3/08/2017

I'M MOVING TO DISNEY WORLD (And You Can Too)

It's the happiest place on earth, the most magical realm in the world. It's where all of our wishes will come true, and dreams aren't as impossible as they looked before. It's Disney World/my new home.


Because, guess what? I MOVE TO DISNEY WORLD IN THE FALL!

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Okay, I'm done.

Wait...

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Better.



Around a month ago, I applied for the Disney College Program. A friend of mine (who had a LOVELY blog at Meaghan Mercy Blog) did it last year, but I didn't know if I wanted to do it. It kept coming to mind, though, so I prayed about it then went for it. I took the leap of courage and started to dream. I got through the first two stages of the application process in two days. A little over two weeks (and many prayers, tears, and late nights of researching) later, I was in the program!

Since starting my Disney Adventure, people have asked me so many questions. It's almost all people talk to me about now, but I'm totally fine with that. Talking about Disney World will never bore me. I'm sure you want to ask some of these questions too, so I present to you the most magical Q&A ever to grace Grace In Everything:


Question 1: What is the program? 


That's a good question.

The Disney College Program is an internship of sorts for college students where they spend a semester working at Disney World or Disneyland. Participants gain on-the-job experience and learn about how Disney does customer service the best. (If you've ever been to Disney, you know that this is true.) The jobs offered range from merchandise to character to attractions attendant. Participants can stay in provided housing and room with other DCP members (aka, new best friends).

Question 2: So you'll be a Disney Princess, right? 


Technically, yes, I will be a Disney Princess. After all, I am a Princess (daughter of the King) and working at Disney World. Therefore, I am a Disney Princess. I will not, however, wear a wig and sign autographs all day.


I did audition to work as a character or performer, as that was my first preference in jobs, but I didn't make the audition. I would've LOVED to work as a character, but I can't have everything, right? The experience of auditioning helped me to grow in Jesus, though, so it was not for naught.


Question 3: What will you be doing? 


I will go to the parks, duh! DCP members have free admission to the parks when they are not working (basically the biggest perk ever). Speaking of working, though, I will do a lot of that during the program. DCP members don't only go on adventures in Orlando. They also work a part to full-time job in their role.


I will work as a merchandise cast member (that's what Disney calls their employees). I won't know which park or resort I will work at until I arrive, but I hope that I get Magic Kingdom (my favorite park) or Hollywood Studios (the park with my favorite hours).


Question 4: Are you taking off of school? 


I'm hoping to take the semester off and focus on my work/adventuring, but I'm still working on that with my university. Disney also offers classes as an optional part of the program. These classes focus on things like hospitality, communications, and leadership. I haven't decided if I will take one of these.

Question 5: How long will you be at Disney? 


I will leave mid-August and get back in the beginning of January. Yes, Disney keeps me over the holidays. And yes, I will be coming back. I have heard of many people that, after completing the program, never went back home, not really. Many of them later moved to Orlando and work as full-time cast members now, so I'd better be careful or I won't come home! (Except I love my hometown and have many plans there, such as finishing college, so I think I'm safe.)


Question 6: Are you excited? 


You have no idea how excited I am for the program! My life is already consumed with Disney. It didn't help that I spent Mardi Gras break there partying it up for my sister's senior trip. Even though I'm home, Disney claims much of my thoughts and plans. I'm pretty much just singing Rapunzel's "When will my life begin" song. Except I don't wake up at 7:00 to do chores.


Question 7: How can I apply? 


This program is limited to students enrolled in college, but if you are in college and want to spend half a year in Disney, go to the Disney College Program website and click "Apply Now." From there you will fill out a resume of sorts. If you get past that, you complete a web-interview, which is like a personality/responsibility quiz. The final step is a phone interview. If you are considering applying now or in the future, I'd be happy to help in any way. They are still accepting applications for the fall, so it's not too late to join me on my Disney Adventure!



This is only the first of many posts about my Disney Adventure. I'm thinking about starting a YouTube channel and vlogging about DCP. Many DCP members vlog, and it might give me another chance to learn about digital sharing and producing.

Comment below what has been going on in your life! I've been on the busier side of late and need updates ASAP. Also, what do you think about more Disney Adventure posts/videos? Y'all are the best, and have a magical rest of your week.

Princess Hannah

28 comments:

  1. BEYOND excited for you! Thanks for reaching out to me in the beginning process! I'm always happy to answer questions and share my experience because it gives me a chance to talk about Disney again... it's going to become such a special home for you, and I'd love to see you vlog your experience!

    - Meag / meaghanmercy.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm so thankful for you, Meaghan! You inspired me to do something that will probably change my life. And thank you for all your help!

      Disney here I come!

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  2. I'm so excited for you!!! Disney World is the best and I have personally had dreams come true there and am just waiting for the day I can go back. My older sister was in the DCP almost six years ago; she worked in the Spalsh Mountain gift shop, and totally loved it (how can you not?!?!). I start college in the fall and am sort of thinking of applying for this one day, but we'll see! Thanks for doing a Q&A, I loved reading it and look forward to hearing more!! Again, it's so awesome and congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Emma! I'm glad your sister had a good time. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO IT!!! Where are you attending college?

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  3. Oh, wow, Hannah, that's so exciting! I'll definitely have to look into this when I'm starting to go into college!

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    1. YOU SHOULD!!! Thank you for your support! <3

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  4. You're moving to FL? YES GIRL YOU WILL LOVE IT HERE <3 What a perfect opportunity! Congrats!! :D You should totally start up a vlogging series and document more of your journey. I definitely want to hear all about your Disney adventures, and what you are learning and what the environment/program is like. Seriously so stoked! Love it!

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    1. Yes ma'am! I'm expecting to!!! Thank you SO MUCH for your support and encouragement!!! It means a ton <3 <3 <3

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  5. I didn't know this was a thing but OMW how magical!!!! So excited for you :D

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    1. I didn't either, but now that I do, I'm telling everyone. I mean, all should know that they can spend a semester in Disney. The possibility for overwhelming happiness is too much for ignorance to steel.

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  6. CONGRATS! <3 Even though you're not going to be working as a character, you're going to do and be fabulous! :)

    xx Mackenzie

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    1. Why thank you Mackenzie!!! You're fabulous!

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  7. I'm so excited for you, Hannah!!! You definitely should vlog about it- I'd watch every one:) <3

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    1. YOU MUST APPLY AND DO THIS PROGRAM WHEN YOU GET TO COLLEGE. It just screams "Grace!!!" Plus, you'd probably get a character!

      And Grace, you've inspired me to do vlog!

      so much fun is about to happen.

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  8. So excited for you CONGRATS <3 I'd love to see vlogs about this adventure :) this is awesome :D yay for you

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you bunches, Ellie!!! <3 I'm getting so inspired for these vlogs too!

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  9. EEEP THIS IS LIKE THE MOST FABULOUS THING EVER!!!! So happy for you!
    I'd love to see vlogs too :) It would be so awesome. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! <33

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    1. It is pretty fabulous, isn't it!

      And yeah, vlogging sounds cool. I have no idea how I'll do it yet, but it's worth a try! The worst I can do is learn something.

      THANK YOU!!!!

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  10. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU HANNAH <3333 that's awesome!! You're going to have so much fun and learn so many interesting things... GOOD FOR YOU. :') I've never been to Magic Kingdom (just Epcot) and I feel like I'm really missing out.

    Also these photos are flawless. YOU ARE FLAWLESS. Just sayin'. <3

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!! You /must/ go to Magic Kingdom. It is truly MAGICAL. Like, you will feel like a Princess.

      :)

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  11. congratulations!!! thats amazing! Im so happy for you <3 I cant wait to read more about your adventures.
    I know some people that did the disney college program but I never really known what it was until this post. that sounds really cool! Im happy for you <3
    God is going to do great things with you there.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much!!!

      And most people don't know what DCP is, so that's why I wrote this post!

      I'm praying that God does great things and expecting Him to get the glory through my time there!

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  12. You should DEFINITELY do Disney vlogs!

    I'm so so excited for you, girl, and I hope you have an absolute blast! <3 Now I have an excuse to visit Disney World in the fall, right? Right?! ;)

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    1. Now vlogging is a done deal.

      And your support means a lot to me!!! Plus, you must come and visit Disney while I'm there. BECAUSE WE NEED TO MEET UP. If not, I'm coming to visit you sometime.

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  13. YAY! It seems like it will be a lot of fun for you! When I saw that post on your Instagram I had no idea what the program was so I started looking it up, and it looks really legit! You'll have a lot of fun! CONGRATS!! It'll be magical!

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    1. It does seem fun! And yes, no one knows what it is :,) Thank you so much for your encouragement!!!!

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  14. DUDE THIS IS SUPER COOL. I'm so happy for you -- this sounds like an awesome opportunity. <3

    (To the Barricade!)

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    1. thank you so muuuuuch!!! It is incredible, and I'm very thankful to God!!!

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