Character Interactions

One of the best parts of going to Disney World is getting to meet your favorite on-screen characters in real life. Character interactions offer great opportunities for autographs and photographs for the whole family. There are so many opportunities to see characters in various places and at different times. Before going out in search of all your favorite characters, here are a couple tips to consider before-hand.

There are two different types of characters you will encounter at Disney World: “fur” characters and “face” characters. Face characters are the ones who have nothing covering their face all such as princesses, princes, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, etc. These characters speak aloud and can carry on a conversation during a meet and greet. Fur characters are the ones with the mascot like fake heads over their faces and include all the Mickey Mouse and Jungle Book characters, and some human characters like Lilo, Buzz Lightyear, and all the Incredibles. These characters cannot and do not talk at any meet and greet.

There are three different ways to meet characters at Disney World. Sometimes, characters just show up in the park and interact with any passerby who wants to meet them. Another way is going to a scheduled meet and greet at one of the parks. These lines can often get long so it would be best to get a fastpass or show up early. The last way is to attend a character meal. This is where you go in to a sit-down meal and as you eat, characters walk by and interact with the family, take pictures, and sign autographs. Often, character meals include multiple different characters from the same show or in the same category. For instance, you can do a character meal with the cast of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or with all, or some, of the Disney Princesses.

All in all, a character interaction at Disney World is sure to be memorable. No matter what the setting of your meet and greet or if the character is able to speak, Disney always goes above and beyond to make every second magical!

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Places to Stay in Disney World

There are so many things to consider when planning a trip to Disney. One of the main things is where to stay. Some people choose to stay off Disney grounds, but many choose to fully immerse themselves in the magic of Disney and stay on property. Disney has many options ranging from campsites to deluxe villas.

The campsites are located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. There are four different campsite options for campers that include a tent or pop-up, full hook-up, preferred, and premium. Each of them include a place to park a camper and a few tents but each upgrade contains space for a bigger camper and larger tents with premium having room for extra-large RVs.

Disney also offers value, moderate, and deluxe resort hotels ranging from $100 to $300. The value resorts ae geared more towards children are great family hotels. They are themed and are located closer to the parks than the others and only offer bus rides to the parks. The moderate resorts are a little bit farther anyway from the parks but are more adult oriented. These hotels are perfect for families with teenage children or younger adults. Some offer boat rides to parks and all offer bus rides. The deluxe resorts are much more sophisticated and more for adults or grown families. They are typically the farthest from the parks and offer boat, bus, and monorail rides into the parks.

The deluxe villas are the most expensive of all the options but are a really good deal for people traveling with extended family or large groups of people. They are essentially houses that are great for longer stays with large parties.

Anywhere you stay on the Disney property is bound to be a magical experience. Disney makes it easy yo find the perfect place for you to stay on your vacation! For more information on Disney resorts click here.

Disneyland

Disneyland is made up of two parks and is located on the opposite side of the country from Disney World in Anaheim, California. Disneyland Park is the first built of the two, opening in 1955 and is the only theme park that was designed and built under direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Disney California Adventure Park is the second park that is a part of Disneyland.

The original Disneyland Park is broken into eight theme lands which are Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square, and Adventureland. Some its most popular and famous attractions include Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Disneyland also offers many live shows and character interaction and greetings. They are also known for their Main Street Electrical Parade which is a nighttime show full of bright floats!

Disney California Adventure Park opened in 2001 and include seven different lands including Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier, Pacific Wharf, “a bug’s land”, Hollywood Land, Buena Vista Street, and Cars Land.  These parks are centered around bringing Disney Pixar to life. Some attractions include Radiator Springs Racers, Soarin’ Around the World, and Turtle Talk with Crush.

Disneyland is basically the original but smaller Disney World! It is the perfect place for great family fun!

DCP Application process

As previously explained in an earlier blog post, the Disney College Program is a great opportunity. Many students around the world apply for an internship at Disney through this program and just a select few are accepted. Today, I am going to explain, in short, what the three-step application process is, and how to go about it.

The first step is submitting an online application. This application is somewhat like any other job application with a few differences along the way. It asks for personal information, the school you attend, and past job experience. During this step, you also select all of the jobs you would be willing to work, what semester you want to work, and if you want to work through summer as well. (TIP: When selecting which jobs you want/prefer to do, the more of them you select you’re willing to do, the better your chance is of moving to the next step.)

The next step in the application process is the web-based interview. It is broken into four sections, is timed, and takes around 40 to 45 minutes to complete. The first section will be multiple choice and the last three are rating question, which you rank your answer from strongly agree, somewhat agree, neutral, somewhat disagree, to disagree. A lot of the questions will sound repetitive, but this is just so that Disney knows you are sure of yourself, so they can be sure of you! (TIP: When answering the rate questions, it is best to stick with strongly disagree or agree and stay away from neutral or somewhat answers.)

The final step is a phone interview in which someone from the DCP team will call you and ask you things about your application, web-based interview, and scenario questions about what you would do if you worked for Disney. This interview is typically around 30 to 45 minutes long depending on if you have questions and how many questions your interviewer asks. (TIP: Do your interview in front a mirror to be sure you’re smiling and write down your interviewer’s name and use it!)

This concludes the application process and from there, you will either be accepted or politely turned down. This interview process will take place over multiple weeks and your application can be denied after any of each of the steps. But this process is well worth it if you ever want to be a part of the Disney College Program

Disney Cruise Ships

Disney Magic Main Deck

The main deck of Disney Magic lights up with bright neon colors to add extra magic under the night sky.

When you think of a traditional Disney experience, most people picture Disney World or perhaps Disneyland but Disney has another option that is off-land. The Disney Cruise Line is a magical Disney experience on the open seas. Disney has four different ships to choose from for your adventure; Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. Each ship has its own unique features and offers its own magical journey.

Disney Magic has ports of call in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Northern Europe. It offers four different sized staterooms for families and groups of all sizes and as activities for people of all ages. For daring kiddos and adults alike, there is the thrilling AquaDunk water slide that extends over the side of the ship! This ships also includes adult only and youth only clubs, as well as age designated pools!

Disney Wonder has ports of call in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Alaska. This ship offers the same rooming options as Disney Magic, as well as the other two ships. This ship has some fun dining choice such as Tiana’s Place, which takes you back in time in New Orleans style dining, and Pinocchio’s Pizza! Also. Toddlers can enjoy their own little Finding Nemo inspired splash deck!

Disney Dream has ports of call in the Bahamas and Castaway Cay! Castaway Cay is a private island owned by Disney exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests and is powered. In part, by solar panels! Disney Dream, like Disney Magic, has its own AquaDunk waterslide that goes over the side of the ship! This ship also has an extraordinary live show featuring an out of the ordinary cast; the Disney villains!

Disney Fantasy has ports of call in Eastern and Western Caribbean and Castaway Cay. This ship also has an AquaDunk that is almost identical to the one aboard Disney Dream, because it is they are sister ships! These two ships have many of the same attributes, just different ports! This ship provides a once in a lifetime live performance of Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular, a show that is sure to entertain the entire family!

If you want to escape the main land and avoid crowded, hot parks, then a Disney Cruise could be for you! With the four amazing ships, the magical possibilities are endless!

Click here for more information about the Disney Cruise Line.

The Man Behind the Mouse

Can you imagine a world without Disney Princesses? Or how about a world without Mickey Mouse or Disney World? Well if it wasn’t for one man, they would have never existed and our lives would be starkly different. Walt Disney is the man behind the mouse and happiness of our childhoods.

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born in 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Flora and Elias Disney. As a child, he developed a talent for drawing and even sold his drawings to neighbors when he was seven. He also had a great love for trains and eventually went on to work on the railroad for a summer job and built his own miniature train set. Then he gained an interest for film and acting and even as he and his family moved around, he kept his dreams alive.

In 1925, he married his wife Lillian Bounds and they went on to have two daughters, Diane and Sharon. Three years after their marriage, he created his most famous animated character, Mickey Mouse. Mickey Mouse made is first debut in Steamboat Willie, the world’s first synchronized sound cartoon, in 1928. Then in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was release and the world met the first Disney Princess.

In the next five years, Walt Disney Studios went on to make famous films such as Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi. Then finally in 1955, Walt Disney’s dream came true and Disneyland Park opened. Now, even years after his death, Disney World is a multi-million dollar business and brings happiness to families around the world.

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The Disney College Program

The college years are said to hold some of the best and happiest times of your life. Road trips with friends, late night food runs, and complete freedom from parents are just the tip of the iceberg. But what if I told you that you could spend the happiest time of your life, in the happiest place on Earth? Well with the Disney College Program, you can! This extraordinary program is a paid-internship that allows you to live and work in Disney World while still getting a college education!

During the program, participants are expected to work full time, including weekends, nights and holidays, while also taking college courses. Disney provides onsite housing for all program participants as well as transportation, if needed. Although most students take their courses online through their own university, some take courses from local community colleges in Florida or even from Disney!

The roles that are available for college interns are almost unending! Jobs range from janitorial and food service jobs to being a character attendant or character performer! For character performer roles, an audition is required and certain criteria must be met. All role descriptions can be found on the Disney College Program website.

The Disney Program is an incredible opportunity to expand your skills and gain great experience in customer service and crowd management. Who wouldn’t want to spend their happiest years in the happiest place on Earth?

The Florida Parks

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is home to four major parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each park contains rides, restaurants, shops, events, and various Disney character gatherings.

Magic Kingdom is every little girl’s dream. It is home to many princesses and, most famously, Cinderella’s castle. The castle is even open to dine in and with the Disney princesses! It contains many huge rides including Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World, and Peter Pan’s Flight. This park is also where the nightly firework show occurs right outside Cinderella’s castle!

Epcot is most famously home of Spaceship Earth, which is the huge silver ball right inside the entrance. It’s biggest and most recognizable rides include Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track, and Mission: SPACE. Epcot is also the home of World Showcase which includes 11 different countries! Epcot is the most diverse of the parks and holds many great restaurants and character meetings. You can even meet each princess in the country she comes from!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Walt Disney World’s center for the best live music, shows, and all things entertainment. The attractions are centered on giving you Disney’s best thrill. A few of the rides include The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and The Great Movie Ride. Even if these attractions are thrilling and amazing, that is not what draws the crowds. It is the incredible live shows and concerts that keep Hollywood Studios packed full of people. And not to mention all the Star Wars attractions and events!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is every animal lovers dream! Expedition Everest is really the only thrill ride but most of the attractions include animals of some sort. And most of the time, they’re live! Two of the most popular attractions are the Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Both attractions are a great way to see animals in their natural habitat and even up close! And don’t forget the incredible centerpiece of Animal Kingdom, The Tree of Life. It is carved with many animals and light up at night for a truly magical experience!

So, whether you want to meet princess, travel the world, watch live music and shows, or visit animals, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has a magical park for you!

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Walt Disney World

Walt Disney Word is said to be the most magical place on Earth, and I cannot say I disagree. I have been to Disney World on two occasions, eight years apart and each time I made memories to last a lifetime. My family has always loved Disney and I am no different. I absolutely love the magic and innocence that Disney brings to people everyday. There is so much more to Disney than just characters and rides. My blog throughout this semester will be about all things Disney from how it started to all the businesses it now owns. There are many different locations around the world and thousands of employees who are just as diverse. Disney College Program employs college students from all around the world and many famous entertainers got their start through Disney. There are so many things people do not know about Disney and I hope that with this blog, people can learn more about the most magical place on Earth!