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Interested in the Disney College Program? Recruiters Just Announced a Major Update

The Disney College Program is promoted as a one-of-a-kind internship opportunities that allows students from around the country and around the world the opportunity to “live, learn, and earn,” at the Walt Disney World Resort.

While College Program participants (or CPs) have been back at Walt Disney World for more than a year already following the Resort’s closure during the pandemic, not every piece of the program has returned to how it once was. Specifically, several roles that were once open to CPs to work prior to the pandemic have remained unavailable, with most applicants ultimately filling the most essential positions like Attractions, Merchandise, Custodial, and Quick-Service Food & Beverage.

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In years past, one of the most highly sought-after roles on the Disney College Program was Character Performer. The role had been removed from the application process for each season following the return of CPs in 2021, but Disney recently confirmed that the position is once again available, pending a successful audition, that is.

With the return of the Character Performer role, the process for auditioning has changed a bit. Applying for the role through the Disney College Program is now very similar to the process that full-time and part-time Cast Members would go through for entertainment roles.

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In addition to submitting a regular Disney College Program application, students can submit a virtual audition tape on DisneyAuditions.com. If they are selected to move forward in the audition process, they will be notified of their request to attend callbacks, held in-person in select cities (to be announced March 3-10, 2023).

Following in-person callbacks, applicants will learn of their results via email about one week prior to arrival for the Disney College Program (and if they do not make it through the audition process, they could still be offered another one of the selected roles on their application.)

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Even if you are not interested in the Disney College Program yourself, the return of the Character Performer role should still be exciting as it might signal the return of some of the character experiences around the theme parks and Resorts that are still missing following the pandemic.

You can always find the latest information on the program at DisneyCollegeProgram.com, and we’ll be back with additional updates if new character meet and greets and dining opportunities return, here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."