Last month, our Disney College Program cast members in California celebrated one of the best days of the year…arrival day!
Welcoming over 250 new cast members to the Disneyland Resort and witnessing their enthusiasm, energy and excitement is something I’ll never forget. For many of them, this is just the beginning of their lifelong dream of working for The Walt Disney Company, and I was thrilled to help make their dream come true.
I had the honor of welcoming students to Carnegie Plaza, our housing complex located around two miles from Disneyland, and then I handed them their first Disney nametag. Although it was just a sticker nametag (they received their real one a few days later), it represented the beginning of an amazing opportunity and the start of a once-in-a-lifetime internship experience they’ll never forget.
After getting everyone checked in and settled into their apartments, we hosted a few orientation sessions for them to highlight some of the things they’ll be doing over the next five months and we officially welcomed them to our Disney family. Part of their check-in process also included an Inside Out Fair, where they met with cast members from a variety of other areas of the company, including Disney VoluntEARS, Commuter Assistance, Special Events, Disney Diversity Groups and many more!
Finally, the check-in process concluded with a welcome party highlighted by pizza, dancing, unique photo opportunities and tons of giveaways. Throughout the weekend, I heard so many fun and inspiring stories, such as one participant who drove 38 hours across the country just to live out a dream and participate in the Disney College Program. Another participant told me she lived in Southern California her whole life but never had the opportunity to visit Disneyland. Talking about her internship and thinking about working at Disneyland brought tears of joy to her eyes…and mine.
These next five months will not only include working in our theme parks and resorts, but it’ll also be filled with special events, backstage tours, networking sessions and career development opportunities unlike any other. If you want to follow along and keep up-to-date on our adventures this season, you can follow us on Twitter (@DLR_CP) and Instagram (@DLRCollegeProgram).
If your dream is to one-day participate in the Disney College Program at the Disneyland Resort, you’re in luck! Our next recruiting season for the Disney College Program and Disney Professional Internships is now underway. We’re looking for college students to participate in a seven-month program, beginning in January 2017.
You never know…I could be handing YOU your first Disney nametag and witnessing you fulfilling your lifelong dream!