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The Walt Disney Company

Summer Financial Reporting Analyst

May - August 2018 • Burbank, CA

What I liked

Working on actual projects and the financial statements which go out to investors.

What I wish was different

More networking opportunities within the company.

Advice

Proactively reach out to managers in other departments to learn more about finance at The Walt Disney Company.
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College Program

September - December 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

It is super fun to work for Disney! You get free admission to all the parks!

What I wish was different

Florida weather is awful and I worked outside for a while and it was really hard to be in the hot humidity all the time.

Advice

Be willing to work hard, Disney expects the very best!
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Walt Disney World Costuming intern

August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

What I like about the disney program is I get to see what it is like working for a very large company. Seeing how they have been able to be as succsesful as they have. Another thing I like is the work I am doing is allowing me to do projects and day to day work on my own. It has been a lot of fun to be able not to be told what to do every minute but to get a list of things that need to get done and allowing me to work throughout the day at my own pace.

What I wish was different

What I wish was different was that we were able to meet some of the people who work in corporate or who work above us. I am interested in this company and want to have some time to meet with someone to talk about my goals in the company. That is not really an option at this point because there are so many of us, it is really up to you to figure out how to advance in the company.

Advice

One piece of advice I would share is have fun. At times you may feel insignificant and very out of your comfort zone but that is what life is about. Stepping out of your comfort zone and doing things you would never see yourself doing. Try something new every day! You will be amazed at how alive it will make you feel.
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Cast Member

May - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I got to work with people from all over the world. People with all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs. I mean, I got to work for Disney, which is pretty incredible!!

What I wish was different

My managers were not always kind or fair. Had to take some hits for being a Christian in a very secular environment. I wish that I had more opportunities to learn instead of just flying by the seat of my pants

Advice

Never be afraid to ask questions and get correct information.
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Intern

June 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked meeting new people and working at a Fortune 100 Company!

What I wish was different

Pay and hours

Advice

None
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Cast Member

January - May 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved getting to work in a theme park. The hours weren’t bad and I got to enjoy the parks after work. I also made really great friends

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was more of a learning experience about Disney than just doing a job.

Advice

Utilize your time spent during the Disney College Program and take in all the information that you possibly can.
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Attractions Cast Member

May - September 2018 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed working backstage and being part of creating magic for guests. The company is very generous and cares for their employees. The environment was a pleasant and goal-driven one.

What I wish was different

I wish the company would have been more willing to work with my school schedule that would have allowed me to continue with the company.

Advice

Working attractions is a role that requires lots of responsibility and practical knowledge. I found it to be very rewarding and enjoyed producing the work expected of me.
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Cast Member

January - May 2018 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

Working for Disney was extremely rewarding and provided experiences to earn about customer service from the very best. The program helped me to grow a lot as an individual, and gave me life experience I can carry with me into my career and the rest of my life.

What I wish was different

If I had to criticize anything, it would be the housing situation. Considering you have to pay rent, the rules they enforced were a bit over the top. No overnight visitors is just one example.

Advice

If you are even considering the program, DO IT. Even if you get stuck in a role you aren't exactly happy about, if you make the best of it and become friends with your employees its an absolute blast.
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Cast Member

May - December 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Getting to for Disney is a really unique experience and I learned so much.

What I wish was different

Maybe having a different role.

Advice

If you are thinking about doing a Disney College Program understand that Disney is not all magic and at the end of the day it is a reallly difficult job.
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Disney college program

January - August 2018 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

More relevant internship experience

Advice

Super hard work, super rewarding
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merchantainer

January - May 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

They offered housing and transportation. I also received all benefits of a normal employee.

What I wish was different

Wish I had been scheduled more

Advice

Be prepared to work hard and have fun.
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Disney College Program

May - August 2018 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

The benefits of working for Disney and being able to list such a well-known company on my resume.

What I wish was different

This was my second college program and I did not enjoy my work location as much this time around but it was still an amazing experience.

Advice

I would absolutely recommend the Disney College Program to anyone and everyone. You work extremely hard but the benefits you receive and the friends you make are well worth it.
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Disney College Program Intern

August 2018 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

The people at Disney are super friendly and they make the experience a whole lot of fun! We get complimentary access to the parks as a bonus. The class we take has also been super helpful regarding my future career plans.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been assigned a different role other than food service.

Advice

Do your research if you apply, and during the interview make sure you only explain the work experience that backs up the role you want even though you do have other experience.
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College intern

August 2016 - January 2017 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Learning Hospitality from the Number one company in Hospitality

What I wish was different

Advice

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Disney College Program Attractions Cast Member

May - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

You get to work with people from all over the world! The friends you make are the best people you’ll ever meet, and you all have a special bond not found anywhere else. It’s also pretty amazing to get to go to the Disney Parks whenever you want for free!

What I wish was different

We were over staffed at my location, so I would I could have worked more hours.

Advice

Go in to it with an open mind, and ready to work! Be open to new experiences and push outside your comfort zone to try new things and meet new people!
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Merchandise

August 2018 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

Getting to interact with different people from around the world and learning something new every day

What I wish was different

Advice

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Friendship Boat Captain

May - August 2018 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

It was a lot of fun. I got to move across the country and meet new people from all around the world. I also got to network with professionals at the Walt Disney Company.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been there longer.

Advice

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Disney College Program Participant

January - August 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved every part of my program. I was able to gain valuable skills that will benefit my future careers. I was able to take classes and learn about the corporate side of Disney.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had to return to school.

Advice

It taught me more than professional skills. It taught me how to treat other people in my day to day life, and that is with kindness and respect. I would like for people to evaluate how they treat people they don't know.
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Conservation Education Presenter

June 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I really like getting to talk to hundreds of people everyday and feeling like I have a big impact. I liked feeling like I was helping shape the ideas many young people had on conservation.

What I wish was different

I wish I was more involved in networking with people in other branches of the company.

Advice

Like with almost internships, you’re going to get what you put in to it. So it is crucial that you show up to everything that you can, even those things that are optional or outside of the job description.
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Emerging Technology Software Developer Intern

May - August 2018 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

I loved working for Disney! Disney is my dream company. I got the chance to learn about machine learning and to work on a machine learning project for ABC. While working on that project, I collaborated with people from my team and people from a different team. I also got the chance to work on the app team that creates the Android apps for the Disney Parks. I worked on tickets for the Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Hong Kong Disneyland apps. I met a lot of great people at Disney. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. The intern program in the Seattle office was great! I got to know the other interns and the intern coordinators did a really good job running the program. For our intern offsite event, we went out to lunch and then went to MoPop to see the Marvel exhibit and the rest of the exhibits there. Interns also get free admission to the parks like other Disney employees which is a great bonus to working for an awesome company! I can't wait to go back in January!

What I wish was different

Advice

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