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The Walt Disney Company

Retail Sales Intern

May - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Work hard while still taking time to appreciate the benefits of working for a company of this size. Getting your foot in the door at this company is a great way to move so many different directions. Any job in the real world exists within the Disney company.
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Merchandiser

March - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

What I wish was different

Do not expect to go to the parks all the time

Advice

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Quick Service Food & Beverage

June 2019 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

The opportunity to work for a leading company in the hospitality industry.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the opportunity to try out different roles within the company.

Advice

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Recreation Trainer

January - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I had the chance to work with such a diverse group of individuals from across the globe, and I learned so much. I had the privilege to explore a variety of locations, and I was encouraged to ask questions. I learned so much about myself and how Disney is able to run such a successful business.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed there longer, but I decided I needed to finish school before I return.

Advice

Be open to new ideas and don't be afraid to try out your own. They won't always work out, but regardless you will learn so much that will transfer to the next project.
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Retail Salesperson

January - May 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved the atmosphere of the company. I was surrounding by so many inspiring, uplifting, and happy people. I loved being able to help people every day & make their vacation memorable for them.

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Attractions Operations Cast Member

April - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved having the opportunity to work for a widely known company in experience sector of the economy. It was very eye-opening to go through new-hire orientation and learn about the focus and vision of the Walt Disney Company. It made me realize the key values that make it such a successful company. I loved my coworkers and leaders, and my overall experience was amazing! Another perk was getting to go to the parks for free on my days off.

What I wish was different

I wish the housing and bus system had been a little more accommodating. Other than that, it was great.

Advice

My best advice is to have a positive attitude with everything. It can be a difficult adjustment moving to a new place where you don't know anyone. It can also be hard to deal with guests that are rude or disrespectful. However, if you have the right attitude, you will have the time of your life!
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marketing strategy intern

June 2018 • Kissimmee, FL

What I liked

I loved my team and the people.

What I wish was different

It is not entry level friendly.

Advice

Don’t expect a job offer.
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Cast Member

August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I really enjoyed the experience of learning about hospitality hands on with new guest every day. It was fun seeing all the families enjoying their time here and knowing that I had power to make their experience unique from others by making their time special.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have experienced various roles throughout the company instead of just staying as food and beverage at magic kingdom.

Advice

I recommend that people go out and try it! It’s just one semester and you get to learn so much hands on from the company. Do not be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.
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Attractions hostess

May 2019 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

The job involved lots of working directly with guests. There’s a great training process as well as very helpful people working with you while you figure it out.

What I wish was different

The application process took a while. It was about a month in between submitting my application and moving forward with the process.

Advice

Be ready to talk to a lot of people including very angry and disappointed people. Don’t take what they say too personally.
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Park Greeter

January - May 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Working for the Disney company was a dream, and I had so many unique experiences that made me a more confident and marketable person. I’ll never forget the people I met, the experiences I had, and the things I learned. I participated in the Disney College Program, which I recommend to anyone who wants to learn about or climb the ladder of the company.

What I wish was different

The program is very demanding, and participants don’t have much — if any — control over their schedules. Also, the role that you are offered is the only role you can take in the company. I do wish I had more say in what role I would have liked.

Advice

Don’t take it for granted, but also don’t expect a semester-long vacation. The time flies and you have so much fun, but also the basis of the program is very hard work in sometimes unfavorable conditions. Go in with the expectation of an entry-level job with part- to full-time hours.
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Concierge

January - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed always coming into a positive workplace everyday. I also enjoyed the benefits you receive of being a cast member. They also recognize employees for good reviews.

What I wish was different

The length of internship due to missing out on required classes by taking a semester off.

Advice

I would say network as much as possible while you are on any internship. Everyone at this internship were willing to help on anything and everything I had questions or concerns about.
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Disney College Program Intern

January - July 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

This was a very hands on work experience that took place in Walt Disney World. There are many different fields within the company that you can be placed based on your prior work experiences and education. I was placed in a food service position and then a ride operator position, both of which gave me the opportunity to receive Disney's first class customer service training and have amazing guest interactions. You get the chance to have a once in a lifetime behind the scenes look at how Walt Disney World is operated.

What I wish was different

Courses in a variety of different fields are offered to interns, however, they are on a lottery basis because of the large volume of participants who are interested, making it difficult to get into the courses. I would have preferred if more courses were offered so everyone had the chance to take them.

Advice

The acceptance process can be long as you go through multiple stages of interviews and profile reviews before hearing back from the company. It took me three attempts before being accepted. I would recommend anyone looking to apply to do research on the program and get to know Disney's values as a company before completing your application.
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Electrical Engineering Inter

June 2019 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

The freedom and respect they gave me.

What I wish was different

Disney was more transparent with my role and responsibilities before I started the internship.

Advice

Working for a company as big as Disney as a intern isn't as amazing of an experience as you think, other smaller companies you will learn a lot more.
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Barista

May - October 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

What I wish was different

The cost of living and my wages didn’t line up. I was making $2 less than the full-time baristas (I was a College Program Participant)

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Merchandise Cast Member

January 2019 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere and my co-workers. I also liked working with guests in order to create magic in their lives.

What I wish was different

Being able to work more often throughout the week.

Advice

Make the most of your experience and network with those around you!
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intern

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved the opportunity I had to live in Disney world and work for one of the biggest companies in the world.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed longer!

Advice

If you love Disney or customer service, do this internship before you graduate.
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Server

May 2018 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

Everything about it

What I wish was different

Advice

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Lead

April 2016 - August 2019 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

I would not trade this experience for anything else.
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Merchandise Cast Member

June 2018 • Anaheim, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish they gave more hours this summer

Advice

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Intern

June 2019 • Lake Buena Vista, FL

What I liked

The company truly cares about all of its employees. And I have had numerous opportunities to try new things, spend time with amazing new friends, and work my dream job!

What I wish was different

Advice

Spend time with friends, but also time with yourself. Live every moment!!
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