Disney is and has always been one of the most important things in my life. I’ve wanted to work there for a long time, but have had no luck getting a job so far. However, the Disney CareerStart Program seems like the perfect opportunity for me. The program is very similar to the Disney College Program. Those who are accepted into the program pays a fee ($100 for CS, not sure if it’s the same for CP), and moves into a fully furnished apartment. The apartments even include pots and pans! Rent for the apartments varies, depending on the size of the apartment, from about $82 – $108 per week. That is taken out of your paycheck each week so you never have to worry about paying rent on time. Oh yeah, you get a paycheck because you are working at Walt Disney World! For six months you live, work, and play at ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ with fellow young people who all share the same passion for Disney as you.
The requirements for getting into the program are that you have to be at least 18 years old at the start of the program. Which means you can be 17 and apply, and get accepted only if you are 18 by the time you arrive for the program. Also, you have to have graduated high school or gotten your GED within the last 48 months. Other than that, it’s just luck and hope. On the CareerStart site, there is an “E-Presentation” that talks about all the specific details. It also shows video clips about different aspects of the program, such as working and living. After watching the presentation, you can download the 4 page application in PDF form. Print it out, fill it out, fax it in and mail it off. Then once Disney gets both the fax and the actual application, they will e-mail you to schedule an online interview. If that goes well, they may want to schedule another interview over the phone. Once that’s over you wait…. and wait… and wait some more. Probably the most nerve racking part of the whole process.
After a few weeks of religiously checking the mail, you should receive an acceptance letter and package if you get accepted. If you’re not accepted into the program, you will get a “We regret to inform you…” letter. Once you’re accept, however, it’s still not over. Now you have to pay the $100 fee, get all the stuff you’ll need to bring with you, and either fly or drive down to arrive by the specific date and time mentioned in the acceptance letter. Since you won’t get your first pay check until a week and a half after you start working, it’s a good idea to bring some extra cash for that time. After that, prepare to spend the next 6 months making all kinds of memories at Disney that you never thought could ever be made. Those who really love the program, may be able to extend into the next season’s program for another 5 or 6 months.
I know all this from all the research I’ve done in the last 3 days. As of right now, I have my application in hand ready to fax and send off. So I better get right on that so I can start the first anxiety-filled wait for a reply period. Joy! I really do hope I am accepted because I feel that this is the perfect thing for me right now. It’s just what I needed and wanted. How often does that happen!? To anyone reading this who is also hoping to be accepted into the Spring 2010 Program, best of luck! I hope we all get in and can work, play, and live together!