Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Top 10 (or so) Questions I get asked

So I've done some thinking about the top 10 (or s0) questions that I get asked about the CP... here they are!!!...

1. How many Mickey's are there?
- Once people find out you are a cast member they come up with what they think are really clever questions, such as "how many mickey's are there"... the answer is: one. One mickey, one minnie, one pluto, one goofy... you get it. Without fail, they tell you that they are an adult and they "get how it works" and that you can tell them the "truth"... well it goes like this: "Sir, I'm sorry, the answer is still one and will forever be, one. I'm not sure why you think there are multiple mickey's, but if you have any other questions guest services would be happy to assist you!"... or something like that.

2. What is that cable for that is connected to Cinderella's Castle?
- I've given multiple answers to that question but my two favorite are:
a. That is Prince Charming's ESPN cable... he likes to watch the games, too!!
b. It's cinderella's clothing line to hang the clothes to dry.

ok, now onto the ones CP's ask:

1. Wait, disney contacts my school?
- Yes and No. I was worried about this since my school won't tell anyone anything regarding my status at that school... not even to my parents. So, i emailed my recruiter expressing my concerns. They replied back stating they only contacted the schools that they had contact information for and they didn't have any for my school so i didn't have to worry... take that for what you will :)

2. Are there any trick interview questions you get while interviewing for the CP?
- This is a business interview. They don't try and trick you. Think about the roles you selected and possible challanging guest situations. Now think about any sort of questions that you could be asked about those scenerios/roles... and prepare those answers and you'll be fine!!!

3. Any thing you reccomend to cure homesickness?
- Calling home is always good... but if you aren't satisfied with that, then you can download skype or another messaging service and purchase a webcam, so you can see your friends and family while talking to them!! It helps everyone involved :-)

4. I heard that arrival dates are specific to your role you recieve, is this true?
-No. All roles arrive at various times throughout the month that your program starts.

5. Is the bus transportation free?
- Yes. It will take you to work, walmart, publix, and i believe cross roads... There could be more, but i never took the bus beyond my 1st 2 weeks and it was only to work that i took it :)

6. How much do the apartments cost?
- it varies.
i'll start with the LEAST expensive and go to the MOST expensive:
Vista 3/4 bedroom
Vista 1/2 bedroom
Chatham 3/4 bedroom
Chatham 1/2 bedroom
Patterson 3/4 bedroom
Patterson 1/2 bedroom
The commons.

I was in a chatham 4 bedroom and I think I paid 82/week. I heard patterson was only a dollar more and they were practically brand new... go figure:-)

7. What does PI stand for?
- Professional Internship

8. Why do you have to pay to do the CP?
- There is a 100.50 fee that goes toward housing events that are free to participate in such as: Grocery Bingo, pool parties, Graduation, etc.

9. How much do paychecks average per week after taxes and rent?
That varies by role and hours worked. For hospitality, i averaged 35-40 hours a week and my checks were an average of 140 after taxes and rent per week. So... about... 560/month. And then you have to figure in money for gas if you have a car, groceries, and any sort of entertainment that you want to take in.

10. I know a person who found out their work location early. How is that possible? I want to know!
- I knew a couple people who had friends that were CPs already and had them search for their name on the HUB before their arrival date. Some people were already in the system and it showed their work location... some people weren't in the system yet and had no luck. I can understand wanting to know your location early... but that's part of the fun and excitement of the whole first week... hold off if you can :-)