Are you departing after January 1, 2023? Do you want to stay with Walt Disney World Resort in a parks and resorts hourly role after your program ends? You have two potential paths you can pursue:
- Extend your program: Eligible participants have the opportunity to apply to extend their program in their same role/same location. If offered an extension, they will continue on their program and select a new departure date.
If interested in exploring opportunities to extend in a different role – such as Character Performer, Minnie Vans, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser or Premium Services, deadlines vary depending on the role and an audition or interview may be required. Participants cannot extend their program in ANY role if they choose to pursue a part-time or full-time path
- Apply for a part-time / full-time role: Participants have the opportunity to apply for an hourly role with Walt Disney Resort near the end of their program. This is a great option if they want to stay with Disney permanently or have already exceeded 12 months on a Disney internship or program. If accepted, they will begin right after their program end date.
Communication is sent via email to eligible participants with more information about how and when to apply. If you have NOT received communication about applying, keep an eye on your email throughout your program to know when you will become eligible for these opportunities.
Q: Can I apply for both an extension and a part-time or full-time role?
A: You may only apply for one of the two paths. Please be sure to thoroughly review all the information provided and select the option best for you.
Q: Am I guaranteed an offer for the path I select?
A: Extensions and placement for hourly roles are determined based on business need and are contingent upon meeting attendance and record card guidelines. Please refer to the postings for requirements.
Q: What if I want to apply for a Professional Internship?
A: Regardless of which path you choose, you are still eligible to apply for other roles on MyDisneyCareer.com, including Professional Internships or professional office & technical roles. As a reminder, individuals can only participate in any combination of internships and programs for one full year (12 months).
Q: What if I want to apply for the Disney Hospitality Leadership Program (DHLP)?
A: Regardless of which path you choose, you are still eligible to apply for other roles on MyDisneyCareer.com, including the Disney Hospitality Leadership Program.
Q: I’m a Disney Culinary Program participant; do I go through the same process?
A: For Disney Culinary Program participants, please be on the lookout for separate communication from the Disney Programs Recruitment team on opportunities to extend or convert to part-time or full-time. You may also reach out directly to our Disney Culinary Program Recruitment team with questions on Support.DisneyPrograms.com.
Q: Are International Program participants eligible?
A: Extensions for International Program participants are generally not available (Exceptions may apply for Australia/New Zealand participants). If you have questions, feel free to reach out to the Disney Programs Recruitment team on Support.DisneyPrograms.com.
Q: Am I guaranteed a same role / same location extension if I select that path?
A: Extensions are determined based on business needs and are contingent upon meeting attendance and record card guidelines. Please refer to the extension application and job description for requirements.
Q: What if I want to apply for a different extension opportunity, such as with Minnie Vans or Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser?
A: If you want to choose an extension path, you can apply for other extension opportunities. Keep in mind you may be required to interview for select roles. You should not apply for a part-time / full-time role if you would like to pursue an extension path. You can apply for both same role / same location extensions AND for other extension opportunities. As a reminder, you may only participate in any combination of internships and programs for one full year. You can see current open extension roles when you go to MyDisneyCareer.com and search #CPExtensions.
Q: What happens if I’m offered an extension, but change my mind and want to go part-time or full-time instead?
A: By electing the extension path, you are opting NOT to pursue a part-time or full-time opportunity right now. Keep in mind, you will still have the chance to explore part-time and full-time opportunities at the end of your extension.
Q: If I choose to extend my program, will I have the option to apply for part-time or full-time opportunities after my extension ends?
A: Yes, you will receive communication closer to the end of your extension about next steps. If offered, a part-time or full-time role would begin at the end of your program. Note – You must meet all record card and attendance guidelines to be eligible.
Q: What if I want to extend in a Character Performer role?
A: You must select an extension path if you are interested in auditioning for a Character Performer extension. Those eligible to extend in this role will receive separate communication. Auditions are determined by the needs of Disney Live Entertainment and are not guaranteed. Keep an eye on your email for information about upcoming auditions.
Q: Can I live offsite if selected for an extension?
A: Yes. A request to live offsite must be submitted upon acceptance of an extension. You would be required to move out of Flamingo Crossings Village on your original program’s departure date, and you must provide your own reliable transportation to and from work.
Part-Time or Full-Time Path FAQs
Q: Am I guaranteed a part-time or full-time opportunity if I select that path?
A: Offers are determined based on business needs and are contingent upon meeting attendance and record card guidelines. Please refer to the part-time/full-time posting for requirements.
Q: What happens if I’m offered a part-time or full-time role, but change my mind and want to extend instead?
A: By electing to apply for part-time and full-time opportunities, you are choosing NOT to extend your program.
Q: What roles will be available for the part-time/full-time positions?
A: Opportunities will be based on business need.
Q: What if I only want a full-time role and am not interested in a part-time role?
A: While you may be offered a full-time role, it is not guaranteed and there is not an option to preference full-time only. In the application, you will have the option to select either part-time only, or part-time/full-time. Note: there may be select roles that increase your likelihood of receiving a full-time offer.
Q: After I apply, when will I know if I’ve been accepted and what my role is?
A: You will be notified if selected for a part-time or full-time role no later than 8 weeks before the end of your program. Additional details regarding your role, location and status will be shared closer to your departure date.
Q: Am I required to submit a resume or interview for an hourly part-time/full-time role?
A: You only need to fill out the application. If selected, you will be notified no later than 8 weeks before the end of your program. Additional details regarding your role, location and status will be shared closer to your departure date.
Q: What if I am interested in going part-time or full-time in a Character Performer role?
A: You will first need to apply for a part-time / full-time role. If you are interested in auditioning for a role as a Character Performer, you only need attend one audition on DisneyAuditions.com. If you are currently a Character Performer, you will be considered by the Entertainment team after submitting your application for a part-time / full-time role.
Q: What are the availability requirements for a part-time or full-time role?
A: Part-time roles require a flexible schedule with full availability for any shift for a minimum of three days per week, including nights, weekends and holidays. Full-time requires a flexible schedule with full availability for any shift, seven days per week, including nights, weekends and holidays.
Q: Can I live at Flamingo Crossings Village if I’m offered a part-time/full-time position?
A: No. Only individuals participating on a Disney Internship or Program may live at Flamingo Crossings Village.
Q: Will I be able to use Transfer Genie to request a transfer to an hourly role prior to my departure date?
A: Disney College Program participants departing prior to January 2023 continue to utilize Transfer Genie during their program. They will be able to log in up to 6 weeks before the end of their program.
Have specific questions that aren’t answered here, or want to talk to a Recruiter about your options?
You can reach out to a recruiter at https://support.disneyprograms.com. Recruiters also visit Apprentice Hall for Office Hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on select dates. Be sure to check the activities calendar on DORMS for more information about upcoming Recruiter Office Hours!