Thursday, January 28, 2010

more questions!

What is your favorite park music??
Favorite? I love love love Illuminations. A lot. My most played songs in my Park Music playlist are the Fantasmic! Finale, Main Street's Welcome Medley, the Epcot Entrance Medley, Grim Grinning Ghosts, the Parade of Dreams, and the Splash Mountain Medley.

I believe your phone interview is going on right now- Good Luck!!!! And tell us how it goes!
Thank you! :) I think it went pretty well... and fully intend to write a detailed blog post... eventually...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My application process.

I submitted my application on January 20  (nerd much?) and called the next day around 11:30 to schedule my interview. I had to re-dial a few times due to a busy signal, but finally got through. I was on hold for maybe ten minutes or so, but that was okay because the hold music was epic - all park stuff. Basically I want to stream the Disney College Program Interview Line hold music, because I am a dork. My interview is at 7:45 tomorrow evening... woohoo! 24 hours from now I'll probably be staring at my phone and freaking out, not going to lie.

I checked off the following roles:
  1. Character Performer
  2. Concierge
  3. Attractions (Jungle please please please please please?)
  4. FSFB
  5. Hospitality
  6. PhotoPass
Performer, Concierge, and Attractions are definitely my top 3, though. I've talked quite a bit in this blog about why I want to do both performer and concierge, but haven't focused quite as much on attractions. I know it's a bit foolhardy to pin your hopes and dreams on one attraction, but I REALLY want to be a Jungle Cruise Skipper. My interest in creating characters and improv lends itself to that, I think. I know I would be so energized working there - I'm sure I'd have off days and everything, but what a great role, you know?

So I have been compiling a list of interview questions by role, and thinking about how I might answer them. If anyone would like the list, I can definitely e-mail it to you! It includes roles other than just what I checked off, but sadly it's not comprehensive and some roles are left off. Just comment with your e-mail address and I'll send it along.

I'll most likely blog again tomorrow, after my interview. In the meantime, if you have any questions for me please feel free to ask on my formspring!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


The e-presentation, presentation schedule, and application are UP!

I'm watching it now, so that's all for now.


Info Post #6: Living (The Apartments)

So I thought it was about time I write another info post, seeing as the last "official" info post I wrote was October 27. About that...

I think I covered the various steps of the application process pretty well. I wish I had enough knowledge to write info posts about what to pack/how to prepare to travel down to Orlando and check-in day, but... well, I don't. There are a lot of packing lists floating around the Disboards College Board, and Marina wrote an absolutely fantastic and detailed post about her check-in process.

So what else is there to think about before your program besides the application process? Where you want to live, of course! There are four housing complexes for the College Program, but one (The Commons) is only open to international students. So that leaves you with three choices: Vista Way, Chatham Square, and Patterson Court. (At least I think it's called Chatham square - I'm so used to calling them Vista, Chatham, and Patterson that I'm not sure of Chatham's full title!)

Vista is the oldest of the complexes, with smaller rooms and cheaper rent. It also has the reputation of being the "party" complex and very social. However, since it's the oldest, it's a bit run down compared to the others. And I think the crazy-party reputation is, like many rumors and reputations, at least a bit exaggerated. Vista features 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

Chatham has the biggest rooms and 2nd most expensive rent of the 3. Generally, whereas Vista has this kind of crazy "Disney Gone Wild" reputation, Chatham is quieter. There are parties, but they aren't as, shall we say, rambunctious. It's a good middle ground between Vista and Patterson, socially. However, it IS more expensive than Vista and has this weird green carpet, if that's an issue for you. You can keep the price down by trying to get a 3 or 4 bedroom - the 4 bedroom apartments in Chatham even have 2 fridges! Chatham features a full range of apartment sizes, from 1-4 bedrooms.

weird green carpet

Finally, Patterson is the newest of the complexes and therefore considered to be the nicest by many. Its rooms are a bit smaller than Chatham's, but the rent is higher because, well, it's newer. It's known for being very, very quiet. It's also important to know that, unlike Vista and Chatham, Patterson does not have its own bus stop. If you have a car, that's fine. If you don't, it's a potential issue.

Here's a diagram I found to illustrate the difference in size between Vista and Chatham (I haven't found anything for Patterson, sadly.)

For the official word on the "Living" experience of the CP, check out the Housing section of the CP website. (And try not to cry when you remember that the application page is still all sad and down.) HOWEVER. Those lovely decorated bedrooms they show you in the 360ยบ tour? Yeah, not allowed. You're allowed one bulletin board per participant or something like that, and many of the inspectors are very, very strict about this rule - you can fail housing inspections for having a single extra thing up (even something like a calendar), from what I've heard. There are still ways to make your apartment cute and livable, even with one measly bulletin board for decoration.

Personally, I'd love to live in Chatham for my program, in either a 3 or 4 bedroom - thank goodness they put two fridges in the four bedrooms!
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