Remember that Acceptance Letter I Mentioned?

March 26, 2009

Here it is! That beautiful folder. After an exhausting day of driving home from Florida, then a full night’s sleep, and a full day at work, I finally had a moment to stop and take a picture of me with my acceptance package. They’re self-portraits, in case you couldn’t tell, and I think they’re actually pretty good photos. Really capture the essence of Bethany, don’t you think? 😉

It’s been a few days, but I’ve been too busy to post anything but the most basic of details about my acceptance. As my last post said, the package arrived last Monday, March 23. I was so unbelievably thrilled!

Merchandise was originally my third choice, behind PhotoPass and Attractions, but the more I’m thinking about it the more excited I am about my role. Merchandise means that I will be working in one of the shops or one of the stands either in the parks, at the resorts, or at Downtown Disney. There are a lot of possible work places! One exciting thing about this is that, from what I’ve read online, it’s really easy for Merch CMs to pick up extra shifts at different work locations. So I not only have the potential for lots of overtime but for lots of different work environments. I’m making it my goal to work in at least one location at all of the parks, resorts, and at DD at least one time.

I told my interviewer that I would really love to work at Animal Kingdom, though, so hopefully that will be my home base. Animal Kingdom is a great park–it’s high energy, has a lot of really great shops, and, plus, it closes the earliest of all the parks so I would more than likely have pretty reasonable hours if I work there. If I was to work in the MK, I would more than likely be there until the wee small hours of the morning on many days. This week, MK had Extra Magic Hours until 3 AM, which means that the merchandise people were probably there until at least 4 AM. Crazy, huh? So next time you’re at WDW, especially at EMH, be sure to thank the CMs that are staying so late (early?) so that you can enjoy a few more hours of pixie dust. 🙂

In contrast to MK, DAK’s latest EMH this month was until 10 PM. Now that’s the schedule for me. I’m sure I could manage the 4 AM thing, and it would probably even be good for me to completely break out of my routine. But 10 PM sure sounds a lot better to me! I have to accept by April 12th. I’m waiting because I need to find out what Emily’s going to be doing–she was offered QSFB, and she’s still trying to decide whether she wants to go. If she’s going, we need to check in on the same day to make it easier to be roomates. I also need to check when my classes start next January, to make sure I pick a date that will get me back in time for that. But hopefully I’ll have some exact dates to share very soon, and then I’ll really be able to start the countdown!



  1. I absolutely admire this blog. Its great. I recently applied for the CP and am waiting for my letter. About how long did it take to receive your letter? Did it come from the us mail service or ups/fedex?

    • Thank you so much, Emily! I’m glad to know that people are enjoying reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. My acceptance packet arrived about two weeks after my interview, but I heard of people getting theirs as early as 6 days after their interview, while some didn’t hear anything for about a month. It came in the regular mail, and was a big folder. Congratulations on applying for the CP, and good luck! Be sure to leave a comment here if you get in! 🙂

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