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Old 04-07-2010, 04:21 PM   #676
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Cruise discounts for college interns

Does anyone know whether or not the interns are eligible for the same cruise discounts cast members are?
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:23 PM   #677
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Does anyone know whether or not the interns are eligible for the same cruise discounts cast members are?
Yes we are. I can't remember the amount of the discount, but it was a nice one. A lot of my friends went on a cruise (or two) during our CP.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:21 PM   #678
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Yep - but all CMs must work for the company 90 days before becoming eligible. The discounts vary based on season, the best deals are the space available. They sell super cheap rooms to CMs a week or two out when other people haven't purchased them yet. If you're looking at booking something further into the future, the Florida Resident discount is sometimes better.

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I didn't know this. I made our ADRs on the Disney website and we just asked the server when we got there if there was a cast member discount. I guess we just got lucky that they were available for us!!
The new system says that you can always try to get your discount, but if it was not booked with the cast member discount then the restaurant has the right to refuse it. Some restaurants always give it (for example Germany), but others have rules and will not (for example, many will not give it during busy dinner hours). It never hurts to try though!!
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:22 PM   #679
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About the cruises. The only discounts we get are posted on the hub website. Someone said right now the cast discount is onboard credit. Which is still awesome judging by your name your a platinum castaway member?? me too were going on one on saturday! its the trans and med. We are gonna be on it for a month. Im too excited. Plus its the magics last voyage since its not returning from spain. The dream is coming soon! ahh cant wait!
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:19 PM   #680
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I didn't know this. I made our ADRs on the Disney website and we just asked the server when we got there if there was a cast member discount. I guess we just got lucky that they were available for us!

Thanks for clarifying!
Actually, when I was still a CM and had HUB access, I still went through Dining for reservations. I usually would ask if they knew of any cast discounts for that particular restaurant and they would inform me if they had specific hours for the discount. They said to just show my ID to the server when we order. I never had an issue. When we visit now and invite my best friend to dine with us, we usually pay for the meal but she gets the cast discount applied to the entire meal. I have found that dinning is pretty good about cast discounts provided they actually offer them. Some restaurants have the discount before a certain time and some for lunch only. It varies.
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Actually, when I was still a CM and had HUB access, I still went through Dining for reservations. I usually would ask if they knew of any cast discounts for that particular restaurant and they would inform me if they had specific hours for the discount. They said to just show my ID to the server when we order. I never had an issue. When we visit now and invite my best friend to dine with us, we usually pay for the meal but she gets the cast discount applied to the entire meal. I have found that dinning is pretty good about cast discounts provided they actually offer them. Some restaurants have the discount before a certain time and some for lunch only. It varies.
Yea, it's a fairly recent change.

The old system of Blockout Dates and Blockout Times was basically tossed out the window (though there are still sometimes special Lunch-only or Breakfast-only offers floating around). It's all decided by computer now how many tables are allowed daily for CM Discounts and whatnot.

Now and days, if you don't book ADRs with Cast Discount, the restaurant is only supposed to give it if they're accepting walk-ups at the time you were seated. Otherwise they're not.

Some servers haven't been following the polices, but Food & Beverage Operations is cracking down on those Cast Members and taking steps to ensure compliance with the new system.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:45 AM   #682
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Unhappy applying to the disney collage program

Has anyone had a child who had to apply to the collage program at Disneyland several times before they were accepted? My son has applied twice and they really led him to believe he would be accepted this time by telling him he was a strong canidate and sending a letter saying his acceptance was pending a final decision. But no, just another rejection letter. I am really disenchanted with the way they run the program. He could not find out the dates the program would be from, ex: Jan ? to ?? and if it would be full time. Could he be getting rejected due to the fact that he does not have any previous job experience? I thought the program was to help collage students out and give them job experience and tools to market themselves in the future. Does anyone know what is the most times someone has applied before being accepted at Disneyland? Should he not apply again? He has waited around for two rejections now, I don't know if he will have the chance again to put his life on hold to go to work at Disneyland. He needs advice and I don't know weather to encourage him trying again. HELP!
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Unfortunately, operating circumstances mean that California-Site Disney Internships and Programs opportunities are very limited, numbering no more than several hundred per term.

Perhaps he would be interested in applying for DI&P opportunities in Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort, where opportunities are more numerous. Or he could also pursue a Casual Temporary position with the Disneyland Resort. This would allow him to work only during peak attendance periods, which mostly coincide with school holidays.

Information on the Florida-Site Disney College Program is available at http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com/ while information regarding employment opportunities at the Disneyland Resort is available at http://www.disneyland.jobs/.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:57 AM   #684
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Has anyone had a child who had to apply to the collage program at Disneyland several times before they were accepted? My son has applied twice and they really led him to believe he would be accepted this time by telling him he was a strong canidate and sending a letter saying his acceptance was pending a final decision. But no, just another rejection letter. I am really disenchanted with the way they run the program. He could not find out the dates the program would be from, ex: Jan ? to ?? and if it would be full time. Could he be getting rejected due to the fact that he does not have any previous job experience? I thought the program was to help collage students out and give them job experience and tools to market themselves in the future. Does anyone know what is the most times someone has applied before being accepted at Disneyland? Should he not apply again? He has waited around for two rejections now, I don't know if he will have the chance again to put his life on hold to go to work at Disneyland. He needs advice and I don't know weather to encourage him trying again. HELP!
(Most of what I am saying is Disney World related, but it's pretty much the same for Disneyland, as far as I know.)

He can't find solid dates because the dates change depending on when you get accepted and when you go down (and the year). For instance, this Fall, we can go down anytime during August, and even the first day of September, but everyone goes home January 7th (with Fall Advantage going home January 3rd).

WDW is full time. It says on the WDW website that you are guaranteed 30 hours, and will get more during peak periods. That's full-time work, and I am 99.99% positive Disneyland is the same, if not the exact same hours. They wouldn't expect you to be able to live if you were doing 10 hours a week. Disneyland does make you take classes though.

ETA: Just checked the website. Disneyland says 28 hours is common during non-peak.

The program is to give Disney cheap labor, while helping out students' resumes at the same time (but the first priority is the main priority, because it still is a business).

Disneyland accepts far fewer applicants than Disney World - any chance he'd be willing to apply there? I only applied for Disney World, and it took me three times to get in.

I was rejected straight out once, realized how awful my interview was after reflecting on it, and tried again the next semester. This time, however, I applied two weeks before the deadline, so I got pended, but then did not get accepted, the same as your son, and finally, this time, with my better interview and early application, got in!

In the end, it's a job, like every other one. They don't have space for everyone who applies, and even though they will be invaluable to you later in life, you have to make yourself invaluable to them. Sit down with him and talk about his interview in a few weeks or months. See if you can figure out what he might have said that can be fixed, or shouldn't have brought up - I know my first interview I said how I had a complete lack of experience in this, so I'm sure they'd train me for this situation, but I would do _________.

Of course I have a complete lack of training, I've never worked for Disney before! So the next time, I just said what I'd do in that situation.

I hope it works out for your son, in Disneyland or in Disney World! Maybe he could get a summer job to help improve his prospects? I don't know if they look for that, but it couldn't hurt!
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Has anyone had a child who had to apply to the collage program at Disneyland several times before they were accepted? My son has applied twice and they really led him to believe he would be accepted this time by telling him he was a strong canidate and sending a letter saying his acceptance was pending a final decision. But no, just another rejection letter. I am really disenchanted with the way they run the program. He could not find out the dates the program would be from, ex: Jan ? to ?? and if it would be full time. Could he be getting rejected due to the fact that he does not have any previous job experience? I thought the program was to help collage students out and give them job experience and tools to market themselves in the future. Does anyone know what is the most times someone has applied before being accepted at Disneyland? Should he not apply again? He has waited around for two rejections now, I don't know if he will have the chance again to put his life on hold to go to work at Disneyland. He needs advice and I don't know weather to encourage him trying again. HELP!
My son just finished the CP at Disney World in January. I can tell you that students can get in without having had another job first. He didn't have any prior work experience - also meaning he had never interviewed before. He and I spent a couple hours the weekend before his phone interview practicing interview questions. He didn't feel like he had the greatest interview because he was so nervous - but he did get accepted on his first try! He did Custodial at Hollywood Studios and loved the entire CP experience. In fact, he is thinking about going back to work for Disney when he gets his degree in a couple more years! Good luck to your son.
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Has anyone had a child who had to apply to the collage program at Disneyland several times before they were accepted? My son has applied twice and they really led him to believe he would be accepted this time by telling him he was a strong canidate and sending a letter saying his acceptance was pending a final decision. But no, just another rejection letter. I am really disenchanted with the way they run the program. He could not find out the dates the program would be from, ex: Jan ? to ?? and if it would be full time. Could he be getting rejected due to the fact that he does not have any previous job experience? I thought the program was to help collage students out and give them job experience and tools to market themselves in the future. Does anyone know what is the most times someone has applied before being accepted at Disneyland? Should he not apply again? He has waited around for two rejections now, I don't know if he will have the chance again to put his life on hold to go to work at Disneyland. He needs advice and I don't know weather to encourage him trying again. HELP!

I can tell you a little about the pending letter. did your son apply when the application first came out? They can only take a limited number of people for the Disneyland CP. They try to keep it full, and not eveybody that is accepted will end up going. So they send out the pending letters. when the look at the numbers, and see how many spots they have due to people not coming, they will send out acceptance letters to those that received pending letters. basically it sounds like your son would have got it but maybe applied a little to late and not enough people declined your offer. have him try again, and even try for the Disney World CP in Florida. Many more spots to be filled there!
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hi all can I ask again about the cm discount - my daughter is doing the international cp from june until sep 3 and we are going out to visit her for her last week ( as she will have her 21st bday out their ) and we will be staying till the 11 sep as a bit of a family holiday. We are hoping she can book us a room on disney and even a cruise for our first week / her last week in work and for all of us for the week between 3-11 sep. My question is can she book discount rooms for us all to stay in until sep 11th even though she will stop being a cm on the 3rd sep - will she still get the discounts as long as it is booked on the hub before she finishes? or should i just bite the bullet and book here before we go and get the free dinning plan they have on offer. any help would be great- thank you
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hi all can I ask again about the cm discount - my daughter is doing the international cp from june until sep 3 and we are going out to visit her for her last week ( as she will have her 21st bday out their ) and we will be staying till the 11 sep as a bit of a family holiday. We are hoping she can book us a room on disney and even a cruise for our first week / her last week in work and for all of us for the week between 3-11 sep. My question is can she book discount rooms for us all to stay in until sep 11th even though she will stop being a cm on the 3rd sep - will she still get the discounts as long as it is booked on the hub before she finishes? or should i just bite the bullet and book here before we go and get the free dinning plan they have on offer. any help would be great- thank you
She will only need to show the ID at check-in, I've never been asked to show it any other time, so you wouldn't have a problem leaving after that date. She can book using the discount for the room only past that end date, because any other things such as dining reservations will require her to show her ID to get a discount. But if you are just referring to the hotel, you can book that before your end date, even if it goes past your end date, if that makes sense.

I would still book the free dining and find out what the terms are (how early you have to cancel with a full refund), since you never know what the availability is by the time she gets down there. At least you would have a backup plan.
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Hi there, I see there are three apartment complexes for the college program.

1. At what point during the application process does the student choose which complex he/she would like to stay in?

2. Let's say the student has their heart set on Patterson, for expample. How likely is it that the student will be placed in the apartment complex of their choice?

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Hi there, I see there are three apartment complexes for the college program.

1. At what point during the application process does the student choose which complex he/she would like to stay in?

2. Let's say the student has their heart set on Patterson, for expample. How likely is it that the student will be placed in the apartment complex of their choice?

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All the apartment stuff is handled when you check into the program not during the application process.
If you have your heart set out on Patterson, my suggestion would be to arrive at check in early.
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