This is a blog dedicated to my adventures as a Disney cast member!
Cultural Rep: March 2011 - March 2012
Cultural Rep: July 2013 - May 2014
Honestly it was such a great experience, of course there will be lows where you’ll be homesick but between the people you meet, and the crazy experiences it’s so worth it.
As for your job/apartment, see if you can sublet your place, and ask your job if you can take a leave of absence?? I’m not sure how each individual workplace works, but when I went for my second contract my job at home offered me a leave of absence for the time i was gone, so you should see if your work can offer you something like that as well!
unfortunately, i’m not sure how the interview process works anymore as it’s all changed since i participated in my last program. and as far as i know, once you are accepted, you are given all the documents you need.
all you need to get on your own is health insurance, a background check, and a passport that doesn’t expire for at least a year after your program is done
the contract for cultural reps is 1 year, however you can apply for the ICP (international college program) which is 3 months long(ish) during summer break and allows you to pretty much work any position in any of the parks. it’s pretty cool
also depending on what you’re doing in university, i know there are a few colleges/universities that offer programs where you go work in florida for 5 months or so? i’m not too sure about how it works or any specific programs, just a few things i heard from a co-worker several years ago who participated with her school
If you haven’t worked with disney before, don’t worry about the perner. that’s just your id number when you start working for the company (you use it for things like signing in/out for shifts etc). the SSN is like the US version of a sin card. it’s how you legally work or whatever, so if you’ve never worked (legally) in the states then don’t worry about that either.
you’ll receive your SSN a few weeks after arriving in florida. it’s a lot of fun they open the office early for cultural reps so we don’t have to wait in line!
just be yourself! trust me, no one is going to come around and quiz you on the history of Canada.
At most, people will ask you about where you’re from etc, but you definitely don’t have to be any sort of a history buff
"getting to ride around in guests ECV’s"
exactly what it says! A cultural rep represents their country’s culture! In classic Disney fashion of course!
Hi I’m sorry I wish I had more info for you, but since everything switched over from Yummy Jobs to the Disney International Programs site I’m not sure what it’s like anymore!
I know from my personal past experience, no one heard anything until after the applications closed (when I applied for my second program, the applications closed I think two weeks after I sent in my application so not a lot of waiting which was lucky). I’m guessing it would be quite similar for your situation.
Your program can start pretty much any time after you’ve had your final interview and they’ve decided to place you. My first program, I received my start date in August, but it wasn’t until March when I went down. This past program, I had three weeks notice as I was taking over for someone who could not complete their program (sorry for whoever I put in this situation! it’s a crazy 3 weeks trying to get organized).
As far as what I’ve read, Yummy Jobs no longer deals with Canadian recruiting, everything is done through the Disney International Programs website, on the Academic Exchange page.
The great thing about working on a J-1 student visa is that you can work anywhere in the parks doing pretty much anything (some past cast members I’ve worked with have been friends with many characters on their summer programs!)
Just be yourself! I’m sure any relevant work experience (depending on what position you’re applying for) is helpful, and definitely having serving experience if you’re planning on applying for Food & Beverage!