Why I Quit Working For Disney



















I quit working for Disney in March 2016 after working for the company for about a year and a half, and if I'm being honest it's the best decision I could have ever made for myself. While I wouldn't take anything I did back, it was amazing to leave. 

My senior year of college, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life so I applied for the Disney College Program. I loved my friends that I made on the program, but wasn't really in love with the position. I worked in Attractions at the Sum of All Thrills in Epcot. I helped to open the enlarged Fast Pass Plus area for Illuminations, and loved every minute of it. My living situation was rough, much like everyone else on the DCP, but thankfully I found two best friends who I'm still in contact with today. 

As my program began to come to a close, I still didn't know what I really wanted to do, so I applied for both an extension and a transfer. Well, I got both. I could either stay at Walt Disney World and continue on into any attraction, or I could transfer to Disneyland and work attractions there. I decided to transfer to Disneyland to work at Autopia with some of the best people I could have ever met. It was there I met my boyfriend, and some of my best friends. 

Halfway through my DLRCP, I flew back to Orlando to look for an apartment with my best friend and one of my other roommates. We didn't really find a place that trip, but later signed a lease. My fate was sealed - I had to move back to Orlando when my program ended. If I were to do it again, I don't think I would have signed a lease even though it was probably the best thing I could have done. 

August came and I had to leave California, my best friends, and my boyfriend. It was the hardest decision, but I had applied to Disney World and gotten a position at the Starbucks in Epcot. This is where things started to go downhill fast. I wasn't thrilled with the position, or how things were handled for the most part. Don't get me wrong, I love Disney and I think it's a great company however in any company things can be mishandled. 

After quitting at Disney, I feel like my mental state soared through the roof. My roommate, her boyfriend, my boyfriend, my friends and family all saw a massive improvement from me. I wasn't unhappy every day. I didn't feel like I was getting run over by a truck every day. I didn't dread waking up to go into work. I didn't understand how things could be so different, just working at a different location in the same company but things were not the same. 

I am thankful for everything that Disney had to offer for me, and that I was given as many opportunities as I was. However, the best thing for me was to leave. Disney provided me with a chance to see what I enjoyed doing, and what I didn't. To see that I really wanted to go back to school and work more in the department of History, doing something that I actually love.

I bought an annual pass, so you'll still see me around. 

If you ever get a chance to work for Disney, and you are unsure if you should take it or not, I would say go for it. You never know until you try. 

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