It is a long time ago that I posted my last blog. My last blog was about me having my interview with Sue for an internship at Walt Disney World. I got accepted for the program and went to Walt Disney World from July 2015 until January 2016. Two months ago, in January, I flew back to the Netherlands and now I want to share my experiences.
First of all I want to tell you where I worked and what my duties were. I will also tell you why this experience is such an amazing experience.
During my time in Walt Disney World I worked in two different roles and in a few different locations. I worked three months in Quick Service Food and Beverage in Electric Umbrella en three months in Merchandise in TestTrack, Mission Space, Club Cool and Pin Central. These are all different locations in Epcot.
In Electric Umbrella my duties were: selling food and beverages and taking and filling orders. Furthermore I was preparing food items and I had to clean the restaurant. During my three months in Merchandise my duties were: demonstrating and selling merchandise, stocking and cleaning shelves and preparing packages for shipping. This sounds as an easy job, but fellow Cast Members can definitely confirm that it is not. Work was difficult some days, but all your friends at work were there to make it a better day. They do not only make magic for the guests, they also make magic for each other.
There are a few different things that make this program an amazing experience. During the program you will live in a Disney apartment, travel with Disney transport (and Transtar) and work in Disney locations. That means everything in your life will be Disney, but that is okay, because you will mostly feel magical.
In these Disney apartments you will live together with people from all around the world. You will learn about new cultures and about other countries. My roommates were from Germany, Great Britain, Morocco and The United States. We definitely had different norms and values and that makes it challenging to live with all these different nationalities. But you will mostly learn about other cultures and their norms and values. You have to be open to it and you have to, but at least try to, understand. If you are open to these other cultures you will make friends with people from all around the world.
Your life will be Disney, as I said before. You will live in a magical world full with magical people. The first time walking into one of the Disney Parks will make you feel like you are home. Everything is soo overwhelming and your heart will be filled with so much love for The Walt Disney Company.
You will also get to explore the Disney Parks, where you do not work, during your days off. You will go to all the different events, like Halloween, Food and Wine, Christmas and New Years. You will get to try all the amazing food (especially during Food and Wine) Disney offers and you will see the (firework) shows multiple times. Every time you visit a park you will explore new things. Disney is filled with details and you will keep seeing new things.
In short, the Disney College Program is an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to everyone who loves to work hard, work with guests and loves to meet new people from all around the world.