New DCP Housing ‘Flamingo Crossings’ Nearing Completion

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2,600 apartment units. That does NOT look like enough parking spaces for 10,000 DCP participants!

The new DCP housing development for cast members doing an internship program with Disney Parks is almost ready to welcome its first DCP participants.

The $630 million residential community will have 10,400 beds (2,600 residential units), two 25,000-square-foot community centers, two resort-style pools, and more.  It replaces the current 4 DCP apartment locations.

The first participants are scheduled to move in this May 2020, with a phased occupancy rollout lasting for the next three years.

In addition to housing, the development will include the Disney Education Center (replacing Disney University), providing unprecedented integration for program participants to engage in ‘uniquely Disney’ learning experiences and the ability to earn up to nine credit hours in college coursework. Program residents will also have access to resources needed for academic success, including group and private study rooms, computers with free printing, and Wifi.

“The college students who have been part of our college and internship programs have helped make magic for millions of our guests for more than three decades,” said Kristi Breen, vice president of Disney International Campus Programs.

Mike from BlogMickey stopped by and checked out the construction progress:

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One of the Community Centers.

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Very high density housing.  I’m sure they will look nicer once painted.

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No balconies. I’m assuming Disney is moving all the old furniture from the current 4 housing complexes over to Flamingo Crossings.

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Two Years Ago: February 2018  

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Mickey Mouse came to the groundbreaking ceremony!

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Flamingo Crossings

Disney is building 2,600 new apartments for its College Program!

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. They also confirmed that the new apartments would house educational facilities within them.  Disney University would be moving to the new complex too.  If would be great if Magic Kingdom Costuming moved there 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 Summer 2020.

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

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These will all be shut down and replaced by Flamingo Crossings over the next 3 years.

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Disney University is moving over to Flamingo Crossings this Fall.

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Cheers to the new year! #2020

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Now and Then:

Two Disney Sisters

Andy’s Room wall.

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At the Fall DCP Housing event at Chatham Square.

 

Disney is Building New Apartments for its College Program – adios Vista Way!

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Mickey Mouse came to the groundbreaking ceremony!

December 11, 2018:  Disney has broken ground on a $630 million residential community for participants of the Disney College Program, now known as Disney Internships & Programs, in Orlando, Fla.

In June 2018, ACC and Walt Disney World Resort announced their partnership, which is structured  where ACC serves as the developer, manager and owner of the new residential housing via a 75-year ground lease. 75 years!

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Flamingo Crossings: Located just off State Road 429 and near to the Western Way entrance to Walt Disney World.

The 10,400-bed community will be delivered in multiple phases, with the first phase scheduled to open next year in May 2020 and slated to be completed by May 2023.

Residents will have access to two 25,000-square-foot community centers connection and amenities including resort-style swimming pools, event and recreational lawns, fitness centers and social lounges. The community will feature a variety of floor plans with private and shared accommodations.

In addition, the development will include the Disney Education Center within the residential community. Program residents will also have access to academic resources, including group and private study rooms, computers with free printing, and free wi-fi.

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Flamingo Crossings fully built out by May 2023.

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 will be moving over there too.  We also expect some Costuming to move 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.

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December 2019:  Physical layout of how the DCP apartments are to each other right now.

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

DCP Housing

So exciting!

Current Rents:

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Current DCP rents: May 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020.

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Christian in front of his apartment at Chatham for the Spring 2019 DCP program..

See more of his apartment photos:  Christian’s DCP Apartment at Chatham Square

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Our first week at the DCP in front of our apartment at Chatham Square.

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Two girls wall

Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Two Disney Sisters

 

2020 DCP Housing Rents at Disney World

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.

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May 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020 DCP rent.  Rent will be going up January 5, 2020.

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Physical layout of how the DCP apartments are to each other.

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Participants in the Spring 2020 DCP Program have already started arriving. Welcome!

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January 2019: Christian in front of his apartment at Chatham.

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Apartment 16308 at Chatham Square

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The media center in the living room.  2 bedroom, on both sides of this photo.

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Nice large dining room table.

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Kitchen with 2 refrigerators.

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Christian picked the lower bunk. Upper bunk is empty. 3 to a bedroom.

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Shared closet with lockers for 3.

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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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Walking around the apartment complexes checking out all the pools.

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

Check out the DCP link for more info:  DCP Arrival Information

Disney Housing Video: Living in DCP Apartments

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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.

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

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

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

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Smoking 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!

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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!  😦

form

“Smoking inside the apartment” is now a Code Violation.

inspection

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.]

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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!

bubbles

Jan 16, 2019: Life is the Bubbles!

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.

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Choose wisely!

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#Truth!  🙂

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Christian’s nametag from working at Cosmic Rays Spring 2019.

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Which role are you most interested in???

Read our blog about the different roles for DCP participants:  20 Fun Roles for Cast Members at Disney World

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New DCP Housing ‘Flamingo Crossings’ Nearing Completion

flamingo crossing

2,600 apartment units. That does NOT look like enough parking spaces for 10,000 DCP participants!

The new DCP housing development for cast members doing an internship program with Disney Parks is almost ready to welcome its first DCP participants.

The $630 million residential community will have 10,400 beds (2,600 residential units), two 25,000-square-foot community centers, two resort-style pools, and more.  It replaces the current 4 DCP apartment locations.

The first participants are scheduled to move in this May 2020, with a phased occupancy rollout lasting for the next three years.

In addition to housing, the development will include the Disney Education Center (replacing Disney University), providing unprecedented integration for program participants to engage in ‘uniquely Disney’ learning experiences and the ability to earn up to nine credit hours in college coursework. Program residents will also have access to resources needed for academic success, including group and private study rooms, computers with free printing, and Wifi.

“The college students who have been part of our college and internship programs have helped make magic for millions of our guests for more than three decades,” said Kristi Breen, vice president of Disney International Campus Programs.

Mike from BlogMickey stopped by and checked out the construction progress:

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One of the Community Centers.

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Very high density housing.  I’m sure they will look nicer once painted.

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No balconies. I’m assuming Disney is moving all the old furniture from the current 4 housing complexes over to Flamingo Crossings.

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Two Years Ago: February 2018  

dcp groundbreaking

Mickey Mouse came to the groundbreaking ceremony!

flamingo_crossings_1

Flamingo Crossings

Disney is building 2,600 new apartments for its College Program!

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. They also confirmed that the new apartments would house educational facilities within them.  Disney University would be moving to the new complex too.  If would be great if Magic Kingdom Costuming moved there 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 Summer 2020.

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

CP Moment Housing (2)

These will all be shut down and replaced by Flamingo Crossings over the next 3 years.

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Disney University is moving over to Flamingo Crossings this Fall.

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Our first week at the DCP in front of our apartment at Chatham Square.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

two-disney-sisters

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Two girls wall

Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

#TwoDisneyPrincesses

Mickey’s Retreat for Cast Members at Disney World

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Mickey’s Retreat for Disney cast members.

Located at the DCP housing complex between Chatham Square and The Commons,

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Mickey’s Retreat at Little Lake Bryan

Mickey’s Retreat is a free 19-acre recreation facility located on Little Lake Bryan open exclusively to Disney Cast Members and their families.

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Big Bass Pier.  This gator fencing is all new since a 2 Year Old Boy Killed By Gator at the Grand Floridan.

It has two nice swimming pools, a white sand beach for relaxing, a marina with canoe and paddle boat rentals ($2), a children’s play area, picnic pavilions, four sand volleyball courts, a banquet room, and much more.

Beach volleyball on white sand beach.

Beach volleyball on white sand beach.

We love paddle boats!

We love paddle boats!

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Goofy’s Tennis Courts

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Donald’s Boat Rental

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Beach volleyball

Mickey’s Retreat is where the WDW Lifeguard Tests for cast members are held.

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Disney World Lifeguards earn this patch.

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At least once a year, one of the monthly DCP Housing events will be held there. You might even get lucky and have your DCP graduation bar-b-que held there like we did.

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Our 2nd DCP graduation event was held at Mickey’s Retreat!  Free food, music/DJ, dancing…and, of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse made an appearance too!  🙂

Mickey’s Retreat
Come out and play, but don’t forget your Disney ID!

Mickey’s Retreat Information

Address: 8151 Lake Forest Dr. Orlando, Florida 32821
Phone: (407) 828-3620
Summer Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (Mon – Sun)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mickeys-Retreat/134618086587184

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But wait!  I got to go to Mickey’s Retreat several times with my CP friends and my roommates during my 3rd DCP program!  Read that blog, with more Retreat photos here:  Visiting Mickey’s Retreat!

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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

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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/

DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Two Disney Sisters

New Bus Transportation for CPs at Disney World

September 1, 2018: There’s a new bus service provider for the DCPs to use to get to work at the parks and resorts.  Transportation is free.

Let’s take a look at their fabulous buses:

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What is this???!!!!  Major upgrade!!!

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Total comfort!!!

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Our CP friend couldn’t believe what she saw when she got on the DCP bus last week!

A Bus

A Bus schedule from apartments to MK.

B Bus

B Bus schedule from apartments to MK.

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Caroline riding on the old Transtar bus with her DAK coworkers.

Let’s look back at the old bus service: Transtar.

They had the Disney DCP bus contract for 5 years and it was nothing but trouble.

Their buses weren’t being maintained and serviced properly, their drivers were generally not good. They made a lot of CPs late for work over the course of their contract.

The transportation schedule

The WDW transportation schedule: It’s more like a wish than an actual schedule!

Yes, it’s true, in Florida Disney does provide free bus transportation for CPs from the housing complexes to the WDW property work locations. You can even download the app (TranLoc) to track the bus that you are hoping to catch.

The app is incorrectly showing that the CP bus is in the middle of Friendship Lake at Epcot.

The app is incorrectly showing that the CP bus is in the middle of Friendship Lake at Epcot.

BUT, it comes with a price!

The buses can make you late to work by running late or not showing up at all. At least once a month, a Transtar bus is involved in an accident. Just this year, two more Transtar buses have caught fire!

March 2018:

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March 11, 2018: Two buses on fire last night!

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Totally destroyed!!!

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Miracle that no one was killed on this bus!

And this bus caught fire last year going to DAK: DCP Bus on Fire Near DAK

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And, this bus fire was in May 2015 during Caroline’s summer program:

A bad day to be riding the bus!

A bad day to be riding the bus!

The C bus catching fire in May 2015.  Everyone had to get off the bus and walk back to Vista Way.

The C bus catching fire in May 2015. Everyone had to get off the bus and walk back to Vista Way.

photo3photo2So beware! If there’s any way for you to bring a car to the DCP program, you should!!

The very next day, the E bus was involved in a car accident!

The very next day, the C3 bus was involved in a car accident outside Vista Way! The blue car was totaled.

(Note: At Disneyland in California, CPs are not provided with bus service and can use the city bus. Getting to work when you work at Disneyland)

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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

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Adventure is out there!

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/

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

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Jan 1st – May 4, 2019 DCP rent

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May 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020 DCP rent

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Physical layout of how the DCP apartments are to each other.

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

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

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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

Rent in 2018:  $103 – $196/week.

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

07/23/2018:

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,

Cecilia

Disney Housing Operations

Housing Administrative Services Coordinator

Disney Internships and Programs

WDW.Housing.Administrative.Services@disney.com

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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.

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

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

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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!

smoking

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!  😦

form

“Smoking inside the apartment” is now a Code Violation.

inspection

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.]

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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.

spongebob

#Truth  😉

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Which role are you most interested in???

20 Fun Roles for Cast Members at Disney World

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flamingo_crossings_1

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
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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

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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/

DAK-Entrance

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

20 Perks of Being a Disney DCP Cast Member

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The perks of being a DCP cast member are pretty good for a paid ($12 – $15/hr. for CPs in 2020) internship program.

They can save you thousands of dollars while you are working at Disney.

I work for Disney!
I work for Disney!

1. On your first day working for Disney, you will take the Disney Traditions class. Afterwards, you’ll get your Company ID. Your Disney ID allows you unlimited entrance to all US Disney theme parks in Florida and California.

Note: There are some Blackout Dates dates throughout the year, mainly effecting the Magic Kingdom guest passes. As those times are when the Parks are at peak capacity, you don’t want to go then anyway. Why go to a Park when it’s mobbed with people when you can enjoy the Parks anytime?

2. After working 150 hours, you’ll be mailed the first set of 3 One Day Park Hopper Disney Guest Passes to use to get friends and family into the Parks for free! Every 150 hours, you’ll be mailed another set of passes (up to 9 free passes per calendar year).  You’ll also have opportunities to receive additional free passes through volunteering with Disney VoluntEARS and at other company events.

3. Your company ID gets you a company discount of 20% off all merchandise. During the Disney Family Holiday Celebration period (Oct. 2019 – Feb. 2020), the CP cast member merchandise discount goes up to 40% off! The discount is good at all Parks, Disney hotels, Disney Stores, Disney online, on Disney cruise ships, and at Disney Ports.

4. At many Disney table service restaurants, you can get 20% off your meal.  At some restaurants, it’s a 40% discount –  Disney Dining Discounts for Cast Members!  The catch is that it’s hard to remember exactly which restaurants are currently giving the CM discount and sometimes, even if a restaurant gives the discount, they may only honor it at non-peak hours, i.e., dinner after 9pm. Again, the only way to know is to always ASK!

5. Cast members get to shop at Disney’s private Cast Connection where overstocked or slightly damaged clothing and merchandise is sold for 50-75% off retail, plus then you can use your 10-20% cast member discount on top of that.

6. If you need extra Park passes for visiting family and friends, CMs can purchase discounted tickets (10% off) for them at the Company D Store. The first ten days of the month, the Company D store also does pin trading, limited to 2 pin trades per day per cast member. They usually have several unusual or unique pins on their pin board. Always worth a look!

7. CPs also can get 30% off discounted tickets to the big seasonal event parties like 2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

8. Your company ID gives you free entrance to both Disney Water Parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, on most days of the year! You can buy 1/2 admission passes for your family and friends. And, you get  Free Parking at any Disney Park and the two water parks, currently $25/day at Disney World.

9. If you work during the Fall internship, you’ll be mailed a  coupon booklet for the Disney Family Holiday Celebration  filled with 60% off coupons for Disney hotel stays, 50% off Disney table service dining, and 6 free soda coupons and free popcorn coupons. If you take advantage of all of these coupons, especially if you have family members visiting you during your program, you could save thousands of dollars.

10.  DCP Housing is a bargain. Let me repeat that:  It is a bargain! For about $100/week, taken directly out of your paycheck, you will get a fully furnished apartment with all utilities (A/C, heat, water, very slow wifi internet, cable, phone, sewer and trash/recycling) included. Washer/dryers are in your apartment or onsite. You won’t have to pay any deposits to turn on the electricity, etc. like you would renting a regular apartment. At Disney World, free bus transportation to and from work is also included, all hours of the day and night. All apartment complexes have 24 hour gated security and roaming security guards (important if you’re getting off a 2am shift or going to a 6am shift!)

All apartment complexes also have a large pool, and some have hot tubs, tennis courts, basketball courts, bar-b-que grills, and other recreational opportunities like billiards.

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January 16, 2019: Life is the Bubbles! Welcome Housing Event.

11. Disney CP housing hosts monthly Housing Events themed character parties with free food, great DJs, and character meet & greets. They are a blast! Go to all of them!!!

12. Many local area businesses give cast members discounts of 10% off just by showing your Disney ID!  Both our favorite Chinese restaurant and our nail salon gave us 10% off our bills. Many businesses advertise the CM discount on their doors or menus, but, if not, ASK! You might be surprised at how many businesses say yes. If you chose not to stay in Disney housing, many nearby apartment complexes offer 10% rent discounts to cast members. If you’re not sure, ASK!

13. One of the best perks are last-minute discounts for Disney Cruises from any of the ports (Cape Canaveral is the closest.) As a cast member, you can get 40-60% discount off of Disney cruises. The available cruise dates, ships, and ports are listed about 3-4 weeks out on the company HUB page.  Your CM discount (20%) works at all the Disney ports and onboard ship!  🙂  [Note:  You must be employed by Disney for 90 days prior to booking cruise.]

14.   Here’s the full list of cast member discounts at Disney Springs: CM Discounts at Disney Springs.

15. The AMC Theater at Disney Springs gives CMs a 10% discount on movie tickets and the Starbucks at Disney Springs gives a 10% discount to cast members.

16. You’ll be invited to private, after hours cast member only parties at the Parks, with unlimited rides with no lines and free food! So much fun!!!   You can also sign up for Behind-the-Magic Backstage Tours of your favorite rides!

17.  You get into the private Disney club for cast members and their families, Mickey’s Retreat, right across from the housing complexes for free!

18.  If you’re into Costumes, which is what Disney calls their work uniforms, each work location has a different costume to wear!  They are free and Disney cleans them for free too!  How cool is that!??!!

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We love the new fireworks show Happily Ever After!!

19.  Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks!  If you like fireworks shows, then come work at Disney World where’s there’s at least 3 fireworks shows nightly!!  There’s Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom, the new Epcot Forever at Epcot, and Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Every night, and sometimes 2x a night!

20.  Bonus Perk: And, finally, something that we think is a pretty good perk:  flexible scheduling with the ability to request time off or trade/giveaway your shifts if you would like to see what working at another WDW location is like.

We worked merchandising at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs (Elly) and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Caroline).  But, we could trade or pick up open shifts at any of the four Parks, the two water parks, or any of the hotel gift shops at Disney World!

There’s never a dull day at Disney World!

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    ******Disney is My Life*****

Working at Walt Disney World is a magical experience that few get to have in their lives.

Unlike other jobs, you actually look forward to going to your work to play on your days off.  Also, unlike other jobs, you get the special pleasure of spreading happiness to guests from all over the world.

This is not to say that the job is easy. You are challenged day in and day out with guest’s high expectations. But, it has made you stronger as a person as a result. You are exposed to many different cultures that broadened your understanding of the world. You know how to say basic phrases like “how many in your party?” and “remain seated, please” in at least three different languages.  You know that the most important language is non-verbal, especially when you are attempting to soothe a guest who is “critiquing” you in a language you do not understand.

After you became a Disney cast member, when was the last time you waited in line for more than 30 minutes? Why would you wait when you can get in to any park for free anytime? You know when the peak crowd times are at all the parks.  Doing a whole day at the parks is almost unthinkable at this point. It’s so much better to only go for a few hours, use your three FastPasses, maybe grab a quick bite to eat or Disney snack, and then go home early. Sometimes, it’s even better to go to the parks just to relax and hang out and not even go on a single ride. And, why not? Walt Disney World is your home now.

You can get Mickey waffles whenever. Random morning off? Mickey waffles at the Contemporary. Mickey waffles at Grand Floridian. Resort hop to find the best locations. But y’all know that Trail’s End Restaurant is the very best breakfast buffet with the best cast member discount!

Once you’ve worked for Disney long enough you have friends everywhere in the parks. It’s like in high school when you can walk around and say hi to friends as you go to class, except you’re doing it at the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And honestly, this is so much better!

As a cast member, you find yourself spending all your money on Disney merchandise (Disney knows this…that’s why they give you a great 20% cast discount!). You can’t help yourself either because you are tortured every time you go to work seeing all the other guests with the merch you want. Like rose gold ears or the WDW sweatshirt. You didn’t even know you wanted them until they were impossible to get. Then it just felt like the guests who did have them were taunting you until you finally found them at WoD and bought them.

You can tell the time at night by all the fireworks shows. 9:00pm – IllumiNations. 10:00pm – Happily Ever After. Until they went and changed the time to 7:30pm. Who does that? Don’t they know we set our evening by these time signals?

Being a cast member in Orlando, Florida takes FOMO (fear of missing out anxiety) to a new level. Who cares if you’re exhausted from working a 60 hour week? You still feel guilty for staying home to sleep in on your one day off because in Orlando there are literally THOUSANDS of things you could be doing with your time. But, all you really want to do is sleep and be a normal person.

As soon as you become a cast member people suddenly start contacting you for free tickets/discounts. You haven’t talked to them in almost 5 years, and suddenly you’re a Disney cast member and they just happen to reach out and want to reconnect after so long, at Disney World of course. Oh, and by the way, can you get me and my extended family in for free?

Living and working at Walt Disney World is an experience that most people outside of Orlando cannot understand. It definitely has its perks, like going to Disney World for free and experiencing magical things most guests never get to see, but it also is a challenge to adapt to the “Disney” life. However, no matter how much you complain, deep down you love your job and do it for the Disney Magic you get to create every day.

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

Andy’s Room at the DCP Alumni Homecoming event.

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Fall DCP Housing event at Chatham Square.

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Two Disney Sisters