Disneyland College Program Veterans Speak

Two veterans of Disneyland’s College Program spoke to their hometown Newspaper about their experiences working for the mouse in Anaheim.

Voudy was offered a job in merchandising at California Adventure retail stores, and Iadarola as a vacation planner or ticket salesperson. As interns, they were paid the same hourly rate as any other employee, or cast member, as they are called. Housing in a nearby apartment complex was provided at cost of about $100 a week. Food was not included.

During orientation and training, the women quickly caught on to the Disney-speak that is part of the park’s culture.

“Don’t say ‘uniform’, say ‘costume’,” Voudy said. “Don’t say ‘employees’, say ‘cast members’. Don’t say ‘customer’, say ‘guest’. Don’t say ‘behind the scenes’, say ‘backstage’.”

Working for Disney once had a lot of cache on the old resume. If you’ve been through the College Program (either Disneyland or Walt Disney World) recently, are you still finding that Disney’s name carries some leverage with future employers?