Final Week Check-out and Saying a Final Goodbye to DCP

Clocking out for the last time.

Clocking out for the last time.  😥

The things you need to do and some advice for wrapping things up after spending a semester at the Disney College Program:

1. Requesting days off last 1-2 weeks of your program will generally be auto denied.  You’ll have more luck putting your shift giveaways up on your facebook work group. (Generally, giving away any days during your last scheduled week won’t be allowed.  But, it’s up to your manager.)

Do NOT skip your end-of-program evaluation with your manager!

Do NOT skip your end-of-program evaluation with your manager!

2. Leaders and Coordinators can’t give out formal recommendation letters. But, you should receive a written end-of-program evaluation from your manager before your last day.  You can use this to document your program participation.

The number to verify Disney employment is: (800) 800-4857, ext. 9000 (, 9000).  It costs $20.

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Pin trading at DAK.

3.  Make sure that you have at least one good photo of you in your costume at work before program end!

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And, take a photo of your DCP friends too!

4. Make sure you return all costume pieces, including belts, etc.  Your nametag does not need to be turned in.  It’s yours to keep!  Each missing costume piece is generally $25 to replace.  If your costume record is not clear and shows missing items, this can affect your rehire status years down the road. (Failure to return all costume pieces is the #1 reason for restricted rehire status at Disney!)

5. Move out time is by 11am on your scheduled last day of the program.  Housing ID’s & keys can be left in the apartment or turned into security.  Do not take your keys home with you or you will be charged for them!


Leaving our Housing ID and apartment keys on the counter when we left.

6. Housing IDs, Blue ID’s and Maingate Passes: Leave your Housing ID and apartment key on the kitchen counter or turn them in to security.

Blue ID’s are supposed to be turned into your manager, security, or the front desk before you leave. But, if you decide to keep it, especially if you’re planning on coming back to work for the company, don’t lose it because they will charge you for a new one ($25) if you lose it before you are rehired.

Maingate passes can generally be used up midnight on check out day. However, be warned that occasionally managers remove CPs from the system on their last working day, which could be one to two days before check out day.  And, vise versa, sometimes CPs are left active in the system and can use their maingate passes for several days (at least) after program end.

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Having Disney on your resume is gold!

7.  Think about adding your DCP experience to your resume:  Tips for writing your DCP resume

DCP Alumni are the best!

DCP Alumni are the best!

8. Lastly, join the DCP Alumni Association!  It’s a great way to keep up with the friends you made during your program and to make new friends.

Click here to join after you complete the program:

Click here to go directly to the DCP Alumni Facebook group:

Farewell fellow CPs!

We hope you had as much fun during your DCP program as we did!! 🙂


working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014, then again Summer 2015) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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