Since I started working at Walt Disney World, there is one big question that I get asked over and over. My mom wants to know, my friends want to know, strangers who read my blog want to know;
“Is working at Disney everything you imagined it would be?”
When I first was asked this question, I was always so hesitant to answer. I would say something like,
“Oh, I love it now, I’m having a great time, but, you know, it’s going to get hotter and I know it’s going to get busier, I mean, I love my job, but sometimes it’s hard, plus, my family is far away, blah, blah, I have a lot to go home to, blah, but I’m just trying to enjoy it, and um, blah, blah, blah…”
I’m coming to terms with my answer now. Because, honestly, working here is everything I imagined and hoped it would be. But here’s the thing, I came in with reasonable expectations.
While I prepared for my Disney summer, I read every blog about the Disney College Program and International Programs that I could find. I read the promotional stuff Disney wrote, but also opinions by real people who worked for Disney.
While I expected my summer to be fun and wonderful and magical, I never expected it to be perfect. I didn’t think I would make very much money (I don’t), I expected that some guests would be rude (they are), and I certainly didn’t think anyone would know how to properly pronounce my name (and they certainly don’t). It is hot, it is busy and sometimes it is really hard.
My first few days here, I was terribly homesick. I had no internet access or way to contact my parents, I didn’t know anyone, and I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to adjust to being in another country, far away from everyone I loved. But after I got through those first few days, I met some really amazing people. I started a job I love. I was also able to Skype my parents and boyfriend. And now, really, the whole experience has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
So to answer the question, coming to work here didn’t ruin the magic. And while it’s not perfect, I’m getting so much out of it every day. My advice to future CP’s and ICP’s would be to know as much as you can when going into it. Get excited and hope for the best. Watch Disney’s promo videos on it, read the rave reviews and make big plans. Then watch vlogs by people who quit, blogs by people who didn’t like it, and talk to someone honestly about the program’s pros and cons. Don’t expect the program to spoil you, but definitely come in with a plan to make the most out of your time here.