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Is The Disney College Program Worth It?

You have been to the meetings, heard from alumni that it’s awesome, read countless articles about it but now the only question left is, is the Disney College Program Worth it?

This question is not answered the same for everyone.  The answer is really yes and no, it simply depends on the person.  So first lets look at some pros, cons and the overlapping pros and cons of the Disney College Program.

Is the Disney College Program Worth It? | Winter Formal

Disney College Program Winter Formal.  A fun night with all my CP friends.

Pros

  • Get to work and live at Walt Disney World.
  • Meet people from all over the world.
  • Paid Internship.
  • Earn college credit from taking Disney Intern only classes.
  • There is no other internship like it in the world.
  • Looks good on a resume.
  • Experience is amazing.
  • It’s Walt Disney World…If that’s not the biggest “Pro” I don’t know what is.
  • Get to go to the Disney Parks for free!
  • Get to live in Florida.
  • You will grow as a person.
Is the Disney College Program Worth It? | Conductor Wildlife Express Train

Me as conductor on the Wildlife Express Train and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Where else on earth would you get to do something like this?

Cons

  • Delay a semester of college.
  • Pay is minimal.
  • If you do take classes they will most likely be scheduled on your days off.
  • While rent comes directly out of your paycheck from Disney, it is not cheap.  On average you pay around $100 a week which means if you are in a two bedroom apartment between four people that two bedroom apartment costs $1,600 which is ridiculous for a two bedroom apartment in Florida.
  • Laundry machines still cost money even with high rent prices.
  • Security at housing can be extremely annoying.
  • Even though everyone signs the same housing agreement you are not allowed to have guests that do not live in your housing complex after a certain time.  So if you live in Chatham and have a friend from Patterson over they must be out by a certain time.  Breaking this rule can lead to termination from the program.
  • Disney can terminate you from the program at any time for any reason.  You will sign an agreement to these terms allowing them to do so.

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Overlap

  • You will know your role when you get accepted but you will not know exactly where you will be working until you have arrive at Walt Disney World.
    • I. Could get a great role.
    • II. Could get a terrible role.
  • Some positions have longer hours than others.
    • I. Could work long hours.
    • II. Could work short hours.
  • You will be working the shifts that the full timers do not want.  Full time Cast Members bid on their shifts so they tend to take the most desired shifts which leaves the more undesirable shifts to the College Program students.
    • I. This could be good or bad depending on your role, location and your attitude.
  • Unless you are joining the Disney College Program with someone you already know you wont really know how your roommates are until you get there.  Sure you can meet and talk with people on Facebook before hand but again you will not really know how someone is until you start living with them.
    • I. Could get good roommates.
    • II. Could get bad roommates.
  • If you have to take the bus it can be a real pain.
    • I. The bus can be late.
    • II. To take the bus you usually need to leave much earlier for your shift than you would if you had a car and you will usually have to wait a little extra time after your shift before the bus takes you back to housing.
    • III. You will make friends on the bus.
Is the Disney College Program Worth It? | Buzz Lightyear

Having some fun playing at the Magic Kingdom with my CP friends.

So is the Disney College Program worth it?  I say the biggest reason NOT to do the Disney College Program is if you want to graduate from college and get into your career field as quickly as possible.  Then you might not want to do the Disney Internship.

However, you could always sign up for the Disney College Program on your last semester of college to which you would start the semester after graduation.  This would allow you to be eligible for the Disney College Program and guarantee at least a semesters worth of work after you graduate.  This would also give you time to find a job in your career field while still being able to do the Disney College Program.

is the Disney College Program Worth it? | Wildlife Express Train Crew Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 Wildlife Express Train crew. Some of the best people I have ever met.

Now that you know some of the pros and cons of the Disney College Program you can ask yourself again, Is the Disney College Program worth it?

My Opinion

In my opinion the Disney College Program is absolutely worth it.  The memories I have as a College Program Student I will cherish for the rest of my life.  I did two Disney College Programs because after I did my first program I missed it so much I just had to do a second one.  The only experiences in my life that top being a CP is being a husband and a father.  I personally can not say in words how magical my experiences as a CP truly were.  I loved both my positions as a CP and one day I plan to retire in Florida and work for Disney once again.

Share with us whether you think the Disney College Program is worth it in the comments below!

Is the Disney College Program Worth it | For me, Yes!

I will never forget being a CP at the Wildlife Express Train. Is the Disney College Program worth it? For me I would not trade my experience for the world. I say absolutely it is worth it!

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