My Disney Journey

This blog was a journey of my application to Walt Disney World's Cultural Representative Program, from sorting out my CV through all the interviews to a year of having a mouse for a boss! Now, watch as I try to get back to my second home.

London baby! September 30, 2010

So Today I head off to London. My interview is tomorrow, but I have to be there rather early, so I’m staying in a hotel tonight. I double checked all my documents last night, so I’m pretty sure I’ve got everything. I’m off to the hairdressers soon, so my hair will look lovely! I’m so nervous, but I think I’ve done as much prep work as I can. I’ve got my Disney institute book to read on the train over, and all my paperwork is in a lovely folder ready to go.

For now, I guess it’s just fingers crossed!

Wish me luck 😛

Vikki.

 

Application form/OMG Where’s My Passport?!?!?! September 17, 2010

Hey guys!

Excitement mounting further and further. I got around to filling in Disney’s online application form last night. 😀

I tried filling it in the other day, got as far as the penultimate page, then found out I needed my passport number. So begun the hunt for my passport. Having moved house a couple of months ago, there’s still quite a few unsorted boxes, and things have been moved around a few times while trying to find homes for everything. I knew I’d seen my passport since we’d moved in, so I wasn’t worried about having left it behind, but a couple of hours later, and I still couldn’t find it!!

Eventually, we (my man and I) gave up hunting, and went to bed. I was really rather worried, as I knew I’d need to bring my passport to the interview in london, and I also know that I have 5 years left on it! I really didn’t want to have to pay £70 odd and loose out on those 5 years.

Either way, the good news is that my wonderful man found my passport the next morning. It just so happened to be in the one box I didn’t even *think* of (assumed it was full of candles). And so I filled in the wonderful online form! Starting again from the beginning, as the website won’t save mid-progress. :(

So I guess you want to know a little more about this form? It’s a very basic, job application form. Asks for personal details, info off your passport, emergency contact, basic education info (it doesn’t even go as far to ask about GCSEs and A Levels!), oh – and employment history. The only annoyance is that you have to talk about each position (work or voluntary position) in 200 characters or less!!! Thankfully, my CV is mostly in bullet points, so it wasn’t too hard for me.

So, all I need to do now is photocopy my passport and get a bank/credit card statement (one of which will be turning up in the post in a few days time!) and then I’ll have everything I need to take to the interview!

Now, before this post gets any longer, I shall bid you adieu!

Keep on dreaming!
Vikki

 

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to London I go! September 12, 2010

I got it! I got the Face to face interview!

Found out on Friday, with this lovely little e-mail:

Dear Victoria,

Many thanks for taking time in the pre-screen interview for the Disney’s Cultural Representative Program. We were impressed by your performance and are delighted to invite you to the final interview stage.

More blurb tells me where and when it is. So, I’ve booked trains and hotel, and arranged to meet all the other interviewees (from both days) for a meal.

I have so much prep to do, finding out everything I can about Disney and Epcot, and reading up on the Disney work ethos etc. That, all while I’m trying to do stuff for my NVQ. I have 3 weeks to prep, as my interview is on the 1st Oct, at Disney HQ no less!

I’ll let you know how the whole weekend goes afterwards. I’ll try and keep in touch with the prep work too! Especially this random online form I have to fill in.

Keep dreaming! If I can do it, you can too!
Vikki.

 

The Wait may soon be over!!! September 9, 2010

So, the last of the phone interviews were today, according to people off the WDWIP forums. And we should be getting emails re: Face-to-face interviews either tomorrow or early next week! Eeek.

So, instead of panicking about what that dreaded email might say, I thought I’d impart a little more information to the world!

So, you’ve found out about the CRP. You’ve found a way to work at Disney. Congrats! Now you need to find out everything else. I’ll start by giving you a quick run down of what the CRP is…

CRP, or Cultural Representative Program, is Walt Disney World Resort’s way of staffing the various cultural pavilions throughout Epcot’s World Showcase. WDW hires people from each country that has a pavilion, so that each pavilion is as culturally accurate (at least in terms of cast members) as it can be.

It’s a 12 month program (with the possibilty of extending to a maximum of 15 months if you’re a very good little girl or boy).

You would live in Disney Accommodation for the duration of your program. Single gender flats of 2-8 people, and you would share your bedroom with one other. These flats are usually of mixed cultures too.

Rent and bills are taken directly out of your pay cheque. So you end up with roughly $100 a week for food and sundries (varies depending on exact job role). You do, however, get benefits for working for Disney, such as free entry to all the parks, and discounts at most shops and restaurants.

The jobs available depend on which country you’re from, and thus which pavilion you’d work in. All pavilions have Food & Beverage (F&B) roles and Merchandise (Merch) roles, and some also have roles in Attractions. F&B is either Quick Service or Full Service (eg, Chippy and The Rose & Crown pub in the UK pavilion). Merchandise involves working in shops, selling goods from your country (eg, tea). Attractions involves working on rides, helping guests on and off, speaking to audiences, etc.

I think that’s enough info for you guys to be getting on with for now. I will go into more detail as time goes on, although I suspect I’ll be concentration on the application process over the next couple of weeks!

Cheers for reading, and may your dreams come true too!

Vikki

 

Baby baby steps September 1, 2010

So, this morning I had my phone interview. I gave yummy jobs my home number, so no connection issues (like I’ve heard some people hard – that’d freak me out WAY too much). Nick was ever so lovely. I have spoken to him before when enquiring about stuff ages ago, and he was as nice as ever. Did a basic check on tattoos and piercings, double checked contact details, usual important sort of stuff. *Then* we got to the questions.

I think he covered pretty much every topic that needed covering. Questions about work, how to deal with customers, living away from home, living with other people, what I’d tell guests about Bristol (he stopped me saying he could tell I had more!). He didn’t really ask about any past times or interests, so I didn’t get to mention the uber-English bell ringing, but maybe next time.

Overall, I think it went ok. I’m just not sure if it went ok *enough*. I mean, I’m up against roughly 300 people for somewhere between 100 and 150 places at F2F interviews. I guess there’s not too much more I can do now, except wait. Wait for a couple of weeks until “mid-September” (whenever that might be) to receive an email inviting me to London or turning me away. I honestly don’t have any idea which way it will go, either. *shrug*

So yea, I’m slowly taking baby steps closer to the ever elusive goal that is Working For Disney.

Fingers crossed, as always.

Vikki.