This guide was created with the aim to explain what the Disney Cultural Representative Program in Orlando (Florida) is and how to apply.
If you have any questions about the program, leave a comment or write directly to Disney International Recruiting.
The Cultural Representative Program is one of the five national (for the USA-based candidates) and international programs offered by Disney to all young people who want to pursue a major growth experience, both personal and professional, who are called Disney International Programs.
The International Programs include the Academic Exchange Program, the Cultural Exchange Program (both often known as College Program), the Australia & New Zealand Exchange Program, the Japan/ Disney Vacation Club Program and the Cultural Representative Program.
All five programs allow you to work for up to 12 months in some of the parks and hotels that form the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando (Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Guest Relations offices) where you will be sharing your culture and traditions with all the international guests that visit the park.
You will also get a weekly-based wage, according to the amount of hours worked, and you’ll stay in one of the housing complexes (Chatam Square, Patterson Court, The Commons and Vista Way) Disney reserves to its Cast Members (yes, if you work in WDW you are a Cast Member and not an Employee).
Please note that not every program is open to any country. For example, to this day, only the CRP (the program we’ll take part, more details below) and the J/DVCP (Japan Disney Vacation Club Program) are open to Italian candidates, so make sure to check your eligibility.
Cultural Representative Program – Italy Pavilion
Italy is one of the 11 countries represented in a pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase, and it’s here where the Italian participants work. The available positions are three: Merchandise, Food & Beverage and Guest Relation.
Those working in the Merchandise have to show and sell Disney and Italian products to guests who visit the shops. Those who choose the Food & Beverage position instead, will be working for the Patina Restaurant Group, as front of house staff, in one of the kiosks or one of the three restaurants/pizzeria managed by Patina inside the pavilion. Finally, the Guest Relation position is a role reserved for those who previously completed an I.P. and consists in providing assistance to park visitors.
You will find further details about the available positions here.
ATTENTION: please note that we applied for the CRP program in the Italian Pavilion, so we don’t know the application processes for the other programs and countries, but: