Dear diary, today I became a cast member: Program lessons from “The Princess Diaries”

Ask someone to name a Disney princess and the responses will probably be Belle, Ariel, Rapunzel and the like. However, there’s one Disney princess many forget to mention: the frizzy-haired, clumsy and incredibly shy Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia!

While her transformation from “invisible” 15-year-old to Genovian royalty is fun to watch for comedic purposes, the film also includes some invaluable words of wisdom.

Here are some lessons from “The Princess Diaries” that will guide you on your program:


Anyone can see your desires. No one knows what’s in your heart.

You’ll constantly hear the importance of networking and using your leaders to guide you in your Disney journey. While they are an important part of your program and can help you realize your career potential, they cannot read your mind – or your heart. If you’ve dreamed of creating costumes for our parades, leading an opening team at a resort or park, or animating memorable Disney characters, your leaders won’t know unless you tell them. Talk to them about your Disney dreams and explain why you hold these opportunities so close to your heart. Knowing about your interests and strengths will give your leaders better knowledge to set you up with career growth opportunities.


You gotta think tall, you gotta smile and wave, and just have fun

As cast members, you serve as a beacon of knowledge and positivity for guests in our parks and resorts. They look to you for information and encouragement, and sometimes even just for someone to talk to. When you’re having a rough day or feel as if your current task is unimportant, remind yourself that guests notice and respond to your energy. Remind yourself that your courtesy and efficiency could help turn someone’s day around and create a magical moment for them. So remember to smile and have fun!


Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear.

Maybe you’ve never lived away from home or had roommates. Maybe you’re scared you won’t make friends or won’t be able to meet the expectations of your new role. We understand that taking on the challenges of a cast member aren’t always easy, especially when you’re already feeling homesick or overwhelmed from your new independence. However, take notes from your favorite Disney hero (or 15-year-old princess) and have courage. Realize that a recruiter saw some magic in you and know that you are on your program for a reason! Whatever you are afraid of, it will be worth it in the end when you conquer that fear and come out of this experience with new learnings about yourself. When you receive your celebration Mickey ears and program certificate at the end of your program, you’ll be beaming with pride!

While “The Princess Diaries” is filled with a wealth of knowledge, there is one moment from the film you shouldn’t let influence you.


I can’t be a princess

Erase the word “can’t” from your vocabulary! Your program is the perfect time to test yourself and experience things you never thought were possible. Get out of your comfort zone and realize all this company has to offer. Say hi to someone new at a housing event, try out cast member offerings, meet and greet with as many leaders as possible and treat yourself when you feel overwhelmed (you’ve probably earned it).


At Disney, what seems impossible becomes possible. If Mia Thermopolis can become a princess of Genovia, think of what you could accomplish on your program!

KristinaDisney Internships & Programs Housing Communications
November 14th, 2016|Categories: Arrival Information, Testimonials|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dear diary, today I became a cast member: Program lessons from “The Princess Diaries”