There has been a lot of good news lately, giving a glimpse that things are moving in the right direction and slowly back to “normal”.
However, the biggest news I feel to date is what broke today, bringing my heart so much joy. Walt Disney World has announced that they will be bringing back the Disney College Program as early as June 2021.
We cannot forget that awful news when we learned last March that DCP members where told they no longer had a job and even worse, had to leave their DCP residences on short notice and return home as a COVID-19 precaution. I know I will never forget that night at Magic Kingdom when we saw a group of DCP cast members, huddled together and crying on Main Street U.S.A. It was such a sinking and sad moment.
But happily, more than one year later, those same people are getting a second chance at working at the Orlando, Florida, theme park, as Walt Disney World has announced that it will bring the program back starting in June, breaking today and shared out on Disney’s website.
The company said it’s encouraging previous participants whose programs ended early or were suspended in 2020 to reapply this year. Disney said it’s doing so by sending an “exclusive communication via email” about potential openings.
Right now, the college program is set to only return to Walt Disney World. Officials said information about Disney’s international and culinary programs, as well as those at Disneyland in California will be released at a later date.
According to a Disney website showcasing the many programs that Disney offers, the relaunch of the Disney Program and application program will be easier and more efficient.
As stated in the informative article, “The Disney College Program has always been a source of optimism and pride for our company with participants who each bring new ideas, talents, and perspectives to the table. While that won’t change, we are evolving our Disney Programs to reflect the new world around us.”
“Applying to the Disney College Program will be even easier with a simplified application process, a concierge team of recruiters you can engage with on social media, and year-long arrival dates. We have temporarily modified some of our eligibility requirements so that many of you can still apply, even if you’ve already graduated. We’re also developing new ways for participants to shape their future careers, exploring a variety of roles and connecting with Disney professionals as they make magic.”
“We have temporarily modified some of our eligibility requirements so that many of you can still apply, even if you’ve already graduated,” the statement said. “We’re also developing new ways for participants to shape their future careers, exploring a variety of roles and connecting with Disney professionals as they make magic.”
Finally, Disney announced that upcoming members of its college program will become the first to reside at the Flamingo Crossings Village complex. There, the company plans to extend its safety precautions on-site by implementing social distancing measures, mask rules, and curbside move-in options. I know that we have quite a few DCP family members and friends that are part of the Mayne Mafia and we cannot be happier for them and wish them all the best in their success on returning to the Most Magical Place on Earth and seeing them making magic again!
Vaccinated participants will also be allowed to room with others who have received their shots, according to Disney.
Though Disney World doesn’t share exact numbers relating to its internship program, about 12,000 people are accepted each year, and it’s estimated that more than 10% of its theme-park workforce is made up of DCP participants.
Though the program typically provides internships and entry-level jobs for students and recent graduates, it also serves as a career launching pad for many employees, who often go on to have lengthy roles within the company.
Disney.com website; MSN.com; Fox35; Spokesmayne