Hi! I hope you don’t mind me publishing this because I get questions similar to this a lot :)
Luckily, Disney likes to keep their environments pretty consistent so I’ve found there to be magic in both places! I never worked merch at the Parks, but I assume it would be almost identical! The most recent interview I had for the Store was pretty different because one of the managers was a cast member with me at another location, so they knew I was a former performer as well as a former seasonal cast member at that other Store. So I just answered some basic “Why do you want to work for Disney?” questions and that was that!
My first interview was a tad different: the Store manager took me to the food court at the mall and asked some generic “interview” type questions, but then some kinda strange Disney questions. Like, who my favorite character was and why, and then they gave me a pen and told me I had to tell a story to sell that pen to a Guest. So I had to do a bit of storytelling/improv. It was pretty fun, but I do wish someone had told me that! lol
Some people have asked me about a “group interview” which I know nothing about. Each Store operates a little differently, so you may get differing experiences, but just remember why you wanna work there: You love Disney and want to make magic! Show them that, and you’ll be fine!
Good luck! Oh, and yes, PLEASE come visit!
I will once again be a performer, but not in the college program. I actually made another video a few months back revisiting my thoughts on my program so that might be a bit of a help too.
When you’re a CP, you work full time hours without full time benefits, and for a performer, that’s very difficult. It’s difficult physically, mentally, and emotionally, and that’s very hard to convey to someone who hasn’t experienced it. Most days I would leave before the sun came up and return around midnight, and have to be up to do it all again the next day. There was actually a huge scheduling mess up during my CP so I worked well beyond the usual number of hours, and that really took a toll on my physical and mental health.
I suffer from bipolar disorder and my CP was pretty recent after my diagnosis which was incredibly difficult. I didn’t have any time to bond with my roommates (they had time to go to the Parks, and they were asleep when I left and usually asleep when I got back) so I was lonely, and always sick. Think about hugging kids and being around guests all day, picking up their germs, as well as managing my gluten allergy and my pretty strict diet.
Going back, I will be part time, which means I have a lot more flexibility in my scheduling. I never disliked the work I did, it was more the amount of work and the toll it took on me personally. I’m now physically and mentally prepared for what I’ll be doing, and I’m in a much better state in terms of my health going into it.
As great as I think the college program is and as much as I would recommend it, there were some unforeseen circumstances on my program that made it very difficult on me. I don’t think anyone else has had the scheduling issues on their program that I did, so I don’t usually use that to discourage people. It was just one of those freak things!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate all the wonderful thoughts!!
Thank you so much! Getting messages like this are so wonderful! Today’s been hard because we’ve been trying to hurry and find an apartment, and as of right now Eli doesn’t have a job there so it’s hard to know what you can afford. Plus not a lot of stuff’s available :/ So thank you so much for your kind words— they really mean a lot in the middle of this craziness!
Oh, thank you so much! This really made my night! In the midst of all the craziness and stress that will show up tomorrow, it’s so nice to get some wonderful and encouraging words. Thank you for being an encouragement to little ol’ me ;)