Disneyland Summer 2015 Blackout Days

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Disneyland blackout dates: May – July 2015

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California Adventure blackout dates: May – July 2015

These were the blockout days during Summer 2015.  There weren’t that many, even with the 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration kicking off in May 2015.

They are similar from year to year.

You can check the current blockout days at: 2016 Blockout Days at Disneyland for CMs.

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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2016 Changes in Self Admission Passes

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This is the new Self Admission Pass for Disney Cast Members.  It replaces the Main Gate Entrance Pass below.

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The old Main Gate Entrance Pass.

Remember, CPs are blacked out on any self admission days:

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For example, CPs and their guests are blocked out Spring Break Week 2016.

STOP!  Read this new info on Block-outs for 2016!!

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So many different restrictions now, including the new ‘blocked only until 4pm’ restriction.

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NEW!!!  January 1, 2016:  There are 8 types of block-outs in effect now!!!

CPs can buy discounted park tickets at the Company D store to use on blacked out days.

Discounted (10% off) cast member ticket rates: Discounted tickets 

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If you lose your pass, it can be replaced!

New CPs can expect to get their first of three guest passes after completing 150 hours of work: How To Earn Guest Passes.

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NEW!!!  As of January 1, 2016, CPs can only get free admission at US-based Disney Theme Parks!  Florida-based CPs can still get into the water parks for free on non-blocked out days.

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Regular cast members can still use their company ID for free admission for them and their guests into any Disney theme park worldwide except Disneyland Tokyo.

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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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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The Lifeguarding Role at Disney World

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Disney always needs lifeguards!  It’s one of the hardest roles for them to fill!

You do not have to have any previous lifeguarding experience to be a lifeguard at Disney World, you just have to be able to swim!  Disney will provide the necessary training.  Lifeguarding is a ‘High Need’ role with a lot of openings!

All lifeguards must pass the basic swim test the first week at their program.  The swim tests are usually held at the pool over at Mickey’s Retreat.

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Lifeguarding is a Safety Critical Role, which means you’ll be both fingerprinted and have a drug test (urine sample) immediately after Traditions class.  You may also be drug tested at any time during your program.

Note:  Lifeguards can’t have any visible tattoos!  You must disclose where any tattoos you have are located and if they would be visible wearing a normal lifeguarding swimsuit, including any on your ankles or feet.

Lifeguards get three days of lifeguard training during their first week at DCP with the Lifeguard Skills Test given on the 3rd day.

All lifeguards must take CPR training and pass the test.

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The Basic Swim Test for resort lifeguards consists of:

  • Swimming 50 yards (2 laps), no time limit
  • Treading water for two minutes
  • Fetching a ten pound brick from five feet of water (shallow end of pool)

For Deep Water Lifeguards working at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon:

  • Swimming 200 yards (8 laps), no time limit
  • Treading water for two minutes without using hands
  • Fetching a ten pound brick from eight feet of water (deep end of pool), feet first leap into pool
  • Deep Water Lifeguards get a $1 extra per hour premium pay.  (Fall 2016 DCP Program notes: “A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $12.31 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform.”)
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Lifeguard Mickey

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Lifeguard Minnie’s costume

Other things to know about the Disney lifeguarding role:

All lifeguards work outside which means they must be able to tolerate the Florida sun and heat. (Generally, lifeguards get a lot of work hours, especially during peak holiday periods and during the summer months.)

At end-of-shift, all lifeguards help with general tidying up activities around the pool areas like picking up towels, simple pool cleaning, stacking chairs, etc.

There’s an in-service lifeguard training program: regular two hour training sessions are held before or after work to review CPR/Lifeguarding Skills (paid).

Lifeguards can’t wear a trading pin lanyard.

Wondering what kind of watch to buy?  Read this:  The Disney Look for Watches and FitBits.

Interested in the lifeguarding costume that’s provided?

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White polo shirt, red shorts, bathing suit underneath, ball cap*, sunglasses*, red whistle.

* Ball cap and sunglasses until dusk.

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White sneakers or Crocs, white socks.

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Winter outfit:  Red jacket over swimsuit, red track pants, red hat, white sneakers, white socks, sunglasses, red whistle.

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Lifeguard team at Typhoon Lagoon.

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Other roles to check out: Fun Roles for CPs.

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The Mickey Mouse lifeguarding pin.  So cute!

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Two Disney sisters.

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

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Mickey Mouse’s Great Costumes

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January 2016:  Mickey at the ball.

Our Disney Goal #8:  Taking photos with Mickey in as many costumes as possible.

Mickey Mouse has over 290 costumes suitable for pretty much any occasion or activity that you can think of.  (Minnie Mouse has only about 230 costumes!)

Here are a few of the costumes that we’ve seen him in, both at Disney World and Disneyland.

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Taking a selfie with Magician Mickey at DHS

CHristmas

Christmas Parade Mickey

Castle

Performing Mickey

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Festival of Fantasy Parade Mickey

September:  MK Mickey

Main Street Mickey at MK

Halloween Mickey

Halloween Mickey

November:  Magician Mickey at MK

Magician Mickey at MK

Meeting Mickey

Mickey talks to us for the first time!!!

December:  Christmas Mickey

Christmas Mickey

Star Wars Mickey

Star Wars Mickey

German Mickey

German Mickey

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Team Mickey!

Disney Dream:  Captain Mickey

Boarding the Disney Dream – Captain Mickey

February 2014:  Pirate Mickey

Pirate Mickey on the Disney Dream

Castaway Cay Mickey

Castaway Cay Mickey

MGM Mickey

MGM Mickey

Epcot Mickey

Epcot Mickey

DAK Mickey

DAK Mickey

Polynesian Mickey

Polynesian Mickey

Main Street Parade Mickey

Main Street Parade Mickey

Parade Mikcey

Parade Mickey playing the drums

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Mickey celebrating the 4th.

Graduation Mickey

DCP Graduation Mickey

And seeing Mickey at Disneyland:

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60th Diamond Anniversary Mickey at Disneyland

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1920s Mickey at California Adventure

Paint the Night Mickey

Paint the Night parade LED Mickey

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Frontierland Mickey

Hollywood Mickey

Newspaper Mickey

Skipping through the Park Mickey

Skipping through the park Mickey

Big hug Mickey

Big hug Mickey at California Adventure

June 2013:  Disneyland Mickey

Disneyland Mickey

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It all started with a mouse….

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1996:  First Visit with Mickey!

Throwback Thursday, 1996: Our First Visit with Mickey!  Who knew that one day he would be our boss???

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Two Disney sisters.

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

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Disney College Program Interview Process: The Phone Interview

Welcome to Disneyland!

Welcome to Disneyland!

                                                      – OR –

Welcome to Disney World!

Welcome to Disney World!

Which will it be…Disneyland or Walt Disney World????

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The application link for the Fall/Fall Advantage 2017 DCP Program at both Disney World and Disneyland is open!

Apply here:    Apply to the DCP now  

A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $10.00 – $12.31 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform.

Congratulations!  You’ve applied to the DCP and you’ve passed the first step Web Based Interview (WBI)!

Next, for the second step, you’ve gotten an invitation to set up a phone interview and you’re very nervous about it.  You’re wondering what to expect, maybe you’ve never even had a phone interview before.

Interview to my PI (phone interview).

Invitation for my PI (phone interview).

Here’s some tips on helping you pass the PI:

Our #1 Rule is Preparation!

We’ve put together a list of DCP phone interview questions below.  You will not be asked all of these questions – the interview will only last 20 minutes or so – and you might not be asked the exact question.  But, after reading the questions below, you’ll have a good feel for the kinds of question you’ll be asked.  Think about your answers, WRITE THEM DOWN, and practice them in front of a mirror until you are comfortable with your answer.

Our #2 Rule is SMILE!

Yes, even though you are interviewing over the phone and the recruiter can’t see you, they can tell when someone is happy and confident by the tone of their voice.  So, smile when you are being asked a question and when answering.  This isn’t a police interrogation!

So, get out your pencil and write down your answers:

#1:  Why are you interested in working for Disney and what interests you about the Disney College Program Internship?

Why do you want to do the Disney College Program?

How does working at Disney affect your future goals?

Are you working now?  Tell me about your current/last job.

What did you like/dislike about your current/last job?

Tell us about overcoming difficulties at your last job or at school.

Tell me about a time where you had an unhappy customer and how did you handle the situation?

What kind of work/role at Disney are you interested in?

What about the DCP Roles seems interesting or attractive to you?

Conflict resolution questions – how do you handle problems at work or school?

Have you ever lived with a lot of people?  Have you ever had to deal with roommate issues?  How did you resolve them?

How did you get along with your last boss?  Have you ever dealt with difficult customers or guests?

Do you have good people skills?

Tell me what your top roles are?

As a park greeter, you are the 1st person guests will see. How do you make sure to start their day off right?

What would you do in an emergency situation dealing with large crowds?

Are you comfortable working in different temperatures?  Heat, cold, rain, working outside, etc.

How would keep yourself motivated when you are going to be repeating the same speech over and over all day (safety speech, attractions loading speech, etc.)

What do you think Great Guest Service means?  Can you give an example from your job?

Will you have a car at the program?

Are you more interested in Walt Disney World or Disneyland?

Disney Look questions:  Do you have tattoos or piercings in visible locations like on your face or hands?

How would you handle a natural disaster (i.e., hurricane in FL, earthquake in CA)?

Do you have any questions for me?

More PI interview questions, specific to desired roles: DCP PI Questions

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Be ready!  No distractions, no outside noise, set aside at least 1/2 hour of uninterrupted time, have some paper and a pen nearby to write down comments and questions!

The  PI Interview Mistakes to Avoid:

Asking what Disney does – Study up on the Disney Parks and what roles are available for DCP interns.

Bad-mouthing anyone or being negative – Even if you have, or had, a terrible boss who is an idiot, do NOT speak negatively about them during the interview. If you work in a customer service job already, i.e., at McDonalds, do NOT speak negatively about paying customers!  Your DCP Recruiter doesn’t want to hire someone who comes off as a complainer.  These are the people most likely to talk bad about the DCP program after they start working at Disney.

Lying – Never lie in an interview about your past work experience or qualifications.

Not asking questions – An interview is a two-way street; you are interviewing about the DCP program as much as they are interviewing you. Ask good questions to determine whether this internship is a good fit for you.

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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 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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Floral Role for CPs

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Cinderella’s Enchanted Rose Bouquet

Floral Role (new role in 2015)

Want to be a Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Maker?

Floral cast members – only about 10 openings per semester – are responsible for arranging flower baskets, balloon bouquets, and other gift basket productions; also creating bouquets and arrangements and other beautiful floral items for engagements, weddings, anniversaries and other celebration events.

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During the holidays, guests can have Christmas stockings delivered to their resort room!

Guests staying onsite can have floral arrangements and gift baskets sent to their room at: Disney Floral and Gifts.  Guests can also request special holiday and party decorations, including a birthday cake!, be delivered and set up in their room. Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Makers make it happen!

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Guests can get their name embroidered onto lots and lots of merchandise.

Also, you will learn how to use the embroidery machine to stitch names and celebration dates onto mickey ears and other guest items.

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Into making floral arrangements???  Lots of options!

If you have a high interest in the Floral role, you should definitely let your recruiter know during the phone interview! This is one of the hardest roles for a CP to land with only about 10 openings per semester. (We’ve heard very good feedback from CPs who have actually done the role.)

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Disney Floral & Gifts is the official florist of the Walt Disney World Resort. We have been creating magical memories with our story based gifts and enchanting floral creations since 1971. Add even more magic to a Walt Disney World vacation with a little help from our Disney Floral & Gifts Dream Makers.

We combine the magic of Disney and the art of storytelling to create memorable gifts, enchanting floral creations and exclusive In-Room Celebrations. Disney Floral & Gifts offers hundreds of gifts and experiences to help celebrate special occasions. Pixie dusted roses, princess proclamations or a pirate adventure, the choice is yours!

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You’ll get to set up in-room celebrations!

Magical Resort Room Celebrations

Our In Room Celebrations include gifts and décor to create an experience that is uniquely Disney. These personalized celebrations are set up in your Disney Resort hotel room for birthdays, anniversaries, or just to say “Welcome!” Imagine your loved one’s delight at the surprise of an exclusive celebration prepared by Mickey and the Gang, the Fairy Godmother, or even, Captain Jack Sparrow!

Interested in the Disney College Program?  Check out some other fun roles for CPs:

Fun Jobs for CPs

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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 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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2016 DCP Alumni Event Happenings


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Greetings #CPAlumni!

Here’s all the Alumni Events scheduled for this coming weekend:

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Friday, January 15, 2016: Dessert and Wishes event at the Contemporary Resort.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016: The Hollywood Studios gathering has been moved to Animal Kingdom  (3pm – 9pm)

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Reunion activities now at DAK (meeting at Festival of the Lion King)

The next part really threw people off…extra add-ons, but for an added fee!

The additional offerings are: Bowling at Splitsville, a special character meet and greet at Epcot, and a family day at Mickey’s Retreat.

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Alumni fun…for an additional fee!

Elly and I are really looking forward to the special character meet and greet at Epcot!

We can’t wait to find out who will be there!!!  (Last year, it was Mickey and Minnie in fancy costumes!)
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Elly and I chose the Friday at 5pm timeslot to pick up our DCP Alumni Packet.

It’s close to the first event – the party at the Contemporary is starting at 6pm and we can go straight there.

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If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!  DCP Alumni Homecoming FAQs

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This weekend!

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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:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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