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Old 06-10-2009, 12:20 PM   #391
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My daughter just finished the college program. She said riding on the bus was very safe, but........ if we had to do it over again, we would let her take a car. She was a character performer and went to all the parks. Sometimes it would take her over 90 minutes to get from her apartment at Chatham to her work spot, especially during the busy season. She had a great time and her only complaint was the bus system. Sometimes the bus would be late, one time it didn't show up at all, and the drivers were unkind (definately not Disney employees). She knew other cp's who had voiced their concerns to Disney, but nothing was ever done about it, and evidently it has been a problem for many years. CP's are just told to leave 2 hours early. On the plus side, she did read a lot of books sitting on the bus for so many hours! We are from a small town where you can drive anywhere in 10 minutes. She said she would never live in the big city because of the transportation.
This is what I was afraid of. There is no way DD can bring her car- I wish she could. Having a bus driver not show up is a scary thought. I'm going to turn gray before she returns home. I know this is her choice to do this program and she is excited and thankful she got accepted, but as a parent it is going to be hard for me.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #392
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HI, my daughter is there now and has been since January .She is there till August and has always used the bus system She is also a Character Performer and said yes it could be some extra time getting to your set but all in all she was is just fine with it. She has never encountered any unkind drivers and no matter her hours were she always had people around .So dont anyone worry they will be safe .I do recomend asking for Chatham since the bus stop is right there and there is plenty of security watching as you walk past the gate .Your id must be shown before you can pass. Also,do arrive early for check in so your request may be honored if possible.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:51 PM   #393
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I have a question for someone who knows these things. When will my new CPer be able to have access to park discounts? We got an e-mail saying her free main gate passes will be mailed to her after she completes her first week of work. But does this include discounted park tickets, or is she able to access ticket discounts in the Hub??
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:42 PM   #394
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The main gate pass will indeed be mailed to your cper .At that time she will have access to 6 free entrys to any park total of 3 guests a day. She will then be able to use her card for dining discounts and other things that are available to them Nothing else as far as i know will be mailed . Hope this helps a little.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:47 PM   #395
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I have a question for someone who knows these things. When will my new CPer be able to have access to park discounts? We got an e-mail saying her free main gate passes will be mailed to her after she completes her first week of work. But does this include discounted park tickets, or is she able to access ticket discounts in the Hub??
The Maingate is mailed, aprox 2 weeks later (I believe). As for other discounts, those are available from the ID (which is received at Traditions, on Day 3). So once she gets the ID, she can purchase tickets at Company D.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:29 PM   #396
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I came here to look for info on the program as a whole- My son is a Senior in HS- He would love to be an Imaginer and I have been looking as to how he can get into a program/internship to learn all that the Imagineers do.
Also, Does Disney still do the Y.E.S. Program? I thought that was open to HS students.
We live in NC and which college/university he will be attending is still up in the air- He can about go anywhere he wants- & it may even be an out of state school.

What do you have to do to get info on the program and how would it effect his courses/schedule during the normal school year?

I will hope to see an answer here before I do a seperate post- Thx to anyone with info for a green newbie to the College Program.
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:51 PM   #397
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I came here to look for info on the program as a whole- My son is a Senior in HS- He would love to be an Imaginer and I have been looking as to how he can get into a program/internship to learn all that the Imagineers do.
There are a couple Imagineering specific things... first is the Imagineering internships: http://disney.go.com/disneycareers/i...gineering.html

The second is the ImaginNations, the imagineering competition: http://disney.go.com/disneycareers/imaginations/

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Also, Does Disney still do the Y.E.S. Program? I thought that was open to HS students.
Yes, they still do the YES program. Do you mean open to HS students as guests or presenters? It would not be open to them to be presenters, however, he can participate (grades k-12).

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What do you have to do to get info on the program and how would it effect his courses/schedule during the normal school year?
To get info follow the webiste. Here is the website for the College Program: http://disney.go.com/disneycareers/d...ollegeprogram/

Here is the webiste for other professional internships: http://disney.go.com/disneycareers/i...hips/home.html

School respond differently to the different internship programs offered. Some love the CPs and send lots of students who can maintain full time status through internship credits or on-line courses, etc. Others do not recognize it and will require the student takes a semester off in order to participate.

The CP is a great foot into the company, it has little involvement with Imagineering, but it does get the student into front line work and as a current CM it is much appreciated if a person comes from the front line.

It's the PIs and MIs that will allow your son to get connected to Imagineering. Most students will do the CP before they do another internship, but some will jump straight into the internship option. Most interns are reserved for upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) whereas the CP is great for all ages and education levels (I did after getting my masters in fact).

If you've got some time... there are about a million posts between the three CP sticky threads, anything you can probably think to ask is probably answered somewhere in there. Of course, don't be afraid to ask again, things constantly change here at the mouse!
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:37 PM   #398
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June 15th check in

Just wanted to quickly report on my daughter's June 15th check in. We arrived on Sunday from the west coast, checked in at AKV and my daughter slept most of the rest of the day. Recovering from finals and moving out of her apartment on Friday. Monday morning, we picked up two of her roommates from the airport. If any of you parents are sending your student by themselves, Disney has it covered. We saw the Mears service gather up the students and followed several vans back to Vista Way. Once in Vista Way, the students are dropped off behind the check in building where their luggage is stored until they're done. I made 2 trips to pick up roommates, left my daughter and her best friend plus roommates with tons of luggage at the tent. The staff assured me that once they checked in, that a shuttle would take them to their apartment at Chatham or golf carts would carry their luggage to their apartment. There was a tent for family and friends. I dropped them off around 11 am and by 2 they were on their way to their first meeting. The good news for my daughter is that she will be working QSFB at Animal Kingdom (where she wanted) but the bad news...she lost her phone on one of the shuttles, she thinks. But the roommates have "circled the wagons" so to speak and are checking everywhere. I talked to her this morning and she was on her way to another meeting for Animal Kingdom CPs and luckily one of the other roomies is also there.

A lot of security, once check in is completed, no one can enter the apartment complex without picture ID and going through the security gate.
Chatham is located inside a residential complex and Patterson is close by. Vista Way is closer to WDW property and near Walgreens.

Haven't had an update on the phone or today's training. If there are any other questions, I can attempt to answer them from a parent's point of view.
And yes, I am still a little teary eyed. My daughter told me no long good byes, gave me a big hug, whispered in my ear, "storing this hug in my heart" and sent me on my way. "Storing hugs in your heart" is something I used to tell my daughters when they were young and in school. Yep, cried a little on the flight home....still a little weepy now.
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Just wanted to quickly report on my daughter's June 15th check in. We arrived on Sunday from the west coast, checked in at AKV and my daughter slept most of the rest of the day. Recovering from finals and moving out of her apartment on Friday. Monday morning, we picked up two of her roommates from the airport. If any of you parents are sending your student by themselves, Disney has it covered. We saw the Mears service gather up the students and followed several vans back to Vista Way. Once in Vista Way, the students are dropped off behind the check in building where their luggage is stored until they're done. I made 2 trips to pick up roommates, left my daughter and her best friend plus roommates with tons of luggage at the tent. The staff assured me that once they checked in, that a shuttle would take them to their apartment at Chatham or golf carts would carry their luggage to their apartment. There was a tent for family and friends. I dropped them off around 11 am and by 2 they were on their way to their first meeting. The good news for my daughter is that she will be working QSFB at Animal Kingdom (where she wanted) but the bad news...she lost her phone on one of the shuttles, she thinks. But the roommates have "circled the wagons" so to speak and are checking everywhere. I talked to her this morning and she was on her way to another meeting for Animal Kingdom CPs and luckily one of the other roomies is also there.

A lot of security, once check in is completed, no one can enter the apartment complex without picture ID and going through the security gate.
Chatham is located inside a residential complex and Patterson is close by. Vista Way is closer to WDW property and near Walgreens.

Haven't had an update on the phone or today's training. If there are any other questions, I can attempt to answer them from a parent's point of view.
And yes, I am still a little teary eyed. My daughter told me no long good byes, gave me a big hug, whispered in my ear, "storing this hug in my heart" and sent me on my way. "Storing hugs in your heart" is something I used to tell my daughters when they were young and in school. Yep, cried a little on the flight home....still a little weepy now.
Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Is your daughter going to be using the Disney Bus System to go to and from work? So basically it looks like once the students are checked in they are taken to their first meeting? So I guess that is when I say good-bye??? I was hoping to take DD to Walmart after she checks in. I need to return my rental car by 5:30PM the first day, and then Magical Express takes me to the airport early the very next day. I wonder if I need to go to Walmart the day prior? DD is really starting to get cold feet. Thanks for sharing this info. with us.
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Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Is your daughter going to be using the Disney Bus System to go to and from work? So basically it looks like once the students are checked in they are taken to their first meeting? So I guess that is when I say good-bye??? I was hoping to take DD to Walmart after she checks in. I need to return my rental car by 5:30PM the first day, and then Magical Express takes me to the airport early the very next day. I wonder if I need to go to Walmart the day prior? DD is really starting to get cold feet. Thanks for sharing this info. with us.
When does she check in?
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Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Is your daughter going to be using the Disney Bus System to go to and from work? So basically it looks like once the students are checked in they are taken to their first meeting? So I guess that is when I say good-bye??? I was hoping to take DD to Walmart after she checks in. I need to return my rental car by 5:30PM the first day, and then Magical Express takes me to the airport early the very next day. I wonder if I need to go to Walmart the day prior? DD is really starting to get cold feet. Thanks for sharing this info. with us.
Yes, DD will be using the bus system. She's in a 4 bdrm at Chatham and 2 girls have cars. But they are both hospitality folks at resorts. I had planned on going to Walmart on Sunday after I picked up the car. ( Looks like we have the same plan.) While I am not usually direction impaired, I didn't have good luck on Sunday night. I wanted to see where Chatham and Vista were before Monday morning, so we found them first. I would go to Walmart on Sunday to get what you need since she doesn't know what time her first meeting will be. The girls took the shuttle to Walmart yesterday and again today to get more food. She said the Walmart shuttle was pretty dependable.

The first meeting DD went to on Monday was for Casting. So she was very excited after that. This morning she went to a Housing Welcome meeting and then there was a pool party for the new CPers. She starts Traditions tomorrow.

Does your daughter have a roommate already? One of the roommates told me that this was her first plane trip and her first time to WDW. She was so excited that she was vibrating in the car. If your daughter wants to contact my daughter, PM me and I'll get her facebook account for her.
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I need to return my rental car by 5:30PM the first day, and then Magical Express takes me to the airport early the very next day.
Where do you live? We live 30 minutes from Disneyland.
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Hi everyone! I know how all the parents feel. I brought my daughter there i Itin January and miss her very much. She is living in Chatham also .She is a character performer and loving every minute of it. If anyone needs any questions asked , please feel free to pm me. It definitely is a magical experience !
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Hi everyone! I know how all the parents feel. I brought my daughter there i Itin January and miss her very much. She is living in Chatham also .She is a character performer and loving every minute of it. If anyone needs any questions asked , please feel free to pm me. It definitely is a magical experience !
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