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Old 01-03-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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The Official 2013 Fall/Fall Advantage Thread!!

Hey everyone,

I've seen a few posts here and there asking about the 2013 Fall programs so I figured we should start one of these to get to know each other and follow along throughout the application process, ask questions if need be etc!

So Introduce yourself!

I'm Kate. I am a senior at Penn State University double majoring in Advertising/PR and Sociology. I have a minor in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and I am finally graduating in MAY

I did Hospitality at Pop Century for Spring Advantage 2010 and returned for a Summer Alumni Program in 2011 where I did Merchandise at EPCOT, Mousegear. I went seasonal after my program but separated from the company in June because I knew I would not complete my hours needed.

I am also applying for Professional Internships. It is my dream to do Guest Relations! but there are probably many other Alumni Only one I want as well as positions in Advertising, Marketing or PR.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:13 AM   #2
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Hi!
My name is Taylor and I'm currently a freshman at the community college in my town in Texas; I'm studying psychology right now, hoping to transfer to a university and eventually major in psychology and minor in marine biology.
This is the first time I will even be eligible for the College Program since I'm only 17, but will turn 18 before it actually starts.

Also, I'm a Type 1 Diabetic- do you, or anyone else who ventures into this thread, know anyone who has had a medical condition like mine do the CP? I'm a little bit nervous that it will restrain me.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:30 AM   #3
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Hi Katie, I can't believe you go to Penn State. My name is Ashlie and I'm also a senior at Penn State! I'm double-majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Biobehavioral Health. I'll be finally graduating in August so I'm applying for the Fall program.

I'm pretty sure one of my top choices in the hospitality role. I'm also strongly considering applying for concierge, merchandise, recreation, and maybe character attendant? Still kind of undecided on which roles will be my top 3.

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Also, I'm a Type 1 Diabetic- do you, or anyone else who ventures into this thread, know anyone who has had a medical condition like mine do the CP? I'm a little bit nervous that it will restrain me.
I don't know of anyone that did the program with Type 1 Diabetes, but I know of people that did it with other chronic illnesses. I'll be doing the CP with a different chronic illness. I'm also a little nervous about how my body will handle the CP, but I know that I really want this so I'm going for it and hoping for the best.

Disney doesn't require disclosure so it's up to you if you want to tell your coordinators or not. I heard that Disney is really good at accommodating people with different medical needs.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=disneyfan'08;47077162]Hi Katie, I can't believe you go to Penn State. My name is Ashlie and I'm also a senior at Penn State! I'm double-majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and Biobehavioral Health. I'll be finally graduating in August so I'm applying for the Fall program.

Hey Ashlie! Nice to meet another Nittany Lion! Send me a request on FB http://www.facebook.com/kate.leigh.75 Also I saw you have a chronic illness, as I mentioned above I have an autoimmune disorder, if you have questions or concerns about doing the program maybe I can answer some of them. You could message me on FB about it
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Also, I'm a Type 1 Diabetic- do you, or anyone else who ventures into this thread, know anyone who has had a medical condition like mine do the CP? I'm a little bit nervous that it will restrain me.

Yes, I can help! I have Crohn's Disease which is an autoimmune disorder. Disney is very accommodating but you need do some paperwork. Once you are accepted there will be medical accommodation documents online for you to download. They are VERY comprehensive and ask a lot of questions. I personally filled most of it out and then just had my doctor sign it, as it was about 12 pages long!

I don't know what type of accommodation you need, but one of mine is working in a climate controlled environment and taking a 10 minute break every 2 hours. So it would restrain me from some roles, like being a lifeguard for example, And some locations, like I did Merchandise, but I worked at a store that was all inside.


After you fax them the paperwork, they review it and someone should contact you from HR. It is important that you do this as early as possible. My first program I did everything correctly and my accommodations were approved on Jan 13th, but when I got there in Feb, my managers had no idea what I was talking about. The location and role I was in could not accommodate me and I had to change roles.

The second time I did my program, the person from HR called me about a month before and told me where I was going to be working and I was able to ask questions about the location to make sure I would be able to be accommodated. She was able to find out the answers and make sure I would be able to work there.

Your leaders/coordinators will all know that you have accommodations, but wont know the reason unless you tell them.

As for the living/housing component, If you have a handle on your condition and have been living with it for sometime I'm sure you will be fine. Just be open with your roommates. I'd also ask your doctor if they have any colleagues in the Orlando area in case something happens and you need medical assistance.

If you have more questions about the accommodation process, or anything just let me know!
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Also, I'm a Type 1 Diabetic- do you, or anyone else who ventures into this thread, know anyone who has had a medical condition like mine do the CP? I'm a little bit nervous that it will restrain me.
60,000 people work at Walt Disney World. There are people working there with medical conditions.

My roommate was diabetic. She had no issues.

Before someone goes down, Disney asks them to complete a medical accommodation form. this is used for both housing and workplace accomodations.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #7
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Hey, my name is Zack, and I'm currently working on an Associate's in Business Administration at a community college. Once I finish here, I'm planning on transferring to a university (most likely Christopher Newport) to major in accounting and/or management.

Assuming I get accepted and complete the normal college program, I'm planning to apply for some professional internships a few years later.

My top 3 role choices are concierge, vacation planning, and hospitality. I grew up an hour away from Orlando and I know quite a bit about the various attractions in Central Florida, so I feel as if I'd be best in concierge (though apparently it's one of the hardest positions to get).
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Hello everyone, I'm rather nervous about my fall endeavor. I've never been far from home without someone from my family. I also have already earned my bachelors and masters! i never had the time to apply before and I'm hoping that I will be some of those lucky thousand!
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I don't know of anyone that did the program with Type 1 Diabetes, but I know of people that did it with other chronic illnesses. I'll be doing the CP with a different chronic illness. I'm also a little nervous about how my body will handle the CP, but I know that I really want this so I'm going for it and hoping for the best.

Disney doesn't require disclosure so it's up to you if you want to tell your coordinators or not. I heard that Disney is really good at accommodating people with different medical needs.
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Yes, I can help! I have Crohn's Disease which is an autoimmune disorder. Disney is very accommodating but you need do some paperwork. Once you are accepted there will be medical accommodation documents online for you to download. They are VERY comprehensive and ask a lot of questions. I personally filled most of it out and then just had my doctor sign it, as it was about 12 pages long!

I don't know what type of accommodation you need, but one of mine is working in a climate controlled environment and taking a 10 minute break every 2 hours. So it would restrain me from some roles, like being a lifeguard for example, And some locations, like I did Merchandise, but I worked at a store that was all inside.


After you fax them the paperwork, they review it and someone should contact you from HR. It is important that you do this as early as possible. My first program I did everything correctly and my accommodations were approved on Jan 13th, but when I got there in Feb, my managers had no idea what I was talking about. The location and role I was in could not accommodate me and I had to change roles.

The second time I did my program, the person from HR called me about a month before and told me where I was going to be working and I was able to ask questions about the location to make sure I would be able to be accommodated. She was able to find out the answers and make sure I would be able to work there.

Your leaders/coordinators will all know that you have accommodations, but wont know the reason unless you tell them.

As for the living/housing component, If you have a handle on your condition and have been living with it for sometime I'm sure you will be fine. Just be open with your roommates. I'd also ask your doctor if they have any colleagues in the Orlando area in case something happens and you need medical assistance.

If you have more questions about the accommodation process, or anything just let me know!
Thanks for the information! I appreciate it

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60,000 people work at Walt Disney World. There are people working there with medical conditions.

My roommate was diabetic. She had no issues.

Before someone goes down, Disney asks them to complete a medical accommodation form. this is used for both housing and workplace accomodations.
I realize that a lot of people with medical conditions work there, I guess I should have worded my question differently. I meant more of personal experience- how they handled it, hardships, etc.
Thanks for the help, too.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:46 PM   #10
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Hello everyone!

My name is Kayla and I attend American Public University. I am earning my degree in Hospitality Management and will be graduating around May of next year. I am very excited about applying for the College program!

My top three choices are hospitality, bell service dispatch/greeter, and concierge, I am debating on rather I would like to do vacation planner or not.

I applied back in September of last year and did not get accepted so hopefully it will be different this time around!
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #11
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Another Fall 2013 Hopeful! I'm 25 and I attend Full Sail University Online. So I'll be taking classes online as well as the DCP, I'm excited though.

My interests are Character Attendant, Photopass Photographer and Full Service F&B.

I actually worked at Disney as a Full Timer back 2007 but ran into some transportation issues. I only worked there for 6 mo. So I really hope that doesn't effect my chances. I contacted recruiting and they said it shouldn't, just depends on my rehire status.

I do have a question, maybe someone can answer...I know certain roles fill up fast, and I don't want to diminish my chances to get accepted because the roles I requested weren't available. Any particular role suggestions?

I did QSFB back in 2007 and it was okay. I loved who I worked with, but I was put in a REALLY busy location, and I didn't get to interact with the guests as much.

Counting down the days til February!
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:12 PM   #12
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Hey everyone I'm Rebecca / Becky and i'm so excited for apps to come out already!

I've done the program before back for fall advant 09 at WDW

but this time I really want DLR, though i'm applying to both parks

Roles I would like: Attractions, Photopass, Character Attend. , or Merch
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Hey guys!

My name is Brandon and I hope you are all doing fantastic I applied for the first program I was eligible for last time around but missed out on the program. Hopefully applications will be up soon and we'll all have great luck in getting in!

I'm hoping to do hospitality, attractions, or merchandising but honestly I'll take any job I just really want the chance to get to work at Disney Can't wait to meet all of you guys

Oh and also I'm studying education at the local community college and hope to transfer to Flagler college in St. Augustine right after the program ends
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #14
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hi everyone! my name is sam (as you can tell from my username, haha). im currently a junior at new paltz in new york, and i've been looking forward to applying to the DCP since last year im looking to do fall 2013, my top 3 choices are attractions, character attendant, and merchandise! i might audition for character performer, but im not sure yet. super excited! :D
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:31 PM   #15
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Hi guys! My name is Brady. I'm a Senior at UW-Whitewater in Music Education. I wasn't able to do the CP before because of the way my major works. But I'm finally finished with the music aspect of my degree as far as classes go, and thankfully I can do the program as long as I get in for this fall.

I'm SOOOOOOOOO SUPER excited and hope all of us get in!!! I'd love to do the advantage program and move down right after finals. My sister did the program once upon a time and eventually went full time without finishing school. She had a few roles at Splash Mountain and Kilimanjaro Safaris, as well as Characters and a few parades. If I had my pick I'd either be a character (not face) or a driver at Kilimanjaro as well.

Glad to meet all of you and like I said I hope we all get in and have the time of our lives!
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