College Program Packing List

So this is the fun part where I let y’all know what’s on my list to fit into two suitcases and a carry-on for the flight to Orlando. I figured I’d post this so that if you’re needing a little help with what to bring to the DCP, you can take a look and get some inspiration. Granted, I might add or take away a few things in the two months that I have until then, but we’ll see where it goes πŸ™‚

To Bring

  • Pillows – I might have to grab a new one while in Disney because I have two fluffy pillows that really aren’t very good to sleep on, they’re more decoration, and then one sad little pillow that’s become so smooshed.
  • Sheets – preferably black or red ones, because when in Disney, one must go all out πŸ™‚
  • Blankets – I have several fuzzy blankets (I don’t have an addiction, I don’t know what you’re talking about) so those will definitely be joining me on this trip.
  • Tupperware – Leftovers for the win!
  • T-shirts – Including and with special emphasis on Disney items πŸ™‚
  • Jeans – For the days that get cold (which, I’m told, won’t be for a while. Score!)
  • Shorts – No one wants to overheat when visiting Disney!
  • Sweater – Specifically for Traditions, a nice cardigan perhaps
  • Jacket –Β I have a Minnie Mouse hoodie I absolutely adore, so that’s definitely coming, along with a a grey trench coat I wear all the time.
  • Nice flats – Another Traditions staple.
  • Slacks – Besides Traditions, I probably won’t be wearing these.
  • Nice shirt – Three guesses and the first two don’t count. What’s this for? πŸ™‚
  • Sunglasses – I am notoriously bad at breaking/losing/generally maiming these, so $5 cheapos for me!
  • Bathing suit – I really need a good Disney themed one, but navy with polka dots will work for now. Also, this includes a rashguard and boardshorts. Less exposed skin = less sunscreen. #Gingerprobs
  • Beach towel – Specifically, a little mermaid one because what better princess than Ariel to keep me company at the waterparks?
  • Bath towels – Just got some red and black ones, the perfect colors for a Disney lover
  • Chacos – These shoes I got when I worked at summer camp, and they actually are super nice to walk around in all day.
  • Converse – These are my dedicated park shoes. Wore them all three days last trip.
  • Flip flops – You can’t go to the waterparks without ’em.
  • Toothpaste – Kinda a given.
  • Toothbrush – Ditto.
  • Makeup – Thankfully I’m not a super heavy makeup person, so I won’t have to pack much.
  • Bras – No explanation needed.
  • Bath mat – I really want a Mickey one, but I have a black one so that’ll do for now.
  • Hairspray – Gotta keep those hairstyles in place.
  • Lotion – Not sure If I’m going to need this as much as I do in Phoenix.
  • Hangers – There’s no way I’m fitting everything in my dresser.
  • Laundry bag – The chances of us being in Commons is pretty small, so I’ll need this to carry everything.
  • Passport card – Another document for the new job process.
  • Laptop & charger – What good blogger/vlogger/student can survive without one?
  • Camera & equipment (battery, charger, tripod, lenses) – I must appease my inner film student πŸ™‚
  • Phone & charger (2 chargers, one for room, one for park) – With as much as I record on my phone, it’s going to perpetually die. I might have to grab an extra battery or mobile charger…
  • Earbuds – Life is a music video only you can hear πŸ™‚
  • Backpack – Gonna need something to carry all my park essentials with! Keep an eye out for the “What’s in my park bag?” post that will inevitably come.
  • Power strip – There’s probably not going to be enough outlets in our apartment.
  • Ethernet cord – That internet life.
  • Command hooks/strips – For hanging decorations. No one likes blank walls!
  • Decor – Disney themed, of course πŸ˜‰
  • Sunscreen – Again, #Gingerprobs
  • Hairbrush – Another given.
  • Nail polish/remover – I’ve recently become attached to red nails. It must be the Minnie lover in me.
  • Ariel/Mulan outfits – Disneybounding for life.

To Buy/Ship There

  • Raincoat – Rain is unpredictable, and since I don’t actually own one of these, I’m gonna need it.
  • Rain boots – Again, I live in Phoenix. Totally don’t have these.
  • Gloves – I do have a pair of knit gloves, but they catch on my ring, so I’m thinking a different pair is in order.
  • Mattress pad – No one likes sleeping on the standard issue mattresses. Might as well make them nicer.
  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap – I really don’t feel like dealing with these at the airport, or them exploding in my suitcase.

Hopefully this post has been helpful with all of your DCP packing questions. If I didn’t add something you think should be on there or just have anything to ask in general, feel free to drop me a line in the comments πŸ™‚

 

Application Stages One & Two: Application & WBI

Why hello there lovelies! I believe it’s high time that I walk y’all through the lovely process of applying to the Disney College Program and what you can do to better your chances. This first post will be focused on the first two stages of the application because I did not have enough material to warrant two different posts to be completely honest.

Stage One: The Initial Application
This part is the easiest of the entire process. It’s the standard application where you enter your personal information, education information, and work experience. In all honesty, it’s super straight-forward as Disney prompts you to give them everything they need. One thing you do need to keep in mind is whether or not you are eligible for this program to begin with. Let me give you the requirements you must meet to become a college programmer:

  • You have to be enrolled in college, taking credits at a college, or be within six months of graduation.
  • You have to meet any requirements that your school had for your participation (a certain GPA, number of credits, etc.)
  • Be 18 years or older by the time your program starts
  • Have unrestricted work authorization (i.e. you’re eligible for employment in the U.S.)

All in all, not much to say about this part of the application, so i’m going to head and hop on over to the next section.

Stage Two: The Web-Based Interview
Now, this stage is the next step you must go through to become a college programmer. Some people (myself included) are offered this portion as soon as they complete the application. Some are offered it in a few days, a few weeks, and some never get it. Those that have submitted an application but have not received the WBI are termed as “in submission”. Sidenote: being put into submission is not the end of the world. There was a “Submission Ohana” page during the application stage of my DCP and I’ve heard of those who were in submission for the longest time, finally got the WBI, and then went on to be cast members.
Back to the actual interview, I would honestly say this part is more of a super huge and long personality survey than anything else. This is the tool that Disney uses to decipher which role you would fit best into. A few tips for this section of the application:

  • Set aside at least 45 minutes to an hour to complete this. This section is incredibly long with tons of questions.
  • At the same time though, you can’t take forever to answer the questions. You’re timed and given I believe 45 seconds to answer each question, but have no fear, they’re all multiple choice or giving a rating type of questions.
  • Don’t be lukewarm. And by that I mean don’t always go for the ‘neutral’ answer. Disney wants someone who will be able to be decisive and put themselves out there. You can put a few neutrals, I know I did, but don’t let that be all of your answers.
  • Don’t stress. I know applying for the Disney college program can be intense, but don’t overthink things. They’re not going to blacklist you if you put the wrong answer to this test, only if all of your answers mark you as a candidate unfit for the position.

Well, that being said, that’s all the tips I have for you for this section of the application process blog posts. Advice on the phone interview will be a lot longer because it is so much more complex (talking to real humans, the horror! πŸ˜‰ ).
Check back in soon to see the second half of this post. I have a YouTube video on this topic as well. Also, as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below πŸ˜€

The Stages of the DCP Application Proccess

  1. Realizing there is such a thing as the Disney college program. For me, this stage came my freshman year of high school, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did manage to forget about it for my first semester at college because so much life change was going on, but I quickly jumped back on the bandwagon.
  2. Becoming eligible for the program. AKA, as soon as you complete your first semester. At this point, you have a sudden realization: I CAN WORK FOR DISNEY NOW.
  3. Actually applying. This is the fun part where you enter information and try to convince Disney you’d be a great fit for the program. This one has three stages:
    1. The basic application that opens up the interview stages.
    2. The web-based interview
    3. The (dreaded) phone interview
  4. Waiting. Or, if you’d prefer a more dramatic title, the utter horror of silence and uncertainty stemming from the Walt Disney Corporation taking their sweet time to accept or deny you. This is the point where you refresh your email every day (sometimes every hour) to see if you got that confirmation email. You beg and plead to any deity you believe in that they’ll accept you, and go over your phone interview with a fine-toothed comb to see if there was anything you screwed up. Which makes you convinced you bombed the interview and they’ll never hire you. During this time, you will also immerse yourself in everything DCP you can possibly find. You’ll watch endless amounts of vlogs (that all end up blending together at some point), consider starting one yourself, join every single Facebook group for your program, and read every blog post you can possibly find.
  5. The Moment. You know which moment I’m talking about. The one where you find an email sent from the magical mouse that holds your fate in question. Your heart drops. You can’t believe your eyes, checking it once, twice, three times to make sure. YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED! CONGRATULATIONS!

If you’d like, my lovely sister-in-law and I have illustrated these stages in one of the videos on my Youtube channel. You can check it out here. Also, as a perk of reading my blog, you get access to the rest of the lip-syncing that she and I did that got cut from the video. View that footage here.

Adventure is out there!

Why hello there!
It seems that you have come across, my blog, which you have found for one of a few reasons:

  • You search ‘Disney College Program’ and came up with this blog.
  • You came through a link from my YouTube page
  • You saw something I posted on Instagram or Facebook
  • You’re my family (hi mom πŸ™‚ )

Anyways, this is the beginning to my grand adventure. To be fair, I still don’t know if I’ll be accepted to the program yet, but since this is the only semester that it will work for me, I am genuinely hoping and wishing it would happen. It will be very difficult to be apart from myΒ fiancΓ© especially since I’m a person that needs time together, but I’m also not looking to miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I just submitted my application two days ago and got through the web based interview, and my phone interview is on February 12th. I’ll let y’all know how that went over once it’s said and done with, so just hang tight for now πŸ™‚