Hello! It’s no bother at all; it’s nice to have questions about DLP! :)
I’ll try to be as thorough as possible as this is something that I found quite difficult to get my head around as I didn’t know much about DLP’s use of French vs. English.
(Note that this is mainly for ‘Restauration’ positions - it would also mainly apply to boutique/attractions, but not for character/parade which doesn’t require you to speak French!)
So you can apply online using the English form and with your English CV/Cover letter etc. All of the correspondence before the interview (sign up, dates, confirmation) was in English, but after the interview it suddenly turned into French. In the actual interview the questions were mostly in English, with just a few very simple questions (i.e. “describe yourself”) in French.
I have to say that my French in the interview wasn’t really that good as I was really nervous. You get interviewed in pairs, so it was easy for me to compare myself against the other person! Despite this, I still got put into the talent pool and eventually I was offered a contract :) I think the most important thing with the interview is to show that you’re passionate and motivated about working in Disneyland.
Being in Disneyland:
This is obviously going to relate to my time in DLP (as a ‘Restauration’ CM), but everyone has a slightly different experience so it’s difficult to be general. I found that it’s the luck of the draw with where you get placed within the Restaurants section and it doesn’t depend on your level of French (Boutiques need a higher level/more languages whilst Attractions need the best level of French due to safety procedures). People across all levels (with one person in particular who spoke very very little French) were distributed across the restaurants and put on both the front and in the kitchen.
I was in the Kiosks in the WDS, which required a lot of guest interaction. I felt that my French wasn’t that strong (I had just finished my first year of uni studying French, but I didn’t have that many opportunities to practise speaking) but I soon got into the swing of things and it definitely got easier as time went on. I found that I was speaking English a lot of the time anyway due to the large amount of English/non-French guests.
The most challenging thing in terms of language was backstage. As soon as you get there, all of the training is in French, which goes quite quickly as there is a lot to learn, which means that there is a lot to take in so it can be pretty tiring! Also, all of the supervisors will speak only in French, for example in the morning briefings and if you have any problems you’ll have to discuss them in French. This is the same for all of the backstage services, like costuming, the pay service and the canteen.
So in general, I found that it was relatively easy to get a job as long as you show that you’re dedicated and motivated, and obviously if you’re available for when they want you (although I have found that they’re quite flexible with dates). The level of French required isn’t that high - as long as you know the basics you’ll be fine, just be prepared to be having to concentrate all the time!!
I hope that this helps :) if you have any more questions, I’ll be happy to answer them!