Yes this is my second time doing the college program. It’s not too difficult getting used to work there, be prepared for long hours and being underpaid (CPs don’t get holiday pay or vacation days/floating holidays/sick leave) but of all the minimum wage jobs to have this is one of the better ones, considering the free access to the parks, cast discounts, and in general the stellar cast that works there. I LOVE most of my coworkers.
As for ruining the magic— well yes, in someways. Since you know how certain attractions work backstage (I , for example, know how Splash Mountain works) and since you have to operate it, it ruins the magic of other attractions. Since I worked at Philharmagic as well, I know how the sword in the stone works in front of Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel. It was the very first assignment I pulled on my first college program!! But working in Fantasyland Attractions means you work Wishes, which was/is probably my all-time favorite thing ever about working at Disney. I still enjoy going to the parks, but I sort of forget about/skip a lot of attractions b/c of how much I go there. I rarely EVER go to Main Street and I wish I did more often.
“Every time I tell people I am an artist, they would ask me. “Oh are you planing on working for Disney?” I would always respond “No I would like to keep my soul.” If it was during the Disney Golden age I would say yes in a heart beat. But the way Disney is going as of late I can’t see myself working there. Besides I have to be happy and cheery and nice to everyone all the time in the public eye. I can’t do that it. My face hurts after smiling more than 5 minutes.”
"It kind of makes me angry when someone claims that their experience at a Disney Park was "ruined" because they didn’t see or were "ignored" by one particular character. I can understand being disappointed, but there are so many wonderful things to see and do at the parks! If you really think your entire trip was ruined because of that one little thing, then you probably missed out on a ton of fun that you could have had by enjoying what was around you, rather than moping over what wasn’t"
"When I went to Disney World I really thought I could ride the tea cups with Alice. I was a little disappointed that that doesn’t really happen. I also think there might be more character interactions at Disneyland, but I’ve never been so I don’t know."
"For Spring Break a couple years ago, my family and I went to Walt Disney World. It was the first time my dad had ever gone and it’s been 15 years since my mom last went. I was so excited to be able to experience the parks with them. However, my dad did nothing but complain the whole time about how rude the guests were and how we could have gone to Busch Gardens and had the same fun. I really didn’t think there was anything that could ruin WDW for me. But my dad did."
“I love studying fairy-tales, and would love nothing more than to write the screenplays for future Disney animated films using stories from other countries. However, I worry that, as a white female, even though I will research like crazy, any attempt I do will be seen as racist or wrong, and picked apart. I’m scared that I won’t do the stories justice.”
“I have a lot of flaws, but I found out my worst one when a friend started singing “Hakuna Matata” and I realized in a flash of horror that I didn’t know the words.”
“I could completely understand Disney getting rid of the Guest Passes if it was simply to stop wealthy guests from getting in front of other guests to even it out, but Disney has their own VIP tour that gets people to the front of the line anyway. The rich are still getting to the front of the line; they just now have to pay more straight to Disney.”
“People think that, just because I love Disney as much as I do, that I overlook or ignore its flaws. That’s not the case - I just choose not to dwell on the negative. I understand its flaws, I understand its mistakes, but just because I don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean I’m deluded.”
“Last weekend I was calling stores to apply for my first job. The first place I called right away was my local Disney Store. I didn’t get it because I’m not 18. But before that- what really bothered was what my mom said to me before I called. She said “all you’ll be doing is fixing dolls, think about it”. I hurt me for a bit but I brushed it off later. I’m glad I have tumblr!”