The Daily Struggle of Being in the DCP Program

We love Walmart and their 18 cent noodle packages!

We love Walmart and their 18 cent Ramen noodle packages!

Struggle 1. Having no money:   Working part-time for slightly more than Florida minimum wage ($9.50/hr.), ugh! Having no money left after weekly rent is deducted from paycheck. Looks like ramon noodles again tonight! 😦

9am:  Already 82 degrees, and it feels like 100!

9am: Already 82 degrees and it feels like 100!

Struggle 2. Weather woes: Its hot outside, like really “Holy Sugar!” hot. How did people live in Florida before air conditioning???
Feb 2014 Inspection
Struggle 3. Apartment inspections: Because that free bag of cookies for passing inspection is so important, must remember to take out recycling, no trash allowed in the trashcans!!

So small, so hard, so squeaky!!!

DCP apartment beds:  So small, so hard, so squeaky!!!

Struggle 4. The beds in Disney Housing: Do you mean the too short (twin, not even XL twin!) blocks of concrete?  Ahh, my aching back! Nothing worse after a 12 hour shift spent standing on pavement. (I have a double foam pad on my bed!)

We lived for our ERs!

We lived for our ERs!

Struggle 5. Working long shifts: Then getting extended at the end of your shift: “But I wanted an ER!!!”

Struggle 6. Waiting for the bus: Then, your bus finally arrives (late!) and it’s full, standing room only. [Especially during holiday weeks!]

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Hmm….how many of these shifts can I trade away and still make rent this week???

Struggle 7.  Schedule problems: Not getting your requested days off when family or friends are coming for a visit.  😦

Having fun with friends at the Park.

Finally, a day off together:  Having fun with friends at the Park. 🙂

Struggle 8. Your CP friends having different days off than you; having no one to hang with on your first day off in a week.

10,000 costumes and none of them in my size!

10,000 costumes and none of them in my size!

Struggle 9. Costuming #1: They never have the costume size that you need! But, need an XXS or XXXXXL, help yourself!

Struggle 10.  Costuming #2: Polyester costumes + 90 degrees + 90% humidity = Misery!

3rd name tag in 3 months!!!

My 3rd name tag in 3 months!!!

Struggle 11.  Losing or forgetting to remove your name tag from your costume before turning it in: We’ve all been Alice or Chris from Orlando, Florida until the new one comes in.

A few of the Disney pins we bought or traded for...

Just a few of the Disney pins we bought or traded for…

Struggle 12.  Budgeting: Spending your paycheck $$ on Disney merchandise. (Cast Connection, here we come!)

Struggle 13.  Strollers: They are everywhere and guests will use them to make way in crowds, especially when exiting the Magic Kingdom late at night.  Not good.

Struggle 14.  Rude guests, dragging around their screaming, overtired, over-stimulated kids around the park late at night.

Struggle 15.  Brazilian tour groups: Have they never heard of using an “inside” voice? And no, you may not cut lines or save places in line for your 20 friends.  No chanting is allowed anymore!
CP Moment Two Fingers
Struggle 16.  Only doing the two finger point.  And, don’t you forget it. 🙂

Ah, Florida humidity!

Ah, dealing with Florida humidity!

Struggle 17.  Melting make-up: Having your makeup literally melt off your face in the heat and humidity!  And, don’t get us started about our curly hair issues.

Struggle 18.  The endless worrying: About getting termed (daily worry!), about self-terming, being late to work, roommate problems, money problems, school problems, boyfriend problems….and yet…

Struggle #100:  When your DCP program ends, you can’t believe that you wasted even one second worrying about all the things that never happened during your program…

You actually had the best time of your life working at Disney!  You want to go back and do it all over again 🙂

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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 in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.


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