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.

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!



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