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

 

Anonymous asked
Hello, I recently was offered a position in Merch starting June 2015 in the Canadian pavilion (fellow West Coaster here!). I am going absolutely crazy trying to decide whether to accept or not. The only reason I am unsure is that I have a fantastic job and apartment here in Kelowna, and would hate to leave them behind. In your honest opinion, would you recommend the program? I've read lots of your blog posts, and love the insight.

GO!!! 

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! 

Anonymous asked
I applied for the DIP and I'm from Edmonton,Alberta. I was just wondering how the interview process was and how you get the documents you need to work in the states

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

yesallthegoodurlsweretaken asked
I just want to start off by saying that I have become hugely obsessed with your blog, reading and clicking when i really should be packing for university(I move in next week). I am from Canada too and i am very much interested in trying to get a job at disney for next summer. I was just wondering do they hire CRs for summer terms or only yearly positions.

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

maryluciani asked
Hey! I'm trying to apply to the Disney Cultural Representative Program and I am also from Canada. I'm super confused about the fact that I need to include a "United States Social Security Number and/or Disney Personnel Number (PerNr) if you have worked with Disney before". I don't have either of those things, so what am I supposed to include in this section? If you could help me outm it would be aamazing! :D

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!

Anonymous asked
Hi there! My name is Bre-Anne and I'm from Ontario. I've noticed that a lot of people are asking you questions, and I was hoping I could ask one myself. :) I've been studying the DIP website for at least a year now, trying to get as much insight as possible for when I apply next year, and I noted that the requirement always says "be able to authentically represent your country or region". What do they mean by that for Canada? The USA and Canada are similar, so do I need to know history? Thanks!

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

xothe-sun-will-rise:

dialga:

sansaspark:

magconbabe-matt:

This shit better work

HAH I REBLOGGED THIS LAST NIGHT AND LOOK WHAT I GOT FROM MY DAD TODAY OUT OF THE BLUE


this sounds stupidbut im so desperate for mony that the smallest shit like this is importnat

My parents sent me this as an email fwd and it felt like jr high school all over again

i dont understand why more people aren’t reblogging this to say that last august had 5 fridays and saturdays. 
and that it happens every 5 years because that’s how calendars work and why days like halloween or your birthday aren’t on the same day every year 

xothe-sun-will-rise:

dialga:

sansaspark:

magconbabe-matt:

This shit better work

HAH I REBLOGGED THIS LAST NIGHT AND LOOK WHAT I GOT FROM MY DAD TODAY OUT OF THE BLUE

this sounds stupid
but im so desperate for mony that the smallest shit like this is importnat

My parents sent me this as an email fwd and it felt like jr high school all over again

i dont understand why more people aren’t reblogging this to say that last august had 5 fridays and saturdays. 

and that it happens every 5 years because that’s how calendars work and why days like halloween or your birthday aren’t on the same day every year 


wakingsleepingbeautyy:

He is talking about Vista Way and there’s nothing you can say to convince me otherwise.

omg when i saw this vista was the first thing i thought of 

bellecosby:

adcouncil:

goingurban:

valentinacarrara:

escapekit:

Find a home here

Canadian charitable organization RainCity Housing provides to the homeless housing and support services. As a way to raise awareness, the organization engaged the help of ad agency Spring Advertising to create two special park bench installations that double as ads. 

E’ interessante riflettere sul fatto che no place like home.

Smart advertising

Advertising as shelter. 

more these less spikes 

i was going to say there’s one of the bottom benches (this is a bench/this is a bedroom) right by my house, and then i realized that’s the actual one that’s by my house in the picture. WEIRD 

also i love this idea. 

(Source: designtaxi.com)

jellyt2004 asked
If you don't mind me asking...what does a cultural rep do? :)

exactly what it says! A cultural rep represents their country’s culture! In classic Disney fashion of course! 

iminfiniteandbeyond asked
Hey! So I'm also Canadian (Toronto) and I applied for the CRP. I was wondering if you could help (if not that okay!). If I applied May 17th for this round of CRP, judging other timelines, when would I hear back from disney about moving on/not moving on? Also, when would this program likely start? thank youuuu!

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).

mallorygatehouse asked
Hi i really want to work a summer in disney (so for three months) I am currently in my second year of nursing, i am also canadian and i am wondering how i get started to work there next summer? do i go straight to yummy jobs?

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!)

taleasoldasatimelord asked
Hey there! I as well am a Canadian hoping to work at Disney. ANy advice you could give for the application and interview process?

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!