I actually didn’t go natural until after the Disney College Program, but I can give you advice on what I’d do now if I was going back!
The Disney Look is a pretty loose guideline. What they’re really hard on is extreme hairstyling and facial hair and piercings or tattoos. They won’t mind if you have curly hair, or a fro, or braids or twists—and those guidelines only apply during your work day. So if for 8 hours you just put your hair in a ponytail and wear a cute headband, you can do whatever you want on Disney property for the rest of your free time. With my hair now, I’d probably just do a wash n’ go, or on lazy days do a little afro puff or twists. I really hope that helps :D
“I’m a mouse….duh.” - Karen, Mean Girls
In girl world, Karen’s lingerie + animal ears costume is completely fair game for Halloween. Women are not only encouraged, but expected to show off the goods on October 31st (or the Saturday before) every year. I’m all for body positivity and wearing whatever you damn well please, but seriously, don’t wear these costumes. These are outrageously bad. They might even be worse than not dressing up at all. I feel like someone who works at Yandy.com forgot they had to submit costume ideas on a deadline and scribbled these on a napkin before the big meeting:
1. The Sexy Parrot:
A long long time ago, in a place far away, there was a dynasty made up completely of avian creatures. The more colorful your plumes, the more highly you were regarded in society. The bourgeois was for tropical birds only, but an uprising was on the horizon….wait. You don’t remember learning about this in history class? Well that’s probably because it didn’t exist. I’m not sure why the most annoying character in Aladdin has been awarded with this cleavage boasting princess costume, but I also don’t understand why candy corn is still a thing…and it sure is.
2. The Sexy Watermelon:
The only reason I would wear this costume would be to make white people uncomfortable—seriously. But aside from that obvious, “Hey, only certain people can wear this without conjuring up images of Bojangles and lawn jockeys” thing, it’s completely absurd. There’s nothing sexy about Watermelon. It is arguably the least sexy fruit. First of all, you can’t even eat it unless you have a knife or a tall building to throw it from, but even then there’s the whole seed issue. What’s sexy about spitting little black rocks at your lover?
3. The Sexy Cheeseburger
At first I couldn’t actually believe this was a costume. I have considered some cheeseburgers sexy in the past, but that might also have something to do with how often my feelings taste like anything high in sodium and cheese. I’m patently against any costume that claims to be sexy, but is really just a dress in a bizarre pattern. Sure, this costume couldn’t be worn on a day-to-day basis, but it lacks the necessary headgear sort of like…
4. Sexy Big Bird
With Big Bird’s employment in jeopardy (yeah, right), he recently decided to show a little skin for his hustle on the side. Oh God, that is literally the saddest thing I’ve ever typed. Big Bird should never be downgraded to a Craigslist booty call. I’m sorry for even insinuating that…
5. Sexy Trash Monster
Pretty sure this is going to be the name of Ke$ha’s next album, but I digress: Why would an adult woman with a figure like that ever wear something made to look like a trash can? And who is defining sexy for this website? Maybe I’m missing something, but I feel like putting a blanket on your head and going as sheets is a better concept than this.
As for me, I’m going as “Sexy Akilah” which is basically just me in my regular clothes because I’m cheap and Halloween is on a Wednesday this year.
What are you going as for Halloween? And what’s the worst costume you’ve seen so far?
I would say the best thing to do is be patient. After you apply and do your phone interview, it takes about a month to hear anything back.
If you have a car, I’d bring it. The bus gets super packed and sometimes you have to take a way earlier bus because everyone tends to work the same hours at the parks. The parks are literally 10 minutes away from the apartment complexes at most, but the buses can take an hour or more depending on traffic! Eww! Plus, taking your suitcase to get groceries so you can wheel it back through Vista Way is NO BUENO.
I would recommend saving up at least $500 for the move down there, because it’s like moving anywhere really. I had a lot of my stuff shipped, but blankets, pillows, etc., were too big to fit on the plane and had to be bought there. If your school will give you money to go, I definitely would apply for it!
Most importantly, if you get accepted, don’t take things too seriously. At the end of the day it’s like a job anywhere, and there are good days and bad days, but definitely meet your neighbors and go to networking events and take classes if you can! There’s so much you can learn and there’s a lot of opportunity if you network your butt off.
I made a Disney College Program Bucket List, so check that out!