It can be tough waiting for your DCP arrival date.
For many applicants, the wait time from the day you first apply online to your arrival date at the program will be 5-6 MONTHS!
The thrill of passing the online web-based interview (WBI), followed by the knowledge of nailing the phone interview (PI) fades as you impatiently wait for your arrival date to come!
After accepting your internship, you still will have almost 4 months before arrival day!
Here are some ideas to pass the time:
1. Make a Disney Bucket List
We kept a list with 50 tasks, but some CPs go all out and have lists of over 100 things they want to do while they are living in Orlando.
2. Think About How You’ll Get to Disney
Will you be flying there or driving your car? (If you can bring your car, DO IT!) Can any family members come with you and help get you get settled into your new apartment?
3. Disney University Classes
Look over all the classes offered at Disney University during your internship and decide if any of them interest you. Select a couple of choices as the most popular ones fill up fast and you might get wait listed. (The options for this changed in July 2015.)
4. Contact Your University
Once you’ve accepted your DCP offer, let your academic advisor know that you’ll be taking a semester off, especially if you’re close to graduating. If you’ve decided to take a class at Disney University, see if your college will give you credit for it. Typically, colleges will give 3 credits for a Disney University class (but you must pass the class!). If you’re a hospitality major, etc., some colleges may also give you 3-5 credits for the DCP internship experience.
5. Wear a Disney Shirt
It’s never too early to get in the Disney frame of mind and start your Disney clothes collection. You’ll need at least a few Disney t-shirts to wear at the theme parks. And, if you plan on Disney Bounding, it takes a while to get those outfits together!
6. Use Your Disney Mug Every Morning
Make Mondays “Mugshot Mondays” and take a photo of your favorite drink in a Disney mug – the one you’ll be bringing with you to the program!
7. Listen to Disney Music
We recently bought the NOW Disney Princess soundtrack and we love it! We also have all the songs from other Disney movies on our iPad and listen to them while chillin’. You might as well learn the words to all the Disney songs while you’re waiting for arrival day! (♪♫♪ Under the sea…♫♪♫)
8. Have a Disney Movie Night
Who doesn’t own at least 10 Disney movies? OK, maybe some of them are on VHS and maybe this is a good time to think about asking for some newly-released straight from the Disney Vaults DVDs or Blu-ray Disney movies or, even better, the multi-feature set with a digital copy!
Watch at least one Disney movie every week, especially any that you haven’t seen in years. The Disney Channel runs movie marathons on the weekends all the time.
9. Buy Some Trader Pins
Even if you don’t think that you’ll be collecting any Disney pins, everybody does! How can you pass up pins of your location (i.e., Animal Kingdom) or attraction (i.e., Haunted Mansion), especially the limited edition holiday-themed ones??!! We know we couldn’t!
10. Buy a New Camera
Buy a new camera – or upgrade your smartphone – and learn how to take great photos and share them. Your family and friends will want to see what you’re up to at Disney.
11. Start a Blog
Start blogging – written or video – about the DCP months before you get there. It’s a great way to connect with other CPs who will be in your program, and to stay connected with family and friends while you’re living in Florida. You might find someone who you want to be roommates with!
12. Join a DCP Facebook Group
There’s the official DCP Facebook page, of course, but the fun pages to follow are the unofficial DCP groups. Find one linked to your program or arrival date and make some new friends!
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