I’ll try to “preserve the magic” as much as I can while telling this story because I don’t want to blow anything for anyone that hasn’t been through Traditions.
For those who don’t know, Traditions is held in a room with several tables that fit about 5 people per table. I wound up being the only guy in my table and had to deal with the awkward silence/introductions from the other CP girls. There was one girl in particular—I forgot her name, but she stood out to everyone else in the table. I’m not saying that she didn’t belong there, but she sounded like she knew nothing about the DCP.
Traditions was going pretty well until we reached a certain part. I can’t really explain the activity, but this girl was acting super ignorant. Like, the genuine ignorant like she really did not know what the hell was going on. She wasn’t trolling at all but this bothered the rest of the table. There was a part in the activity where it was mentioned that Walt Disney passed away on December 15th, 1966; a fact that anyone with common sense would know whether you’re a Disney fan or not, especially since it was clearly mentioned that he was born in 1901. Without missing a beat, this girl blurted out loud
"WAIT A MINUTE! He’s not alive anymore???"
Everyone at our table (including a few people at other tables because she was mad loud) turned to her like
Everyone was in shock. I’m sitting there trying to get my life together while fathoming how this girl even made it into the DCP. No one could say anything. I decided to speak up:
"Nah. He passed away…45 years ago."
"NO! Really?! Oh my God, I didn’t even know. That’s so sad…"
After that exchange, I could say no more. I just went back to what I was doing in the activity. Later on, during the same activity, she was hit with “breaking news” Disney owns ABC
"WHAT?! DISNEY OWNS ABC?! Wow, This Disney company must have a lot of money!" <—-word-for-word quote, I’ll never forget that statement
One of the girls snapped. She tried to quiz her a bit but only couldn’t make it past the first question:
"So, what made you want to do the DCP?"
No lie, she said
“‘Cause it’s Disney! DUH!”
We all stared at her like
She then went on to brag about how this is gonna be so much fun, talking about the benefits, etc. She didn’t mention anything about work, she blew that off completely. She was dead set on hitting up the parks as much as possible. We all went through the rest of the Traditions in an awkward silence. I didn’t say shit for the rest of my time in there. I never saw any of the people I sat with at the table ever again but I’m almost 100% sure this girl self termed within a month into her program.
I’ll never forget this day because this angered me in a sense of there are hundreds, if not, thousands of people willing to anything to be part of the DCP and know what comes with it and somehow, they don’t make it in the program. Not just on a knowledge perspective, but a work perspective as well. And the fact that people can just simply get in just to fuck around and not care or take advantage of this golden opportunity given to them bothers me to the nth degree.
I know applications are coming out within the next week or so, so I want to let this be known to all DCP applicants: This will be the best experience of your life. Please, please do not take this for granted. There will be days when you just want to walk out and take the next flight/drive home but if you ask any alumni DCP-er or any CM or Leader for that matter and they will tell you one magical moment will make up 100x for the several bad moments you had in the day. And there will be days when you need to pinch yourself because you feel like you’re in a dream, working your dream job (if you thing working there is your dream), creating happiness for Guests of all ages, races, gender, whatever. You will have the time of your life. For the sake of humanity, take full advantage of it. You won’t regret this decision, given you’re accepted into the program. Remember, FT&PD. Always.
this is so true. and I’m going to add another story. actually another three but mostly just one.
In our four person apartment, we had a roommate who didn’t quite fit into the typical disney stereotype. She was, however, a veteran of the program, at 26 and this would be her third program under her belt. Her first program she worked QSFB at Cosmic Ray’s, the 2nd she worked Merch at Backlot in DHS and was TERMINATED FROM IT FOR ATTENDANCE. Somehow she got in contact with one of her managers who, probably unadvisably lifted her no-rehire status, and she was able to apply for a third program. Upon arrival in May, she was very helpful with us until she found out her work location (QSFB) with ABC Commissary at Hollywood Studios which is, one of the lesser favorite places to eat, and one of the least favorite locations to get. She would come home complaining every day about it and, within a month she was done. She went to the doctor and told him to write her a medical excuse saying she couldn’t lift more than 25 pounds. She brought it to her manager and her manager was basically like “well we have to recast you.” and she came home with an evil grin on her face knowing she had worked the system. They took 21 days to recast her for some reason and she was stuck for 3 weeks without an income and without the ability to pay her cp housing rent or food/gas money. So she went to housing and complained, saying to me that she “turned the waterworks on” and got out of it, 3 weeks comped rent, 3 weeks of free groceries (the same that grocery bingo gives you) and a Duffy bear. Once she was recasted, she found her location was MouseGear in Epcot. She proceeds to fill the apartment with her hatred of both Epcot, future world, and “the shit they sell in mouse gear.” By this time we are all done with her, her “roommate roommate” has pulled her bed into our room because she can’t deal with it anymore. And somewhere in that time of working a week at MouseGear she decided she was going to self term. This being Fall Advantage, this was somewhere around the middle of July. She has family coming at the beginning of August and she decides to not end her employment until they come and she can get them in for free. So in the time between deciding she’s self terming and her family coming, she gives away all her shifts and doesn’t work at all, holing her self up in the apartment and getting her mom to pay her rent for her.
Now tell me this isn’t the biggest waste of an accepted application you’ve ever heard. This sort of thing shouldn’t have happened and all I could think about was one of the poor people who got NLIC’d because of this girl who shouldn’t have even been hired in the first place. She had no Disney spirit in her.
This sort of thing happens a lot to be honest. One girl got accepted, trained at Rock N Roller Coaster, and then terminated within a month and a half after she got her family in for free. Her entire program was for the reason of getting free tickets. And she took a coveted spot, not only in attractions, but in one of the bigger “E-ticket (if you will)” attractions in the parks.
Another girl, more recently got terminated for safety reasons because she was texting while at a safety critical button position.
Yes this is a job and you should take it seriously. They lose a lot of people because of these stupid reasons, but don’t be one of them. Be the one that goes seasonal automatically after your program and come back every time you have time off school. Keep your proficiencies where you work, visit the full timers that took the time to be nice to you and see all the new CPs and how hard of a time they are having and look back. Stay in good standing with one of the most powerful companies in the world and keep making magic.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime and if you end up hating it, stick with it, come back for another program and go for a different position. You’ll make magic no matter where you are and you’ll leave with memories of happy faces that only occurred because of you.
Yes you are really looked at as slave labor, but they’re giving you the opportunity to work for a huge company on a temporary basis that also allows you to to the happiest place on earth on your days off. don’t fuck it up.