2018 DCP Housing Rents at WDW

We’ve updated the DCP Rent blog for 2019!

Read new blog here: 2019 DCP Rents at Disney World

Jan 1st – May 4, 2019 DCP rent
May 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020 DCP rent
Physical layout of how the DCP apartments are to each other.


Interested in what the Spring 2019 DCP fees are when you accept your offer?
Spring 2019 DCP Acceptance Fees


December 2018 Update: Alcohol will now be Allowed in all Apartments. No more Wellness/Under 21 Apartments.


The four housing complexes at Disney World.
There are four huge DCP housing complexes at Disney World.

The DCP apartments at Disney World have one to four bedrooms, with two or three participants in each bedroom.

Disney Housing Video: Living in DCP Apartments

Rent in 2018:  $103 – $196/week.
Rent in 2018: $108 – $200/week.  We loved living at The Commons.


Hello  –   Our housing cost is range from $103 – $200 per week for this year.  Approximately three weeks prior to your arrival, you will receive an email directing you to log in to DORMS and register for housing.  During the housing registration all our housing cost apply to your program is listed on the Payroll Form that you will electronic sign and you can also save a copy for your future reference.

We look forward to welcoming you to Disney Housing!

Thank you,


Disney Housing Operations

Housing Administrative Services Coordinator

Disney Internships and Programs



Apartment amenities.

Rent costs are automatically deducted weekly from every cast members’ paychecks, so you don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. (If you don’t work enough hours in a week, you can call the Front Office and pay your rent over the phone.)

The apartment rent includes all utilities such as electricity, wifi internet (S-L-O-W!), TV cable hookup, waste disposal, recycling, heat/AC, local phone service, 24 hour gated security, free bus transportation to all the Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Springs (for work and playtime!); as well as the various resort-style amenities, such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor grills, gyms, basketball, etc. available at each housing complex.

You can rent all these things for free at the front desk of each housing complex.


November 21, 2018:  Disney Housing Updates Alcohol in Apartment Rules


May 16, 2017 Update:  All DCP apartments have been smoke-free for years, but now Housing is limiting where you can smoke on property (i.e., one of our roommates used to smoke out on the balcony. That’s no longer allowed.)  We think this is a good thing!

May 16, 2017 email from Housing regarding smoking on property.

Now if they see or smell any sign of smoking in the apartment at all, the whole apartment will FAIL the monthly inspection!  😦

“Smoking inside the apartment” is now a Code Violation.
All DCP apartments are inspected monthly!

As soon as you’re accepted to the DCP, sign up for what type of apartment size you want and where you want to live like I did: Filling out my DORMS form.  (Be aware, there is no guarantee…I literally got my last housing choice!)

To help figure out what size apartment you will be able to afford during your program, remember that most CPs are paid $10/hr. before taxes and are only guaranteed 32/hrs. week.  [Certain roles like lifeguarding get a $1/hr. premium.]

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.36.47 AM
The DORMS apartment selection process.

Bonus Tip:  Disney Housing offers a free monthly Housing Event social for all residents. Lots of free food, music and dancing, and fun character meet and greets!

Housing event
Upcoming DCP Summer Welcome Event, June 21, 2018 at Chatham Field. Free food & drinks! Dancing to DJ music! Character meet and greet.  FUN!
Our first DCP Housing event:  August 2013
At our first DCP Housing event, we got to meet the characters from Andy’s Room (Toy Story) and they gave us free straw hats!

Interested in learning about the DCP Housing available at Disneyland? It’s called Carnegie Plaza:  Carnegie Plaza at Disneyland.

#Truth  😉


Which role are you most interested in???

20 Fun Roles for Cast Members at Disney World


Flamingo Crossings

Disney is building 2,600 new apartments for its College Program and that could mean adios Vista Way!

In February 2018,  Disney confirmed that all 2,600 planned apartment units were for the Disney College Program with any units not occupied by the program being leased to current Disney employees. The application also confirmed that the new apartments would house educational facilities within them. (So Disney University would be moving too).

Disney currently owns or leases four local complexes to house its college interns with a total of 1,580 units.  The only one owned directly by Disney is Vista Way, while the others are owned by third parties.  These would be closed and sold when Flamingo Crossing opens in Fall 2020.

This would also greatly simplify the current CP bus routes from the four apartment complexes.

Disney Building New Apartments for DCP Program

Adventure Book Cover
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program.  Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


DAK costume
Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

22 replies to “2018 DCP Housing Rents at WDW

    1. No real reason.
      Rent always goes up when pay goes up.
      There were big pay increases in 2016 and 2017 to bring the CP starting pay up to $10/hr. to match Universal and Sea World pay scale.
      Before that, it was tied to the minimum wage, around $6.50/hr.
      You can’t live in Florida working 30 hrs/week (the guaranteed min # of hours CPs get scheduled for).
      They did renovate some apartments and did buy some new furniture to replace really junky old stuff, but not in every apartment.
      And they did “improve” the wifi, but it’s still awful.
      So, $1,600/mo. for a small 2 person/1 bedroom does seem like a lot for the Orlando area.


  1. I remember when my rent was $89 a week at Vista. I did SA in 2014. I didn’t know about the hot tubs until after I got out on my first night there and then they cemented over them part way through my program! 😂😂 Good ole Vista Way.


  2. HI ! I have a question, I want to come with the Epcot Cultural Representative Program next year, do you know if these prices are the same for CRP and also if couples can ask for a 2 personn flat ?


    1. Yes, the monthly rent is the same for CPs and ICPs. Next year, you can expect the rents will be slightly higher, maybe $10 more a month.

      ICP reps used to all be bunched together at Patterson, but now they are a little more spread out throughout the 4 complexes.
      (Patterson is the nicest and newest of the 4 DCP apartment complexes.)

      There are a few units for MARRIED couples, but no units (1 bedroom apartments) for coed living. All apartments are strictly segregated male/female.


  3. Thank you for your answer !

    Your blog is great and your experience very useful and even more for people interested by this program who came from abroad to live that !


  4. Where did you find the alcohol policy update? I tried to google it, but I can’t find any information about this anywhere else. I am over 21, but I have a friend doing the program at the same time as me who is under 21.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
close-alt close collapse comment ellipsis expand gallery heart lock menu next pinned previous reply search share star