Phone Interview take 2

30 01 2011

Last time I talked about what to prepare yourself with before you took the phone interview, now it’s time for me to discuss what actually goes on during and after your phone interview. Special thanks to Robby for filling me in on the interview process for previous cp’s. Read his blog here.

After you have awoken at least an hour before hand and youtubed ways to remain calm during an interview, it will be time for the task at hand.  Generally you will receive a phone call within 5 to 10 minutes depending on if any earlier interviews happen to extend a bit longer than normal.  Your interviewer will warmly welcome you to the program and will go over some cursory questions: name, email, etc.

Once that is out of the way you will get THE questions.  Why Disney.  Why the program.  These two questions are the ones that I can not tell you how to answer because quite simply you are the only one that can answer this.  The answers are different to everybody and are probably the section of the interview that you show your true self to the interviewer.

After your answer and you hear silence, ITS OK!  The interviewer is typing notes as you talk so if there is a lot of silence that does not mean that the recruiter is staring at the phone frowning or that you didn’t answer your question correctly.

Sometime during this interview, mine was at the end, I was asked if I had a favorite park, attraction or character.  I’ve heard that if you are applying for attractions this would be where you try and throw your hat into the mix to try and request a specific ride/show but just remember that it’s based on availability and when you apply and you won’t be guaranteed that specific role.

During your interview you will be asked about your current job experience [and if you have done the program before, to go over your roles and responsibilities that you carried out at your location].

Eventually, you will make your way into the roles section of the interview.  Here is where the interview itself can be short or long depending on the number of roles you applied for. This is also where you will be asked if you want to add any additional roles (which is entirely your choice and you do not have to feel as though you need to add more if you don’t want to) When I first applied my interview was about 20-25 minutes and I had applied for Attractions, Full Food Service and Beverage, Merchandise and Character Attendant.  Your interview will ask you to pick your top three (this does not mean that you won’t be asked questions about the others).  After that you will be asked questions about the roles:

Examples (this does not mean you will be asked EXACTLY what i put down)

  • What would you think would be affiliated with being in X role?
  • (Attractions) If you had a child that you weren’t sure if they measured up to ride X ride what would you do?
  • Some form of conflict resolution.  I was asked if there was a problem with my roommates how I would handle it.
  • (bibbidy bobbity) Do you have any hair and make up experience?
  • Are you more independent or a team player?
  • If you were currently engrossed in a task and were requested to do something else how would you react.
  • If you are given an overload of tasks how do you handle them to get them all completed.
  • Are you a fast, steady or slow worker?
  • etc.

If former cp:

  • Give an example of a time you helped create a magical moment.
  • How would or did you react during an emergency and the procedures that took place.
  • Any challenges with the living component i.e. roommate issues, housing difficulties, buses
  • [refer back to your roles to answer the questions, this will show how you handled the situations in real Disney expectations]
  • etc.

After this there will be the wrap up questions and you will be informed that it will take between 3-4 weeks to receive either an email or mail notification from the college program of your acceptance or rejection.  Granted I heard back a week after I applied and I know people who didn’t hear for 4-6 weeks while yesterday we found out that the Fall program has   started to accept people.  I would say that depending on if you applied for the popular roles (Attractions or Character Attendant) you will probably have to wait a little bit to hear back or you may be one of the lucky ones who hear right out of the gate.

HOWEVER now that you have the interview done and out of the way you start phase 2 of the waiting game in which you will begin to religiously check your email every ten minutes or so.  It’s like watching a toaster.  You are hungry for toast and you know the minute you look away it will go off.

After you receive your notification you will be informed of what role you have been accepted for, pay rate and then informed of the steps to take to accept your acceptance.  There will be some people who receive rejections and some who get put on hold.  Both of these outcomes are a new level of anxiety.  Hold acceptance means you will have to wait longer to know if you got in because it will require others who were accepted to decline to let you in.

After you receive your acceptance phase 3 of the waiting game commences because you now have to wait till your arrival date to know exactly where it is that you will be working and able to take part in the magic of the college program.


Hope that this helps those who are new to the interview process and I wish you all the best of luck!

Thanks again to Robby for providing me with the interview process for reapplying cp’s.

The Phone Interview

26 01 2011

QUITE a few of the people who I am friends with on Facebook / Twitter / Vloggers / etc have applied to do the Fall/Fall Adv or Summer Alumni program down in WDW.  A group of hopefuls and a subscriber wanted to know any secrets or how to best prepare for the phone interview.  I digress for a moment to go over the entire application process.

If you decide you want to apply for the WDWCP you will first be asked a number of general questions: Name, Age, are you in college currently.  You then move on to your Roles Checklist, where you select which of the available roles you are interested in applying for.  This varies by Alumni Program and Fall so I won’t go into the exact details about the roles.  Once through that section you get the web interview and this is where the application process apparently deviates.  IF you are a new applicant [bear with me i did this over a year ago and it may have changed] you will have an interview made up of short answer questions as well as a rate 1-10 or 1-5 about yourself and what you expect from the program.


Once the web-based interview is done, you will be asked for the presentation code you will receive at the live presentation (don’t worry if you can’t make the live pres, at the end of the e-pres online you will also be given a code that will work) and if all signs point to yes, you will be able to schedule your phone interview.

[Note:  If you have allready completed a CP or are a campus rep/seasonal during the general int you will be asked this and you will skip the web int]

Now…the phone interview.  You’ll be given a number to call to set up your phone interview.  Word of advice, remember that if you aren’t on the East Coast that the office closes early so tailor your call to that or call the next day.   After you set up the phone interview you will then begin to stare at a clock and be antsy till the moment your int is done.  Most interviews are not taken the day of the initial call unless you are the first person to apply so know that there could be a couple of days before you have the interview.

Here’s a list of what to do before the int:

  • If it’s an early morning interview [remember the time difference] I suggest being awake at least an hour before hand, that way you don’t sound like you just rolled out of bed.
  • Before your phone interview, review your roles checklist, you will be asked during the interview to pick the 3 that are your favorite and whether you would like to expand your role checklist.  During my SA 10 interview, I had put down attractions, merch, and full food service and beverage.  During my int they asked if I was interested in adding quick food or custodial to which I politely declined.
  • Prepare questions!  At the end of your interview you will be asked if you have any questions and this is the time to ask them.
  • Remember to be yourself.  You are the only person that knows you and just like in a regular interview you are trying to get the interviewee to understand that you are the best fit for the job and why.
  • Breathe.  They know that you may be nervous because they interview quite a few new recruits just as or more nervous than you may be.  It’s Disney after all, so have fun.   Before my interview I got incredibly nervous so I took a moment to my self, sat at my desk, brought up YOUTUBE, grabbed two pencils and watched “Won’t Get Fooled Again” rock band videos and rocked out to relax.

Now that’s it for right now because i’ve got to go to class, so look for my post about the phone interview itself later.

Sundance Film Festival

24 01 2011

Starting off as the Utah/US Film Festival in the winter of ’78, Sundance has grown into the premiere showcase for indie filmmakers, low budget films and masterpieces that few will ever witness.  In the years since, Park City has become apart of the glitz and glammer for all of Hollywood and International audiences alike.

Growing up in Utah, i’ve always heard about Sundance and seen quite a few of the films showcased that were picked up and distributed to a mass audience.  However I am disappointed to say that I’ve never attended Sundance.  That all changed this year.

My friend Wes is a volunteer this year and station at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Salt Lake.  Now Park City is the hub of all the Sundance goodness, but there are theatres in Ogden and Salt Lake as well.  While working on homework last Friday Wes called me asking me if I wanted to catch one of the movies showing at The Tower.  I jumped at the opportunity.

That night, I attended not only the Sundance but the International Premiere of Trolljegeren. [Norwegian translation: Troll Hunter]  I read the synopsis and was intrigued to say the least.


A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

The film is shot in the style of a found film footage mockumentary shot in 29 days over all of Norway.  I got sucked into this film, laughing at the humor and getting the same feeling watching this as I did the first time seeing Jurassic Park…except with Trolls.  The film takes the mythology and folklore from Norwegian tales of Trolls and subjects them to a Government cover up and real world situations.  The interesting thing of this film is that the director created a natural script coupled with realistic acting and a sheer sense of fear that made me question at multiple parts of this film if this could be real.

I found out that Trolljegeren has been picked up and will hopefully either get a mass distribution in theatres of a DVD release.

Sundance runs from Jan 20th through Jan 30th 2011.

The Disney Press Event Details

18 01 2011

With the Disney Press Event at the Magic Kingdom concluded, here is what we now know.

  • Star Tours II will be opened officially May 20th 2011 just in time for Star Wars Weekend!!
  • Gaston’s Tavern will not be serving Butterbeer…sad face.
  • Seven Dwarves Mine Train will be a Family Coaster….no clone of Big Thunder
  • Dual Dumbo area known as Storybook Circus
  • Be Our Guest will have with over 550 seats making it bigger than Chef Mickeys
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventure will be the location of the Princess Meet and Greets
  • Barnstormer to become the GREAT Goofini
  • The Magic the Memories and You projection details concerning the Castle sound amazing.  4 projectors all showcasing photos and videos from around the MK taken that day on the castle nightly before the fireworks.

While I am excited for these new announcements…i’m very excited of Star Tours II officially opening up before Star Wars Weekends, which will make Hollywood Studios THE park of all parks in my opinion.

Anyway that’s all she wrote, comment and i’ll catch you all next time!


Welcome…to New Fantasyland

18 01 2011

Well Twitter has been incredibly active today in the proceedings before tonight’s press event about Fantasyland…or should I call it New Fantasyland?

Rumored to be completely open by 2012 (one year earlier than planned, go imagineers) Fantasyland will be getting the Little Mermaid Dark Ride as well as Be Our Guest themed restaurant.  HOWEVER, that is not all.

  • Snow Whites Scary Adventures will be going the way side as it will now be the home of Princess Fairytale Hall which will be a Meet and Greet with all the Disney Princesses save for Arielle and Belle since they will have their own mini land.
  • The Barnstormer will become The Great Goofini and get a splash of new paint.
  • The Dueling Dumbo-interactive queue-thing will now be known as Storybook Circus
  • The big rumor is that there will be another ride…another rollercoaster added to Fantasyland in the form of The Seven Dwarves Mine Train.  I’m not sure if this will be set up in between the current ride building of Little Mermaid and Toontown Fair.  However this roller coaster will probably be more on the scale of the Barnstormer and not Big Thunder since…well there allready IS a train coaster in the park.

This information as well as images provided by Inside the Magic and full article HERE

Now these are all rumors, but with concept art to go with them, it’s fairly probably that these are all true rumors but we won’t know for sure until tonights press event.

Stay tuned for more.

Let the Memories Begin

17 01 2011

Good Morning interweb.

Two weeks ago I choose to rather impromptly pull a vanishing act and left an impending cold front likely to drop a foot of snow for the sunny warmth of Florida. I had three main objectives this trip.

1. Deliver salsa to the victor of my College Football regular season game I started in August for friends from the wdwcp: Karen who oddly was on vacation in Florida.

2. To surprise many friends. Karen didn’t know I was coming down, just the same way the rest of my friends didn’t either. However more on surprising Karen in a moment.

3. To help introduce new cp’s to Disney and more importantly to decompress from the busy Christmas wedding season and finals.

Now granted, I had gone down to Florida in October during Fall Break Disney has not released their grip on me yet. The trip itself was only a week but felt like it passed by in a flash. I got to see my old roomates Will and Austin, surprise my old 9103 neighbor Tori and above all help with the biggest surprise of them all.

I told you we would circle back to surprising Karen. Karen was actually the first person I met just before I started the wdwcp last January while at EPCOT with my mom. Fittingly it was also almost one year ago since we met so the trip (from the standpoint of a writer) had a lot of layered meaning. Now me being me I never show my hand completely until the showdown. During the cp, Karen presgained me into being her wingman of sorts on a date with another cp, Robby. I was the failsafe if the date went completely to part which I hoped it wasn’t because from what I had heard from Karen before this, Robby seemed like a great guy. (Didn’t like my salsa and was from Alabama, but that is neither here nor there at the moment) Since then Robby and Karen’s relationship grew strong and i’ve become very good friends with both of them.

On Christmas Eve, during my familial tradition of eating pizza before watching Christmas Vacation, Robby sends me a picture text. I open it and promptly start choking on pizza. A ring flashed up from my iPhone and this got the wheels turning.

Needless to say under veil of secrecy within hours my trip was booked.

On January 4th 2011, beneath the twinkling glow of Cinderella’s Castle after Wishes illuminated the night sky, Robby proposed to Karen.

This has been my second time helping a friend propose to his girlfriend, and oddly the first time was with my friends Kevin and Emily at Disneyland two years ago. Disney holds magic for everyone and with the “Let the Memories Begin” campaign going on now at WDW, I can honestly say that some of the greatest memories I’ve made and have helped with have begun at Disney.

16 01 2011
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13 01 2011

Greetings and Salutations!  Name’s Derek and WordPress and myself will be friends.  Stay awhile, drop a comment below and stay tuned for more!