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Old 03-20-2013, 03:12 PM   #1456
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Disney has it's own banking system arrangment for paychecks.

Honestly, unless you're kid is going clubbing, you won't need to send them money. I only paid for cellphone and medical.
With all the respect in the world, I REALLY wouldn't recommend using Disney's system. I had issues with my direct deposit and all of my paychecks for my first month went onto my payroll card. I had enough money on my debit card to get me through, and I completely forgot about my payroll card and rarely used it aside from withdrawing money to use on my laundry. Basically all the money that I had on it was gone by the time I got home, and I know for a fact I had at least $50 on it. I've heard other people say the same thing, that it comes with hidden fees and everything. If you want your son/daughter to be good with his/her money without you needing to send anything, using Disney's payroll card is not the way to do it.

Some people like the convenience of it, but I think it's well worth figuring out direct deposit. My nearest bank was 30 minutes away, and I knew people with a car that could take me there if there were any emergencies, but I never needed to go there. (I could go way more in depth than this, but you get the basics I hope!)

Sorry I just get really nervous when people mention the convenience of those things because they are FAR from convenient.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:14 PM   #1457
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I see your daughter wants to switch roles if she extends. Out of 8 girls in my DD apartment 2 were offered extensions. My DD was one of them but she turned it down as they wanted her to stay in Photopass. But about a week or so later she got an email whch said she must reply with 24 hours and she was offered an extention as a character attendant. I felt sorry for the other girls who really wanted to stay. My DD loves it and is there until May 10th. She is ready to come home for a while but already talking about applying for a professional internship when the time comes.

My DD has asked in advance for time off and is coming home again next week for 8 days. One of her roommates last semester had to leave a week early for college and as long as it was no more than 10 days they let her sign out early. That is the most they can miss while there. Your DD may be able to leave before the wedding its worth a shot. they might approve it.

No - my daughter wants to keep her current role! She is a safari driver at Animal Kingdom and loves it. She has heard that you have a better chance of being offered an extension if you keep your current role. They will start notifying applicants around March 27th - so we shall see! I was down there two weeks ago and while I was waiting to ride on her safari, one of her managers came out to talk to me and she said my daughter was doing a good job. I have no idea how they decide who they offer extensions to or what it is based on.
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With all the respect in the world, I REALLY wouldn't recommend using Disney's system. I had issues with my direct deposit and all of my paychecks for my first month went onto my payroll card. I had enough money on my debit card to get me through, and I completely forgot about my payroll card and rarely used it aside from withdrawing money to use on my laundry. Basically all the money that I had on it was gone by the time I got home, and I know for a fact I had at least $50 on it. I've heard other people say the same thing, that it comes with hidden fees and everything. If you want your son/daughter to be good with his/her money without you needing to send anything, using Disney's payroll card is not the way to do it.

Some people like the convenience of it, but I think it's well worth figuring out direct deposit. My nearest bank was 30 minutes away, and I knew people with a car that could take me there if there were any emergencies, but I never needed to go there. (I could go way more in depth than this, but you get the basics I hope!)

Sorry I just get really nervous when people mention the convenience of those things because they are FAR from convenient.
ditto this. DD has some sort of trouble with that system, too, I can't remember the specifics. She could not WAIT to get direct deposit to her "regular" bank.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:47 PM   #1459
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With all the respect in the world, I REALLY wouldn't recommend using Disney's system. I had issues with my direct deposit and all of my paychecks for my first month went onto my payroll card. I had enough money on my debit card to get me through, and I completely forgot about my payroll card and rarely used it aside from withdrawing money to use on my laundry. Basically all the money that I had on it was gone by the time I got home, and I know for a fact I had at least $50 on it. I've heard other people say the same thing, that it comes with hidden fees and everything. If you want your son/daughter to be good with his/her money without you needing to send anything, using Disney's payroll card is not the way to do it.

Some people like the convenience of it, but I think it's well worth figuring out direct deposit. My nearest bank was 30 minutes away, and I knew people with a car that could take me there if there were any emergencies, but I never needed to go there. (I could go way more in depth than this, but you get the basics I hope!)

Sorry I just get really nervous when people mention the convenience of those things because they are FAR from convenient.
I agree as well. If you use a credit union thats local to your home town they can use the Credit union ATM back stage and not get charged for withdrawals. Most credit unions work that way with each other. Thats what my daughter does now.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:54 PM   #1460
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No - my daughter wants to keep her current role! She is a safari driver at Animal Kingdom and loves it. She has heard that you have a better chance of being offered an extension if you keep your current role. They will start notifying applicants around March 27th - so we shall see! I was down there two weeks ago and while I was waiting to ride on her safari, one of her managers came out to talk to me and she said my daughter was doing a good job. I have no idea how they decide who they offer extensions to or what it is based on.
I hope your daughter gets her extention. My daughter is now waiting to see if she can go seasonal. She extended in January and is done in May but wishes to stay seasonal.
Lets hope they both get what they want! Good Luck
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #1461
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Well, my son had his character audition in Austin on Saturday. Total auditioning was 213. Total staying for round 2: 80. He is 5'11", but he didn't know what they measured him at. He did make it to the second round, so now he waits for a decision. All in all, he had a great time with the audition. First round was some basic movement...second round was more advanced dance that started our pretty simple then increased in difficulty, and some "animation" exercises. I guess that is kind of like charades...they give you two scenarios to act out. I know that after they learned the dance he texted me, "That was intense." Anyway, other than an incredibly long drive, it was a good weekend. Was surprised at how far some had come to audition...I think the greatest distance I spoke to was from Arizona.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #1462
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Can DDs paycheck be automatically deposited to her savings account here at home, or does it have to be a checking account? Our bank reimburses ATM fees regardless of where you withdraw the money, which is sweet, do if her pay is deposited to her savings account, she could withdraw cash as needed. However, I thought I read somewhere that they would do automatic deposit ONLY to a checking account. I suppose it could be deposited to my account and I could transfer it to her account, but what a pain to have to do this every week.

On the other hand, she has a credit card in her name, but on her dad's account. She could use the credit card for most things and just withdraw cash from her savings as needed. If her paycheck went to my checking account, I could pay her credit card expenses and transfer the balance to her savings account.

AAAAAHHHHH!!!! Any advice would be appreciated! I just don't like the idea of that payroll card!

Jobro912, congrats to your son for making it through the dance audition! It was my DDs dream, but not to be. At the Orlando audition, everyone between 5'2" and 5'8" was cut after the first movement exercise. Of course, Disney measured DD at 64.5" (five foot four and a half) although at the doctor today she measured 65.98" (just a hair under five foot six). Bummer... She is an accomplished dancer who wanted a chance at parades or FOTLK animal dancer. Oh well... She is looking forward to her role in Attractions and hopes for a shot at a mid-program audition or opportunity to extend in Entertainment.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:43 PM   #1463
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Thanks Leebee...I was seriously ready to leave when I saw the door open after round one. That said, 80 stayed, and I think they did 14 auditions...so chances are slim pickin's...They did tell them during the second part to not worry if they couldn't dance, that the animation played more into character selection...but it was obvious that they were looking for potential "movers." The dance started simple and progressed to difficult...from what I can tell he was able to pull off about 90% of it. He has also been in a clowning seminar at school this semester, and said that helped a lot with the animation. So we shall see. He is still going...be it as a character, or cleaning toilets/emptying trash
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:58 PM   #1464
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Thanks Leebee...I was seriously ready to leave when I saw the door open after round one. That said, 80 stayed, and I think they did 14 auditions...so chances are slim pickin's...They did tell them during the second part to not worry if they couldn't dance, that the animation played more into character selection...but it was obvious that they were looking for potential "movers." The dance started simple and progressed to difficult...from what I can tell he was able to pull off about 90% of it. He has also been in a clowning seminar at school this semester, and said that helped a lot with the animation. So we shall see. He is still going...be it as a character, or cleaning toilets/emptying trash

I think DD was probably the only auditioner who WASN'T interested in being a character; she wanted to be a mover. It was a shock for DD to be cut for height; she hadn't considered that this might happen! We are currently investigating dance studios in the WDW Area, as I think the only thing that would keep her from doing the CP would be if she can't find a place to keep dancing (and she doesn't have a car so bus route must be considered also). She has been accepted for summer programs at Joffrey and Complexions Contemporary Ballet this summer, so she will be busy until check-in on 8/12... But Disney missed the chance at a heck of a dancer for their parades!
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:45 AM   #1465
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Thanks for the responses about wellness vs nonwellness. I kind of had the feeling nonwellness would be the way to go for maturity sake. He has tried the room mate matching yet since he hasn't gotten in. He got his second pending notification last week. He doesn't mind being around people who drink responsibly, so hopefully he can find room mates that are suitable.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:21 PM   #1466
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how to find a roommate post cp

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My son graduated May 2012 and participated in the Fall 2012 cp program, extended in January and is done with his cp in May. He is looking to continue his career at WDW. He is asking around looking for a roommate since he will be leaving the cp housing but not much luck. Many of his friends are either in apartments already or going back to school. Any ideas of how to connect with others looking to share an apartment?
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He can post on sites like this, or on the facebook page for his CP. I'm sure there are other people looking to stay. There will be a lot of people starting Management or Professional Internships in June, so he may want to look at their facebook pages as well.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:49 PM   #1468
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Hey guys! My DD will be coming in Fall for Merchandise and we just aren't sure how much money she needs to bring with her. Can any alumni help us out? Thank you!
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:53 PM   #1469
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Hey guys! My DD will be coming in Fall for Merchandise and we just aren't sure how much money she needs to bring with her. Can any alumni help us out? Thank you!
I'd bring enough money to go the first 3 weeks without a paycheck. That's food, gas (if applicable), and maybe a bit of spending money for 'getting to know your roommates' activities. I'd call that maybe ... $300?? After that the paychecks are enough to live on if she's good with budgeting.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:53 PM   #1470
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What day should I fly back to drop off my son for college program?

Hello,

My son reports on Memorial Day (May 27), and he/I are driving down to Orlando together in his car, and I am flying back to Ohio. I am hoping to get my airplane ticket soon, and I am wondering if anyone can shed some insight as to what happens Report Day. Do I drop him off between 7-9 and then he's so busy I won't be able to see him again? Is it like dropping a student off at college, so he checks in, gets his apartment, needs groceries, etc.?

Should I plan to fly home Report Day or the day afterward?

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