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disneymegs
04-07-2011, 08:38 AM
Hi everyone! I first came onto the Disboards when I applied for the WDW CP last spring. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Hostess was my first choice, and luckily I got it! I did the CP at Downtown Disney's BBB in Fall '10 and finished this last January. Luckily for me, they kept me in the BBB after my CP and I still work there in between classes! I've worked in the Magic Kingdom location several times as well. I had so many questions when I was accepted that I wanted to open up this thread for anyone to ask me questions about the BBB. It's so hard to wait around for the arrival date and not ask a million questions! I've seen a lot of questions already posted in other threads, and I try to answer all of them, but it would be easier if we designated one to the BBB questions! Post away! princess:

kirasaurus
04-07-2011, 10:12 AM
What kinds of qualities are expected for a BBB hostess? How difficult is it to get into the MK BBB?

As a more general CP question, what's the timeline for acceptance? I'm looking to apply for the fall 2012 semester.

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 11:42 AM
What kinds of qualities are expected for a BBB hostess? How difficult is it to get into the MK BBB?

As a more general CP question, what's the timeline for acceptance? I'm looking to apply for the fall 2012 semester.

The biggest thing for BBB is experience with children. Previous hair training helps as well, but it's not required. There are only 3 hairstyles to learn and it's nothing that can't be fixed if you mess up a little. The experience you give the little girl is the most important thing. The best advice I can give you is to write a cheat sheet for your interview. I did this and it was so helpful and made me feel really relaxed and comfortable. Write down the following information: personal info. (sounds stupid but you never know when nerves could make you draw a blank), past work experience and responsibilties, school info., etc. Also write answers to possible questions about the roles you want. They will ask you about any hair or children experience. They will ask why you want it, and why you think you're perfect for it. They will also ask you why you want to be in the program in general. Show how much you love Disney and smile while you talk, but don't geek out! Haha. As far as getting into MK, it's random where they place you. You'll find out which BBB you are at when you check in. You can work at both though, you just have to pick up a shift on a day off or switch with someone. You may also be deployed for a week. Acceptance wise, I was accepted in 7 days. They tell you it could be weeks or months, but it doesn't seem to take that long unless you're pended first. Hope this helps! Sorry it's long winded. :)

beautybutafunnygirl
04-07-2011, 12:49 PM
All over this thread as promised :)

How long was your commute to work?
How was your relationship with the full and part timers?
What was the hardest part about training?
About how much on average do you take home each week in tips? (If you don't mind saying of course)

Thanks again for doing this disneymegs!

kirasaurus
04-07-2011, 02:21 PM
The biggest thing for BBB is experience with children. Previous hair training helps as well, but it's not required. There are only 3 hairstyles to learn and it's nothing that can't be fixed if you mess up a little. The experience you give the little girl is the most important thing. The best advice I can give you is to write a cheat sheet for your interview. I did this and it was so helpful and made me feel really relaxed and comfortable. Write down the following information: personal info. (sounds stupid but you never know when nerves could make you draw a blank), past work experience and responsibilties, school info., etc. Also write answers to possible questions about the roles you want. They will ask you about any hair or children experience. They will ask why you want it, and why you think you're perfect for it. They will also ask you why you want to be in the program in general. Show how much you love Disney and smile while you talk, but don't geek out! Haha. As far as getting into MK, it's random where they place you. You'll find out which BBB you are at when you check in. You can work at both though, you just have to pick up a shift on a day off or switch with someone. You may also be deployed for a week. Acceptance wise, I was accepted in 7 days. They tell you it could be weeks or months, but it doesn't seem to take that long unless you're pended first. Hope this helps! Sorry it's long winded. :)
No, that's perfect. How does school performance affect acceptance? I have a pretty solid GPA, if i do say so myself.. :rolleyes1 :upsidedow

ladypage
04-07-2011, 02:56 PM
I bi k I can answer two questions, I hope don't mind me butting in!

I'm pretty certain CP's don't get tips at all, at leat that's what it says in the description.

And I know GPA doesn't really matter. I've heard of people barely skating by with a 2.0 get attractions, while a 3.9 person gets qsfb. I don't actually ever remember getting asked anything about my GPA, so I don't think it matters at all, except to your school.

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 03:18 PM
All over this thread as promised :)

How long was your commute to work?
How was your relationship with the full and part timers?
What was the hardest part about training?
About how much on average do you take home each week in tips? (If you don't mind saying of course)

Thanks again for doing this disneymegs!

I personally didn't live in the provided housing. I lived about 15 minutes from Downtown Disney and about 5 minutes from the Magic Kingdom cast lot. The CP housing is very close to Downtown Disney. Nothing is really that far away in Disney :)

Most full and part timers love the CP's, or so it seemed to me. Most are very welcoming and will help you if you need it.

The hairstyles are definitely tricky to learn. You learn and practice them on a mannequin head for a few days before you do any real princesses. Your trainer helps you once you're on the floor, but it's hard to learn what do with your hands at first, especially with that fairytale bun! Now it's like second nature to me, so you just have to realize it takes everyone time to get it down, unless they're hair experts. Don't worry if you drop a few combs or feel flustered at first!

The most tips I took home was $105 I think. That was around the holidays when it was very busy. Usually I could expect at least $30-40 though. The CP's get a LOT of hours, so that means good tips :)

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 03:19 PM
No, that's perfect. How does school performance affect acceptance? I have a pretty solid GPA, if i do say so myself.. :rolleyes1 :upsidedow

People with 2.0s get in, so if you have better I'm sure it will help. Just mention that you're very hard working at school and they'll see that with your GPA. :)

kirasaurus
04-07-2011, 03:34 PM
okay, thanks! Keep posting answers! I'll be reading popcorn::

beckysmith
04-07-2011, 03:44 PM
I have a question, but I guess this could go for any role that gets tips.
I heard if you do get tips they take more out of your paycheck- Is that true or not?

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 04:04 PM
I have a question, but I guess this could go for any role that gets tips.
I heard if you do get tips they take more out of your paycheck- Is that true or not?

I never had anything taken out of my paycheck. The tips are cash so they don't even go on there. I'm sure it's different in food and beverage though.

themermaidgirl
04-07-2011, 04:12 PM
What was your favourite thing working at BBB? Any memories that really stick out in your mind?

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 05:14 PM
What was your favourite thing working at BBB? Any memories that really stick out in your mind?

I have quite a few princesses that I remember really well. One in particular that came back to visit me at the end of her two week vacation, and another who went and bought an autograph book after I finished her and then sat and waited for probably 15-20 minutes for me to finish another princess so she could have my autograph. I got permission from some parents to have Photopass put pictures on my card, but I don't think I should post them for the world to see. Magical moments are really fun too. One time at MK, another FGiT and I walked around outside the castle with a "glass slipper" to give a little girl. It was tiny and we told her the Fairy Godmother shrunk it when she found it and wanted her to keep it from Cinderella to teach her not to lose her slipper again. Oh and one time Lily from Hannah Montana was in the MK BBB but I was so into my princess I didn't notice :rotfl:

beautybutafunnygirl
04-07-2011, 05:18 PM
What were your typical shifts during the CP? Were they pretty regular or did they change a lot from week to week? Did you have the same days off or did that change a lot too?

Thanks for all your answers so far! :)

Berlioz70
04-07-2011, 06:15 PM
I have a question, but I guess this could go for any role that gets tips.
I heard if you do get tips they take more out of your paycheck- Is that true or not?

Wanted to chime in on tips -

Technically, CPs cannot accept tips when working in a tipped role (the only one I can think of, that CPs are eligible for, is Bell Services).

HOWEVER, BBB and TPL are considered specialized roles, not tipped roles. The Cast Members who work at these locations work in a different union than the other traditional tipped roles. They have worked out an agreement with Disney, that CMs in these two roles may accept tips. But, tips must be shared equally with everyone who worked that day. This way, if you are stationed at the check-in counter, you are still included with the tips everyone else makes.

The tips are not linked to paychecks, as they are considered a bonus on top of the hourly pay. This practice is UNIQUE to the BBB and TPL, anything classified as a "tipped role" does process tips through the paycheck system.

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 06:42 PM
What were your typical shifts during the CP? Were they pretty regular or did they change a lot from week to week? Did you have the same days off or did that change a lot too?

Thanks for all your answers so far! :)

Shifts vary a lot. Just keep in mind that the CP's (especially at the BBB) get the most hours of all the FGiTs. I had almost 50 hours one week during the holidays. Usually you'll have 8 hour shifts at DTD, but 6 or 12 hour shifts are not uncommon. I had tuesdays and wednesdays off everyweek until it got busy and I only had one day off. At MK it's usually 6 or 12 hour shifts and one day a week off, or so it seemed when I was deployed. If it's not busy or they don't really need you, you can request to leave early. You can also request to extend if you want more hours.

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 06:54 PM
Wanted to chime in on tips -

Technically, CPs cannot accept tips when working in a tipped role (the only one I can think of, that CPs are eligible for, is Bell Services).

HOWEVER, BBB and TPL are considered specialized roles, not tipped roles. The Cast Members who work at these locations work in a different union than the other traditional tipped roles. They have worked out an agreement with Disney, that CMs in these two roles may accept tips. But, tips must be shared equally with everyone who worked that day. This way, if you are stationed at the check-in counter, you are still included with the tips everyone else makes.

The tips are not linked to paychecks, as they are considered a bonus on top of the hourly pay. This practice is UNIQUE to the BBB and TPL, anything classified as a "tipped role" does process tips through the paycheck system.

Exactly. We get divided cash for the hours and days we work. I didn't want to get into the union situation cause it can be a little confusing. The Boutiques have had trouble with the system before and it's been taken away for short periods of time.

horseflye
04-07-2011, 07:15 PM
I've been accepted into Attractions, but I'd really love to do the BBB (it was my second choice, after character performer). I have a lot of experience with children and currently work in a girl's clothing boutique.

Do you think it's worth a shot calling recruiting and asking if--in the event a spot opens up--I could be reconsidered for the BBB?

Or would they just laugh?

Thanks!

beckysmith
04-07-2011, 08:07 PM
Wanted to chime in on tips -

Technically, CPs cannot accept tips when working in a tipped role (the only one I can think of, that CPs are eligible for, is Bell Services).

HOWEVER, BBB and TPL are considered specialized roles, not tipped roles. The Cast Members who work at these locations work in a different union than the other traditional tipped roles. They have worked out an agreement with Disney, that CMs in these two roles may accept tips. But, tips must be shared equally with everyone who worked that day. This way, if you are stationed at the check-in counter, you are still included with the tips everyone else makes.

The tips are not linked to paychecks, as they are considered a bonus on top of the hourly pay. This practice is UNIQUE to the BBB and TPL, anything classified as a "tipped role" does process tips through the paycheck system.

Thank you for clearing that up for me! :goodvibes

disneymegs
04-07-2011, 08:27 PM
I've been accepted into Attractions, but I'd really love to do the BBB (it was my second choice, after character performer). I have a lot of experience with children and currently work in a girl's clothing boutique.

Do you think it's worth a shot calling recruiting and asking if--in the event a spot opens up--I could be reconsidered for the BBB?

Or would they just laugh?

Thanks!

Did you accept the role yet? If you didn't accept you could call and ask why you weren't considered for it and if there is anything they can do.

horseflye
04-08-2011, 06:11 AM
Ah! My mistake--I accepted (and paid the money...)

disneymegs
04-08-2011, 08:11 AM
Ah! My mistake--I accepted (and paid the money...)

I'm not sure how they handle role switching so I'm not gonna give you any false information, but I don't think it would hurt for you to maybe send an email asking if it's possible to switch roles even though you accepted another. Just ask a general question and don't put your information. You never know. :)

horseflye
04-08-2011, 04:50 PM
I tried calling--to no avail. Thanks anyway!

beautybutafunnygirl
04-08-2011, 06:15 PM
I tried calling--to no avail. Thanks anyway!

I don't know if this would work, but you could also try talking to your managers when you get there? Long shot but maybe worth a try at least. Good luck! :)

disneymegs
04-09-2011, 07:31 AM
I don't know if this would work, but you could also try talking to your managers when you get there? Long shot but maybe worth a try at least. Good luck! :)

They sometimes move people if they're not suited for their role. That's probably only the case if you're really struggling. If you decide to extend your program you can request BBB then :)

beautybutafunnygirl
04-09-2011, 10:04 AM
Disneymegs, do you know how many CPs there are at the MK and DTD BBB during a season?

I swear I'm going to have to start paying you for this realll soon :rotfl:

disneymegs
04-09-2011, 04:53 PM
Disneymegs, do you know how many CPs there are at the MK and DTD BBB during a season?

I swear I'm going to have to start paying you for this realll soon :rotfl:

I can recall 12 hair CP's and 2 cash wrap CP's at DTD and 8 or 9 hair CP's at MK. I could be forgetting some at MK, and I don't know how many were cash wrap there.

beautybutafunnygirl
04-09-2011, 05:47 PM
I can recall 12 hair CP's and 2 cash wrap CP's at DTD and 8 or 9 hair CP's at MK. I could be forgetting some at MK, and I don't know how many were cash wrap there.

I was thinking about the cash wrap/hair thing today too oddly enough. Are the cash wrap girls merch CPs who get put in the BBBs? Or are they all BBB Hostesses and some get delegated to hair and some to cash wrap?

Berlioz70
04-09-2011, 06:12 PM
They are Merchandise. We have CPs at The Pirates League too, they are placed in Merch but get to train with us!

disneymegs
04-09-2011, 09:10 PM
I was thinking about the cash wrap/hair thing today too oddly enough. Are the cash wrap girls merch CPs who get put in the BBBs? Or are they all BBB Hostesses and some get delegated to hair and some to cash wrap?

The CP's at my boutique said they were assigned BBB and found out they were cash wrap.

Berlioz70
04-10-2011, 05:21 PM
The CP's at my boutique said they were assigned BBB and found out they were cash wrap.

That's strange - especially as they are different pay rates. I think I would find that frustrating if I thought I was going to do hair, but instead work merchandise. I'll have to ask the CPs we have at TPL about their offers, especially because I do not think TPL is on the role checklist like the BBB.

disneymegs
04-10-2011, 09:56 PM
That's strange - especially as they are different pay rates. I think I would find that frustrating if I thought I was going to do hair, but instead work merchandise. I'll have to ask the CPs we have at TPL about their offers, especially because I do not think TPL is on the role checklist like the BBB.

I thought it was strange too. One had extended her program, that could have been why it was different. I'm not sure if the other did. Pirate's League isn't on the CP role checklist. I think it would be popular if it was though! I actually went in to PL and talked to a manager about becoming seasonal there because I went to school for make-up artistry, not hair. She talked to me for a little while, took my info, and never called :confused3. Oh well, I do love the princesses! princess:

Berlioz70
04-11-2011, 07:04 AM
Don't take the Manager not calling you personally. If you want TPL, go to Casting and get your name on the waitlist!! The Managers cannot bypass the waitlist anyway, so getting to Casting is your best bet.

We have three CPs that paint faces and I believe a couple more that are pursers (Merchandise). I'm not sure why it's not on the role checklist, maybe because this is the first semester we've had any CPs?

disneymegs
04-11-2011, 07:41 AM
Don't take the Manager not calling you personally. If you want TPL, go to Casting and get your name on the waitlist!! The Managers cannot bypass the waitlist anyway, so getting to Casting is your best bet.

We have three CPs that paint faces and I believe a couple more that are pursers (Merchandise). I'm not sure why it's not on the role checklist, maybe because this is the first semester we've had any CPs?

I originally went to casting about it and the lady in transfers said my best bet was to go to PL and speak directly to a manager because they could open a head count with my name on it.

Berlioz70
04-14-2011, 04:51 PM
Disneymegs - talked to some people today... we do not hire seasonal into The Pirates League. People can drop to seasonal (I think after 6 months?) but we've never hired someone in as seasonal.

However - we do have some part time roles open, so if you're eligible, go to Casting ASAP and emphasize your face painting/makeup experience.

Additionally - for the CPs out there - if you're interested in working at The Pirates League, emphasize any face painting skills you have during your interview and mention The Pirates League. You cannot select TPL as an option, but the three CPs we currently have all indicated face painting experience during their initial interview and were called back for a second interview. Make sure you check off Merchandise as well, as TPL is a Merch role.

Let me know if you have any questions about the location!

kirasaurus
04-14-2011, 07:15 PM
what kind of footwear is required for FGIT?
I have a tattoo on my foot and wondered if this will disqualify me for the role, depending on if the shoes covers it.

disneymegs
04-14-2011, 09:24 PM
Disneymegs - talked to some people today... we do not hire seasonal into The Pirates League. People can drop to seasonal (I think after 6 months?) but we've never hired someone in as seasonal.

However - we do have some part time roles open, so if you're eligible, go to Casting ASAP and emphasize your face painting/makeup experience.

Additionally - for the CPs out there - if you're interested in working at The Pirates League, emphasize any face painting skills you have during your interview and mention The Pirates League. You cannot select TPL as an option, but the three CPs we currently have all indicated face painting experience during their initial interview and were called back for a second interview. Make sure you check off Merchandise as well, as TPL is a Merch role.

Let me know if you have any questions about the location!

Thanks for the info! I wish I could do part time with school. Right now I'm going to school five days a week so I can't work 3 days! I'll consider it if I cut back on school days soon. Thanks anyway! :)

disneymegs
04-14-2011, 09:30 PM
what kind of footwear is required for FGIT?
I have a tattoo on my foot and wondered if this will disqualify me for the role, depending on if the shoes covers it.

BBB requires a black polisable shoe like a mary jane. Where is the tatto exactly? The mary janes are kinda open on the top. The interviewer will ask about tattoos. I don't have any but I know from my cousin who had an interview that they ask specifics if you have them. As long as it's not huge and you can cover it you should be ok. You have the option to wear pantyhose at BBB so that would help cover it.

kirasaurus
04-14-2011, 10:01 PM
if I wear a shoe that just touches my ankle it'll be covered, is that okay?

disneymegs
04-14-2011, 10:08 PM
if I wear a shoe that just touches my ankle it'll be covered, is that okay?

They may just ask if you'd be willing to use like a tattoo cover every dayy. If you really want BBB just make sure they can see that you are perfect for it except for that tiny aspect. All I know is that I've notice a tattoo on a fellow FGiTS foot at work repeatedly.

kirasaurus
04-14-2011, 10:43 PM
Huh. Thanks for the info. Maybe i'll buy a medical footwrap thing and claim persistent injury :laughing:

disneymegs
04-28-2011, 08:24 AM
Haha, that doesn't sound too magical! The hose might be good enough :)

princesscamryn2
10-23-2013, 03:45 PM
I am an Elementary Education major with a LOT of experience with children. I have no professional experience with hair or make-up, but I do play around with different styles and such on peoples hair as well as my own. I really want to be a FGIT, do you think I would be accepted because of my extensive work with children? I am also being certified in Special Education and have experience with children with disabilities as well. I am looking to apply to the college program next year. I have been dreaming about this role forever and I want more than anything to get it!

mobish
10-24-2013, 09:02 AM
I am an Elementary Education major with a LOT of experience with children. I have no professional experience with hair or make-up, but I do play around with different styles and such on peoples hair as well as my own. I really want to be a FGIT, do you think I would be accepted because of my extensive work with children? I am also being certified in Special Education and have experience with children with disabilities as well. I am looking to apply to the college program next year. I have been dreaming about this role forever and I want more than anything to get it!

My daughter is currently a CP FGIT and had no hair or make up experience at all. (She lives in basketball shorts with her hair in a ponytail) In my opinion they look at your work/training experience as the guest experience is their primary concern. You get trained on the hair and make up; they have a system in place for every task so that it is consistent for each "princess". It is a very rewarding job; as my daughter said "its about making the magic not the hair and glitter!" Good luck to you! Doing the CP was a great decision for her and she is now looking to make her career there.

SyracuseWolvrine
10-26-2013, 05:59 PM
The tips are not linked to paychecks, as they are considered a bonus on top of the hourly pay. This practice is UNIQUE to the BBB and TPL, anything classified as a "tipped role" does process tips through the paycheck system.

And remember, you are responsible for reporting it to the IRS and paying taxes on what you earn, even though the tips wouldn't be processed through the paycheck system.