There are two programs that allow you to work at Walt Disney World as a Canadian. Even though during both programs you get to live, learn and work at Walt Disney World in Florida, they can seem like polar opposite programs. That’s why they have them though! The Cultural Representative program and the J1 Cultural Exchange Program give a broad blanket for Canadians to work in Walt Disney World. So which one is better for you as a Canadian? Here’s a helpful guide to find out!
The Difference Between Walt Disney Programs For Canadians!
There are three main differences between the programs:
- The Length of the Program
- Who Can Apply
- The Roles You Get To Play
So let’s explore both those things a little bit more in the hopes of deciding which Walt Disney World Disney Program is best for you!
Who Can Apply
The Disney Cultural Exchange program is open for those enrolled in a university program. You have to prove you are enrolled in a degree and that you are either in the middle or have just completed it.
Contrastingly, the Cultural Representative Program is open to all young Canadians who want to represent their culture and country in Walt Disney World. Though you don’t have to be enrolled in a University program to apply you just have to be ready to represent Canada.
The Length of the Program
The Cultural Representative program is an entire year. While the Cultural exchange program is only three months so it fits nicely into your summer holidays!
The Roles You Get To Play
An an Cultural Exchange Program student or ICP (former name), you have the ability to work throughout the parks and resorts. You can work as anything from a character performer to a lifeguard to a cashier on mainstreet.
Meanwhile, as a Cultural Representative, you work in the Canadian pavilion in Epcot. There you might have a role in food and beverage (you’ll actually make money doing this– one word: tips!), in merchandise selling amazing Canadian stuff (including Tim Hortons Coffee) or in attractions running the movie!