are in for a life changing experience! 🙂
Termed: To be terminated or fired from the Disney College Program before your scheduled leave date.
Disney can – and does! – term DCP interns for just about anything. You must always remember that you are a temporary employee. Disney has no investment in you beyond a 5-7 month internship. Never forget that!
Here’s a brief, not all-inclusive, list of ways to get easily termed from the DCP program. Remember, if you’re termed, you must turn in your costume, apartment keys, and Housing ID by 10am the very next day and leave!
1. Drinking under the age of 21. Make a pledge that alcohol will never touch your lips while at Disney. Not in your apartment, not at the parks, not at Disney Springs, not anywhere in Orlando!
If your underage roommates have alcohol in the apartment you will ALL be termed because they cannot prove who drank/owned it and who didn’t. Report any alcohol in a Wellness (under 21) apartment to Housing security immediately.
2. Having your Disney blue ID out while playing at the parks. Nope.
3. Harassing or photographing celebrities you might see while you’re working. Always be polite, especially if they are accompanied by an escort, as they are people too and are just there for vacation like any other family. You must treat them like any other guest
You are not allowed to shake their hands, photograph them, point out who they are to fellow CPs, or call them by their name.
4. Calling out from work or arriving late. You get a 1/2 point for being late (even 1 minute!) and a full point on your record for calling out. If you start accumulating points every week, those add up to reprimands, and in just three reprimands you will be termed.
Read more here: Disney Attendance Policy.
5. Don’t call out sick or personal, and then go to the Parks on the same day. Deployment sends a note to your manager when you call out, so it is easily tracked if you use your Main Gate pass to get into the Parks. You can be termed the next day for doing that.
6. Not acting “professional”. This is a broad category! We know CPs who cursed at a (late) bus driver and were termed the next morning. We know a 20-year-old CP who had a sip of her mom’s wine at a resort restaurant and was termed before they made it back to their hotel room for the night! We know CPs who were caught drinking at work (!) and were termed on the spot. We know a CP that was termed over having a nerf gun in his closet. We know CPs who were termed because of their roommates behavior that they weren’t even aware of! We know a CP who was termed for eating a cookie off a guest’s meal while bussing their table (considered theft by Disney, even though it was going straight into the trash). We know a CP who was termed for “harassing” another CP on facebook. The list is endless!
7. Money handling issues. If your role includes money handling, like merchandise, be very, very careful and always carefully count out change, etc. There are security cameras on the cash tills at all times. Once we asked for some quarters for a dollar bill at Epcot France for the penny press machine and they were like “No way. If we open the cash drawer without a sale and give you change, we’ll be termed.”
8. Social Media Postings. Disney reserves the right to monitor any and all social media postings by CPs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for postings that reflect poorly on the company or its values. Every week, CPs are termed for things they have posted on their personal Facebook account. Every week!!! Don’t be that person!
Read more blogs on the Disney rules:
The Do’s and Don’ts for ON-DUTY cast members: Do’s and Don’ts for On-Duty Cast Members
The Do’s and Don’ts for OFF-DUTY cast members: Do’s and Don’ts for Off-Duty Cast Members
If you are already a CP and need to know the steps on how to self term from the program and leave, we’ve written a blog just for you! How To Self Term From the DCP Program
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
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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