Walt Disney World Fall Advantage College Program cancelled along with the Cultural Representative Program

Apr 06, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Disney has today announced that it is suspending the Cultural Representative Program on April 18, and cancelling the Walt Disney World Fall Advantage College Program.

Participants of the Cultural Representative Program will be assisted in returning home by April 17, and will be invited back at a later date where they typically represent their country in Epcot.

Members of the Fall Advantage College Program, which make up a significant proportion of the park and resorts operations team, were due to arrive through early June.

Here is the full notice from the Disney Internships and Programs team.

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Article Posted: Apr 06, 2020 / 11:15am ET
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davis_unoxxJul 02, 2020

*200 a week for a bed in a 3 bed room lollll

LilofanJul 02, 2020

So does Disney University and staff that hosts many CP classes need to operate? What about Disney Institute? Any corporate meetings on the agenda, wedding pavilion booked solid? , DCP admin and managerial staff, all going to survive the layoffs? Cruise line not operating and staff still on the payroll? Labor will be reduced if company not hitting business targets. Gotta keep the shareholders satisfied. It's business, not personal.

JoeCamelJul 02, 2020

So can I get a 3 bdrm in Flamingo Crossings for $200 a month yet?

Magic FeatherJul 02, 2020

The DCP has grown to become a giant staple of the WDW labor force due to the weird dynamic of the Central Florida labor force. Disney is full of a bunch of service roles that aren't really conducive to career building, really making it to where, once the best candidates were combed through, Disney was left to fill a lot of their roles with local teenagers/young adults and retirees. Both of these groups aren't exactly the most consistent, which is why Disney, after having their small version of the CP start in the late 70's, eventually grew the program into the behemoth it is today, so they could always have high availability of labor without relying on locals. The DCP is effectively why it's so rare to see Orlando high schoolers working at WDW as anything other than a lifeguard (which is comedically different to Universal and SeaWorld). Now, the need for labor is greatly reduced, so by taking out the DCP, many more jobs will be spared than what would have been the case. (I highly doubt the next part will be the case, but as a hypothetical) if Disney managed to run through all of its backstaffing of FT, PT, and Seasonal, I'd expect we see a small resurgence of local hires before the DCP is restarted. Why? Because the DCP has grown into a machine with such intense marketing, that it is designed to produce a crazy number of applicants with a crazy number of hires. And I doubt Disney would want the publicity of the DCP getting ridiculously competitive.

HauntedMansionFLAJul 02, 2020

And part time

networkproJul 02, 2020

Its labor that's not needed. Since guest-facing cast members bid for shifts, usually the DCP program members get the less desirable times such as the closing shifts. Since the parks are closing between 7 and 9 PM that's a shift that's eliminated for right now.

RoyWalleyJul 02, 2020

Disney doesn't really need them right now anyway with limited availability of guests to parks/resorts at this time and probably for the unforeseen future as the corona virus wrecks havoc over everything. Not a whole lot will be open for awhile @ WDW.

LilofanJul 02, 2020

CP program composed of more than 5K CP cast. With program not happening perhaps that is 5K current cast members saved for being potentially laid off?

SirwalterraleighJul 02, 2020

Ehhh...those are typically jettisoned first in recessions

larryzJul 02, 2020

Might be good for seasonal CMs...

SirwalterraleighJul 02, 2020

Not good

LittleBufordApr 12, 2020

You’ve demonstrated far more dignity and maturity than those here who think they have something to teach you (they don’t). Be proud of what you’ve achieved, and good luck moving forward—I hope you get a second shot at Disney one day.

ImperfectPixieApr 12, 2020

Do you only have one mode?