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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:51 am 
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W00T!

I am absolutely over the moon.

My housing deposit is due in 10 days, does anyone know if I can pay for it with my credit card?

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Congratulations! I've done 2 College Programs at Walt Disney World. It truly is a life changing experience. You have no idea what you're getting yourself into, but I promise you, it is worth every second! If you have any questions just ask, I'd be more than happy to help! :)

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@DV: They mentioned a 'minimal fee'. How much is it, as I plan to use my credit card to pay the money?

(As I don't have the money right now but will in the coming weeks).

What are the safe places in Orlando to go to?

I'm not bringing my car down there, will that be a problem?

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You'll have to check on the web-site. They change the fee each program. The fee for my first program was $100. I actually just finished my most recent program in January. I started it last May and my fee was $300. So it all depends. They do it differently each program.

Having a car there is definitely going to make life easier, but it's not necessary as they provide transportation, via buses, to and from work, the parks and local areas. I've always had a car there, I've never taken any Disney cp bus, so I can't give you first hand experience.

Orlando is FULL of amazing places. You'll end up making a ton of friends and you'll be going out a lot...I promise you. Don't worry, everything is safe and it will all fall into place.

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You'll have to check on the web-site. They change the fee each program. The fee for my first program was $100. I actually just finished my most recent program in January. I started it last May and my fee was $300. So it all depends. They do it differently each program.

Having a car there is definitely going to make life easier, but it's not necessary as they provide transportation, via buses, to and from work, the parks and local areas. I've always had a car there, I've never taken any Disney cp bus, so I can't give you first hand experience.

Orlando is FULL of amazing places. You'll end up making a ton of friends and you'll be going out a lot...I promise you. Don't worry, everything is safe and it will all fall into place.


Yeah, my housing fee is $200 and the other is $100.

Do you guys know if there will be problems getting my prescriptions transferred from the Target here in Indiana to one in Orlando?

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Yeah, my housing fee is $200 and the other is $100.

Do you guys know if there will be problems getting my prescriptions transferred from the Target here in Indiana to one in Orlando?


Yea, mine was the same price for my most recent program.

It shouldn't be an issue, but the closest Target to where Disney will be housing you is a bit far; about 6 more minutes away from the local Wal-Mart. The Disney buses will not take you to Target. They have Wal-Mart buses every day, but not to Target. So you'll have to find someone to take you there. You'll be making a lot of friends and meeting a lot of people with cars, lol.

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Will I be in Celebration or Orlando proper?

I am super excited.

I got the email when I was in Krispy Kreme and I started squeeing and jumping up and down.

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Will I be in Celebration or Orlando proper?

I am super excited.

I got the email when I was in Krispy Kreme and I started squeeing and jumping up and down.


You'll be about 15-20mins away from Celebration. You'll be housed in a place called 'Little Lake Bryan' in one of the three townhouse developments; Patterson Court, Chatham Square or Vista Way which is across the road from Little Lake Bryan. You are right by Downtown Disney.

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I have not done the College Program. I haven't even been to a Disney theme park period, but I can assure you based on the testimony of friends that have done the College Program (Disney Villain included) that it will indeed be an experience. The one thing I would recommend is to not always believe what people say about the program. Prior to knowing about it all I knew was that it was a program where "hot, horny teens got together and threw messy parties" and such. I am sure these things did happen, but from everything I have seen and read the College Program can also be the type of experience where you will make meaningful friends and walk away with a lot of knowledge.

Life is what you make of it, and now you have been given the opportunity enjoy it as much as possible while being safe and conscious about it ;)

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Also, if I want to go to the parks just for fun, will I have to pay or do I get in free or what?

Are all my fees due in 9 days or just the $200 for housing?

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I did the College Program a year and half ago and have been a seasonal Cast Member since. As you've heard plenty of times, it really is a life changing experience - BUT - that's only if you let it be. There are too many people that don't let themselves really buy into the "magic", or think it's lame, or whatever... and they end up having a horrible experience and hate going into work.

Trust me, whatever job you get won't be the greatest thing in the world. You are on the bottom of the totem pole, and full time employees in some areas look heavily down on CPs. It gets repetitive, guests can be a HUGE pain, and hours can definitely get to you. DON'T LET IT RUIN YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Always remember to keep your eye on the bigger picture - the fact that you are now a Walt Disney World Cast Member, and that there really is no greater opportunity in the world. If you let yourself, you'll have the time of your life. Can't wait to hear about your experiences!

Also to answer your question - you get in all the parks (except water parks for 3/4 of the year) for free. You get a certain number of passes for friends or family who aren't Cast Members.


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I will be surprised if they don't teach you it all started with a Mouse.

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Wow...congrats!

I was at WDW for the first time last October and I just thought it would be so cool to work there, in a store or walk around all day dressed as a character...

But I'm guessing they won't hire people from Holland?
Would love to do it, for like a couple of months or so.

Anyhoo...please keep us posted on your adventures and how it all goes for you...


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Khonnor - they do indeed hire from all over the world. The program you need to look for is the International College Program.

https://www.disneyinternationalprograms.com/

In the time I've been here I've worked with people from literally all over the world. Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, India... the list goes on.


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Congratulations! BTW are you, THAT nachonaco from the now defunct Alternate Reality Association forums with Kim Possible? If so, you'll remember me haha! I had josepans as a nickname back then.


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Khonnor - they do indeed hire from all over the world. The program you need to look for is the International College Program.

https://www.disneyinternationalprograms.com/

In the time I've been here I've worked with people from literally all over the world. Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, India... the list goes on.


Thanks for the link, I'll be sure to look into for later this year!


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Yay, congrats, nachonaco!!! I'm so happy for you!

I worked at WDW 8 years ago, though not in the College Program, and it definitely is a unique experience that you'll never forget! I hope you have a blast!

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