Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Disney Look

So some of you may or may not know all about the Disney Look.

Disney is very strict on what they allow their cast members (employees) to wear while they are on the job in costume and while they are not in costume but still working.

Walt Disney world didnt even let any males into the theme park back in the 70's who had facial hair because it didnt comply with their look. It wasnt even till the 1990's that the company let their male employees have facial hair. They have a reputation on being very strict on what their employees wear.

Just recently Disney changed their "look"- here is an article about how big of a deal it was to revamp their requirments

According to the Disney Website this is what non-costumed women have to wear:

Business Attire for Women
"•Professional options for women include dress pants with a classic style blouse or sweater, skirted or pants suit, dress with or without a jacket, and business-style walking shorts with a blouse and jacket or vest.
•A blazer or suit may be required at certain times, depending on your work location and the nature of your role. Check with your area leader for more information. Cotton twill pants (i.e., Dockers, khakis) are permitted only if they are neatly pressed, creased and appear to be professionally laundered.
•Non-costumed Cast Members are permitted to wear a short- or long-sleeved oxford-style dress shirt with property-specific embroidered logo. A blazer is optional.
•In addition to the options above, non-costumed women in Sports and Recreation are permitted to wear dress or golf style shorts no shorter than three inches (7.6cm) above the top of the knee. Shorts may be paired with a professional-style blouse (as detailed above) or with a neat, well-maintained polo or golf style shirt. Shorts are not permitted for office-based Cast in this area.
•Clothing not permitted includes polo or golf style shirts (except for Sports & Recreation Cast), cargo-style pants, t-shirts, sundresses, sleeveless tops or dresses (without a jacket), capri pants, leggings, casual shorts, wrap-around shorts, one-piece rompers and garments made of denim fabrics.
•Winter jackets and coats should also present a professional appearance and should be made of fabrics traditionally acceptable in business. For example, wool, leather and microfiber offer good choices. Denim, nylon satin and other casual fabrics would not meet these professional guidelines.
Clothing Lengths
Dress and skirt lengths may range from three inches (7.6 cm) above the top of the kneecap bone to the bottom of the ankle. The length of shorts should be from the top of the kneecap bone to three inches (7.6 cm) above the top of the kneecap bone. Slits in skirts, kick pleats and buttoned or snapped closures should not exceed five inches (12.7 cm) above the middle of the knee. Pants should be long enough to touch the bottom of the ankle.

Fabrics and Patterns
Fabrics should be those traditionally acceptable for business such as tweed, wool, cotton, polyester, silk, linen, rayon or blends of these fibers. Unacceptable fabrics include spandex, gauze, metallic fabrics, sheer fabrics, clinging knits, denim and chambray.
Patterns that are large graphics, large company and non-company logos, and styles or patterns that suggest extremely casual sportswear are not permitted.

Fingernails should be kept clean. If polish is used, it should be complementary to your skin tone. This includes deeper, richer shades of polish. Polishes that are not permitted include neon, black, gold, silver or multi-colored.
Charms or decals on fingernails are not permitted. Fingernails should not exceed one-fourth of an inch (approximately 6 mm) beyond the fingertip.

Hair Accessories
Hair accessories should be a classic style and should coordinate with the outfit.

Non-costumed Cast Members, while working outdoors only, may wear hats made of natural materials, such as straw, with a small brim for protection from the sun. These should be a simple classic style, solid tan or brown in color. Hatbands must be a solid color similar to the color of the hat. Baseball caps are not permitted.

•Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, lapel pins and a business-style wristwatch are permitted. A pin, brooch or scarf clip in good business taste is also acceptable.
•Two necklaces and two bracelets in good business taste that blend with the outfit and each other are permitted.
•Ankle bracelets are not permitted.
•One earring in each ear is permitted. It must be a simple, matched set. Earrings may be clip-on, pierced, hoop or dangle and must be worn on the bottom of the earlobe. Earrings may not exceed the size of a quarter.
•Aside from earrings as listed above, jewelry may not be worn in any visible body piercing. See previous section on "Body Alteration or Modification".
•Only one ring on each hand is permitted, with the exception of a wedding set. A ring may be worn on any finger.

Dress shoes or boots in good business taste are required. Classic dress shoes are permitted to have an open toe, open heel or a slingback (strap around the heel). Athletic shoes, sandals and western boots are not permitted. When wearing a skirt or dress, hosiery must be worn at all times and may be sheer or opaque in subdued shades. If pants are worn, hosiery and socks are optional.

So as you can see they expect alot out of you!

If you are in costume the requirments are even harsher! You can only wear 1 ring on each finger, NO bracelets and NO necklaces!

I have attached a outfit I designed to show all about the look!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Disney College Program and all that it entails!


IN 2 MONTHS I LEAVE FOR FLORIDA! I cant wait and know that the time will fly.

For all of those who really have no idea what I am doing down in Disney I wanted to post about it- an no i am not working at disney as a princess.

As previously mentioned I was chosen to take on the role (job) of Merchandise. The other roles offered are:

* Attractions- work the rides
* Bell Service- help in the hotels
* Boutique Hostess- work in a spa for little girls
* Concierge- help in the hotels
* Character Attendant- watch/follow the disney characters
* Custodial- clean up around the parks
* Full Service Food and Beverage- work in restaurants/anything to do with food
* Hospitality- hotels
* Housekeeping- hotels
* Main entrance Operations- work the front gates
* Transportation- drive the buses, ect
* Vacation Planner- help customers
* Costuming- work in the custom department and pass out costumes to cast members

As you can see there are a lot of different roles I could have chosen/been chosen for. I thought that Merchandise would be the best fit for me, and I guess so did the Disney recruiters.

According to the website the College Program..." at the Walt Disney World® Resort is a one-of-a-kind, Disney-designed combination of education and work experience". Even though I graduated in May, as long as you are in college when you APPLY for the program then you are elgiable. You have to be in college or taking like 1 credit hour when you apply for the program- so there is NO age limit. I have heard of people that are like 26 doing the program.

There are general classes offered in the program in hopes to get some college credit while here in Orlando- courses like management, marketing, ect.... Since I am not in school or need credit I will not be taking any of these general classes.

There are however other "classes" offered that also could be for college credit. These so called "classes" are very hands on and one of them is called 8 executives, 8 weeks. This is a course that I think that I am going to take- for each week you get to meet with a different executive and its a great way to network!

YES I GET PAID! I am very lucky for most fashion internships I have looked into you do not get paid for. The pay isnt that great, but it is better than working for free!

Disney has housing for their college program students. There are 3 different apartments and I wont know which one I will be in till i get there. You also can have a 2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartment. All apartments are fully furnished! So I dont need to bring anything. All apartments have a pool, laundry room, work out, ect. The apartments are a few miles out from the actual park but they have busses just for us workers that go back and forth non-stop from the park to the apartments and from the apartments to places like wal-mart, ect.

I attached a map of the apartments, so you could see how close they are and everything else that is around it.

People from all around the United States will be doing this program as well as people all around the world! So it will be a great way to get the chance to interact with different cultures.

Well I hope this gives you all a better look at what the Disney College Program is!

"Reach for the sky!" - Woody (Toy Story)xoxo-bew

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Getting Excited!

Hey All-

I wanted to keep a blog to let you all know how my life working as a merchandise intern will be in Florida!I also wanted a place to post pictures of everything that i am doing so everyone can see!

General Information:
Check-in Day- August 11, 2010
Check-out Day- January 7, 2011

I might pick a football home game weekend and fly home for 3 days, but other than that i am pretty much stuck there until January-including Christmas!

Job Description-
This is what the Disney Site has as what my job title is:

Responsibilities may include:
Demonstrating and selling merchandise in indoor and outdoor areas
Cash handling - both manual and using computerized registers
Stocking and cleaning shelves and carts
Receiving/putting away stock and deliveries
Stroller/wheelchair rental - including repetitive lifting, stacking, and pushing strollers and wheelchairs
Preparation of food/candy
Selling of alcohol and tobacco
Providing information to Guests
Approaching Guests and engaging them in conversation
Preparing packages for shipping/delivery
Working independently or as part of a large team

So as you can see there is a lot that I could be doing- I wont know till I am down there the exact location that I will be working at, they dont tell you until check in day.

"A dream is a wish your heart makes" - Cinderella

xoxo- BEW