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Old 01-22-2006, 11:52 AM   #166
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Hey Jason. Welcome to the boards. You don't have to do anything with your major. I did merchandise and my major is recreation. I too hope to become a character perfomer (which is DEFINETELY not my major). At the interview you tell the recruiter which roles you would like to do. For character performer, however, you also have to audition. Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-22-2006, 03:41 PM   #167
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Hello. Can anyone help me out with some questions?
What is the difference between the advanced internship and the Disney professional internship - are they same thing? My graduate program (exercise science - that's fancy way of saying P.E. ) requires an internship and I would love to do recreation at WDW. Do the interns stay with the CP-ers? I ask because I'm what is called the "mature" student
How old is the oldest CP-er any of you has ever worked with?
Back in the day, I remember some of my fellow Theatre majors doing the program and having to wire their parents for money to get home - does this still happen? That question is just out of curiousity - I'm pretty sure my husband would pay to bring me home if he had to
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:47 AM   #168
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Question A few Questions

I am really interested in doing the CP. I'm a 3rd year psychology major right now, planning to go into an Accelerated BSN (nursing) program after I graduate - I graduate in Spring 2007. Most of the Accelerated BSN programs start in the summer (May). I am not sure when the best time would be for me to apply to the CP. Is anyone else a pre-nursing/nursing student who is interested in doing CP?

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1) How many days do they give you off for vacation? Can you request certain days of the week off?
2) Is there anyone who is worrying about their living situation at college? For example, I have to renew my lease really soon, and I'm not sure if I should if I want to apply for the fall program.
3) Where did you keep all your stuff (in your apartment at college) while you were doing the CP? Did you bring it all with you?

I love Disney soo much and I keep thinking, I will never get an opportunity like this again. I would love to be a character there - I have always wanted to perform on stage again (did dance for 10 years).

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Old 01-23-2006, 09:10 AM   #169
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Hello. Can anyone help me out with some questions?
What is the difference between the advanced internship and the Disney professional internship - are they same thing?
I do believe they are the same. They're moving away from the advanced internship name.

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Do the interns stay with the CP-ers?
I think there's a different apartment complex, although we did have a guy stay with us that was on an athletic trainer internship.

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How old is the oldest CP-er any of you has ever worked with?
I remember on my Magic Kingdom exploration day there was a woman who must have been in her 60s/70s. We went on Buzz together and she did pretty well.
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Back in the day, I remember some of my fellow Theatre majors doing the program and having to wire their parents for money to get home - does this still happen?
I actually made quite a bit of money. You're guaranteed 30 hours as a CP. I'm not sure how the internships work though.
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:12 AM   #170
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I can answer one of your questions. For days off, it is usually 2 days a week (unless you are taking a class- then that day counts as one day off). During busy times you could work 6 days a week. You can request days off (God knows I did!). If you want to go away, try requesting Friday-Monday off. That would be 2 week's worth of days off.
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Sehsun,
1) How many days do they give you off for vacation? Can you request certain days of the week off?
2) Is there anyone who is worrying about their living situation at college? For example, I have to renew my lease really soon, and I'm not sure if I should if I want to apply for the fall program.
3) Where did you keep all your stuff (in your apartment at college) while you were doing the CP? Did you bring it all with you?

1. You don't have any days off for vacation. You work so that other CMs get their vacation. You are allowed to request days off, but unless it's not busy they'll have you come in and work.
2. I was able to leave my lease and do the program.
3. I just took it all home. I was moving out anyways.
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:09 PM   #172
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Thanks, teh fish.
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:54 PM   #173
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Question Just a question.

Hey guys. I have just got a quick question. I'm just curious. If there are any former character performers out there, after you were selected and went down there, how does the selection process go? How do they pick which character you'll be and what you'll do (be in a character meet 'n greet, character resturaunt, or parade performer?) Does it stay the same the whole time or does it change simultaneously? And are the characters sexually oriented (only women being Minnie Mouse, etc?) Keep in mind that I am not sexist and I am not gay. I'm just curious because this is something I'm thinking about doing in the future.
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:11 PM   #174
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Hey guys. I have just got a quick question. I'm just curious. If there are any former character performers out there, after you were selected and went down there, how does the selection process go? How do they pick which character you'll be and what you'll do (be in a character meet 'n greet, character resturaunt, or parade performer?) Does it stay the same the whole time or does it change simultaneously? And are the characters sexually oriented (only women being Minnie Mouse, etc?) Keep in mind that I am not sexist and I am not gay. I'm just curious because this is something I'm thinking about doing in the future.
I'm not a character (not yet, anyway {hopefully}) but from what I've seen and know,, what you do down in Disney depends on how your audition goes. The higher you score the higher you get to do. As for what characters you would do, the characters are put into "height rangers". The ranges are: Mouse, Chipmunk, Pluto, Tigger (I think there are more. Jeff, if you read this help me out!). Again, the characters depend on height. How many guys do you know that are short enough to be Mickey (there are more then you think)? And again, how many girls do you know that are tall enough to be Goofy? In the middle, it is mixed. Good luck because character performer is something that I want to do, too.
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straightj23,

Joanna is correct. It's all done by height and it can be male or female.

If you want to do parades, you have to attend a special audition. Based on your performance, you can get picked or request to learn shows and parades.
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Ok, so does anyone know if there are any disadvantages to watching the E-Presentation? This would be so much easier for, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.
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I can answer one of your questions. For days off, it is usually 2 days a week (unless you are taking a class- then that day counts as one day off). During busy times you could work 6 days a week. You can request days off (God knows I did!). If you want to go away, try requesting Friday-Monday off. That would be 2 week's worth of days off.
Thank you soo much!

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1. You don't have any days off for vacation. You work so that other CMs get their vacation. You are allowed to request days off, but unless it's not busy they'll have you come in and work.
2. I was able to leave my lease and do the program.
3. I just took it all home. I was moving out anyways.
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Here's a question that I'm sure gets asked all the time, but I'd like to hear everyone's input on it.

Should you check QSFB if you don't really want to do it? Are you pretty much guaranteed that they will ask you if you will do it, and if they do, should you say yes? I would like to know if anyone out there has said no...I really want to say no if asked this, but I won't if it's going to really hinder my chances of getting in.
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If you don't want to do it, don't sign up. They have plenty of spaces to fill.
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