Last week I had a job interview in Frankfurt for the Disney Cultural Representative Program in Orlando, Florida. To give you some background information: I’ve spent many weeks writing applications for jobs and internships abroad at the end of the past year. 24 applications to be precise. Yet half of them were open applications and the majority of the rest were applications for jobs I knew I probably wasn’t qualified for as a fresh University grad. Therefore, Disney was my most realistic chance.
I sent in my online application at the beginning of November and received the interview invitation two months afterwards. The interview went great, as I had expected and I got an offer within less than 48 hours. There was one major thing that bothered though: The fact that I could start no sooner than mid-June. I originally wanted to go abroad by the beginning of May or the end of April and the thought of six weeks delay and consequently six weeks of delay after Disney really annoyed me, as I had it all perfectly planned out in my head already.
In addition to that, I had to sort out something with my university first and I also needed to get a new passport as soon as possible, as it must be valid at least for one more year after the start date of the program. After texting back and forth with a really nice Disney employee, she told me that in the worst-case scenario they need to reschedule my arrival to July if they don’t get my passport details on time since the Q1 visa process is a complicated one. I applied for my passport with express service though, so I’m positive that I will make it to Disney in June!
But let’s talk about what exactly I’m gonna do at Disney World. I’ll be participating in the
Cultural Representative Program, which is as the name may suggest a program for internationals!
Countries and regions represented are Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Southeast Asia (India, Indonesia, Thailand), Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), and the United Kingdom. In other words: people from all over the world are coming together to share their culture with each other as well as with the guests.
As a german, you have two different job options: Food & beverage and Merchandise. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do Merchandise, which is basically a sales job. For those who are good waiters and waitresses, the Food & beverage position is probably the better and more lucrative option though, since people tip A LOT at Disney World!
I’ve never been to any Disney Park before and I also never visited Orlando or Florida in general. So I’m excited to make new experiences and memories, discover new places, meet new people and learn a lot!
Of course, I will document my time in Orlando here on my blog and on Instagram, so be prepared for a lot of Disney content next summer!