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    Quote Originally Posted by kala83 View Post
    I am hoping to get into this program later on in my college experience. I think it would be amazingly fun....hopefully I can meet some people on here who can give me some helpful advise to help me prepare to apply to the program.
    Good luck! The CP is an amazing experience. I can help you with any questions (I have done 3 CPs).
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    joanna. how was being a character attendent? I'm kinda going through each role.. right now the order so far is

    entertainment (obviously auditioning would be a key factor), ride operation, hospitality, character attendant, merchandise, bibbidi bobbidi boutique hostess and I think thats it lol. I have a lot of narrowing down to do. Did you know anyone who did hospitality? did they enjoy everything even though they where not in the parks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyHottie View Post
    joanna. how was being a character attendent? I'm kinda going through each role.. right now the order so far is

    entertainment (obviously auditioning would be a key factor), ride operation, hospitality, character attendant, merchandise, bibbidi bobbidi boutique hostess and I think thats it lol. I have a lot of narrowing down to do. Did you know anyone who did hospitality? did they enjoy everything even though they where not in the parks?
    Oh it's awsome! I loved being a character attendant (and still am). I love getting to work at all 4 parks, and with any of the characters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joanna71985 View Post
    Good luck! The CP is an amazing experience. I can help you with any questions (I have done 3 CPs).
    Oh thanks I was kind of wondering just what all was open for me in the college program, I am planning on doing a Education Major I know that they say you can go in with any Major but what kind of area would I probably be placed in with that kind of Major was my primary question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kala83 View Post
    Oh thanks I was kind of wondering just what all was open for me in the college program, I am planning on doing a Education Major I know that they say you can go in with any Major but what kind of area would I probably be placed in with that kind of Major was my primary question.
    Well, you can pick out your top roles and they try to put you in one of them. Where would you like to work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joanna71985 View Post
    Well, you can pick out your top roles and they try to put you in one of them. Where would you like to work?
    Well I think I would either like to work at one of the rides like in Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion, or possibly as a character assitant. Maybe in a shop but the others I mentioned I think I would like much more.
    Maybe doing something in Epcot would be cool too, that would be some what educational to kids and adults lol its probalby a good thing I have a bit of time so I can narrow down where I want to go more specificly.

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    Character attendant is a lot of fun. It's a great role.
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    My CP'er is finishing the '07 fall advantage right now. Also an Education major. Placement-Lifeguard. From what the CP'er is witnessing, very, very few have a direct connection to their major however it is the experience and resume builder that will carry weight from this program, plus the CP'er is having a blast. When else in life can someone do this? DISNEY does carry weight. Will likely have to do over that semester to graduate but in this Mom's opinion, well worth it. From hearing how the vast majority of the students were placed CP'er said: Ride attendants, working stores/carts, food service/carts (if you're OK working at Mc'D's 40 hours a week you'd survive this too) & custodial. Very few in shows or working with or being character attendents. Some do get chosen on their lst round of being a CP for these however more likely one of the above. Knows one who did hospitality, time split between cleaning rooms and front lobby/store duties. From what I saw on Induction Day when they received their specific assignments, the CP'ers who kept an open mind remained excited, the ones who had their hearts set on an exact dream position kinda melted down. When you order your preference on the application by catagory, operation, food service, hospitality, etc. do not list one you'd hate. Many of my fellow CP'er buddies have received their 3rd or 4th choice so choose carefully. Remember too that when you're off duty the friends you will make and the fun you will have, those days off, going to Mickey's Retreat, CP parties, I wish I could go back in time and go too!

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    Okay, I posted this on another forum, but I will post it here too:

    I never worked CP, but I worked there for 25 years as a regular Cast Member first in Characters then as a Stage Manager and Stage Tech. I can tell you that if you are in CP you will be filling the left over shifts that others don't want. That being said, it is exactly what you make of it. If you are on CP you are young and energetic, and working those shifts trains you in self-discipline and principles of work ethic. If you show promise you move up from there quickly.

    I can give you a case in point. True story. I know of an individual who started at Disney in the CP. He was placed in Custodial Services, sometimes called Show Keepers. He was in the Custodial whites and worked hard. Didn't always enjoy it but was a good CM and was responsible and motivated. He eventually moved to Studio Tour Attractions on the Great Movie Ride as a Full Time Cast Member. Then he moved up from there. When I met Trent Brya, I was a Stage Tech at the Indiana Jones Show at the Studios and Trent was one of our Indy's. By the time I left the company in 2006 to go back to school, Trent was one of the Directors and precision drivers for Lights, Motors Action. He has also gotten some side acting jobs.

    The CP will teach you about life and friendships. It is hard work, even in characters. I know because I helped facilitate the transition of Characters to becoming part of the College Program. And you will take away what you put into it.

    Enjoy it. You will make great friendships, like you have already heard about. And you will always have grunt shifts at every job, might as well be at a place you enjoy, where there are some great side benefits.

    YOu are not going to a party, you are going to work. If you do a great job, you can make friends with the FT CMs and they can help you get around if you don't have a car.

    ENJOY IT!!!! But be prepared to WORK.

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    OK, the CP'ing Mom is going to come out in this....You're in college to get an education so hopefully you will have a sucessful, adult career where you will not be at the mercy of someone treating you like a grunt. The CP Program has a great deal to offer. Do pay close attention during the presentation and note what you can take part in beyond the work you will be doing. You will work hard. While down there make sure you take advantage of the classes they offer. While accredited they might not go towards your degree however "looking good" on the future resumes, DISNEY does carry weight. Face it, most CP'ers don't become lifers at Disney, although every CP'er I know still visits the WORLD as often as possible. By taking these classes your schedule is more restrictive and not as grunty. If your supervisor does unfairly take advantage of a CP'er you will have a college advisor with pull and power. Every corporation has good and bad supervisors, my CP'ers supervisor is very respectful and does schedule the CP'ers fairly. Remember you have your Disney advisor along with your sponsoring college advisor back home should you ever encounter difficulties, that way any difficulty can be adressed with the support of a professional looking out for your best interest. Disney needs the home college to be supportive of the College Program. DISNEY wants and needs this program to have a good reputation. They also provide so many parties and perks for the CP'er including short travel trips which you have the choice of participating or not. As the presentation will state you are not there to just WORK but to receive an education via working in one of the best places and sucessful corporations in the world. Please don't ever forget the educational opportunities, they are there. Remember advisors, they are your advocates!

    Lastly, (the Mom again) be wary of getting into cars of people you don't really know. As wonderful as the WORLD is down there stuff does happen. Read the Orlando Sentinal (on line), daily, it isn't so good. Know where you are wandering outside the world. While you will be in a gated community for housing and living with fellow students who have just had their backgrounds completely checked out, finger prints and all...you don't know the other CM's as well and are only seeing these CM's in a single demonsion of their lifes. Do you know how they conduct themselves out side of WDW? At least you see fellow CP'ers in your large gated communities. Just because you know CM's for a short time at work doesn't mean you should get in a car with them! Note: a great deal of CP's do have cars. They usually travel in groups and chip in on gas etc. to do grocery runs and social things. While many, many CM's are great individuals, ask yourself prior to getting into a car (as you would back home), what do I really know about this CM? Now go down and build some Disney Magic into your life, (safely).

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    I understand your motherly concerns. The original post I had made on another forum in response to an extremely negativistic and sarcastic post by a member whose sister had a bad experience with the college program. There were statements like "You won't be able to get to all the cool places they tell you about" "they'll make you wear ridiculous uniforms that you wouldn't even wear out trick-or-treating" and other such "truths" that she had discovered.

    My own personal experience working with CPers was expressed in my post.

    A LOT Of them come in thinking that the CP program is about one big party where they get to ride rides all day and hang out with their friends at the mall and when they find out they have to actually WORK! wow, put on the brakes here.

    So I just wanted a reality check. So they go in with the right attitude to be successful.

    Oh and the Sentinel like all media does exaggerate and dwell on the negative. The picture of Orlando from the Sentinel is vastly different from the real Orlando.

    There are dangerous places in Orlando if you don't know your way around, so make sure you are with someone who does know the area and can avoid those spots. There are fun malls, there is Universal/IOA and other places to go, but as Haunted Gabe said, be safe about who you are going with.

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    One more note and I am done:

    A lot of people enjoy their CP experience, they come back several times and many of them do stay with the company.

    At various times there will be interest lists and memos about Full Time positions available. Many CPers would often sign these lists. I would go corner them and the first question out of my mouth would be: "Have you graduated yet?" of course they say "No" and then something to the effect of "Well I found I really like this and I don't see how school will help."

    So I will tell everyone here what I told them "GO FINISH! Get your degree, then you can come back and do whatever you want. That degree will help you get into a very succesful and professional position."

    Some there took my advice, others didn't and now feel like they are at a dead end.

    Don't stop your schooling to stay at Disney, or think "I can do it later" you won't. and you can't

    Enjoy CP as a good stop on your College and your Career path.

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    While student housing is Disney owned, CP's and their parents need to realize it is not on the WDW property. The CP's can travel by Cast Busing or by their own cars. Vista Way, the older of the two US Student housing (a great deal of International Housing is onsite, old Tree House units) is fairly close to the end of Hotel Blvd. coming off Down Town Disney. Nice, much better than most middle aged, peoples student housing days or first apt. Orlando itself has changed a great deal over the last 20 years and many areas experiencing the same difficulties of other large cities. Down Town Disney has been repeatedly in the news for various crimes including armed robbery on Halloween which is very close to Vista Way. Disney has stepped up their security and did note the County Police being very visable in our two visits this year. A marked change from the twenty five years we've been taveling down there. Many CP'ers are coming from non urban areas and are not as savey and can easily become targets. Shootings are in the paper daily, as is violence, no matter how the Pixie Dust is sprinkled, it is what it is. A month or so ago the Drug Store a block down from Vista Way had its own hold up/shooting. It is in the CP's back yard over the large fence. You just can no longer stroll down to the Wendy's or Drug store at night or by yourself. Knowledge of your surroundings is a good thing. Mapquest your friend. Above all, when you get down there, ask...will this route be safe...is this place in a pretty safe area? Just don't go wandering and the odds are with you as they would be in any urban area, keeping in mind that you are not on Disney Property. The guards at the enterance to the CP Housing and the requirement to show ID's, guests needing to be registered and escorted etc. sure make us Parents feel good about the housing and the safety of the CP community. And it is large! Multiple pools, clubhouse, etc. The best dorms you're likely to ever encounter. Just remember to use the brains you were given.

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    Oh yes, (I know Haunted Gabe and I are going to sound like worrying parents) but she is correct about going out in groups for the night life. There are 3 generally safe and popular night life areas: PI, City Walk and Church Street(down town).

    ALWAYS go in groups especially at night. If you have a car and go to City Walk at Universal or Church Street downtown, be careful. If you are downtown, do NOT go west of I-4 stay in the well lit police protected areas of Church Street and Orange Ave. If you find yourself in the Parramore district, use your cell phone to get assistance, do not get out of your car and lock the doors.

    There are other areas to enjoy night life, but for the short time you are there, don't try to find them.

    And girls please dress modestly, this is not sexism but is for safety.

    Okay, enough on that from me.

    Be safe, get your education and work hard, have fun.
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