A little Flashback Friday to May 12, 1995 - the day I got my Ducktorate Degree from Disney U! Those months were full of hard work and challenges but they also left me with life long friends and a time that remains one of the highlights on my life!
I got a request to give out some info on Disney Apartments So here is part one. It’s more about how you request your preferences and prices. Part two will be more about the differences between them regarding what each of them has to offer :) This is all information from the Disney Blogs if you want to find the page where I got the information from.
10 days before your arrival date, Disney will e-mail you a link to access DORMS (Disney Onsite Resident Management System).
There you will be able to request;
Apartment Community (apartment complex)
Name(s) and roommate number(s) of individuals with whom they would like to live
Disney’s Program Blog says, “We will do our best to accommodate all preferences, but we cannot guarantee any specific placement requests.” so keep that in mind. You may request Chatham, but you could get Vista Way.
The site to request roommates will look like this;
There are four different apartment complexes; VistaWay Two Bedroom = $96.00 a week Three Bedroom = $86.00 a week ChathamSquare One Bedroom = $101.00 a week Two Bedroom = $101.00 a week Three Bedroom = $91.00 a week Four Bedroom = $91.00 a week Patterson Court One Bedroom = $101.00 a week Two Bedroom = $101.00 a week Three Bedroom = $91.00 a week The Commons One Bedroom = $105.00 a week Two Bedroom = $105.00 a week Three Bedroom = $93.00 a week Four Bedroom = $93.00 a week
The form on DORMS to make your requests looks like this;
Your housing payments are due every week. (That is why the prices are listed per week). Your payments will be taken directly out of your paychecks! I believe that if you want to pay your apartment upfront you can. I also believe that if you had to miss days a work and your paycheck will not cover that weeks rent, you can just pay it out of pocket at an office down there.
DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM: the shit they don't really tell you. PART 6.
SHIT YOU CAN GET TERMED FOR THAT DISNEY MIGHT NOT TELL YOU
Okay so Disney World has a long never ending list of shit you can get termed for. Unfortunately, they don’t really tell you all of it and some DCPers had to find out the hard way that some things they thought they were allowed to do, were not okay. Aside from the obvious underage drinking type ones, ill tell you guys the not-so-obvious ones too, so you can make sure you don’t make a mistake that can cost you your program.
FYI: THESE ARE NOT ASSUMPTIONS OR JUST “SHIT I HEARD.” these are actual reasons, that people i actually know, actually got termed for.
1. CALLING IN AND GOING TO THE PARKS.
This is one of the main reasons people get termed. There are two types of call-ins; Sick or Personal. Some locations say you can go to the parks if you call in personal, some locations say you can’t go to the parks no matter what kind of call-in you make. I don’t think anyone even knows for sure, but I’ve seen people get in trouble either way. DO NOT use your cast member ID for ANYTHING if you call-in. You can’t get into the parks from backstage if you call-in. And your locations WILL check. You CAN go to downtown Disney, just be sure not to use your ID number for any discounts. You can show them your ID if it’s a third party store (like the harley davidson store, or one of the non disney clothes stores) but don’t use it at a store that sells disney merch that disney cast members work at.
2. GETTING CAUGHT UNDERAGE DRINKING
Okay, this is the actual main reason people get termed. If you’re going to drink underage, you better be smart about it. DO NOT let anyone take pictures of you holding ANY type of drink or with ANY type of drink in the picture. My first program they called 16 of us into the housing office because someone saw a picture on Facebook of one of my friends with a box of beer in the background of his picture. We all would have gotten termed but he took the blame for it and went home instead. I’ve had friends who had snapchats of them drinking screenshotted and shown to Disney. You can’t trust none of these hoes. Don’t let people take pictures of you no matter how on point your outfit looks. Also, don’t stumble into your apartment complex obviously shitfaced. I had a friend get termed for this too.
3. USING A PARENTS CREDIT CARD TO BUY MERCHANDISE
This one is fucked up because if your parents come visit and you want to buy merchandise with your discount, you CAN NOT let a cashier see you take the money or credit card from your parents hand. A friend of mine bought over $1000 worth of merchandise, the cashier saw him get a credit card from his mom and wrote down his ID number and he was termed the next day. He didn’t even realize he was doing something wrong. Make sure you get the credit card or money from your parents before you go into the store.
4. FAILING BACKGROUND CHECK
If you lie about being convicted of something or whatever on your initial application, and they find out when they run your background check, you will be termed the first day. Even if its something that happened a long time ago. Don’t lie!!
This one is fucked up too because I had no idea they could do this until it happened to my friend. The Disney housing security apparently smelled weed outside their doorway at 4am. They literally banged on the door at 4am and woke them all up. They then made all of the girls go into the living room while they rummaged through ALL OF THEIR SHIT IN THEIR BEDROOMS. I mean ALL of their shit including their underwear drawers . They can straight up violate your shit and look through whatever they want to look through. Its fucked up but they are allowed to do whatever they want. Just be careful.
6. POSTING SHIT ON THE INTERNET
Don’t post anything negative about your job, disney, a co-worker, a roommate, ANYTHING on the internet. Anyone can turn anything around and Disney literally shows no mercy. Don’t hashtag “disney problems” or anything. A friend of mine posted a meme with mickey mouse giving the middle fingers or some shit like that, and a co-worker of hers turned it around and said she posted it about her and she got termed. She later got un-termed because someone else stuck up for her and its a long story but just dont post stupid shit or anything negative about Disney on the internet. They have people whos literal JOB is to search the internet for shit like that and its really not worth it.
7. HAVING YOUR BLUE ID SHOWING ON STAGE
Do not EVER walk around the parks EVER with your Blue disney ID showing on your lanyard. If a manager or anyone sees this and is feeling extra asshole-ish that day, they can have you termed. (Managers are allowed to wear theirs, but if you see a fellow CP with theirs showing, be nice and tell them to put it away because sometimes people forget!)
8. USING BACKSTAGE ENTRANCES TO PLAY IN THE PARKS AS A GUEST
If you are going into the parks on your off-day, you are considered a guest and must enter and exit the same way the guests do. Technically. Most CPs don’t follow this rule. I got screamed at by Epcot security backstage for doing this, and YES it is grounds for termination, so be careful. If you end up getting caught, just say you worked earlier and changed so you can play in the parks, or you had to go to costuming, or your costume is in your locker and you’re changing for work.
9. SNEAKING PEOPLE IN
This one is obvious, if you get caught sneaking people into an apartment complex you will get termed, but the security guards DO do random trunk checks on occasion, so don’t put anyone in your trunk. Also, I heard my first program people got termed for going into the complex sitting in the bed of a truck, obviously not trying to sneak in.
10. HAVING ANOTHER JOB
Apparently you’re not allowed to have another job while you’re on the DCP. People still do it, just don’t post about it online anywhere.
11. MAINGATING PEOPLE IN AND THEN GOING HOME
If you use your maingate passes to get people into the parks, you’re supposed to stay with them. Disney has a creepy way of knowing if you stay with them or not. Don’t be obvious and let them in and walk in with them and then turn around and exit right away.
12. SELLING YOUR MAINGATES
I don’t know how the HELL my first program roommate got away with selling literally all of hers, but the amount of people that got caught selling theirs my second program was ridiculous.
13. WEARING YOUR NAMETAG OUTSIDE OF WORK
If you go out to eat or anything with co-workers after work, make sure you take your nametags off! You can get in troubsssss.
14. BEING A SHITTY WORKER
By this I mean, stay the fuck awake. If you fall asleep at work (Lifeguards, Attraction Tower positions, etc) You will get termed on the spot. Having your phone out at work too can get you termed on the spot. Also, my friend in QSFB was termed for LEANING ON THE COUNTER AND NOT SMILING although he was already in deep shit at his job and they hated him. Just be a good worker and if you’re not one, fake it.
If you fuck with the curfew rules, obviously you can get termed. Like if you are caught leaving Vista at 3am and you’re housing ID says patterson. Security doesnt really check when you’re walking out of the complex but just pretend youre on the phone so they don’t say anything to you.
16. TAKING TIPS AT WORK
Unless you’re housekeeping, you don’t get to keep any tippys. If you do and someone knows about it and rats you out, you’re done.
17. PUNCHING SOMEONE IN THE FACE OUTSIDE OF MY APARTMENT AT 2AM
Yep. Dont do that.
Thats all I can think of for now. Aside from the obvious attendance reprimand stuff, which can be slightly confusing SO if anyone has questions about that let me know!
Housing is such a big part of the college program experience. Where you live becomes more than just a temporary apartment or living assignment. It becomes your home. It’s where you vent about your job with your roommates after a long day. It’s where you rush in squealing when you get your first four key’s card. It’s where you spend holidays and late nights talking with your roommates. It becomes a place with a thousand memories and once you turn in that Housing ID at the end of your program, you have little opportunity to visit again.
There are 4 complexes to choose from if you choose to live on-site. Patterson Court, Chatham Square, The Commons, and Vista Way.
Vista Way is the most talked about complex. It was the first Disney College Program complex and it sits away from the other three complexes next to a few popular fast food chains and gas stations. It’s also the cheapest of the four complexes.
There are pros and cons to living in Vista Way. For some, it’s their first choice complex and for others it’s the absolute last. Personally, I never lived in Vista Way. That being said, I had many friends who did. My girlfriend lived there, all of my international coworkers lived there, and even my roommates lived there before the move. Below you’ll find what living in Vista Way is actually like and if it’s the fit for you.
So i received my itinerary last night and found out that I received Vista Way for my housing and couldn’t believe it at first. Vista Way was the last two options under my preferences for housing and somehow it was where I was placed. I know this sounds petty or whatever but I just have to make the best of living there. I know its not going to be terrible it just has a certain reputation.
Anyways, two more days till I leave and I couldn’t be more excited!
Episode XI A guide for the Disney College Program: Where should I live?
For those who are reading this and are going to the DCP… CONGRATULATIONS!
This post is both a story and information for future CP’s who don’t know which housing complex to choose.
I had a rare opportunity to live in 2 apartment complexes and had 3 roles during my program. So I have a lot of knowledge regarding this issue.
Choosing either Vista Way, Chatham Square, or Patterson Court is as difficult as a choice between picking Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander.
I lived in both Patterson Court and Chatham Square so I’ll give you pros and cons of those and some second-hand knowledge of Vista Way.
Patterson Court Pros As you may have heard, they are the newest of the 3. The apartment complex is much quieter than the others, and it feels like a legit apartment complex. Not many trees around and it’s kinda bland with the colors. However, the kitchen is much larger than Chatham and so is the family/dining room. The appliances are relatively new as well as you’ll have a couple extra storage closets that I noticed Chatham lacked. The Pool/gym/and offices are also centralized making it easier for anyone to walk a short distance.
Cons I think the main reason some would be deterred from choosing Patterson is the bus stop location. This complex does not have a bus stop as you have to walk to Chatham to get on the bus. It’s about a 2-4 minute walk to the bus stop so those hot and long days at work don’t get much better when you’re walking home. It lacks that homey feeling that some people would like. The speed bumps are horrendous! I apologized to my car after ever bump!
Chatham Square Pros
It has that homey feeling with all the trees and people walking around. The bus stop is literally just outside your complex so there should be no reason why you shouldn’t take the bus. I mean $5 for a gallon of gas??? Disney hosts many events in the fields inside and across the street of Chatham Square which makes it really easy for you to go to. I noticed the bedrooms in Chatham are slightly bigger than Patterson’s.
Cons The pool and offices are in separate locations. The pool being on one side of the complex so if you live on the opposite side, the incentive isn’t as glamourous. It’s the most chosen of the 3 complexes so the day you check in, ARRIVE EARLY so you can get the apartment complex you want. The kitchen/family room/dining room are noticeably smaller than Patterson’s. I also ran into some issues with the appliances in Chatham, but that was just my apartment.
Take note: I never lived in Vista Way so again, this is second hand knowledge
Pros You also have a bus stop, but this time it’s inside your complex. It’s also the main bus hub so if you happen to be running late, the bus usually hangs around Vista for about 5 minutes while they change bus drivers or to have a coffee break or something. This is also the cheapest complex to live in. It’s also the only complex with a basketball court, which I was sad the other 2 didn’t. If I’m not mistaken, every building has a laundry room rather than a separate building like Chatham and Patterson. You can also hear the Disney fireworks from your room when living in Vista as well ^_^
Cons Don’t listen to what everyone says about Vista Way. It’s a nice place and that’s where you’ll be checking in and if you have any questions regarding your program. I don’t know many cons about Vista as I have never lived there but I hope this helps your decision a bit more.
In the end, when I choose where to live, I would choose Patterson Court. I felt much more comfortable there with a bigger kitchen (I like cooking) and a bigger family room (I brought and will bring Rock Band). However, I wouldn’t mind living in Chatham again.
For those of you who are going for the Fall 2012 season, I’ll be seeing you there!
I thought since I am an Alumni this post might be helpful for some people!
- where I lived!
- the newest complex
- doesn’t have a bus stop, you have to walk to Chatham
- known for being a quiet complex overall, not a lot of parties
- private balcony
- Most expensive, rent is well over $100 a week
- where most CP events are held so it can sometimes be loud and parking can be a nightmare at times
- has a bus stop
- private balcony
- mid-range rent, around $100 a week
- has a washer and dryer in every unit
- mostly houses international CPs, though anyone can live there
- has several Disney classrooms here
- parking is kind of sparse here compared to other complexes
- each apartment is subtly different in the commons so you don’t really know what you get until you move in
- some have a balcony, some don’t
- does have a bus stop BUT not all busses go to the commons so sometimes you have to either call and request they stop or walk to Chatham
- mid-range rent as well, around $100 a week
- oldest complex
- known as the party complex
- has a bus stop
- apartment and rooms are overall smaller
- no private balcony like most other complexes
- this complex is pretty far away from the other housing complexes, which can be isolating
- cheapest, rent under $100 a week
Overall housing stuff:
- rent is based on how many people you live with. In general the more people you live with the cheaper rent is
- each complex now has its own wi-fi so you don’t need to bring routers
-some dishes, pots and pans are provided but I found I needed more
- the thermostat has a preset range so it cannot go lower than 72 or higher than 82
- the beds are twin, but I used twin XL college bedding and thought it worked fine
-you’re able to select your housing and roommate preferences about 20 days out from your arrival date
Sunday: I flew in to Orlando Sanford Airport around 3:45pm, Sunday afternoon. Took an incredibly long shuttle ride to the Holiday Inn, near the DCP apartments, and checked into my room! From Facebook, I knew that multiple DCP participants were staying at the Holiday Inn that night, so I wandered around until I met up with a group for dinner. After Dinner we wandered around Downtown Disney. The original plan was to get to DTD, take a shuttle to the Polynesian resort, and watch the fireworks show over the Magic Kingdom. However, we had a lovely time trying to park in DTD, missed the shuttle, and decided to just hang out there!
Check-In: Woke up around 6:30 Monday morning, took my bags to Christina’s room (because she had a late check-out), checked out of my room, and then we walked over to Vista Way! By the time we got there, a line had started forming, but it moved pretty quickly.
We got through check-in, had our housing ID picture taken, and found out where we will be working. Everyone ahead of me, and behind me, received Magic Kingdom as their spot. I received Disney’s Contemporary Resort! I was disappointed at first, but I am now very excited for it. It is the closest resort to Magic Kingdom, with the monorail running through it, and I won’t be overwhelmed or get sick of the parks! I am a bit sad that, as far as I know, I DO NOT get to see the underground tunnels. Only the cast members working at Magic Kingdom get to see them.
Roommates: After check-in, I went to my room where I met a roommate named Kayla. Two girls had gotten there before me, but only one was there at the time. I took a nap, and then a new roommate came in, Cecily. We later met Soraya, Michelle (my roommate), and finally Catherine. All of the girls are super nice, and I already can tell it’s going to be a fun semester! We live in Vista Way, which is the oldest apartment complex and was built in 1988. The newest ones were built in 2008.
Soraya previously worked at Disneyland and still had her main entrance pass. She was able to get 3 of us in to the Magic Kingdom for free Monday afternoon. It worked out great because two of the girls were out anyway. We spent a few hot, sweaty afternoon riding Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. We came back to the room, ordered Pizza, and had an awesome bonding night!
Only one of the girls has a car, and we’ve already used her a bunch for it!
Tuesday: I had a “Casting” meeting where we did fingerprinting and I-9 forms. The building was SO cute. This is where the famous Alice door knobs are. :)
I found out that I start Training on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I have Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off!
Wednesday: Today we had the “Housing Welcome Session” where they told us common sense stuff about no weapons, no alcohol, saftey stuff, etc.
Tomorrow there is a Woody’s Round-Up cast member party (with characters!) and on the 28th, there is a Monsters University party! Can’t wait!
Friday is Disney Orientation, called Traditions. I have to catch the bus at 6:45am. Fun stuff.
Fake Disney CP interview done as a prank. I know the guy being interviewed. He was one of my best friends and co-workers at Disney. He never mentioned getting punked like this. I know the guy who pranked him also. Dick move, man!
On Sunday, I had gone after work to change at my friends apartment in Vista, before going to Epcot. I was in the car, while she filled out the paper so I could be let in. One of the security guards was behind my car taking my license plate, then she comes up knocking on my window, I thought I was in trouble or something! So I open my door, and she’s like “when did you finish your CP?” HOW THE HECK DID SHE KNOW I DID THE CP?
Well I answer her, and then another security guard comes up and he was like “I knew I remembered you!”
Turns out he still remembered me…. Almost 6 months later. Then again, he was the one I usually saw at Chatham.
So, in addition to my Disney Bucket List and (future) Reasons to Do the DCP List, here’s a list of reasons I’d make a great roommate! :D
I love buying people presents. If you’re my roommate, I will surely buy you a present at some point. I can’t go shopping without thinking “Oh, such-and-such would just love this!” and then I’m compelled to buy it for them. Especially since we’ll be there over Christmas? Expect some magical gift giftin’ with expert wrapping.
I cook! I’m by no means a chef and I only have very basic skills, but I still enjoy cooking, especially for other people. I’m sure I will cook dinner for my roommates at some point. Hopefully you like to cook too, and then we can have cooking parties!
I love doing activities! You want to go to grocery bingo? I’m there! You want to go to the park and get in line over and over again to meet Cinderella 10 times in one day? I’m there with you. You wanna do something, I can be right by your side.
I’ll have a car. Self explanatory, from beach trips to grocery shopping.