Disney Springs Shopping Complex is Closing Today

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Disney Springs is closing all shopping and dining establishments March 16th. All resorts will close March 20th.

Disney has decided to temporarily close all Disney-owned resorts at Walt Disney World and Disney-owned storefronts at Disney Springs at Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland.

When Walt Disney World and Disneyland first announced that their theme parks would be temporarily closing last weekend (March 15th), they were projected to reopen on April 1st. However, the most recent recommendation from the CDC states that group gatherings of 50 or more should be limited for the next 8 weeks.

At this time, it is unclear if the CDC’s suggestion against crowds will have an impact on Disney’s decision to reopen the theme parks sooner than June 1st.

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March 16, 2020 Update

Disney has also announced that all Disney Stores in North America will be temporarily closing due to an abundance of caution as coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.

Per the most recent update from Disney:

In line with state and federal guidance, in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and cast members, we are proceeding with the closure of all Disney stores in North America, beginning March 17, 2020.  Guests can continue to visit shopDisney.com.

In the announcement of the temporary closure of North American Disney stores, Disney stated that they will continue to monitor the current situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts during this time. However, Disney did not forecast how long this temporary closure will last or when the Disney Stores of North America will reopen.

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March 12, 2020 announcement regarding Disney Parks closing.

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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

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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Applying to the Spring/Spring Advantage 2020 DCP Program

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DCP Spring 2020 app opens in 5 days…..Monday, August 19, 2019!!!!!!

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Apply today!  🙂

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Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience where you’ll create memories to last a lifetime. Apply today!

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The Disney College Program

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Feeling adventurous in 2020?  Made a resolution to change your life?

The Disney College Program might be just what you’re looking for!

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Find out where the sky meets the sea…. Application for Spring DCP program is open!

The DCP Spring/Spring Advantage 2020 application opened on August 19, 2019.

It closes October 25, 2019!

Apply here:  Apply to the DCP Now!

And, join the Spring 2020 DCP facebook page: DCPSpring2020

Stop!  Learn what the program fees are first!  If you get accepted, you must pay them ASAP (within 6 minutes of acceptance!)

Disney College Program Spring 2020 Program Fees

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Weekly rent.

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These are the main DCP programs at Disney World and Disneyland in 2020:

Program Dates

There are 5 main DCP programs at WDW and 4 main DCP programs at DLR.

Spring 2020 Program (App is open!)

Students should apply and interview in late August 2019 – October 25, 2019

Program begins early/mid January 2020 and ends in early/mid May 2020

Spring Advantage 2020 Program (App is open!)

Students should apply and interview late August 2019 – October 25, 2019

Program begins mid January/early February 2020 and ends in early/mid August 2020

Fall 2019 Program  

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2019 – late March 2019

Program begins early/mid August 2019 and ends in early January 2020

Fall Advantage 2019 Program 

Students should have applied/interviewed January 2019 – late March 2019

Program began late May/early June 2019 and ends in early January 2020

Quarter Session Programs

There are also specialized program time frames for students who attend schools that follow a quarter or trimester academic calendar.

Summer 2020 DCP Alumni Program

The summer-only program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company.  App will open – briefly – in January 2020.

Summer 2020 DCP Program begins mid-to-late May/early June 2020 and ends in early August 2020 (10 weeks).

Winter (Holiday Break) Program

The Winter Holiday program is only for DCP Alumni who have successfully completed their program and are in Good Standing with the company. 

Winter 2018 Program began mid-to-late November/early December 2018 and ended in early January/February 2019 (5-8 weeks).

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The Winter Alumni Program is the shortest of all the DCP programs.

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The DCP is accepting applications for the following program dates:

We are currently accepting applications for the following program dates:

  • Anaheim, CA
    • Housing: January – August
      • 1/12/2020 – 8/1/2020
    • Local/Commuters: January – August
      • 1/6/2020 – 8/8/2020
  • Orlando, FL
    • Spring: January – May
      • 1/13/2020 – 5/14/2020
      • 1/13/2020 – 5/21/2020
      • 1/13/2020 – 5/28/2020
      • 1/21/2020 – 5/14/2020
      • 1/21/2020 – 5/21/2020
      • 1/21/2020 – 5/28/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 5/14/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 5/21/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 5/28/2020
    • Spring Advantage: January/February – July/August
      • 1/21/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 1/27/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 2/3/2020 – 8/6/2020
    • Late Spring: March/April – July
      • 3/9/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 3/30/2020 – 7/30/2020
      • 4/20/2020 – 7/30/2020
    • Late Spring Advantage: March – October (Lifeguard role ONLY)
      • 3/9/2020 – 10/29/2020
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The months in YELLOW are when the application link for the DCP is open.

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Been invited to take a Web-Based Interview (WBI)? Find out more here:

DCP Web-Based Interview Tips

Been invited to a Phone Interview (PI)?  Find out more here:

DCP Phone Interview Tips

Step #1:  Apply!

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#1. Apply, then #2. Take the Web-Based Interview.

Step #2:  The Web-Based Interview (WBI)

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#3. Then schedule your Phone Interview!

Step #3:  The Phone Interview (PI)

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#4: Wait and see if you catch a wave! Good luck!

Step #4:  The Waiting Game!

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Good luck, we hope you catch a wave!

Step #5:  Acceptance!!!

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Whoo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!

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October 25, 2019:  Don’t be late for this very important date! 10/25/2019 is the last day to apply for next spring’s Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort. The link only stays open 10 weeks!

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Check out all the current Disney employment openings at:  Disney College Program Careers

This program is currently offered at both at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL and the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA. During the application process, candidates will be given the opportunity to express interest in one or both locations. (It is not necessary to apply separately.) A Disney College Program participant’s wage will vary between $11.00 – $15.00 per hour, based upon the role that he/she is selected to perform. Participants may also be eligible for premium pay in select roles and will learn their exact rate of pay upon receiving an invitation.

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Link to get email notifications for future openings:  http://disneyinternsinfo.com/

DCP Program info

DCP Program info

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What role do you want to apply for???

Fun Roles for Cast Members at WDW

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: 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

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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The Massive Tree Farm at Disney World

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The massive Tree Farm at Disney World from the air.

If you’ve been to the Cast Connection building located off of Western Way and Bear Island Road, you’ve driven by the massive Tree Farm that supports Disney World operations.

A few of the greenhouses at the Tree Farm.

A few of the greenhouses at the Tree Farm.

The Disney Tree Farm is where a variety of plants, trees and shrubs are grown for use in the parks and resorts on property.  Think of all the stuff Disney grows in there year-round!

All the pretty topiaries from Epcot’s 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival are stored there for next year’s festival.

Let’s take a quick look at the topiaries being moved from Epcot to the farm starting tonight. It’s a big job!

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Let’s Dance!  Belle and the Beast

There are over 70 topiaries being moved back.  This is where they were located at Epcot for the 2019 International Flower and Garden Festival:

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Completely new is the Bo Peep figure, flanked by three wide-eyed topiary sheep.  These characters can be seen in “Toy Story 4,” coming to theaters on June 21st.

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Lady and the Tramp were in Italy.

In the France pavilion, Kermit pedaled past with baguettes in his bike’s basket. The festival team made a few adjustments to the frog figure, which previously was seen playing the banjo. Nearby, Miss Piggy stared in a scene that screams “moi.” She was ready for her close-up and flanked by three mirrors.

“We only could do that because he was already sitting on the crates last time so he was almost in the right pose,” Darden says. “We didn’t have to create a whole new character.”

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Kermit riding a bike!

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Miss Piggy waving.

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Daisy was in front of her garden of daisies.

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Queen Elsa and Princess Anna.  Look at their hair!!!

Festival Blooms – Future World East and West Lake

Fantasia – Future World West

Ranger Mickey & Friends – Future World

Figment – Future World behind Spaceship Earth

Stitch – Fountain-side of MouseGear

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Look right behind Buzz Lightyear and you can see the Purple Martin birdhouses.

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Disney Pixar’s Cruz Besouro from the – Near Test Track

Phineas and Ferb – Near Odyssey Bridge

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto – Showcase Plaza

Anna and Elsa – Norway

Bromeliad Dragon – China

Panda presented by Disneynature – China

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Christian at the Lion King topiaries.

The Lion King Featuring Mufasa, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Sarabi, Simba and Timon – The Outpost between the Germany and China Pavilion

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Germany

Lady and the Tramp – Italy

Disney Pixar’s Woody – The American Adventure

Beauty and the Beast – France

Belle – France

The Three Caballeros – Mexico

Winnie the Pooh and Friends – United Kingdom

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell & Fairy Houses from Pixie Hollow – United Kingdom

Bambi and Friends featuring Bambi, Flower, and Thumper – Canada

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Bambi & Friends Featuring Bambi, Flower and Thumper Located at the Canada Pavilion

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Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

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Lovely!  Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing at sunset.

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Mickey and Minnie in front of sunflowers…my favorite flower!

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Cogsworth & Lumiere

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Christian and Caroline went to the Festival twice this year. So much good food to try!

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As a Disney cast member, Christian has been to the Festival a lot this month and his roommate is working at it!

It's a 27/7/365 operation that is constantly growing the next season's flowers and plants.

It’s a 24/7, 365 days of the year operation that is constantly growing the next season’s flowers and plants.

For every three trees you see in the Magic Kingdom and the other parks, there is one “behind the scenes” tree growing at the huge Tree Farm that is similar in size and looks.

These trees are kept in case a tree is damaged by wind or lightning during a thunderstorm – it can be replaced that night without anyone knowing it was missing!

To meet some of the horticulture cast members, take a Behind the Seeds tour at The Land in Epcot:  Behind The Seeds Tour.

Behind the Seeds Tour at The Land.

Behind the Seeds Tour at The Land.

How Horticulture Cast Members Keep Walt Disney World Looking Beautiful

Landscaping is an essential part of the appeal of the Disney’s theme parks.

The WDW resort sits on 25,000 acres of what was essentially Florida swampland, and all plant life has to deal with the hot, humid Florida climate and a host of hungry insects.

Disney established a huge nursery and tree farm, and experimented with different plant species until it found ones that looked appropriate and were capable of thriving.

Nowadays, some 4,000 acres are landscaped across the resort’s theme parks, hotels, golf courses and other public areas. An army of more than 600 Cast Members is responsible for maintaining this acreage, and carries out a wide range of tasks to do just that.

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Beautiful flowers surrounding Friendship Bay at Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Show in the spring.  This area will be re-sodded June 5th.

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All these flowers are dug up and composted when the International Flower and Garden Festival ends in June.  30 million blooms!

Eight Great Roles for Cast Members with Green Thumbs:

1.  Setting up the Flower & Garden Festival in the Spring

Cast Members produce thousands of floral displays and over a hundred topiaries in advance of the event.

These vegetables will be served in the restaurants at Epcot!

These vegetables will be served in the restaurants at Epcot!

2.  Feeding the Guests

The plants in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion are not just for show. More than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables grown in the pavilion are served at Walt Disney World restaurants every year, including lettuce, cucumbers and peppers.

3.  Creating Edible Landscapes at DAK

The animals that roam around the savannas are browsers and grazers, and the landscape provides plenty of options for them to chew on. Cast Members have to constantly add plants to the savannas to replace those that have been gobbled and to keep the animals interested. Disney also “cheats” by introducing thousands of pounds of pre-cut leaves every week, to discourage the animals from devouring all of its pretty plants.

4.  Planting Species from all over the World

The team plants around three million bedding plants annually across 300,000 square feet of flowerbeds, as well as tending to 175,000 trees and more than four million shrubs. There are 13,000 rose bushes alone at the resort.  There are over 3,000 species of plants representing flora gathered from all over the United States and more than 50 foreign countries.

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Christian and Mitch walking around the World Showcase enjoying the Festival. Flowers everywhere!

5.  Creating Topiaries

A team of around 30 Cast Members staffs the nursery, which produces more than 4,000 hanging baskets every year. It also produces the topiaries that add to the theme of the various theme parks and resorts, with more than 200 designs.

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Mary Poppins topiary at the Grand Floridian

6.  Carrying out Daily (and Nightly!) Maintenance

Cast Members at Walt Disney World are up bright and early, allowing them to carry out maintenance tasks by the time guests arrive. Every day, they weed gardens, chop dead heads off flowers and replace withering flowers with new ones.  When a theme change is demanded, i.e., from Halloween to Christmas, the Cast Members work through the night to completely transform the garden flowers overnight.

7.  Mowing the Lawn

There are 2,000 acres of turf at Walt Disney World, and all of its gets mowed at least twice a week. This requires an astonishing 450,000 mowing miles every year to keep the grass in shape.

8.  Setting the Scene

The landscaping sets the scene in every area of WDW’s theme parks.

For example to recreate the lowlands surrounding Mount Everest for Expedition Everest’s Forbidden Mountain, more than 900 bamboo plants, 10 species of trees and 110 species of shrubs were planted.

We <3 The Land at Epcot!!

We ❤ Living with The Land at Epcot!

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Growing corn.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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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Fall 2019 Disney College Program Program Acceptance Fees

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I’m going to Disney World!

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I’m going to Disneyland!

Congratulations if you’ve been accepted to the Fall/Fall Advantage 2019 DCP program!

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You have 6 minutes to pay up after you accept the DCP offer. Be sure because the fees are NON-REFUNDABLE!!  (Literally a clock counts down the time in the corner!)

The DCP acceptance fees are pretty high and are difficult for some people to come up with.  There are no scholarships available.

You will have 6 minutes to pay the fees after you accept your offer so have a credit/debit card in hand!

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The four WDW Disney housing complexes.

Walt Disney World (in Florida) DCP Fees Fall/Fall Advantage 2019:

Fees Due Upon Accepting Program Invitation

A total of $375 (the Program Assessment Fee and Housing and Administration Fees) is due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate in the program.

Participants have 7 days from the date of their offer letter via email to accept the internship offer and immediately pay the fees, or they will be dumped from the system and not allowed to reapply to the DCP for 6 months.

The fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment.  Other forms of payment, including cash and personal checks, are not accepted.

You have 6 MINUTES to pay the non-refundable fees after accepting your offer!  Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, applicants are emailed a Welcome letter.

Program Assessment Fee ($140)

The one-time non-refundable $140 Program Assessment Fee covers paperwork.

Activities Fee ($95)

The Activities Fee helps support the monthly housing events and other activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.

Pre-Paid Housing Fee ($135)

The non-refundable $135 Pre-Paid Housing Fee covers the first week’s rent.

Technology Fee ($5)

This fee covers the internet access and free printer access.

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

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Christian’s DCP acceptance postcard.

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CP Moment: Finding out your program arrival date!  Whoo-hoo!

Weekly Housing Payment (June 2019)

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

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DCP rents: May 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020.  $111 – $200/week.

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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Disneyland DCP Program Information

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Carnegie Plaza in Anaheim, California.

Disneyland (in California) DCP Fees:

Fees Due Upon Accepting Program Invitation

A total of $900 (the first four weeks of housing fee payments plus the Program Assessment Fee and Security Deposit) will be due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate on the program. Please note that this fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment. Other forms of payment, including cash and personal checks, are not accepted. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, we will officially reserve the participant’s place on the program.

Program Assessment Fee ($125)

The one-time non-refundable $125 Program Assessment and Activities Fee helps support the events and activities scheduled for all participants throughout the program.

Security Deposit ($200)

This deposit is fully refundable upon successful completion of the housing component of the Disney College Program and a successful apartment inspection upon check-out.

Housing and Administration Fee ($600)

This required non-refundable Housing and Administration fee, will be applied to the participant’s housing costs during the first few weeks of the program.

Weekly Housing Payment  ($175)

Housing rates are $175 per week and apartments may be studio, one- or two-bedroom (with up to three participants in each bedroom). This cost includes all utilities, such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at the housing complex.

Live, Learn, & Earn

DCP Motto:  Live, Learn, & Earn

Congratulations!

Congratulations!  The DCP program is highly competitive!  Many people apply 2-3x before being accepted.

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Christian’s Spring 2019 DCP Program at Disney World: January 2019 – May 2019

June 2019:  Fee Summary Recap from Disney College Program Blog

Walt Disney World Resort (in Florida)

Weekly Housing Payment
Housing costs range from $111 to $200 (costs subject to change) per week depending on the size of the apartment and which apartment complex a participant is assigned to live in during his or her program.

Housing costs are automatically deducted weekly from cast members’ paychecks, so they don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. This cost includes all utilities such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at each complex.

Fees due upon accepting Disney College Program invitation
A total of $375 (the Program Participation Fee and Housing Fee) will be due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate in the program. Please note that this fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, we will officially reserve the participants’ place on the program.

  • Program Participation Fee ($240)
    The one-time non-refundable fee helps support the administration, events and activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.
  • Housing Fee ($135)
    This required non-refundable fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs during the first week of the program.

Disneyland Resort (in California)

Weekly Housing Payment
Housing rates are $160 per week and apartments may be studio, one- or two-bedroom (with up to three participants in each bedroom). This cost includes all utilities, such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service; as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at the housing complex.

Fees due upon accepting Disney College Program invitation
A total of $940 will be due at the time a participant accepts their invitation to participate on the program. A break-down of this total is available below. This total must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment. Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, we will officially reserve the participant’s place on the program.

  • Program Participation Fee ($150) | Non-refundable 
    This one-time fee helps support the events and activities scheduled for all participants throughout the program.
  • Security Deposit ($150) | Refundable 
    This deposit is fully refundable upon successful completion of the housing component of the Disney College Program and a successful apartment inspection upon check out.
  • Housing and Administration Fee ($640) | Non-refundable 
    This required fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs the first three weeks and final week of program.

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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 at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: 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

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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Welcome Home, DCP Graduate Christian!

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Christian returned home this week after a semester at Disney World working in the Disney College Program.

We missed him so much and are glad that he’s back!
He had a great time living and working at Disney World for 5 months.

We, of course, had a Welcome Home Party to welcome him back to Colorado just in time for a bunch of spring snow!

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Homemade cupcakes.

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Scout was so happy to see him!

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Christian Graduating from the Disney College Program last week:

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Christian’s graduation photo with Mickey and Minnie!

Disney College Program’s graduation event for the Spring 2019 CPs was held at The Commons clubroom next to Christian’s apartment.

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The DCP graduation invitation

Mickey and Minnie were there greeting CPs wearing their new red graduation costumes.

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Spring 2019 DCP graduation day

Christian was given a pair of Mouse Ears and his diploma for successfully completing the Spring 2019 Disney College Program internship.

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Mickey graduation caps for everyone!

There was a really nice catered meal held for all graduating CPs at Chatham Field on May 8th.

It was a lot of fun! 🙂

We’re glad that he went to the graduation event with Mickey and Minnie even if he couldn’t stay long because he had an evening shift at Cosmic Ray’s.

A CP Moment.

CP Moment #50:  DCP Graduation Day

There are CP Moments that every person doing the DCP internship has during their program:

50 Magical Moments Everyone on the DCP Has

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May 2019:  Congratulations Christian!!!!  🙂

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Mickey Graduation Plush

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CP Moment #50: DCP Graduation

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DCP Class of 2019

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Working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland this semester:

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Christian working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom this semester.

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This cheeseburger was Christian’s specialty: The limited edition Mickey’s 90th Birthday Cheeseburger! $17, only available at Cosmic Rays.

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He worked in Bay 1 making 1,000s of chicken nuggets every week.

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Christian outside his work location in the Magic Kingdom.

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Sonny Eclipse playing some sweet jazzy tunes in the background at Cosmic Ray’s.

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Christian’s work costume.  (Graphic by Elly Collins.)

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Congratulations Christian!  Spring 2019 DCP Program graduate.

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Christian had lots of visitors from Colorado during his program:

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When Caroline and Mitch came to visit him at work. Time for dinner!

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Big hugs!  Only 1 month left at Disney World.

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After every 2am shift when Christian finished cleaning out the fryers!

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Our DCP graduation photo with Mickey and Minnie

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: 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

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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Goodbye Mickey!  See ya real soon!

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Clocking Out for the Last Time at the DCP

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CP Moment #50: Clocking out for the last time

This is Christian’s final week at the Disney College Program for the Spring 2019 program and tonight is his final shift working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

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Christian’s final schedule as a Disney Cast member.

His managers have been so nice at Cosmic Rays.  The five months living and working at Disney World went by really quickly!

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His DCP program departure date is May 16, 2019.

He has a few days off before the actual end of his program and move-out day from his Chatham Square apartment.

There are CP Moments that every person doing the DCP internship has during their program.  Each of them is special and fun:

50 CP Moments that Everyone Has On The DCP

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At the DCP graduation party last week:

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DCP graduation.  Congratulations Christian!!!!  🙂

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Spring 2019 DCP graduation day

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For the Spring 2019 DCP program, his role is QSFB (Quick Service Food and Beverage) at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom.

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Christian working hard at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe this semester.

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Christian works in Bay 1 making 1,000s of chicken nuggets every week.

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Christian outside his work location in the Magic Kingdom.

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Sonny Eclipse playing some sweet tunes in the background at Cosmic Ray’s.

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Christian’s work costume.  (Graphic by Elly Collins.)

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Just 3 days left at the DCP.

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Christian’s DCP acceptance postcard.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

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

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

Have a magical day!

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Doing the Disney College Program

Christian’s Disney Cast Member Name Tag

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Christian’s Disney World name tag

One of the first things that you get on your very first working day at Disney World is your company name tag.

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Best CP Moment: Getting your personal name tag at the end of Traditions.  :’)

New cast members receive them at the end of Traditions class.  Mickey Mouse, aka The Boss, himself personally hands your brand new company name tag to you!

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Traditions.

It is a special and touching moment in the DCP program. Many new cast members tear up.  :’)  I can’t think of another company where name tags mean so much to employees.

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Mickey Mouse handing out our name tags! ;’)

All Disney name tags are your first name or nickname plus either your hometown or your college.

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Christian is an official Disney cast member now!

This is because our founder and CEO, Walter E. Disney, preferred that everyone just call him ‘Walt’.

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CP Moment #1: Disney name tags!

Cast members get to keep their name tag forever.

If you work for Disney Parks long enough, you could accumulate 5 – 6 different name tags in different styles celebrating park anniversaries, new slogans, etc.

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Christian at working at Cosmic Rays wearing his Disney name tag, of course!

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Caroline’s Disney name tag in its pretty keepsake frame.

Caroline’s Name Tag Story:

Before my last workday, I went and specially ordered a brand new one because my regular name tag was missing all the golden sparkles after being accidentally left on my costume and put through the wash in our apartment at The Commons one too many times.

I can’t wait to display this on my desk at my future job.

I think I’ll always be a Disney Cast Member at heart!  – Caroline

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Caroline wearing her name tag at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Even Caroline’s little mini-me wears a name tag!

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First day at work wearing my new name tag at Pin Traders!

Elly’s Name Tag Story:

Wondering what happens when you lose your name tag???

I lost my name tag less than 2 weeks into my first program.

After my first week of working, I turned in some of my costumes (Disney work uniforms) to be cleaned and checked out two new ones. But, I didn’t check the front of my red blouse and I accidentally turned in my shirt with my name tag still attached!

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I had the best trading pins that day!!!

Apparently, it’s impossible to find and return it, since I called Costuming (laundry) and several other places and no one had seen it. 😦

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DAK Costuming is an easy place to order a new name tag!

It can take 7 – 10 days get a new one ordered.

Cast members can’t show up for work without a name tag on.  It’s part of your costume.

If you don’t have one, you can get a loaner name tag from your manager.  For guys, the name tag is usually Chris from Orlando, and for women its usually Alice from Orlando.

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My secret work identity: Alice from Orlando!

Wondering how to order a new name tag if you lose yours???

Well, wonder no more!

At all the Costuming locations, they have a little place where you can order a new one, it’s so easy!

I ordered a new one at Animal Kingdom Costuming and the nice cast member said it would take 7-10 days to replace and $5 would come out of my next paycheck.  I was able to put whatever I wanted on it so, unlike my first one that said, “Elly + Colorado State University”, the new one I ordered will say: “Elly + Boulder, CO”.

I like that much better.

In the meanwhile, I still have to wear a name tag at work, and the managers give you a “loaner” one. The only options are ‘Chris’ for men and ‘Alice’ for women. So, I’ve been “Alice” at work for the past 2+ weeks.

It isn’t so bad, but it really confuses people when they’re doing a rotation or bumping me out for my break, they’re like, where’s this girl “Ariel” on the schedule, I can’t find her anywhere!

And, I’m like, ‘oh that’s me!’ standing there wearing my Alice name tag. (Everyone knows me as Elly at work.)

It’s like having a secret identity! 😉

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My new name tag has finally come in! Elly from Boulder, CO  🙂

And a month later, I got my language tag!

And a month later, I got my French language tag!

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Working together at Tren-D.  Different costume, same name tag!

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Cheers to the new year!

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

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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Christian’s first day working at Disney World.

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Christian went to Magic Kingdom Costuming right after Traditions. This is his costume for working at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland.

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