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Jungle Skipper
01-04-2005, 11:22 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm Jungle Josh, a former WDW College Program Intern and I LOVE to share my stories and answer questions about my time as on the WDWCP. Feel free to ask questions or PM me.

Jungle Josh! :wizard:

teh fish
01-05-2005, 12:44 AM
If there is anything more I want my WDWCP experience to be, it would still have to be that i get to be a jungle cruise skipper. How would I got about it?

Evil Princess
01-05-2005, 10:27 AM
I hope to do the program spring of next year.

I've sat through two seminars on my campus because I'm a nerd :)

JCTigger
01-05-2005, 10:53 AM
hey Josh when was your program? I'm from Spring Advantage 01 on BTMRR..

teh fish
01-05-2005, 12:19 PM
^^Now the question is, did you answer the trivia questions correctly during the presentations?

JMD
01-06-2005, 03:32 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm Jungle Josh, a former WDW College Program Intern and I LOVE to share my stories and answer questions about my time as on the WDWCP. Feel free to ask questions or PM me.

Jungle Josh! :wizard:


Hey Josh, when were you there? I did the CP in the Summer of '98. Thats back when they had the program for just the summer.

Evil Princess
01-06-2005, 09:26 PM
^^Now the question is, did you answer the trivia questions correctly during the presentations?

Yes, with my Mickey head pen in hand.

DisneyCP2002
01-07-2005, 02:42 PM
Another former CP here :) Spring Advantage 02. I worked at
Cosmic Ray's.

Jungle Skipper
01-09-2005, 01:10 AM
hey Josh when was your program? I'm from Spring Advantage 01 on BTMRR..

I was Spring of 2001....Main Street USA, Emporium/Disney Clothiers/Main Street Athletic Club....stayed through the summer working Fastpass and the Jungle Cruise.

I worked BTMRR all the time when I was a FastPass CM....maybe we've met!

If there is anything more I want my WDWCP experience to be, it would still have to be that i get to be a jungle cruise skipper. How would I got about it?

I don't know of any way to for sure make it happen, just let the recruiter know it would be your dream job! I was on Main Street on my CP..moved to Jungle afterwards!

Now the question is, did you answer the trivia questions correctly during the presentations?

I sure did!

I hope to do the program spring of next year. I've sat through two seminars on my campus because I'm a nerd

Join the club, I went to two seminars...I drove 3 hours to go to an interview because I couldn't make the one at my campus! I'm CRAZY about WDW! I miss it.

Jungle Josh

daughter_of_amid_chaos
01-09-2005, 01:01 PM
So yeah I just found out one of my sorority sisters has been working at Jungle Cruise seasonally since Spring of 2003!!

FunkyRooster
01-10-2005, 02:07 PM
I worked in the Emporium too!! I did Spring 2003. Such interesting and good memories of that store...

smilingmouse
01-10-2005, 08:57 PM
I worked in Merch at the GF during Spring Advantage 02, and I was an advanced inntern in the CDS office at MGM in Spring of 03.

The 1st time wasn't the greatest, but the 2nd time was a blast :)

Jungle Skipper
01-11-2005, 12:35 PM
I worked in the Emporium too!! I did Spring 2003. Such interesting and good memories of that store...

I miss the Emporium....I loved that place....I miss Center Street though...I hate that they took that away

Jungle Josh

exwdwcm
01-13-2005, 03:46 PM
i guess i am an oldie.....

fall 96.....hollywood and vine cafeteria (it wasn't a character meal back then)

a current coworker now (at my real job!) was also on the program, but even older.....back in 1986 or so (probably when some of you were born!), but he was a jungle cruise skipper back then....

disneyana_5
01-13-2005, 07:21 PM
Hey guys!
I am so very interested in doing the internship program, but the only thing that is holding me back is the 6 months I would take away from school. Are there any loop-holes or other shorter options? The reason why I want to do the internship is because my dream career would be some sort of special event manager for Disney! Could there possibly be any other options available? Also, is it ideal to do the internship at Disney if you want to have any sort of chance to have a career there?

Thank you! :)

WDWAurora
01-13-2005, 10:04 PM
^^Now the question is, did you answer the trivia questions correctly during the presentations?

hehe DISers ruled that presentation...teh fish got one, I got one, and my fiance got the other (while he's not a DISer, he's marrying into it ;) )

We got antenna balls, graduation ones...One is on my car right now! (Yes it's 7 months since I graduated, SHHH!! don't tell)

dlrhine
01-14-2005, 11:46 AM
If you look at my signature I did the college program summer of 1995 as a deep water lifegaurd at Blizzard Beach. I have to tell you even at the age of 31 now....that is still the best summer of my life. So enjoy it. I was living at good old Vista Way 2305. Wow what memories. Later

Philadisney
01-14-2005, 05:49 PM
Hey guys!
I am so very interested in doing the internship program, but the only thing that is holding me back is the 6 months I would take away from school. Are there any loop-holes or other shorter options?


I was there as a CP Fall 2002, working in Epcot as a Rescue Ranger. My college runs on quarters so Disney allowed me to arrive in September and leave at the beginning of January - that's just four months. You should definately be able to get a shorter stay.

disneyana_5
01-14-2005, 11:59 PM
Philadisney,
Thank you for that information! The reason why I am so keen on having a shorter internship is because as of right now my class schedule will allow me to have my last semester free to do an internship. Meaning i have from January until graduation in May to complete it. Although my college doesn't have quarters, I have basically the same amount of time free that you did. Do you think Disney would possibly take that into consideration? Who did you or who would I need to contact about arrangements like these or just in general? Sorry for so many questions! :)

Thanks again!

MyGoofy26
01-15-2005, 01:20 AM
I would call or email recruiting and ask - you may be able to do the full 6 months (if you wanted) I'm sure that paperwork could be completed based on the date that your school needed it. I did the fall 2000 program and I remember one of the CPs in my area needed all of her stuff done a month earlier than the end of the program and it was no problem. And I'm sure that you could request the time off to go back home and attend your graduation.

Philadisney
01-15-2005, 10:59 AM
hi disneyana_5 - i asked the recruiter at my school when I went for an interview and he was like "oh yes yes, drexel, we certainly take into account that you run on a different schedule than most colleges." i'm sure that it would be easy for you to get a shorter stay if you just ask at your interview, it looked to me like they really only try to run it on a "schedule" so they can train a bulk of the CPs all at once. but i met so many people who didn't stay a full six months, aside from the many who got kicked out (drugs, drinking, not showing up to work, other foolish things) i had a roommate, for example, who had a late birthday (you have to be 18) so she only did three months. i'd be surprised if they didn't make an exception for you as well.

pixiedust27
01-16-2005, 01:39 PM
I did college program summer of 1999, lifeguard . . . reading this post is bringing back such memories . . . Vista Way . . .
college program muct be so different now that it's longer. I remember thinking that three months wasn't long enough. I've never had as much fun as I did that summer.

disneyana_5
01-16-2005, 11:32 PM
Thank you Philadisney and MyGoofy26 for the info!
I will probobly call the recruiter sometime soon, but I will definately ask again when a recruiter comes to my school! I hope the time issues will work out. This is something that I really want to do. I read on the official Disney internship website that the student needed to have atleast one year of school done. That means that one is able to do the internship program their senior year or after graduation right?

Thank you again for the great info!

Philadisney
01-17-2005, 08:09 AM
yup, i have a friend who did the college program after he had graduated - i think as long as you interview while still a student you're ok.

SyracuseWolvrine
01-17-2005, 09:22 AM
That means that one is able to do the internship program their senior year or after graduation right?


You can do the internship program in the semester after you graduate. You have to interview while you're still a student.

Keggy
01-17-2005, 04:02 PM
I did College Program the Spring of 2000. I was a Park Greeter and Parade Audience Control on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom.

You actually have 6 months after you graduate to do an internship. I did my CP the semester after I graduated from college and I did my advanced internship at Guest Relations at the Magic Kingdom.

My co-worker is a former CPer as well - she was also a College Recruiter for College Program.

Both of us met our husbands while on College Program.

Those were the days...

kewlgrl127
01-19-2005, 07:25 PM
Can anyone tell me more about the advanced internship. Is that a program for people who already graduated? I see you can do the program 6 months after you graduate but I graduated in May '04 so its too late :sad2:

SyracuseWolvrine
01-20-2005, 08:58 AM
You can do the advanced internship if you've already graduated. For some of the AI programs, you have to have done the regular CP already before, but for some of them, this prerequisite doesn't exist.

Razor Roman
01-20-2005, 09:35 AM
Spring '99 CP Alumnus checking in here!

Best few months of my life :-)

I was a guide at "The Magic of Disney Animation" at the Studios... Vista Way 3607

MKCP1984
01-20-2005, 11:27 PM
i guess i am an oldie.....

fall 96.....hollywood and vine cafeteria (it wasn't a character meal back then)

a current coworker now (at my real job!) was also on the program, but even older.....back in 1986 or so (probably when some of you were born!), but he was a jungle cruise skipper back then....

Ok, I've got that beat! They still called us MKCP's in the Spring of 1984, since EPCOT was still fairly new. Our program began mid-january and ran thru the end of May. I sold balloons and worked in the Magic shop on Main Street. (My magic tricks rarely worked!)
And we roughed it in modified double-wide trailers in "Snow White Village", behind the KOA campground and that funny little bar/shack with all the former MKCP's nametags (what was the name?)
Anyway, the program didn't provide TV's of telephones in our backwoods shacks, so we had to invent our own fun. We did the "Drinking around the world" quite a bit and went to Rosie O'Grady's for nickel-beer night on wed. nites.
Our group was the one that went on the Sea Escape cruise and the ship actually caught on fire while we were out to sea.
Yet I have some wonderful memories of that semester!! And now my DD begins college in the fall, and she is hoping to spend one semester at Disney. She's noticed that the pixie dust hasn't left me yet, and it's rubbed off on her, thank God.
Yep, 20 years (ohmyogsh) later and I still return, but stay in much nicer rooms!!
Any other "older" CP-ers out there? :cool:

2Xited4Disney
01-22-2005, 11:49 AM
Hey Guys. I am a Student at University of Maine. I am just wondering what type of GPA I would need to be accepted into the CP. Right now I have OK grades. But would give my ANYTHING to work at disney for a semister. What are my Chances?

txSleepingBeauty
01-22-2005, 12:34 PM
actually I don't think GPA factors into it much anymore.As long as you're reasonably intelligent and make a good impression at your interview you'll do fine and chances are you'll get in

SoonerKate
01-22-2005, 05:28 PM
2Xited4Disney, as the rules stand now, you must be in good standing with your college or university. So as long as you're not on any sort of academic probation, you're fine. Generally, at most large schools, good academic standing is around a 2.0 after two semesters.

To clarify some of the advanced internship questions, you can do an AI (or a CP, for that matter) after graduation, but you must apply while you're still a student. While at one time you were able to apply for an AI up to 6 months after graduation, that's no longer true.

However -- there's a tiny, not-quite-loophole. If you apply for an AI your final semester of college, do not get it, and instead do a regular CP (or if you do a regular CP after graduation), you CAN apply for an AI the semester while you're down on the CP. Still, it's not much help for anyone who's already graduated!

agotta
01-22-2005, 07:20 PM
Hey former CP here. I haven 't checked out this board becuase I thought it was for College students, and let's just say I am not in college anymore :) CP from 99 and 01, recruiter from 00 - 04. Dh is CP from 01, that's where we met :)

Amanda

JCTigger
01-22-2005, 09:26 PM
Hey former CP here. I haven 't checked out this board becuase I thought it was for College students, and let's just say I am not in college anymore :) CP from 99 and 01, recruiter from 00 - 04. Dh is CP from 01, that's where we met :)

Amanda


Hey Amanda... what 01 program were you i was spring advantage at BTM?

agotta
01-23-2005, 07:17 AM
In 01 I was at GMR in MGM. My husband worked at Muppets in 01, neither of us were on the advantage program though. My roomate in 99 worked at BTM and Splash.

Amanda

JCTigger
01-23-2005, 10:31 AM
Thats cool... one of my roommates worked at Tower of Terror and some times did Fanstasmic Pac

cheerdancer11
01-28-2005, 03:22 PM
Hey guys! I have a quick ?, is there any way you can try to secure a certain position? Like for the most desirable jobs, like working the main attractions or something, is there any method about why they pick 1 person other another? I still have a while til I do a CP, but I want to start learning about it early and since I'm going in April, I figured I should learn about b4 i get down there :) thanks!

Michele

TSR6
01-28-2005, 06:56 PM
Hey guys! I have a quick ?, is there any way you can try to secure a certain position? Like for the most desirable jobs, like working the main attractions or something, is there any method about why they pick 1 person other another? I still have a while til I do a CP, but I want to start learning about it early and since I'm going in April, I figured I should learn about b4 i get down there :) thanks!

Michele

Nope..

During your interview, it doesn't hurt to say "I've always wanted to ..... " and say how great it would be if you could .....

They just cannot assure you a specific position until you actually arrive in florida.

-Troy
CP Fall Adv. 2004
PI Admissions/Ticket sales

mla973
02-01-2005, 11:58 AM
Hello CP and AI Alums!!!! And hello to those who want to join the CP. I'm probably considered too old for the "collgee boards", but I am an alum, so I thought I would post anyway.

I was a Mechandise Hostess at DAK for the Spring 99 program and lived at Vista Way.

I did the Creative Development Advanced Internship for the International Travel Marketing Department in the Spring of 02. Work in Celebration!!! Lived at The Commons.

Both were way cool, and I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. I graduated in Dec 01 and did the internship right after. I'm not caught up on all of the new rules and regulations regarding the CP, but if you have any questions about my experience, fire away. Us CP's can't ever talk about Disney enough!!!

Program highlights: Meeting awesome people from all over the country (and beyond) who I am still in touch with, even from the 99 program. Some even came to my wedding. I met Al Weiss at a presentation at Vista Way. Seeing some cool celebrities. Going backstage and learning the "magic." Oh, did I mention how cool it is to go to the parks for FREE!!! I lived at the parks during my CP and AI.

If you get a chance, do it. It is the experience of a lifetime!!! :earsgirl:

prince of thieves
02-01-2005, 12:31 PM
Former CP here!! Fall 03 was my program. Lifeguard at SAB and absolutely loved it. I still go down there about every 5 months and work for a week. This summer I'm planning on working at DTD in Lake Patrol. I was one of the lucky few to enjoy free laundry and a one bedroom apartment at the Commons with another American roommate.

HomeSweetDisney
02-01-2005, 06:43 PM
For those of you who have done the CP I have a few questions and it'd be great if someone could answer them :) I was wondering how much extra money you had to spend to do the CP. Did you have to pay for the sleeping arrangements or do they cover that? Do you have to buy food/beverages to keep in the dorms or did you eat out a lot? Did you take your car or was it easy to get from place to place with the transportation they have? I'm considering the CP for the fall b/c they are doing interviews at my school this month and those are some of my top questions. I know I could probably get the answers when I go to the presentation but I figured I would come here and ask the people who have actually been in the program. Thanks! :)

prince of thieves
02-01-2005, 08:33 PM
HomeSweetDisney
Thos are very common and understandable questions, all of which would be answered during the presentation. But of course we are more than happy to answer them for you to be a step ahead.
1. How much extra money to spend? There is only one fee for the Program, and that is the $60 nonrefundable housing application.
2. Did you have to pay for sleeping arrangements? Your rent is taken directly out of your paycheck every week so that you don't have to worry about your roommates missing out on a monthly payment. I know that rent has gone up since i was CP as well as your $/hour wages and the amount of rent you pay does depend on what size apartment you have. You do not have to worry about paying for any utilities as those are covered for you in your rent and disney takes care of the rest.
3. Do you have to buy food? You are responsible for your own food, you apartment will have a full size kitchen with all the basic needs: everything and the kitchen sink :-). Sharing space in the kitchen will prove hard depending on if you have 1 or 7 roommates.
4. Did you take your own car or was it easy to get form place to place with provided transportation? Having your own car is a must!!!! I was able to take my car with me and i didn't regret it one bit. I only took the buses once while i was on my CP and it wasn't a fun experience. If you do take your car down there then you will make friends very quickly. If you don't have a car then you will find ways to make friends with cars very quickly :-P.

I hope this helps you out and if your presentation is soon then we wish you luck. And of course if you have any more questions then just ask away.

HomeSweetDisney
02-01-2005, 08:55 PM
Thank you so, so much! I really appreciate it :)

SyracuseWolvrine
02-01-2005, 10:20 PM
3. Do you have to buy food? You are responsible for your own food, you apartment will have a full size kitchen with all the basic needs: everything and the kitchen sink :-). Sharing space in the kitchen will prove hard depending on if you have 1 or 7 roommates.

Well, I'm not sure I'd call it a "full-size" kitchen ;) but it is a full kitchen ... sink, dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer

Cp04Alumni
02-10-2005, 08:06 PM
Hey Guys. I am a Student at University of Maine. I am just wondering what type of GPA I would need to be accepted into the CP. Right now I have OK grades. But would give my ANYTHING to work at disney for a semister. What are my Chances?
Hey I'm for Univ of Southern Maine and i'm a Spring '04 alumni, if u have any questions you can let me know and i also know some of your Campus Reps, let me know if theres anything i can do for you. My email is amanda.leach1@maine.edu
~Amanda

casndan
02-13-2005, 03:25 PM
I have a question...I am a full time college student, but I am also married, would I be eligible? My Husband is in the military and will be overseas until March 2006 I was thinking about trying to do the program for Fall '05 does anyone know if they have a policy about married students? Thanks :) Cassie :earsgirl:

SoonerKate
02-13-2005, 03:44 PM
Being married does not hamper your eligibility for the CP at all!

You would be living in housing with other CP students, and if your husband was able to get leave, he would not be able to stay with you in housing. I would discuss your plans and situation with your recruiter at your interview, but I don't think it would hold you back.

Rustyflwr3
02-13-2005, 06:01 PM
So,
if a husband and wife both get accepted into the program, is there married housing? Also, are you required to live in the housing everyone is talking about, or can you live elsewhere?

Thanks!

agotta
02-13-2005, 06:17 PM
There is no married or co-ed housing. Married couples could do the program, but will live, and work seperately.

Amanda

Rustyflwr3
02-13-2005, 08:44 PM
Has anyone else applying for the cp encountered a problem with the dates? I am trying to put the "valid until" date for my temporary address and also the dates for my employment history, but everytime I do, a little box pops up and says that I must re-enter a 4 digit year number? Ex:1981. But for my employment history I put 2003 for one, and it will not accept it. As far as I know, that is a 4 digit year number. Im really sorry if this does not make much sense, but I am trying to apply now and I dont want to risk my chance of getting accepted if I do not put in any date. If I just leave the employed from and to dates blank, will that be ok?
Thanks in advanced!

SoonerKate
02-15-2005, 07:59 AM
I had the same problem and just left the dates blank. Explain it to your recruiter and write wdw.college.techsupport@disney.com to let them know what's going on, and it won't be anything to worryabout.

purplebelle
02-15-2005, 08:01 AM
Advanced Internship...do you get "better" jobs than if you were CP-ing? I graduate June 2005, and I'm completely just playing with the idea. I'd want to work in the resorts I think, like at the main check-in gate. I don't think I would want to work in some of the food areas/parks.

StardizPrincess88
02-15-2005, 09:38 AM
I'm a junior in high school and since i was 6 i've always wanted to work for disney. How do i go about becomming a disney intern? Do you have to be an intern to become a cast member? Any information ( or stories) would be great.
Thanx so much!!! :sunny:

SoonerKate
02-15-2005, 10:01 AM
Purplebelle, Advanced Internships are internship opportunities that are closely related to your major/area of study. They are in everything from communications to HR to accounting to horticultre and animal care. Listings of AIs for the Fall 2005/Spring 06 (science only) seasons will be up on the official site (http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com) by the end of this month.

If you're interested in a regular CP, with the roles commonly discussed here, at your presentation and before you interview, you fill out a role checklist. On that, you check off all of the roles you'd be willing to perform -- Operations, Food and Beverage, Hospitality...it's all on there. Basically, you check what you're willing to do and don't check what you're not willing to do. Telling your recruiter jobs and areas you're particularly interested in can give them a good idea of where you'd like to be placed, but they can't promise anything -- you do have to be open to working in just about any location resort-wide, unless you apply only for hospitality or . There's a listing of roles for the College Program here (http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com/sap/its/mimes/zh_wdwcp/students/frameset/frameset_realworld-ns.html).

StardizPrincess88, it's great that you're interested in the College Program so early! The basic eligibility requirements are that you must have completed a semester of college (or have at least 12 credits), be in good academic standing with your school (a 2.0 at most institutions), and be 18 years of age upon your arrival date. You do not have to be an intern to be a cast member, but it's a great way to start out a career with the company!

Rustyflwr3
02-15-2005, 01:34 PM
Do you have to do the advanced internship to take classes? I thought I read somewhere that they have classes available to take!

SoonerKate
02-15-2005, 03:50 PM
No, classes are part of the regular WDWCP. There are 7 to choose from, and you can take anywhere from 1 to 4, depending on how many you want to take. You can even choose to take none, if none of them interest you or are required by your school as part of the program. For more information about the learning part of the program and the specific classes you can take, check out the official site. Information about the specific classes is here (http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com/sap/its/mimes/zh_wdwcp/students/frameset/frameset_credit-ns.html).

Lansley1
11-02-2005, 11:01 PM
I was thinking about the intership but wanted to know what kind of people do this. Basically I am alittle worried about age. I am 24 and dont really want to be the older guy. I heard that most of the people that do this are 19 - 21. I know its not really a big deal, I just would like to know about the demographics of this intership.

Lansley1
11-02-2005, 11:07 PM
I wanted to know what the average age is of the poeple that do this. I heard its mainly 19 - 21. My friend did it when he was 22 and said he was in the "older crowd" and felt real older. I am 24 and I know its not that much older, but I just dont want to be look at different.

KarenFromMS
11-03-2005, 07:52 AM
Hi there,
I have not been accepted yet but I just turned 25 myself and I spoke to my rep after the interview about my age. She told me they've had people as old as 55 go recently and I shouldn't worry about it. I agree with you tho, I still have concerns but I would still go anyway.

K

agotta
11-03-2005, 08:13 AM
Both times I went down I lived with "older" students, in their 40's. You will be in the minority, but definitely not the only one. Have fun!

Lansley1
11-03-2005, 09:44 AM
I know, It would just be nice knowing more before going into this

Lansley1
11-03-2005, 09:44 AM
I know, It would just be nice knowing more before going into this

Lansley1
11-03-2005, 09:46 AM
are there going to be a bunch of people around my age

Joanna71985
11-03-2005, 12:03 PM
Hey! Former CP here. I was on Spring 2005 and I did merchandise at Fantasyland in MK. I am in the process of trying to become a campus rep, and I hope to do another CP in Fall 2006. Oh, I was in Chatham 25102 and 26204.

Rayn
11-04-2005, 03:22 PM
I wanted to know what the average age is of the poeple that do this. I heard its mainly 19 - 21. My friend did it when he was 22 and said he was in the "older crowd" and felt real older. I am 24 and I know its not that much older, but I just dont want to be look at different.I am 25, and I'll be 26 by the time I get down to the world. I was a bit concerned about feeling older .. but honestly, I don't wear my age on my sleeve, so I don't expect anyone to really think of me as older ... so I won't be doing that either.

Plus, Disney people are generally very personable, I wouldn't worry about it too much.

ambymm018
11-16-2005, 09:29 PM
I was Spring Ad 05 and we had several people that were in there 40's on the program! So I don't think mid 20's is too old