Back in January I shared with you several of my favorite online Disney-related stores. Since I’ve been in Disney World the past few months I’ve found even more Disney related shops that I had to share with you. Just remember, these shops are in no way affiliated with Disney, they are simply fellow Disney lovers and Disney nerds hoping to spread their own bit of magic. I hope you enjoy this follow up post and check out all of these lovely shop owners.

Ears By Lauren

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I am in love with homemade mouse ears. I simply can’t get enough of them. And when I came across Lauren’s ears I was way too excited for words. I think that Lauren definitely puts her own spin on what is considered a “classic” look for mouse ears because hers just seem so peppy and full of life. I can never get over her gorgeous designs and basically am constantly checking her Instagram page for the latest updates on her store. Her shop isn’t always open, so you have to be sure that you check out her Etsy page to know when the next opening will be. I may or may not track her openings in my planner and set a phone notification, but that’s just me.

Fett and Co

I love having fun Disney clothes to wear in the parks and Fett and Co offers just that. I love their ‘Take Me to Disney and Tell Me I’m Pretty’ t-shirt and I can’t get over their ‘Books, Beauty, Adventure, and a Rose’ t-shirt to name a few. I also love their Instagram feed. Not only do they show their appreciation for customers who wear their gear, but they also share the love for other shops too. And who can’t appreciate that with a business?

Walt’s Wardrobe

From ‘Citizen of Netherland’ t-shirts and sweatshirts to ‘Dapper Dans’ tees, this shop has all kinds of fun and unique merchandise. I love that their shirts don’t completely scream Disney with a ton of mouse ears everywhere, but any Disney fan would know you are spreading the love for the most magical place on earth. And if you want to throw in some subtle Mickey Ears, check out their ‘Disney Vibes Only’ t-shirt. It’s one of my personal favorites along with their Paradise Falls tee and ‘Red Hot Churro Sticks’ shirt.

Anthology Candles

Before leaving for the college program I had no idea that there were Disney themed candles. As someone who always seems to relate scents to different times of my life, I definitely hope to order several of these candles to be waiting on my door step when I arrive home in Missouri. Personally I’ve been eyeing ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Churros’, ‘Main Street Bakery’, ‘Pineapple Whip’, and the ‘Confectionary’. Personally, I absolutely love their Instagram because they take the candles to the parks and take pictures of the candles in front of a backdrop that makes sense with the candle scent. Definitely be sure to check it out.

The Bucket List Narratives

This shop is where I got my ‘Forget this, I’m Moving to Disney World’ v-neck that I wore before heading out for my program. This shop offers all kinds of unique tees to sport in the parks. I love their ‘I Heart Mickey Icrecream’ sweatshirt, their ‘The World’ sweatshirt, and the ‘It’s Kinda Fun to Do the Impossible’ crew neck. If you check out the shop, also be sure to check out their awesome blog. They have tips for the best cheap eats, the best tips for first time trips to WDW, and even the top five attractions at WDW. Have I said you absolutely have to check them out yet?

She Makes Glamour

When I found She Makes Glamour, I couldn’t get over her attention to detail and all of the things she incorporates in what seems to be a tiny bow. Personally I love her rag doll, ultimate wizard boy, and every bow in the monsters and fish bows set. And how in the world did I forget the snow booger bow. Literally, if I could only buy one bow from her it would be the snow booger one, it’s just too cute. You have to check her out! I promise it’s worth it.

Have you ever shopped from any of these shops? What are some of your favorites of theirs? Are there any shops you would add to this list of favorite Disney related shops? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


Whether you are driving or flying to get to Disney for your program, you have a lot of stuff to fit into a small space. I’ve only ever moved three hours away from home for college, never across the country. To say the least, it was a bit intimidating to narrow my stud down for what I needed to have. So once I got settled in I started writing this list. I included what I packed, what I wish I had packed, and what I wish the other blogs would have included. Remember, this list is what it personalized to me. Feel free to print this off and make your own edits to it as needed.


-Tank tops (typically people learn more towards sleeveless top rather than spaghetti straps, but it’s up to you)




-Athletic shorts





-Dress for graduation

-Sun dresses for nice dinners


-Comfy clothes (sweatpants, sweatshirts, etc.)

-Rain jacket

-Rain boots

-Professional, business casual outfits for Traditions and Casting (think dress pants, blazer, blouse, button-up, nice shoes, and accessories)


-Cover up

-Flip flops

-Athletic shoes



-Alarm clock (this is first on the list because I almost forgot mine and I don’t wake up with a phone alarm)

-Mattress protector

-Sheet set


-Pillow case


-Extra blankets (if you are like me and always cold this is a must!)

-Stuffed animals/pillow pet/lovie

-Laundry hamper

-Fan (a must if you need white noise to sleep)

-Hanging closet organizers

-Plastic 3 drawer organizers

-Under the bed storage containers

-Decorations for walls/bulletin board

-3M Command Hooks (currently what is allowed to hang things in housing)

Personal Items

-Razor and shaving cream

-Extra razor heads

-Shampoo and conditioner

-Body wash

-Face wash

-Body lotion

-Moisturizer/eye cream/toner/make-up remover

-Tooth brush/toothpaste/floss/mouth wash

-Hair brush/hair ties/headbands/bobby pins

-Make-up bag


-Ibuprofen/cold medicine/cough drops

-Any prescribed medicine/inhalers/etc.


-Hand towels/washcloths/ bath towels/beach towels

-Hand soap

-Shower caddy


-Toilet brush

-Bathroom cleaners

Living Room

-Extra blankets (yes, this has been on this list twice, but it’s important)

-Throw pillows

-HDMI Cable


-Cable and Wi-Fi hook-ups

-Cleaning supplies (disinfecting wipes, Windex, Pledge, cleaning cloths, etc.)

-DVD player with DVD’s


-Dishwashing detergent

-Laundry detergent and stain remover

-Coffee maker/coffee mugs/travel mugs

-Water bottles

-Pizza cutter

-Ice cream scoop

-Can opener



-Blender bottle

-Baking sheet/baking pans/muffin tray

-Mixing spoons

-Basic knife set


-Phone charger



-Computer with charger

-iPad with charger

-Point-and-shoot camera/DSLR camera with chargers and memory cards

What do you think are essentials for the college program? Did I miss any essentials for the list? I’d love to hear your comments below!

In Fall of 2015 I stumbled upon a Facebook post that detailed a former sorority sister’s story about her Disney College Program. She gushed about how amazing it was for her, despite occasional challenges, and how she would do just about anything to go back. After reading I thought to myself that I just wasn’t enough of a Disney nerd to be able to do something like that. Sure, I’m a marketing major and geek out about the Disney brand, but I didn’t actively follow the movies or know all of the character’s names. A few weeks later I was working in my apartment’s main office. A girl walked in excited to get her package because it was a Disney Dooney and Bourke purse that she had wanted to get her hands on for a while. She then explained to me and my co-worker her love for Disney and how she was an alum of the DCP. She gushed that it was an experience everyone needed to have during their time in college. My mind immediately went back to when I had read that post on Facebook and I googled how tall you had to be to attend character auditions. At 5’10”, let’s just say I walked away from that search a bit disappointed. Then I did more research only this time on YouTube. I found vlogs all about other people’s Disney College Programs and how amazing the program was for them. That’s when I decided that I absolutely had to pursue this opportunity.

Researching the Program

That Spring I used the majority of my free time to watch any vlog or video about Disney, it didn’t even have to be about the college program. I think I watched nearly every Disney haul video on YouTube at the time. Then I brought it up to my parents. I expressed my crazy idea to take a semester off of school and move to Disney World to pursue an opportunity of a lifetime. I am a marketing major after all and who can say no to working for the most authentic brand in the world? That’s when my mom joined me in doing research. What was this program? Was it really worth taking a semester off of school? Where would we live? Where there benefits to doing the program? Over the summer though, I knew I was going to pursue the program. I was looking something up daily and constantly talking about it. I pity my parents, brother, and friends for having to hear about it every day.


Apps dropped August 15, 2016 for the Spring 2017 Disney College Program. Almost on cue as the announcement e-mail came into my inbox my mom called me asking if I’d applied yet. From my research over the summer (yes, I’m calling it research) I had heard horror stories about people’s apps getting lost after applying day one, so I decided to apply two days later. August 17th, 2016 I finally sat down and applied to the college program. Let me just say, I’ve never been more nervous to fill out a job application in my life. I checked for spelling errors, I made sure it emphasized every strength possible, and I reread over and over checking to make sure I couldn’t use any better wording. At the end, I ended up without a sign-out button and panicked. Where in the world was the button that the page told me I needed to have? I freaked out, called my dad, e-mailed tech support, and had a minor panic attack. And yes, over a sign out button. Turns out, not everyone gets a sign out button. Lesson learned.


Fifteen minutes after submitting my application I got an e-mail to progress onto the WBI. To say the least, this made me even more nervous than doing the application. I knew that as soon as I completed the WBI I would know if I was progressing to the phone interview or not. I kid you not when I say I called my mom and literally made her stay on the line until the end of my WBI so that she would be there for the end result, whether good or bad. I missed a question on the WBI because I ran out of time and immediately I was freaking out. This was Disney. And since it was Disney, surely one little mistake could completely end my chances of ever getting on with the company. Well, thankfully that mistake didn’t end anything for me, I ended up progressing to the PI. Immediately after seeing that I was progressing on after the WBI, my e-mail tinged with a new message and I was able to schedule my phone interview. I immediately scheduled it for Tuesday, August, 30th. And yes, waiting almost two weeks was hard.


The night before my phone interview I sat down and wrote out 5 sticky-notes full of information. I wrote down my top 5 preferences for roles, my park preferences, had a sticky note to write down my interviewer’s name, wrote out my questions for the end, and even had one sticky note for why I felt I was a good match for the company. Then the day of the interview came. I was a nervous wreck. My interview was at 3pm and I was dressed in professional clothes sitting at my desk at 2:30. I reviewed my sticky notes over and over and made sure my pen worked. Then I said my “God help me prayer”. Right after I said “amen” my phone rang at 2:45pm. In all honesty, the interview was a blur. I got off the phone in exactly 20 minutes and called my mom. I had just completed my Disney interview.

The Wait

The Disney College Program application process is full of lots of waiting. Whether 15 minutes or 15 days, each and every wait is painful because the majority of us want answers as soon as possible. I couldn’t help but check my e-mail nearly every chance I got. I was bound and determined that I would get my reaction to my (hopefully) acceptance on tape, so I recorded each time I checked my e-mail and dashboard. I can’t count the number of clips I recorded in one day each day in anticipation of finally hearing something back. In fact, the day before my acceptance came I have an emotional clip where I start to go on about thinking I’m not good enough for the company and won’t get a job offer.

Congratulations, You’ve Been Selected

On Friday, September 23rd, 2016 I sat down at my computer after my university’s career fair. I had attended in pursuit of an internship for summer 2017 because internships are required to graduate from the business program. I hadn’t heard anything back from Disney so I knew I had to start applying for internships. I opened my computer, turned on my camera, and pulled up my e-mail. And I saw the e-mail, right as it came in. “Congratulations, you have been accepted to the Disney College Program.” So many people thought that my reaction was staged, fake, or rehearsed, but it wasn’t. I literally went from almost tears because I thought I hadn’t made it to complete and utter joy because I was moving to Disney in the snap of your fingers because I guess that’s how I react to exciting news. Plus, I’m not typically one to cry, so the fact that I even have something close to tears on camera means it’s not staged for me. What wasn’t filmed was jumping around my apartment for over an hour in utter disbelief. This was real. I was moving to Disney World. And little did I know, my program would be starting in exactly four short months.

The Disney College Program interview is a big deal amongst potential CP’s. If you are currently in the process of “studying” for the interview, writing an outline for the interview, or simply want to look over potential questions, this post is for you. In the post I decided to share the questions, not an outline of what your answers should be. Remember, your answers need to be unique to you. These recruiters have done this for a while and are pretty good at sensing if you’ve looked at questions. Be unique and stand out as a potential CP, I promise it’s a good idea!

Basic and Program Related Questions

Why do you want to do the Walt Disney World College Program?

What are you most looking forward to?

What makes you stand out from other candidates/why should you be accepted?

What does Disney mean to you?

How do you feel about working/living states away from home?

What do you plan on doing after the program?

Tell about favorite movie, character, etc.

What can you offer the company?

What would you look for in a CP applicant?

How will the program help you professionally?

Are you willing to maintain the Disney look?

Have you ever been to Disney World/Disneyland? Did you like it and why?

Discuss a magical moment you personally had within the parks.

Have you ever lived with roommates? How would you resolve potential conflicts?

Work Related Questions

Do you mind working outside in the Florida heat or inside in cold air conditioning?

How would you handle an emergency?

Would you rather work independently or in a group setting? Would you rather work in a slow or fast-paced environment?

How would you handle a guest who doesn’t speak English but needs help?

Do you mind working mornings, evenings, late nights, weekends and holidays?

How would your coworkers describe you in 3 words?

How would your manages describe you in 3 words?

How would you interact with guests? How would you make their day?

How would you handle a displeased guest?

Which park or resort would you prefer to work?

How would you deal with repetitive work days?

Can you tell me about a time that you were a team player?

What does team work mean to you?

How have you handled an emergency/how would you handle one?

Name a time when you went out of your way to make a guest feel special.

Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult guest, co-worker, or manager.

Name something you didn’t like about your past jobs.

Discuss a conflict you had with a previous manager.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Role Related Questions

What are your past job experiences and how do they relate to the roles you chose?

What are your top/most qualified 3 to 5 roles?

Would you consider taking a role you put low/no interest in?

Potential Character Attendant Questions

Why would you like to be a character attendant?

How would you answer a guests’ question of ‘how is __ in two parks at once’?

How would you answer a guests’ question of ‘why can’t characters talk’?

What would you do if a child is being rough with a character?

What does character integrity mean to you?

What would you do if a child was afraid of a character?

How would you explain Mickey in two parks at once?

What would you tell guests if you had to turn them away because a line was closed for the day?

What would you tell guests if a character had to take a break before coming back out?

Potential Character Performer Questions

What does character integrity mean to you?

How do you act?

Have you ever been to an audition before?

Do you have any experience in theatre, dance, acting, or performing in general?

How would you handle a child that is afraid of you?

Potential QSFB Questions

Would you be willing to wash dishes or bus tables?

Are you comfortable preparing simple food items which may include using a fryer, grill, or other cooking equipment?

Are you comfortable selling alcohol?

Are you able to multitask?

How do you feel about working independently at a food cart?

Are you comfortable handling cash and using a cash register?

If a package of chips comes at $1.50 each, and a guest wants 3, and gives you $10, how much change do you give back?

Potential Floral Questions

Do you have any experience in making gift baskets?

Would you be able to drive a larger truck?

Would you be comfortable with heavy boxes/items?

Potential Attractions Questions

How do you feel speaking in front of large groups?

Can you memorize and remember long speeches (spiels)?

What would you do if a child wanted to ride Splash Mountain but was too short?

What would you do if a guest wanted to get on an attraction but it was out of service?

If you were doing a task that was repetitive, how do you keep yourself interested in it?

How do you feel about operating a ride?

Would you be willing to help with crowd control during a parade?

What would you do if you messed up a spiel?

Potential Seater Questions

Are you willing to spend long periods of time rolling silverware and folding napkins?

Are you comfortable handling cash and using a register?

What would you tell a guest if they wanted to eat at a restaurant, but there are no tables available for several hours?

Have you ever managed a seating chart or are you willing to learn?

What qualities should a seater have?

Potential Merchandise Questions

What would you do if someone wanted an item and the shop was out of it?

If a package of chips comes at $1.50 each, and a guest wants 3, and gives you $10, how much change do you give back?

Are you comfortable suggesting items to a guest based on first impressions?

What would you do if someone wanted an item and the shop was out of it?

Are you willing to work independently outdoors at a cart?

If your phone is ringing, you are checking a person out, and someone in the store needs help with an item, what do you do first, second, and last?

Are you comfortable with handling cash?

How do you handle pin trading?

Potential Convention Guide Questions

How would you handle a guest that isn’t involved in an even asking a question, while you were walking with a large group attending the event?

Potential Custodial Questions

Can you handle working outside in the heat, rain, or cold for up to 8 hours a day?

Are you allergic you any chemicals, cleaning supplies, or latex?

Are you willing to bus tables in restaurants and outdoors?

Are you comfortable working with cleaning chemicals?

Are you comfortable with emptying trashcans and lifting heavy garbage bags?

Have you ever had cleaning experience?

Can you handle talking to multiple people and multitasking?

Potential Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/Pirates Leaque Questions

Have you had experience doing make-up and hair?

What experience do you have with children?

How would you handle a parent or child that did not like the make-up or hairstyle or thought it was too much?

How would you react if a little girl was hesitant about getting dressed up or having her hair and make-up done?

Potential Concierge Questions

What do you think the duties of the concierge are?

How are you experienced in this role?

Do you have any cash handling experience or experience handling large sums of cash?

How would you make each guest feel special?

Potential Housekeeping Questions

Are you comfortable working with cleaning chemicals or are you allergic to any cleaning products?

How do you feel about working in a guest’s room while they are not there?

Are you able to work independently with little to no guest contact?

Potential Hospitality Questions

How would you make a guest feel special as they are beginning their Disney vacation?

How do you feel about being trained on a computer reservation system?

What would you do if you were working the front desk and the guest wanted a non-smoking pool view room and there were none available?

Potential PhotoPass Photography Questions

Are you comfortable with operating digital cameras/heavy equipment?

How do you feel about a guest refusing a picture?

How do you feel about achieving monthly sales goals and suggesting products?

Are you comfortable working in several different parks, potentially all in the same week?

Potential Lifeguard Questions

Are you willing to work in another role during off-peak seasons?

Are you comfortable working for long periods of time in the Florida heat?

What would you do if a guest was not tall enough to ride a ride?

Are you comfortable with spending long periods of time standing in water?

Do you believe you are able to pass the swim test?

What would you do in the event of a guest injury or illness?

Are you CPR/lifeguard certified?

Potential Recreational Activities Questions

Do you believe you will be able to pass the swim test?

Are you willing to train with watercraft, arcades, and other recreational facilities?

How do you feel about working for long period of time outdoors and around water?

Are you willing to work in another role during the off-seasons?

Potential Bell Service Dispatch/Greeter Questions

Are you comfortable talking to guests on the phone?

Are you willing to and able carry heavy luggage?

Are you comfortable being the first cast member that a guest interacts with on their vacation?

Potential Transportation Questions

Do you have a valid driver’s license?

Why do you think transportation is so important at Disney?

Are you comfortable talking to other Cast Members via radio?

Are you comfortable memorizing and delivering long speeches?

Are you willing to help with crowd control during parades?

What would you talk about with guests while waiting for transportation?

Have you ever dealt with large groups of people at one time?

How do you feel about driving large vehicles filled with guests?

How do you keep everyone on board safe?

Do you have experience transporting large groups of people?

Can you drive/operate a vehicle/boat or ever worked on a system like the monorail?

Potential Hopper Questions

Are you willing to learn the set-up and layout of multiple parks, areas, and stores?

Are you comfortable with working in multiples locations and parks?

Potential Children’s Activities Questions

How would you entertain children with no toys?

Do you have experience with children?

Are you comfortable cleaning up after children?

Will you be willing to teach a line dance?

Potential Costuming Operations Questions

Are you willing and able to carry heavy costumes to different locations?

Are you comfortable operating an advanced costume check-out computer?

Would you be comfortable working independently?

Are you willing to operate basic laundry equipment?

How do you feel about working “backstage” with minimal guest contact?

Potential Vacation Planner Questions

What do you think the duties of a vacation planner are?

How do you feel about working in multiple parks, potentially all four in a week?

What do you think the duties of a vacation planner are?

Are you comfortable working with a computerized ticket system offering over 128 different ticket combinations?

How do you work under pressure?

Hopefully this post was helpful to you! If you noticed your role wasn’t listed or you know of other questions I should add within the list, please let me know in the comments below! If you are preparing for your phone interview, I wish you the best of luck! You will do great, promise!

The Disney College Program application process is filled with lots and lots of waiting. Whether you are waiting 15 minutes for an e-mail or 15 days to hear back, each wait is full of consistently thinking of when that e-mail will come to you. While I can’t give you any advice on how to put your phone away so you stop refreshing your e-mail for DORMS updates, I can give you some tips on what you can do after getting your acceptance. Many of these things should be done before you applied to begin with, but this serves as a way to follow-up and make sure everything is lined up.

Talk to your advisor about internship credit/how it will affect you academically

Depending on your school, some will offer internship credits, some will require you to continue to take a full course load, some have a co-op place holder, and maybe even offers things not on this list, but those listed are the most common. Your advisor should have all of the information on what you need to do to make sure that you are set to go to your college program. Before going into this meeting, you need to know what your goal is going into the DCP. Are you okay getting no credit, graduating late, etc.? Your advisor will let you know what your options are and how things will go if you go to the program. I had a place holder class, got no credit, and will be graduating a semester later. Personally, I think it’s all worth it.

Find out if Disney school courses will transfer to your school

This is also something that needs to be addressed at your meeting with your advisor. Make sure you have printed the list of courses that Disney offers during the program and take it to the meeting to review with your advisor. For me personally, none of these courses would count for credit for me, but many people I’ve met they’ve received credit for courses that align with their major. For example, I know a handful of hospitality management majors who are getting credit for Disney’s hospitality class.

Talk to your financial aid office about student loans and financial aid

If you use student loans or financial aid during college, make sure to talk to someone in the financial aid office about how everything will work out for you if you accept the program. This is something that differs person to person and definitely something you have to make sure is covered early on before you head out for your program.

Ask how you will be able to sign up for courses for the following semester

Make sure that you talk to your advisor or the registrar about how you will be able to sign up for classes next semester. If you are taking classes through your university while you are on your program, there should be something specifically set up for you through your university, but if you are going on internship credit, not for credit, or on a co-op type thing, this is definitely something you should research. For me personally, I had to talk to my advisor about what classes I plan to take Fall 2017 since I’m doing the program in Spring 2017 and I will be given the okay to get online to sign up for classes. This is definitely a blessing considering the fact that it will allow me to get into the classes that I desperately need.

Talk to your landlord about being released from your lease/subleasing/reassigning/etc.

I recently saw a frantic post by someone on the Facebook page that they hadn’t even thought about their apartment and finding someone to take over their lease. This is once again something that will vary person to person in how it can be done. I’d never heard of just being released from a lease before joining the DCP Facebook page because subleasing and reassigning where the only things I’d heard of. Definitely make sure to e-mail, call, or set up a meeting with your land lord to make sure you understand the steps for getting your lease situated.

Plan your travel method to Disney

Are you going to drive, fly, go by train, etc. If you plan on flying, I advise that you buy plane tickets as soon as you know your dates to get the lowest rates that you can. If you are driving, start planning if you are going to do all of the driving in one long day or break it up between several days. And definitely make sure to get your hotel booked. If you book early, many of the resorts on property such as Art of Animation and All Star resorts.

Find roommates or at least start talking to people

As soon as I knew my dates I jumped onto the DCP Facebook page and posted that I was accepted and wanted to find some roommates. While there are no guarantees through Disney that you will get an apartment with everyone you matched with, it is fun to spend time getting to know other people who are hoping to do the program as well. And you never know, sometimes a pair of 8 roommates all end up together.

Plan outfits for traditions

Do a little bit of research on the Disney look and then check your closet to see what you own that goes along with the guidelines. As a girly girl myself, laying out potential outfits definitely made the fact that I was going to leave for the program much more real. And let’s be honest here, made the actual process of picking out my traditions outfit much faster and less painless.

Look into restaurants/resorts to visit during your program

Once I knew my dates I jumped online and made reservations for several restaurants during the program. I was set on dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest, so those reservations were actually part of my Christmas present before I left for the program. I also looked into the resorts I hope to stay at while I am on my program and can use my discount.

Think about your bucket list

I’m a planner, so I had to plan my bucket list months in advance. While I don’t know if I’ll be able to cross everything off, at least I have an idea of where I’d like to start. And hey, I might get to Disney and laugh and realize my list should look completely different.

Have you applied to the Disney College Program? What did you do to hold yourself over during the wait after the phone interview? Is there anything you would add to this list? If you have applied and are waiting, which of these tips do you hope to use?