Sunday, March 28, 2010

And my journey begins...

I've been meaning to start one of these blogs for the longest time and am now just getting around to it. I can't do the Disney College Program without capturing all of the important moments that may happen, which is why I'm so happy I finally created this!

So let's see...I applied for the Disney College Program in mid-February and had my phone interview February 19. I was really nervous because I have never had a phone interview and didn't really know what to expect. Well, my interview was scheduled for 10:30 and at 10:31 my phone rang. It was a blocked number so I knew it must be my interviewer. I took a few deep breaths and answered. My interviewer started with a few general questions about my application...okay that wasn't so bad. After that, she began asking me a bunch of hospitality related customer service questions, since I was applying for Hospitality, Concierge, and Vacation planner. The questions went along the lines of, "What are your expectations when staying at a Disney Resort?", "What do you think the duties of a front desk hostess are?", "Why do you think being a Disney Vacation Planner is so important?" Oh...and I can't forget the most important question they asked..."Why do you want to work for Disney?" Okay, that last question was the worst. It's not that I didn't know why I wanted to work at Disney (there are a million reasons), I just wanted to make sure I gave them an answer that they don't hear every day...something unique.

All in all, the interview went well. The recruiter said "That's wonderful" or "Okay, perfect" after a lot of my answers so I felt pretty good. I was, however, still very nervous because I have heard that Hospitality is a pretty competitive role. A week went by and I started getting antsy. I knew my recruiter had said that it would be 2-3 weeks before I heard back, but I thought...maybe just maybe...something magical will happen (since it is Disney) and I will hear in a week. wishes didn't quite come true. Howwwwever, 1 week and 5 days later I got my acceptance email for a Hospitality role! I was so excited that I logged on right away and accepted my invitation. My Spring Break started 3 days later and all I could think about the whole time was how excited I was to be working at Disney in the Fall!

So there you application, interview, and acceptance experience. It's quite exciting and now I can officially count down the days until August 11 (my move in date)!!!


  1. I love this blog! Keep it up! ... and btw, what was your unique answer to the "Why do you want to work @ Disney?" question?

  2. Hi Rae! So excited for you to have this great Disney World opp and experience. I LOVED Disney when I was there and Disneyland too.I know you'll do great in your job cuz you are always so happy and friendly. Loads of love and hugs being sent from your aunt Jackie :)

  3. haha well I actually don't remember what my answer was, but I planned it out beforehand and wrote it down so I wouldnt forget. Whatever it worked!

  4. I am so excited for you Rae!! Hopefully we will get to come down while you are there so you can use your "hospitality" skills on us! Just remember tho, when you and Little Bear open up the Bird of Paradise Hotel, you had better give me a job!! Luv ya lots...Ms. Sarah