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Old 10-25-2008, 02:29 PM   #136
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Sounds like you got most of your answers - I will just add that each and every college handles the credit thing differently (and I sometimes wonder if it just depends on who you talk to that day).

My daughter did not have to pay her college any tuition YET they did give her credit for the classes! That was awesome. She got three hours for Hospitality Management and then she did an independent study Management Internship also.

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Old 10-25-2008, 02:48 PM   #137
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First, I want to say that I'm really thankful I found this thread. I've been reading this board since our trip in 2004. My daughter just dropped this CP thing on me today and this is the second place I ran to get info (the first being the CP website)! So far, I've learned alot, but I still have tons of questions and DD's presentation isn't until 11/5. Any help is greatly appreciated.

What is the "typical" number of work hours in a week? How many hours per day?
It can vary by role and location (it can also change week by week). Last summer, I usually had around 40 hours per week (8 hours a day). That was as a character attendant. In merchandise, I usually had around 35 hours per week. Same for custodial. You are supposed to be guaranteed 35+ hours per week as a CP.

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I understand that the program also offers actual courses (she's a Criminal Justice major and that is one of the curriculums offered). Is it true that they don't charge tuition for them? Her college does offer credits for the program, which we'll have to pay tuition for. Is it typical that colleges will give credit for these extra courses too? What I'm getting at is that she will have to be enrolled for 12 credit hours for the semester to maintain her full time status. If she needs to, she can take distance learning courses online. I'm just trying to figure out how many credits she will earn just for the experience and how many she'll have to take extra. Then it's a matter of how much time she'll have to do it.
If you take any of the Disney classes, there is no charge (just have to pay for the book(s). Also, receiving credit for the CP varies by school. My school gave me credit for 2 of my CPs. But I know people who didn't get any credit.

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Are they allowed to eat counter service during lunch breaks? If so, do CP participants receive food discounts during work hours?
CPs can not buy food in costume on stage (in costume). There are cafeterias backstage though (and the food there is pretty good). It's also pretty cheap.

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Would you say that the living situation is more like dorm living or off campus living? I know there is security, but is there any other supervision? Is there a curfew? Are the rules strict, loose, non-existent?
Besides the security, there really is no other supervision. Security is pretty good though. There is a curfew for bringing in guests (all guests have to be signed in after 9pm, including CPs from other complexes, and no guests at all after 1am). Other then that, there is no curfew for in your own complex.

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I'm excited for her but nervous too. I'm sure that all parents reading can surely understand! She's never been away from home (she commutes from home to school since we're close by) and this will be a huge step for all of us. It's not so much that I'm worried that she'll go nuts being away from home - she's pretty responsible. I'm just wondering what the whole atmosphere is, kwim?
It is understandable. My parents were the same way when I went down for my first CP (I had never stayed away from home for more then a week, as I commute to school).

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Thanks for listening to me ramble. It's 1:30 in the am here and I couldn't have gotten an ounce of sleep if I didn't at least get a chance to get some of these questions written down. I'm sure I'll have plenty more when when I'm a little more coherent.

Off to bed, if I can make it there. Thanks!
Hope this helped.
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:45 PM   #138
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Wow! You all have been so helpful and have calmed some of my nerves about the program. I really appreciate the perspectives from both parents and program participants. I will say that from reading the boards, all of the CPs just seem so mature.

We talked some more about it today. She's really bright, gets awesome grades, and has great work and volunteer experience. I'm not sure what the criteria is but the advisor at her college said he thought she had a good chance at being accepted into the program. She and I both have a huge love for Disney and I can't say that I'm not just a little bit jealous! DH and I were joking on our trip last year about how great it would be to live down there and work at WDW.

I know if she really wants it, she'll get it. Right now, she really wants it. The only thing that I think might hold her back is her BF of two years. That will be for the two of them to work out.

I know one thing, during our upcoming trip we'll both be looking at Disney a little bit differently. There may be a whole future there for her now.

Hugs to you all for the help!
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:01 AM   #139
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[QUOTE=graygables;28351914] They were into porn and "hooking up" and she paid the moving fee to get out of there. She was much happier. My other DD is a social butterfly and had no problems at all. She wound up extending with one of her roommates and they moved into a 1BR together that worked out really well.QUOTE]

Now reading about this scares me. I hope and pray my DD ends up with decent roommates. I don't want her to have to deal with issues like this.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:08 AM   #140
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They were into porn and "hooking up" and she paid the moving fee to get out of there. She was much happier. My other DD is a social butterfly and had no problems at all. She wound up extending with one of her roommates and they moved into a 1BR together that worked out really well.QUOTE]

Now reading about this scares me. I hope and pray my DD ends up with decent roommates. I don't want her to have to deal with issues like this.
The roommate thing is weird - my daughter was there two semesters and I would guess she probably had about 17 different roommates during that time (I am not kidding). By that I mean different roommates in the apartment as a whole (not necessarily in her room). She managed to bond with one each semester but made most of her real friends from work (and many of those were full timers versus CP).

They really are at work and play so much they roommate thing even if not ideal is sometimes manageable. I never realized how icky last year was until this year ... she is now at UCF's Hospitality College and has great roommates with similar interests.

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Old 10-26-2008, 12:02 PM   #141
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Now reading about this scares me. I hope and pray my DD ends up with decent roommates. I don't want her to have to deal with issues like this.
get your daughter online onto disboards and facebook to find people that match her interests that she might want to room with. I did this and it was VERY successful for most of my program. . .it only when south when one girl self-termed and the other found a boyfriend via myspace. . .we get along now though.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:13 PM   #142
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Yah I had about 10 different roommates on my program. I was only close to one, and that was the girl that I roomed with. It really wasnt that big a deal since like someone else posted you are out and at work a lot. Plus most of my friends lived in the same complex as me so i wasnt home much. A word of advice. I had one roommate that was awful. We actually had to go to a housing meeting over her. If you can try to find someone to room with before hand then great. If not then dont fret too much. Most of the time its really isnt that big a deal and if it does become a problem there are options.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:12 PM   #143
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Is there a way to get matched with people of similar interest?
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:13 PM   #144
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How can you make sure you get to room with, say someone you met on facebook? Or do you just have to be at check in at the same time?
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Is there a way to get matched with people of similar interest?
You can do some pre-networking through facebook or these DISboards to find someone who you think you'd be able to room with.

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How can you make sure you get to room with, say someone you met on facebook? Or do you just have to be at check in at the same time?
Share your applicant numbers to each other and then enter them into the roommate notification thing.
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Old 10-26-2008, 10:23 PM   #146
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How can you make sure you get to room with, say someone you met on facebook? Or do you just have to be at check in at the same time?
You enter their code for the roomie notification system.
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My son just got accepted into Spring 09 program, he will be in "attractions". Here's my question...he'll be flying by himself from the Boston area, starting Jan. 5th. We will be coming down in April to visit him, but won't be able to fly down twice because of the cost. So, how difficult will it be for him to get around on that first day with all his stuff? He won't have a car. And how does he get all his things like comforter, pillow etc (so much stuff in his dorm right now, I can't imagine transporting everything to Fl!!). How does everyone do that if they're flying? And will he be okay doing this alone or will it be really difficult? thanks!
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Quick question for recent CP's. My son is doing the Spring '09 Program and our auto insurance company said he could get a discount if he had an address to have in their files for where he'll be staying. He'll either be staying in Vista or Chatham. Does anyone have an address for either of those?

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Quick question for recent CP's. My son is doing the Spring '09 Program and our auto insurance company said he could get a discount if he had an address to have in their files for where he'll be staying. He'll either be staying in Vista or Chatham. Does anyone have an address for either of those?

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13501 Meadow Creek Dr, Orlando, FL would be the address for Vista.

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13501 Meadow Creek Dr, Orlando, FL would be the address for Vista.

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Thanks Liz - you're a lifesaver!!

Do you, by chance, know the zip code? I don't know if there's more than one zip code for Orlando like there is for Chicago. Thanks!
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