The Return

An adventure in a little thing called the Disney College Program.

The Music

Posted by disneykid08 on October 4, 2011

Folks, feast your eyes on this.  Watch and enjoy.  This is Lebo M. He’s the man who wrote the music for “The Lion King,” both film and Broadway.  He wrote his music during the time of apartheid.  If you translate the lyrics, they say “Hold tight my people, don’t get weary, don’t lose your strength, we can see” and “The color of my skin, that is dark, I am proud of it.”

It’s amazing how, even though this was written 20+ years ago, this song is still relevant. This animation is beautiful, the colors are gorgeous, and it brings hope to those who have none.

This, this is the power of music.


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The Name Change

Posted by disneykid08 on September 22, 2011

So, for those who are still reading, you may have noticed a name change a few weeks ago.  Why? That’s because I’ve started a new vlog series called “The Return.” I’ll be using this site, the vlogs, and my tumblr account (found here) to keep you updated, give (more) information (at least, the stuff that I missed), and show you more adventures while there!  Right now, the series is in it’s freshmen season, and hopefully it’ll continue on for more seasons! So, stay tuned!!!

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Cast member image

Posted by disneykid08 on May 22, 2011

Being a Campus Rep sure has brought back A LOT of memories of working down there.  One in particular stands in my mind, and it has to do with the Cast Member image that one gets working there.

Working there, you become a part of the Disney heritage that has been with the parks since Walt Disney announced he wanted to build Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  In fact, Walt Disney has even been quoted saying:

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

The thing is, every single Disney park would not run unless the Cast Members are there. And, if you think about it, whenever you would visit a Disney park, how do you remember the Cast Members? They have this timeless look to them, right? That’s becuase they live up to and are examples of the Disney look.  This look, generally speaking, is a “conservative” look, one that seems friendly and people will feel comfortable to come to you to ask for questions.

Working at Innoventions meant that I would be positioned outside at Tip Board where I would answer guest’s questions and tell them if there were any Fastpasses availble and at what time.  But I also acted as a meeting place for separated families.  There were many times that I would be standing there and a family group would come up to me. The mom or dad (usually it would be the mother) would ask me to introduce myself to their children and show them my nametag.  They would say “If you ever lose me or your daddy, and you don’t know where you are, look for someone wearing this nametag, and they’ll help find me or daddy.” Your look as a Cast Member makes parent’s feel comfortable enough to have their child come to you if they are ever separated.

Many times, I would have a separated parent come running up to me freaking out that they got separated from their child.  I would call secruity, and a guard would come and look for their child. In one of these instances, the parent went off with the security cast member, and minutes later, the found child came up to me and said that they couldn’t find their parents.  It always would break my heart to see a child like that, afraid and lost.  To ease the child’s terrror, I knelt down and started asking their name, how old they are, where they’re from, and just start talking with them.  Soon, the kid was no longer worried about where his family was, and the dad and security cast member had returned and the dad and child were reunited.

Now, looking at a different part of being a Cast Member.  Since you work for the company, of course you get free entry to the parks (that would just be cruel), and I used that to the fullest.  Many times, when I was broke, I would pack a lunch and go into the parks and hang out there.  One time, I think it was when I first got there, I was getting some food, and the cast member asked if I was going to be staying until the park closed…at 1am. I told her no, and she said that I have that look that I can come whenever I wanted, and promptly asked where I work.

Another moment that sticks out in my head is when I was in the parks with a friend at the end of my first program.  I was walking by a ride in a huge crowd when I suddenly felt a little tug at my shirt.  I turned around and saw a little boy looking at me, obviously lost.  As I knelt down, he clung to my arm.  As we went to the nearest cast member, his dad just so happened to be talking to one right across the way.  Even when you aren’t in costume, guests still feel comfortable enough to ask you questions about where the bathrooms are or where a certain ride is.

There’s a saying with cast members that you can tell who are guests and who are cast members just by looking at them. And it’s true.

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Continuing on in this career.

Posted by disneykid08 on November 14, 2010

Well hi! Long time no write, eh? I suppose I should change that, like now.  This post is going to be a bit different than my other posts. I’m introducing a new segment I like to call…um…well…Information Sunday? I don’t know if that’s a thing yet, or even if I’m going to make it a thing.  Enjoy!

There are many ways that one is able to pursue a career in the Disney Company.  Most college students participate in the Disney College Program, or maybe the Professional Internship.  For those who aren’t in college, yet wanting to pursue a Disney career can just apply.  However, this blog is about the College Program, and so we shall talk about it.

When you are done with the College Program, like I have done, you are now an alumni of the CP.  Being an alumni opens up a whole new world for you.  There’s a program just for alumni that occurs between the months of June-August, so you don’t have to be there for the full 6 months like someone else who is doing the program the first time.  Now, that does’t necessarily mean that you are locked to the Alumni Program.  You are still able to do another 6 month, or even do what I did and extend your program past the 6 months another 3 months. But if you are getting close to the end in college, and you want to go back, you won’t have to devote 6 months from a schedule.  Granted, you’ll be put behind anyways when you do your first program, but who would want to leave in their first semester of their Senior year?

Now, there’s another way that you are able to stay a Cast Member, and not even have to step foot on an airplane.  That way I speak of is to become a Campus Rep for the CP. What does being a Campus Rep entail? Well, other self writing (seriously, who let him start writing?) being a Campus Rep brings the job of going to Campus presentations, giving testimonials on being on the program, and giving people information on the program who may have more questions.  You also uphold the Disney Service Basics, and continue on with the Disney Look.

Ok, enough with the information, back to me.  Why is all this important? Well this is important because I got another interview with the Campus Rep program.  You may remember my last post…go ahead, look at it. Ok, welcome back. Well, this time, I’m going to get it.  I have an interview on Wednesday, the 17th at 8:00 MST. It’s going to be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. But, if and when I get this, it’ll be easier for me to return to Walt Disney World and continue being a part of this magical company.

Well, that’s about all the time I have for us today! I’ll see you next time here on…the College Program Adventures?

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Time to quell some rumors.

Posted by disneykid08 on September 13, 2010

Ok, so….a while back, I posted this:


Well…it’s true.  Now, how I’m going back to Walt Disney World is through the College Program yet again. But this time, I’m not doing a full program like I did the last time.  Nope.  What’s happening is this: the Disney College Program has a program called the Summer Alumni Program.  This program is available to only those who finished the program, and it lasts just three months during summer time.  It rocks because it’s just 3 months, I already know about the program and what to expect of the work areas/hours/locations, so I’m not going in blind and not knowing what to expect.

Now, I promise to be posting on this more often when I’m on the program, like try and write every sunday.  I won’t start doing that now, since it’s so far away from now, but I will stick to the schedule.

So…that’s it.

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Sad days…

Posted by disneykid08 on December 31, 2009

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” -Walt Disney

What once started out as just a dream of working for the magic and being part of the wonderful world of Disney to making it a reality, I’ve enjoyed my entire College Program and all of the advenures that have come with it.

From the ups and downs, to the times where I was about to just quit all together to loving life…it’s been one hell of a ride.  And good thing I’ve had my friends to keep me company.  I will miss them all very dearly and hope that they stay a part of my life.

I never would have experienced all that I did in these past 1o months (wow) if I never had the courage to sign up and pursue this dream that I had.  I feel like I was always destined to work for Disney, in some way or another, and this is just the start of a (hopefully) very long relationship with a company that we all know and love.

While this chapter of my life is over, I know that I will keep in touch with all of my friends that I have made on this adventure (thank god for Facebook and Skype).

To my friend John-Mark, thank you for being such an awesome friend, no matter what the situation and for always joking around and making me feel good.  To Don and Patrick, you guys were amazing to hang out with and just for being great people.  To Lauren, thank you for having awesome parties and letting me crash at your place every now and then.

And to Sara, what can I say? There’s really not much more I can say than just thank you for being an awesome friend.  Thank you for wanting to spend time with me and to doing random things with me when both of us would have no money.  To walking around Downtown Disney to listening into random guest conversations (Was he describing a hot pocket?) to driving to Tampa and rocking out Busch Gardens.  You realize that half of my photos on Facebook have you in them? I think that wasn’t just a coincidence.  You and I were destined to be friends from the moment we met each other.  And our relationship has grown and been so much stronger than anyone else I’ve ever known in my life.  And no, it’s just my contacts were bothering me that morning and the lever must have been broken…anyways, that’s my sappy Christmas card.

So…what does this mean for my blog? I’m going to still have this on the web, I’m not going to delete it, so then that way anybody who wants to be a future cast member can just search for a disney CP blog and hopefully find this in the mass world of CP blogs that popluate the internetz.

To all future CP’s who may be doing this program or who may be thinking of doing this program: Enjoy it.  Take everything in stride.  Know that, no matter how bad things seem, the experience you gain will be unlike anything you will ever experience.  Know that I’m just one of millions of CP’s who have experienced this program. Don’t let some of the things I’ve written (and I acknowledged that some of the things I’ve written have been bad) make you decide to not do the program.

I know that in my life I’m going to use what I’ve learned here and use it to make me a better person.

People will ask me “What has been the saddest day in my life?” and I’ll respond “Leaving the Walt Disney World College Program.”  This has been my life.

What so, look for my readjustment phase to commence on a different blog.  Maybe I’ll continue to write my play, so look for a development blog to pop up sometime.

In the words of the boss man: “See ya real soon!”

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Posted by disneykid08 on November 18, 2009

Yes, i know that I haven’t done a video post in forever.  But there’s a good reason for that.  In fact, I’m not even on my own computer.  I’m on a computer at the Vista Way Learning Center.  Why? Because my computer is lame and decided to die and not hold a charge.  So, yeah.

But I wanted to let you guys know the reason why I haven’t posted a video.  So, yeah. That’s about it.  I’ll see ya guys. Bye.

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Hey Guys!!!

Posted by disneykid08 on November 4, 2009

So…yeah, here’s a very late update!!! I’m gonna split this into three parts: Class, Work, and Choir.



So, I’ve been in class for a while now.  My first class, called “Marketing You,” is all about how to present yourself to the professional world and how to get ready to work in the real world.  It’s a great class and helped me to develop some sort of plan when I go back home.  It’s fun, and I’ve been able to develop a resume and really find out how I work.

My second class is an Entertainment class.  It’s a different sort of class because we have speakers come and they talk to us about how Disney does entertainment, from the fireworks to ribbon cuttings to the Super Bowl halftime show in 2000.  It’s fun because next week we get to tour “Fantasmic!” in the Hollywood Hills theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.






Choir is going amazingly well!!! I’m so glad that I signed up, ’cause it’s been great to be singing in a choir again and being able to perform.  In fact, today was the show sign-up day!!! Here’s when I’ll be singing if you want to come down and see the show, with a particular CP in it.  All of my shows are at 6:45 and 8:15

Friday, December 4 with Steven Curtis Chapman

Tuesday, December 8 with Anika Noni Rose (voice of the new Princess Tianna)

Sunday, December 13 with Vanessa Williams

and my last one I’m super stoked about:

Saturday, December 19, with  Whoopi Goldberg!!!!!

I’m stoked!!!! I got pretty much all of the shows that I wanted to sing in!!! Especially with Whoopi Goldberg.  So, if you’re ever in the area, or are planning on coming down, there are the shows.  I might be, hopefully, able to sign up for more shows when the time comes.  Other than that, other things are going great!!!

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The Sum of All Thrills

Posted by disneykid08 on October 14, 2009

Today, Innoventions opened up their newest venue, The Sum of all Thrills. You become the newest engineer’s at Innoventions. With the help of math and science, and a little Disney magic, you get to design the newest thrill ride. Using an awesome design station, you get to design one of three attractions: a bobsled, a rollercoaster or a jet. Then, using a “tricked out ruler” you place the ruler on the screen and then move the inversion of first piece of track (whatever you want) to be as high or as low as you want, and as wide as you want. Then using a knob, you have to adjust the speed to change the amount of energy to make sure that you can make it over the inversion or lift or whatever. Then, you use the test bot Crash. Once your ride is done, you get to name it and it uploads to the card that you got at the beginning. Then a cast member sends you to a ride station. You give the cast member up at the robot arm your card and uploads into the computer. After making sure all of your loose objects are locked up in a locker, you sit in the robot arm with a partner. On the screen in front of you, you see the ride and your partner. when your ride is done, your ride is totaled to see the sum of your thrills. you get to take your card home and then play online. it’s awesome.

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