Disney CEP – My Role & First Impressions

Hello World!

I’m back again today with a Disney post as it has been a little while since I updated you on my journey towards my Cultural Exchange Program.

If you are new here then hello, my name is Yaz and in the summer of 2019, I will be moving to Walt Disney World in Florida to take part in their Cultural Exchange Program from 17th June until 22nd August.

And today I am going to tell you which role I have been assigned…

So, without further ado, this summer I will be working as a Quick Service Food & Beverage (QSFB) Cast Member in Walt Disney World!

And before anybody asks, I don’t yet know where I will be working and I won’t even know the rough location until just before I leave for Florida but I promise that as soon as I find out I will let you know!

Firstly, let’s talk about my reaction to being placed in Food and Beverage. Prior to even getting onto the program I had done quite a lot of research about all the different roles and tried to learn as much as I could about each one for when I filled in my role checklist.

Therefore, I’ll be honest, Quick Service was not my top choice but at the same time I did expect to be placed there if I got onto the program. So it wasn’t a complete shock at all.

There are a lot of thoughts and feelings that fly around when people talk about QSFB and let’s just say that it generally doesn’t have an amazing reputation at first glance. However, it is one of the roles with the highest demand and from what I gather it really is not as bad as everyone seems to make it out to be! I mean, I guess I’ll find out in a few months but at the end of the day you’re working in Walt Disney World so really, how bad can it be?

I think the main thing to remember with wherever you get placed on a Disney Program is that the experience is going to be what you make of it. You are the one who can choose to make it a positive and fun experience.

My top three role choices, which you’ll likely be asked about in your final interview, were Merchandise, Attractions and Full Service Food & Beverage (Seater) and when I was asked about my prefernces the disney recruiter interviewing me also looked at the work experience on my CV and asked me if I would be open to the Quick Service Food & Beverage role too. Even though this was lower on my list I said yes I would be open to that.

From both that question in my final interview as well as the fact that my most extensive work experience has been working in a restaurant meant that I had a good idea that if I was offered a place I would likely be given a Quick Service role.

So, how do I feel about the role? Truthfully, I am really excited! I have actually heard amazing things about the experiences people have in QSFB. There are also so many options for where you can work and that just adds to the excitement. As well as this, I know that I already have strengths working in this field and that the training and experience I will get from Disney will be of a very high quality and that I will earn so many new and valuable skills from the experience. Plus, I will be living and working in Walt Disney World… did I mention that at all?

One of the reasons that Merchandise was my top role choice was because of the potential to trade shifts and have the experience of working across the whole of the Walt Disney World property and luckily, as long as I get the chance to be cash trained early on I should be able to still have the chance to try this in the QSFB role.

I know that ultimately my experience on the CEP is going to be down to me and what I choose to make it and I know that I want this experience to be the time of my life. I can’t wait to get there and start this adventure more than ever and I cannot wait to find out my location – park or resort, restaurant or outdoor vending? Who knows, but regardless I can’t wait to get there and make the best of it!

I know that a lot of people who get placed in QSFB tend to worry about the role and I have even heard of some people who considered turning down an offer due to it (which seems like madness!) and so I plan to keep writing about my work experience while I am in Florida so I can show everybody the ins and the outs of the role. As well as giving people a place to come and find out about the role in more depth and not have to worry or doubt it at all because I am certain that both myself and the other QSFB cast members for this summer are going to have the most incredible experience alongside all the other program participants.

As you can probably tell, I am as excited as ever to be heading out to Florida and as of today there is only 105 days until I hop on the plane and head to Walt Disney World! We are nearly in double digits but there is still lots to do befor I’m ready (as well as a degree to finish of course).

Soon we should be finding out about booking our US Embassy Visa Appointments and so my next update on the CEP will likely be letting you know about my Visa experience.

See you next time,

Yaz x

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