Christian’s DCP Apartment at Chatham Square

Chatham Square

Chatham Square, Building 16

Day 1: Check-in Day at Chatham Square apartments.

Check-in only took 30 minutes, and he was done and in his apartment.

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He’s living in Chatham! Same place we lived during our 1st program!!!

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He’s in a 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartment on the 3rd floor for 6 guys.  The 6th guy never showed up, so there are currently 5 guys in the apartment.

Each bedroom has a bunk bed and a twin bed. The apartment seems roomy because of the high ceilings.  Their apartment doesn’t have a balcony.

Disney Housing fairly recently converted what were 2 bedroom/4 person apartments into 2 bedroom/6 person apartments just a few years ago.

It did not decrease the weekly rent per person by very much.  His weekly rent is $106/week.

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DCP rents from January 1 – May 4, 2019

Christian came from the farthest away.  His roommates are from: Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.  All from the East Coast and they all drove their cars down to the program, something that Christian wanted to do too.

A few photos of his apartment:

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3rd floor is actually pretty nice.

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Lots and lots of trees in the parking lot.

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Living room. One of the roommates brought a TV with him. There’s also a dining room table and chairs for 6.

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Kitchen with 2 refrigerators.

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Bedroom #1:  Christian picked the lower bunk. The upper bunk is empty for now.

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Shared closet with lockers for 3.

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Nice large dining room table.

 

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The media center

 

 

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Christian’s bathroom

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Walking around the apartment complexes checking out all the pools.  It’s a nice day.

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Our first DCP apartment at Chatham Square for the Fall 2013 DCP internship.  We were in Building #11.

Mickey’s Retreat!

Mickey’s Retreat

Mickey’s Retreat is right across from The Commons apartments.

BREAKING NEWS!

Mickey’s Retreat will be closing this weekend because of Hurricane Irma.

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One of the major items on My Summer DCP Bucket List  was to finally go to Mickey’s Retreat!

I knew that it was really nice, but never made the time for it.  Since I haven’t been to Traditions yet (so can’t get into the parks), I decided today was the day to finally go!

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Mickey’s Retreat is located directly across from the Chatham Square complex.  It has several large sports fields, a couple volley ball areas, two swimming pools, areas for grilling, and you can rent boats to go out onto the water!

Admission is FREE for CMs, CPs, and their families.
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And it was beautiful!!!

Two big AND empty pools! My favorite!  The lifeguards were so happy to see us! haha
100_6760I went with one of my new roommates, Sam, and a girl I met on one of the DCP summer arrival Facebook groups, Nicole.

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Here is the view of the volleyball areas.

The new CPs were actually there too to take a written lifeguarding and swimming test!
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The main reason people come to Mickey’s Retreat is to go suntanning on the beach!  There were SO many chairs and no one was here!100_6767

You can rent the boats Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm.  All boats have to be back in by 5pm and you have to pay in cash.  Still $2 is super cheap for a 3 hour boat rental!

All the sports equipment (volleyballs, etc.) is free to rent.

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It got really humid – so sorry for the blurry photos!  Here is a view of the different boats you can rent.  Long canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats!
100_6768The lake is SO beautiful! We even saw some cranes and shore birds walking around.100_6771There is also a huge green, park-like area filled with benches and grilles for parties!
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And this tetherball which reminded me of elementary school! haha!100_6775

And this building which I think you can rent out.  It reminded me of girl scout camp!100_6776Overall – I DEFINITELY recommend putting this on your bucket list and coming if you haven’t already.

The pool was super clean and empty and the lifeguards were very nice.  Next time, I want to bring my lunch and have a picnic! 🙂

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Located between Chatham Square and The Commons, Mickey’s Retreat is a free 19-acre recreation facility on Little Lake Bryan open exclusively to Disney Cast Members and their families.
Come out and play, but don’t forget your Disney ID!

Address: 8151 Lake Forest Dr. Orlando, Florida 32821
Phone: (407) 828-3620
Summer Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (Mon – Sun)
Cost: Free admission for Disney cast members with ID
Facebook page: Mickeys Retreat Facebook Page

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Working merchandise 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 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 Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Filling Out DCP DORMS Form for Housing

Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow!!!

I finally got my email to fill out Dorms!

As you know, I have been using Facebook to find a good roommate match.  You can read about that here.

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This is a new updated process.  You usually receive this email 10 days before your arrival and it is where you link with your roommates and select your housing references.

When I did my first program, they were just rolling this out.  Before Fall 2013, you had to be in line with who you wanted to live with and it was first come, first serve for housing preferences.  So you literally had people lining up in the middle of the night!  I can’t imagine how frustrating it must have been trying to meet up with everyone you wanted to live with!  With my first program, you were able to link with 1-7 other people since the maximum is 8 in one unit.

Once I got my DORMS email, you have to read and confirm two different articles about housing rules.  Then it brings you to a page where you link with your roommates.  Your special ID number is in your email.  And – if you didn’t know, this will actually be your Cast Member ID number!

One person in your group needs all of your groups ID numbers to link everyone.  Once that happens, you’re good to go!  It was VERY surprising when I logged onto Dorms and saw they were only allowing people to link with two other people!  Everyone on the Facebook groups were freaking out – especially if they were hoping to get a larger apartment!

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You have two options: choosing to be “adventurous” and be randomly put in with people.  Or if you have a person you want to live with, you link with them here.

I, unfortunately, spent a lot of time connecting with people who I wanted to live with and had similar interests as me.  However, I tried to link with them and it wouldn’t let me because we were doing different programs!  I had no idea that summer program and Fall Advantage program people couldn’t live together!! 😦

I felt SO horrible for the girl I was going to live with – we both had to be “adventurous” with our roommates since we didn’t find anyone in the right programs to link to.  I know we will meet up and be friends, but I really wish it had worked out better!

Here is the updated DCP Rent Prices:

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The page below is also new to me!  In Fall 2013, we were able to select just 3 options for complexes and 3 options for occupancy. Just because you put “1 bedroom, Commons” doesn’t mean you’d necessarily get both of those.  Elly and I put: 1, 2, 3 bedroom and Commons, Chatham, and Patterson in our preference order and ended up getting a 3 bedroom in Chatham.

This new DORMS has every available living situation and you had to pick and drag it in the order you most preferred!  I really liked how specific it was!  You also have the option of being “adventurous” in this choice too!Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.36.47 AMI really, REALLY want to live in The Commons in a 1 bedroom again!  I loved the laundry availability and I really want to check out the new store there (The Grid).

These are my final preferences:
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05/26/2015 UPDATE:

I literally got my #16 – last!!! – choice.  😦

Choice #16:  4 bedroom, 8 girl apartment at Chatham Square, $100/week.

Choice #16: 4 bedroom, 8 girl apartment at Chatham Square, $100/week.

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Wearing my DAK straw hat (with my best friend/coworker, Ricky).

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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On the Quest for Good DCP Roommates

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Almost as soon as I was accepted into the program, I started wondering (and worrying) about roommates. I am pretty easy to live with – I’m super clean, I’m generally quiet, and I’m friendly. My issue is that it is hard to find someone as considerate as me to live with!

I joined the Accepted Summer Alumni facebook group and also the May 26th Arrival Date facebook group to try to find someone who is similar to me and also wants the same location and room size!

The majority of the people you’ll find in the College Program are looking for the most roommates and the cheapest living option. Well…I’m the exact opposite. I lived in a 3 bedroom in Chatham with 5 other girls. And the struggle was real when it came to doing my laundry (down two flights and in another building) and just generally sharing the space with strangers! It’s hard! There was never any room in the refrigerator and definitely none in the freezer! And if you know me – I don’t like confrontation. So when I was put in with some extremely loud, opinionated girls from the East Coast, I knew it was going to be rough going for me.

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Because I will only be doing this program for 3 months, I want to have a pleasant living situation! I saw a lot of people posting roommate surveys on these facebook groups so I jumped in!

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Roommate Survey

Name: Caroline Collins

Gender: Female

Relationship Status: In a relationship

Birthday/Age: Feb 18th, 23!


Current Location: Boulder, CO

School: University of Colrado at Boulder

Major: History and Secondary Education

Are you allergic/allergies to anything? Nope.

Do you have any siblings? Older sister and younger brother

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Are you applying for WDW or DL? WDW

Flying or Driving: Flying

Your Role?:  Merch!

What program are you applying for? Summer Alumni

Do you want to live in Wellness or Non-Wellness? Non-wellness

How many people do you want to live with? 1-2 bedroom, 1-3 people

Which housing complex would you like to live in? Definitely The Commons! I need the washer/dryer!

Alumni? Of course! 🙂

LIFESTYLE

Do you party? How often? Almost never. I was too tired to party much on my last program!

Do you smoke? No

Do you drink? I like getting fancy drinks on girls night out.

Can you cook? Not well.

Are you a night person or morning person? Definitely morning! I go to bed early! (like 11pm haha)

Do you snore? Nope

What does your bedroom normally look like? Spotless, extremely clean. I need everything put away and in its place!

Do you like it when your room is hot or cold? Cold.

Would you rather go out or stay in? Depends on if I’m working that day.

What do you like to do on your days off/the weekend? I love going to the parks, hanging out DTD,going to the water parks!  I also love deep cleaning on my days off and doing laundry!

Do you work out a lot? No

PERSONALITY

Three words that describe you: energetic, clean, happy

One bad quality? I need things super clean always and I have a super strict sleeping schedule or I get really grumpy.

Are you outgoing or quiet? Only quiet until I’m comfortable with people.

Do you like hanging out with people or keeping to yourself? Both depending on mood.

What would you want in a roommate? Someone who loves going to the parks as much as me, who is clean and is considerate of sharing space and things, someone who is generally quiet at night.

What are your biggest pet peeves/dislikes? Messiness, dirty dishes, being loud at night.

How do you feel about sharing? I am willing to share, just ask first!

Do you like having people over a lot? As long as it isn’t late at night, I’m fine!

Favorite thing to do: Parkhop!

Favorite Music: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Favorite TV Shows: HIMYM, Game of Thrones, SVU, Marry Me, Mindy Project, Fresh Off The Boat, Outlander

Favorite Movies: Romantic Comedy, Action

Favorite Food: Desserts

Favorite Candy: Chewy Spree (Red, Orange, and Purple)

Favorite Drink: Shirley Temple!

Favorite Color: Sparkly blue

DISNEY!!

Favorite Character: Evil Queen/Old Hag

Favorite Movie:  Tangled

Favorite Disney Channel Show: Girl Meets World ❤

Favorite Park: Epcot and Animal Kingdom

Favorite Ride: Everest!

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So clearly I was looking for someone quiet, clean, and considerate! I probably said it enough to sound like really crazy. Haha

As I started searching for roommates, every time I saw a girl post “Looking for a nonjudgmental, fun roommate!!!” all I could think was “….hard pass.” I do not want to live with someone who is up all night, scream talking with someone or having a ton of parties all the time. I want them to be at home, cleaning!

I know, I’m crazy – but a girl can dream!

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I talked with several girls who I thought could be a match. Almost zero people want to live in the Commons and definitely no one wanted to live in a single bedroom!

I finally found one girl from the Summer program who was interested in the Commons. I talked to her a little bit and she seemed nice. She was waiting to see if her two friends were also accepted to figure out rooming.

I also found a girl in the Arrivals group that I was super interested in living with. She seems really nice, quiet, and clean! We talked a lot for the past two months and I was really looking forward to living with her!

But then…(to be continued)

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Bonding with other alumni is like:

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Working the pin board 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 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 Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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