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This Is Not a Drill: Hourly Pay For Disney College Program Participants Has Just Been Raised!

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If you’ve been following the Disney news lately, you may have seen coverage of the constant battle between Disney Cast Member unions and the Walt Disney Company for higher, living wages.

Luckily, after months of pushing, Disney Cast Member Unions finally got the win they needed and deserved.

However, the Disney College Program was often left out of these battles. Nevertheless, program participants will be thrilled to find out that their pay is raising soon as well.

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The Disney College Program is a paid internship and it’s a wonderful program for current students or those who have recently graduated. In some cases, the paid internship can be counted as credit hours with certain universities. In other cases, those who are eligible may even receive an offer for a full-time position with Disney after their Disney College Program comes to an end.

Program participants can become Cast Members stationed at fun attractions, at Resort hotels, and virtually anywhere in Walt Disney World.

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In short, it’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to experience working at Walt Disney World or would like to get their foot in the door. Currently, the hourly pay is $14 an hour. But, the official Disney College Program Instagram account just announced some exciting news: an hourly pay raise!

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The announcement reads:

We are happy to share that the hourly rate of pay for the Disney College Program is increasing. Beginning June 4, all #DisneyCollegeProgram participants will receive a starting hourly rate of $16, an increase of two dollars per hour. This increase will apply to participants currently on the program and any future participants.

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Does the Disney College Program sound like an opportunity you’re interested in? Applications are still open and can be found here!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.