Disney leaves out a few things about the DCP program when you get accepted:
They forget to inform you about the long hours, the crappy pay, and the obnoxious guests
They fail to mention your costume won’t breathe and you’ll always be uncomfortable because your pants never fit
They don’t tell you missing celebrating holidays at home with family kills you inside
They don’t tell you that strollers are your worst enemy
They don’t tell you that your twin bed probably isn’t long enough for you
They don’t tell you not take the bus, not if you can help it
And, they also forget to tell you…
They don’t tell you that you will have the absolute best time you could ever imagine!
They don’t tell you that the MOMENT you leave, all you’ll want to do is go back!
And that you book your next Disney trip almost immediately!
They don’t tell you the horrible depression you will endure when you can’t go to Magic Kingdom whenever you want!
They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not riding your favorite ride One Last Time!
They don’t tell you you’ll start to tear up whenever you see a Disney commercial/poster/friend’s vacation, without fail, every time!
They don’t tell you everyone from home starts to get sick of how much you will talk about Disney and how many useless (but true!) facts you now share everyday with everyone!
They don’t tell you that you meet the most spectacular people!
They don’t tell you that people you got the courage to talk to that first week never leave your side, in the absolute best way possible!
They don’t tell you your best friends/soul mates were waiting for you at Disney all along!
They don’t tell you when you first get back your answer to, “What’s the best part?!” will be, “Getting in for free!” and then you will start to realize the best part was the relationships and friendships you built!
They don’t tell you how many times you’ll Facebook or the amount of texts you will send, just so your friends won’t forget you exist!
They don’t tell you that you will find people who could potentially be at or in your (hopefully Disney!) wedding!
They don’t tell you that you’ll miss these people with all your heart and would give the world just to hug them again!
They don’t tell you you’ll find any and every possible way to talk/see/keep in contact with these people!
They don’t tell you that you become a creepy stalker of your friends still working at Disney!
They don’t tell you that you will want to know Every. Single. Detail. about their new roommates, Traditions, work place, coworkers, time off, ride experiences, hidden Mickey findings, character interactions, Dole Whip eating, parade watching, firework shows…!
They don’t tell you that you’ll regret not staying on and going seasonal!
They don’t tell you how you’ll miss the little things about where you worked, even if you despised parts (or managers) of it!
They don’t tell you CMs can be good crazy or legit crazy, but you’ll love working with them anyway!
They don’t tell you your fellow cast members can help you through any situation and for that you are thankful!
They don’t tell you that you’d give ANYTHING to go back for one day, even if it’s a 12 hour day that includes a Code V!
They don’t tell you even though you’re supposed to be removed from your FB Shift Exchange group, you’re still going to be in it because it feels like you’re still there!
They don’t tell you that valuable life lessons will be learned, which would not have been as meaningful had they happened anywhere else!
They don’t tell you months after you worked there, you will always feel like you left just last week!
They don’t tell you that you’re always going to be attached to WDW! It’s “home” to you now!
They don’t tell you you’d give anything to go back to those perfect 4-5 months!
And, finally, they don’t tell you that Disney changes your life! 🙂
** We’ve put together a list of 50 experiences that all CPs have, let us know if we’ve missed any! Enjoy the feels!
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