Tips for Staying Warm & Dry while Working at Disney World

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DTD Coordinator costume: white shirt, beige pants, belt, pin lanyard, name tag and radio.

Cast Members are allowed to have 5 complete costumes out at a time.
This does not include weather gear.

Although the rainy season is still a few months away, it rains every week in Orlando. Not the summer thunderstorm downpours with thunder and lightning where Disney World can see 4” – 5” of rain in a single afternoon, but more along the lines of 0.5” – 1” rain events. Certainly enough to get you wet while waiting for the bus or walking to your car!

Our friend, Meaghan, wearing her work rain jacket at Epcot.

Our friend, Meaghan, wearing her work rain jacket at Epcot.

You can ask at the costuming desk if there are any rain ponchos or rain gear outfits (pants and a jacket) in your size available. Having these pieces doesn’t count towards your 5 costume limit.

The weather in Florida in the winter is very variable. It can be warm and sunny during the day with temperatures in the mid-70s, then a cold front will come through and the lows at night can be in the low 40s/high 30s – very cold!

The damp cold in Florida feels much colder than similar temperatures up north!

The AK costume jacket.  Warm!

The DAK costume jacket. Warm!  (All they had left was XXXL on the day Caroline went to check it out.)

Many costumes have matching jackets available. Look at the end of your costume aisle. If you don’t see one for your costume, ask at the desk what is available for your work location.

My friend, Ting, her her DTD work jacket.

My friend, Ting, in her DTD work jacket.

Costuming also sometimes has black gloves and hats available seasonally.  These pieces can be worn with all costumes.

Black Disney work gloves for all costumes.  Don't lose these!  Costuming will charge you $10 if you don't turn them in!

Black Disney work gloves for all costumes. Don’t lose these! Costuming will charge you $10 if you don’t turn them back in!

More on Costuming:

https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/costume-fittings/

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney World in the Disney College Program: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale. It’s filled with advice about the DCP program and how to get the most out of your internship.
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and wrote about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We give advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship at Disney, 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.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess

Disney Bounding

Disney Bounding as Cinderella.

Disney Bounding: When Disney fans dress up as contemporary versions of their favorite characters and go to the theme parks.
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Disney Bounding is a way of dressing up as your favorite character using inspired color palettes, accessories, and clothing styles to look like the character, without actually being in a Disney costume. You simply use items from your own wardrobe to pull together a terrific look.

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Not sure what you’re going to wear to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party yet? If you don’t have the time or money for an all out Disney costume, what about Disney Bounding? (This goes for the guys too!)

We’re going Disney Bounding this year for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in November. Caroline has already put together a fabulous outfit from “Frozen”; she’s going as Princess Anna, of course! 🙂

Some Disney Bounding ideas (photos from the internet):

Cinderella at the Ball

Cinderella at the Ball

Cinderella in rags.

Cinderella in rags.

Evil stepsisters

Evil stepsisters

Toy Story

Toy Story

Hunchback

Hunchback

White Rabbit (yes that's NPH!)

White Rabbit (yes that’s NPH with his husband and twins!)

UP

UP characters

101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

Genie from Aladdin

Genie from Aladdin

Hippo from Fantasia

Hippo from Fantasia

Jane from Tarzan

Jane from Tarzan

Hercules

Hercules

Minnie Mouse.  (We've seen versions of this a lot!)

Minnie Mouse. (We’ve seen versions of this bounding a lot at the parks!)

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Snow White

Snow White

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Disney Bounding as Snow White is probably the most popular:

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red...

You just need a little yellow, royal blue & cherry red…

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So pretty!!

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Perfect!

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Still need more ideas? Check out Disney Bounding on tumblr: http://disneybound.tumblr.com/

Disney Bounding for all the Princesses

Disney Bounding for all the Princesses

Official Disney rules on wearing costumes at the theme parks: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/recommended-dress/

Disney Bounding as Princess Tiana:   https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/disney-bounding-as-princess-tiana/

Disney Bounding as “Frozen” characters: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/disney-bounding-3-frozen/

Disney Bounding as Dole Whip: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/disney-bounding-2/

Disney Bounding as a Disney Princess: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/disney-bounding/

Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at work.

Ariel (Disney Bounding at CU!)

Caroline ‘Disney Bounding’ as Princess Ariel at a CU-Boulder party!

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Disney Bounding as Rapunzel at MNSSHP party in October.

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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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Disney College Program Character Performer Auditions!

dreams (2)2014 Character Performer Auditions!

Does your heart beat for the stage?  Disney cast members have the opportunity to be on stage all the time, making dreams come true for the young and young-at-heart. Our talented Disney performers have unique roles that immerse guests into a land of make-believe come-to-life.

This March, we will be seeking Disney College Program cast members for Character Performer roles to make magic for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Performers of all levels – from those who have never danced to those who have strong performing experience – are welcome.

Auditions will take place in the following cities in October for the 2015 Spring and Spring  Advantage Programs:

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Louisville, KY
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York City, NY
  • Orlando, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Francisco, CA

For a complete listing of date, times and locations, as well as a set of detailed Frequently Asked Questions, please visitdisneyprogramsblog.com/entertainment-auditions/

All the character performers that we met loved their roles!

All the character performers that we met loved their roles!

MK Costuming:  Does the thought of dressing like Belle for work make your heart beat faster?

MK Costuming: Does the thought of dressing like Belle for work make your heart beat faster?  Maybe you should audition with Disney!  🙂

 

You can read about how our audition went here!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney, available now on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.  Published by Theme Park Press.

First Week of DCP Internship

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Welcome to Walt Disney World!

Monday, Day 1:  Check-in Day

Welcome!

You will receive your housing assignment and also set up payroll deduction for your weekly housing payments. You will also have your photo taken for your Housing Property ID.  Smile!

It is extremely important that you are within Disney Look Guidelines in regards to hair, makeup, jewelry, and body modifications when you arrive so that you are not delayed with taking your photo. Please also be sure you are not wearing a sleeveless shirt. Your photo will be taken for your ID, so your shoulders must be covered.

You will be scheduled for a Housing Welcome Session. This mandatory meeting will be scheduled when you receive your housing assignment will take place either in the late afternoon/early evening of your arrival day, or the following day in the morning or early afternoon.

Background Check

For the safety and security of all of our guests and cast members, all new cast members must undergo a criminal background check.

As part of the background-check process, it will be necessary for you to be fingerprinted. The fingerprints are then submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for further processing. On your application, you authorized this process and agreed to undergo a criminal background check prior to the start of your employment. This authorization also allows us to use this process to conduct a criminal background check on you at any time during your employment.

Drug Testing

To ensure a safe and healthy environment for our guests and cast, we are committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of the influences of drugs. For specific roles, an offer of employment is conditional based on a satisfactory result of a drug test result for illegal substances. The company also has a policy of drug and alcohol testing on a random basis or under other circumstances during the course of employment.

Employment Eligibility Verification

You will need to have your employment eligibility documents with you so that we can verify your I-9 Work Authorization Form. These must be the originals. Photocopies of these documents will not be accepted. If you do not have the proper employment eligibility documents with you, you will not be able to begin working.

Work Location

A representative from the work locations will give you information about your role and your training schedule.

Disney Traditions Schedule

You will receive the date and time of your Disney Traditions class. Disney Traditions is your company orientation class and your first day of work. It is a program that introduces each new generation of cast members to the culture and heritage of the world-famous Disney organization.

NOTE: If you do not have the proper employment eligibility documents with you, you will not be able to attend Disney Traditions or start your location training.

Lifeguard Swim Test

Lifeguards typically take their swim test the first day of check-in. Details will be distributed during the check-in process. During your swim test you will be tested on the following:

200-yard swim

2 minute tread without the use of hands

Retrieving a 10 lb brick from deep water using a feet-first surface dive

Vision test

Tuesday, Day 2:  Unpack and Get Settled into Your Apartment

Housing Welcome Session Meeting

Program participants who did not attend the Housing Welcome Session on check-in day will attend a session.

Other than the welcome session, this is typically a free day for participants – it allows you time to unpack, meet your roommates, and go shopping for groceries or other apartment essentials. During larger arrival periods, there is often a social activity in the evening.

Wednesday, Day 3 or Day 4:  Traditions Class

Attend Disney Traditions

Disney Traditions is the program that introduces each new generation of cast members to the culture and heritage of the world-famous Disney organization. With a focus on the past, present and future of Disney, Disney Traditions will help you recognize and appreciate the connections you have to the Disney story, the daily impact you can have on the quality of the Disney show and the role you can play in our company’s growth and success.

Professional attire will be required when you attend Disney Traditions class and Disney College Program Education courses.

Additional questions you may have regarding grooming guidelines are covered in the Disney Look section of this site. You will be required to meet these guidelines when you arrive, including the Disney Look guidelines for hairstyles.

Friday, Day 4, Day 5, & Day 6:  Costuming, Training, Use Your Cast Member Pass for First Time!

Work Location Training

After you have completed your Disney Traditions class, you will begin your work location training (typically a few days of job shadowing). Some may begin this training immediately after their Disney Traditions class. Others may have a day or two between Disney Traditions and when their location training starts.

Visit the Parks!  Parking and entrance is free for Cast Members!  🙂

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http://cp.disneycareers.com/en/onboarding/fl/pre-arrival-information/your-first-few-days/

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 Two Girls

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 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.

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

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Disney Work Costumes

Costume Fittings

One of the most exciting CP moments is going to Disney costuming for the first time and being fitted for your work costume. You’re allowed to check out up to five complete work costumes at a time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat, if your costume has one.

When your costume gets dirty or wrinkled, you can just trade it in for a clean one. Costumes can also be machine washed and, now that we have a washer/dryer unit in our apartment, we don’t go to costuming as often.

Each of the Parks has its own costuming warehouse, with the one for the Magic Kingdom being the largest.

On our way to Animal Kingdom costuming.

On our way to Animal Kingdom costuming.

Magic Kingdom costuming

Animal Kingdom costuming

Here are some of the various costumes that we’ve worn during our internship:

Animal Kingdom costumes:

Discovery Island Merchantile

Discovery Island Merchantile

It's a jungle out there...

It’s a jungle out there…

Caroline in her stocking

Caroline in her DAK stocking “mud” costume.

The AK costume jacket. Warm!

The AK costume jacket. Warm! Only size left XXXL

Beautiful!!

Beautiful!!

Downtown Disney costumes:

Pin Traders

Pin Traders at DTD

Days of Christmas

Days of Christmas

Tren-D

Tren-D

Team Mickey (now closed)

Team Mickey (now closed)

DTD Zone 1 Coordinator

DTD Zone 1 Coordinator

Magic Kingdom costume:

Agrabah Bazaar

Agrabah Bazaar

We LOVE having our washer/dryer in the apartment!!!

We LOVE having a washer/dryer in our apartment at The Commons!!!

costumes

Disney sizing chart follows European sizing, so if you are normally a size 14 womens, for Disney costumes, you’ll be a size 18 or 20!  😥

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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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