College Program Parents Thread...

disneymagicgirl

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My DD was just accepted for Fall Advantage. She plans on bringing her car. If we help her move in is there a way for us to get back to our hotel (Pop Century) without her dropping us off? Can Uber/Lyft come into the housing area?
Congrats! The Ubers have to wait outside the gate but can pick you up.
 

The LK 4

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My DD was just accepted for Fall Advantage. She plans on bringing her car. If we help her move in is there a way for us to get back to our hotel (Pop Century) without her dropping us off? Can Uber/Lyft come into the housing area?
Yes they can pick you up. You would just have to walk to the front of the complex and wait outside the gated entrance.
 

Margie Rose

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Yes, of course! Uber, Lyft and regular taxis are all fine. You will have to meet them outside the gate of the housing complex, I believe, but all those companies know where to meet passengers. My daughter used Uber all the time to get to an off-site dance class she took during her Disney placement.
 
  • McKelly

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    To those College Program Parents who have used the room discounts college students can get through the program, were you able to link the resort reservation up in MDE, and then add regular priced tickets to it?
     

    Meredith71

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    My daughter just accepted for Fall Advantage too! I know they will not get their move in time until much closer to the date but do they generally work that day or have training? Or is that day open? I am thinking about move in logistics and helping her. Will we be able to leave and get things like groceries, storage items, once we see the place, to bring back to her? I am thinking if she has to report somewhere that day and she might not be with us we will not be able to get back in.
     

    jeneric997

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    @McKelly yes we were able to link the room reservation, if you have regular tickets they should be linked as well.

    @Meredith71 - My daughter is living off site, but her schedule had her check in and then she had several hours until she had to be at casting. Check in was 8:30am, Casting 3:30pm- casting only took about 30 minutes. She then had 4 days of nothing until Traditions- I'm not sure it is always this way- but it was for a lot of people who checked in on the same day.
     

    Meredith71

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    @McKelly yes we were able to link the room reservation, if you have regular tickets they should be linked as well.

    @Meredith71 - My daughter is living off site, but her schedule had her check in and then she had several hours until she had to be at casting. Check in was 8:30am, Casting 3:30pm- casting only took about 30 minutes. She then had 4 days of nothing until Traditions- I'm not sure it is always this way- but it was for a lot of people who checked in on the same day.
    Thanks so much! This makes me feel better. We will probably stay a couple of days so hopefully we will have time to help her move in before driving back home to Oklahoma!
     
  • tjmw2727

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    My daughter just accepted for Fall Advantage too! I know they will not get their move in time until much closer to the date but do they generally work that day or have training? Or is that day open? I am thinking about move in logistics and helping her. Will we be able to leave and get things like groceries, storage items, once we see the place, to bring back to her? I am thinking if she has to report somewhere that day and she might not be with us we will not be able to get back in.
    My dd started last Monday - I rented a car and we hit the Target on Sunday. Her check in was Monday at 9, it was quick and easy to move her in and then went on a grocery run! I left to return home and then she had the drug test a 1:30 with casting the next day (Tuesday) at 1ish, with nothing until today when she had Traditions. She's off again tomorrow and Monday and then Tuesday she starts training, I am not sure why they get so much time off at the start?

    My dd and her roommates visited Disney Springs one night and did a few of the classes and welcome activities and she then did some adventuring on her own - she has an AP so she did visit the parks a couple days.
     

    monorailmom

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    Hi all! My DS is planning to apply for the CP for next spring. He is currently a freshman in a Hospitality Management program (his ultimate goal is to run a Disney resort someday!). He lives at school, has worked at a local supermarket since he was 14 and has been promoted from a bag boy to assistant front end manager so he has loads of customer service experience. He's not always an honor roll student but does well. He has been visiting WDW since before he can remember and is definitely a Disney fan of the highest order LOL. He purposely took enough AP courses in high school to accumulate college credit to give him some wiggle room for the CP. According to his advisor at college, it worked. He'll be able to take off the entire semester without being behind at all. My question really is this: what should he be doing at this point? Obviously we are all reading everything we can online about the program, the application process, etc. Is there anything we are missing that he should be doing at this point? Thanks!
     

    jeneric997

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    Hi all! My DS is planning to apply for the CP for next spring. He is currently a freshman in a Hospitality Management program (his ultimate goal is to run a Disney resort someday!). He lives at school, has worked at a local supermarket since he was 14 and has been promoted from a bag boy to assistant front end manager so he has loads of customer service experience. He's not always an honor roll student but does well. He has been visiting WDW since before he can remember and is definitely a Disney fan of the highest order LOL. He purposely took enough AP courses in high school to accumulate college credit to give him some wiggle room for the CP. According to his advisor at college, it worked. He'll be able to take off the entire semester without being behind at all. My question really is this: what should he be doing at this point? Obviously we are all reading everything we can online about the program, the application process, etc. Is there anything we are missing that he should be doing at this point? Thanks!
    Sounds like he's doing everything he needs to do. I'm sure he's investigating roles. If he wants front desk/resort it might be tough unless he is willing to do the advantage program. All the front desk people seem to always be advantage program kids. I assume because they need more training?????? Being a Hospitality major is always a plus. I think their classes prepare them well for the WBI.
     

    McKelly

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    Sounds like he's doing everything he needs to do. I'm sure he's investigating roles. If he wants front desk/resort it might be tough unless he is willing to do the advantage program. All the front desk people seem to always be advantage program kids. I assume because they need more training?????? Being a Hospitality major is always a plus. I think their classes prepare them well for the WBI.
    My DD was assigned front desk and she is doing Fall Advantage.
     
  • scrappinmom

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    Ok - trying to contain my excitement....my dd is awaiting the final acceptance from her interview. WHEN she gets accepted to Fall Advantage ......my older daughter lives in Ft. Myers & has an annual pass, so I will most likely just buy one as well. I have a few questions...

    I know she can get passes after so many hours....& get s a 10% discount on regular tickets. Would she get any discount on an annual pass for me? I know she would have many friends that would want to come down at various times while she's there so I'm ok with saving her free tickets for them. My understanding is they only get a max of 9 per year anyway...& I plan on being there much more than that.

    Do they get any discounts on Cruises thru the hub? I am guessing she has to come with as well? Which is ok, as she is my travel buddy anyway.

    What about other Disney properties? DL, DLP? Auluni? I would say Shanghi but not with the virus....I'll pass this year I think.

    As long as she stays with me at the resort the discount is 50%?

    Anything else I should know?

    Thanks for any info...

    Yes I am jumping the gun, but we are quite excited
     

    jeneric997

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    I can't answer everything 100%, there are room discounts, but they don't seem to be at every resort for every type of room- for example my daughter only saw Art of Animation as the only value resort offer- and only for the cars suite. So it doesn't seem to be every hotel and some hotels were only 40% off. I do know she can book for friends and family- not sure how much of a discount there is. There were some great deals on hotels that started in October and ran through February 13- they were only on a couple of days, but if you could take advantage, it's a great deal! I assume that would happen again next October.

    I think there are cruise discounts but I'm not sure you could take advantage if she has to be with you (I'm not sure she does) as she gets no time off during her DCP- they are only allowed to ask for 8 days off in a calendar year. The guest passes she gets are a little tricky as she has to be with the person in order for them to enter the park- if she has morning shifts, that will be difficult. If they are family members, once they go in she does not have to escort them, but if they are friends, she is supposed to stay with them the entire time.

    Getting days off can be tricky- my daughter requested two days off the first day she got access to the Hub- her birthday and 1 out of the 5 days we will be down to visit her. She got her birthday, but is on a waitlist for the day we are there. Makes planning difficult as we want to use the guest tickets and just have to hope she doesn't suddenly get a morning shift (entirely possible as it is over Easter).

    I do think there is a discount on AP- it wasn't much but every lit bit helps!
     

    jeneric997

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    Found out some more information- You get about $100 break on the AP. The discount is better on the room if the CM is on the reservation. She has to be with you on the cruise. The discounts were really only on cruises that were happening within a month or so of today's date. CMs really only get discounts on things that aren't selling, so a lot of times I would think it would be hard to take advantage of it. Right now CMs and guest passes are blocked out of HS- so you have to buy a ticket to get in. We are running into the problem that we are within the 60 day window for FP+ but she hasn't gotten her guest passes, so we are stuck. I also think she will leave 3 guest passes unused because she will earn them a few days before she leaves, so they aren't usable.

    Our daughter works nights- which is great, except when we want to show up at park opening- she doesn't get up until 11 am :rotfl:

    Hope this helps!
     

    scrappinmom

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    Thank you! This was very helpful! I think I am leaning toward just buying the annual pass for myself, this was I can go into the parks without her & she can meet me if she's off or we can plan to meet later...I'm guessing staying in a resort room might be a nice break for her sometimes too.

    The cruises will be tricky...I wonder if there's a way to take a longer cruise like right after she finishes the program next January...kind of a celebration....I will have to dig a bit deeper.
     

    jeneric997

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    She will have some time to investigate for a cruise at the end- if my D can dig any more info up, I will pass along! We are DVC, but we lucked out that she works at AofA, so we are staying there a couple of nights on the discount, which will make her commute easy! I have an AP- but it's a gold one and is blocked out the only time my younger one can go. It's been frustrating that I can't upgrade until I get there and I'm sure Disney will raise prices by then! Bad planning on my part!

    Best of luck to your daughter! Let us know what role she gets!
     

    jeneric997

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    Here is the policy on cruises- I'm thinking DCP does not qualify? Or at least she wouldn't if she did it after her DCP.
    Actively employed Regular Full Time, Regular Part Time, and Temporary-Recurring Walt Disney Company Employees who have completed three months of continuous employment are eligible for these discounts.
     

    jdd

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    Jul 24, 2006
    So we just got the news that my niece was accepted for the Fall 2020 DCP! I am beyond excited for her :cheer2: She'll be a lifeguard, but that's all we know so far. Does anyone here have any experience with that position? Just wondering if she'll be assigned to one location, or if they usually float between resorts and/or water parks?

    I've got my annual pass and already planning lots of visits :goodvibes
     

    mustachspot

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    New Chapter! Have been a member of the Disboards for a long time. Don't post much, but just got the word our Daughter was accepted to the Fall 2020 program. We are beyond excited for her.

    She was offered a food and beverage position, not her first choice, but something she has grown up around so won't be too difficult for her. Question is, she will be turning 21 the week before her program starts, what are the chances she could get a bartending gig?

    She will have her "basset" certification, a kind of how to detect drunk people, etc. from the State of Illinois and her food handlers permit as well.
     

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