Checking Out: Final Week at DCP Program

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.) Note:  If you call out in your last week, you will NOT be termed!  That’s just an untrue rumor.

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, especially if you need to submit something to your college for credit.

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

AK costume
Turn EVERYTHING in but your nametag!  That’s yours to keep!

3. Make sure you return all costume pieces, including belts, hats, mittens, 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!)

4. 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 at 6am.  You can also give them to Security at the gate.

5. 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.

6.  Start thinking about updating your resume!  If you didn’t take the professional development resume course at Disney University, we have some tips:  Writing Your DCP Resume.

DCP Alumni are the best!
DCP Alumni are the best!

7. 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 your 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!! 🙂

Hope to see you at the next Alumni event!


working together at DAK
Working together at DAK.

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   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 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.

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Book link on  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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7 replies to “Checking Out: Final Week at DCP Program

  1. hi! I’ve been reading your blog since my first program! (2016) now im going back again next year. The question is, i forgot to turn in my blue id and i still have it with me. Can i still turn it in at Disney University on my very first days of the program?


    1. Congrats on going back! The 2nd programs always go smoother than the first one and are a LOT
      more fun!
      Bring it with you and you’ll save $35! (Yes, the Disney system knows you still have it.)

      Have a magical day! 🙂


    1. It’s not required that you turn in your Blue ID, just don’t lose it!
      If you are rehired and you can’t find it, Disney will charge you $35 to replace it.

      This is different than your costume pieces.
      ALL costume pieces including hats, gloves and belts MUST be turned in when you leave the company or you will be placed on Restricted Rehire until you turn in everything or pay for the missing pieces!


    1. Once more time: You will NOT be termed for calling out anytime the last week of your program.
      You will get points on your permanent record for calling out and it could hinder your re-employment with the company at some future date (but probably not, unless you already have a lot of points and reprimands on your personnel record).



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