March 31, 2012, 1:56P

Corkscrew Follies

I know some of you on this site has worked at Disney World in the past. My question is that I am about to accepted in an Internship Program for the summer and can't seem to find the locations for the housing.

Does anybody know where they are located? Or are they kinda of located all around the area.

Second question is do they offer transportation for the employees living in the housing locations?

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March 31, 2012, 7:21P

CPJ

Most likely you will be in Chatham Square which is located in a Disney created community called Little Lake Bryan. Chatham Square is adjacent to Mickey's Retreat, the Cast Member recreation area where you can swim or rent boats to catch and release fish. Your housing costs will be automagically deducted from your paycheck, and yes, transportation is provided via the American Coach company. I recommend your own vehicle if possible.

Little Lake Bryan

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March 31, 2012, 8:50P

Timber-Rider

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CPJ said:
Most likely you will be in Chatham Square which is located in a Disney created community called Little Lake Bryan. Chatham Square is adjacent to Mickey's Retreat, the Cast Member recreation area where you can swim or rent boats to catch and release fish. Your housing costs will be automagically deducted from your paycheck, and yes, transportation is provided via the American Coach company. I recommend your own vehicle if possible.

Little Lake Bryan

I love outmagically. I wonder if the republicans will use that when they talk about the amount of taxes the average worker will have deducted from their paychecks, when they give another cut to the rich to pay for it. It's automagically delicious! LOL!

When I went to Disneyworld, I was chatting with a couple guys who worked the submarine ride, and they said they had 5 guys living in a 2 bedroom apartment, because they didn't want to live in the dorms, because it took too much money out of their checks. But, they did say it was a great place to work, and they were treated well by the company.

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April 4, 2012, 8:19P

Concrete Enchilada

When I was there in 2004, the housing was in three apartment complexes, but one was reserved for the international students. The complexes are on Little Lake Bryan Rd. and Lake Forest Dr. My address was on Chatham Manor Blvd. I had to use Google to find these streets. Did you ask your recruiter about housing?

I enjoyed living at Chatham Square when I was there. I do believe the rent back then was $70/ week, and the mininum wage was an even $6/ hour with about 35 hours scheduled. Just to put things in perspective. I thought the rent was a little much, especially to share a room. But, the apartments were pretty nice, still the best apartments I lived at. And the apartment was fully furnished, except for a TV. I was randomly assigned an apartment and I had 5 strangers as roommates. But, they all turned out pretty cool and we had a great time.

Anyhow, best of luck on the College Program.


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April 5, 2012, 12:39A

maXairMike

Chatham Square all the way! Best year of my life hands-down, and definitely go for Chatham or Patterson, skip Vista Way (or as it's commonly known, Vista Lay, for reasons I'm sure you can deduce from lots of college kids living there). American Coach provides bus transportation for College Program participants, but a car is highly recommended. If you get a role at the Magic Kingdom or MK Resort area your life will be much less stressful if you have a car, as the A bus that goes from housing to the TTC and then Cast parking is universally despised due to how crazy the end-of-the-night rush is to get on and go home. I generally only took the bus when I was being cash-concious, and by that point I didn't have to deal with the A bus anymore as I had gotten a new role in a new park.

Rent during my CP in 2010 was $94/wk. for a 2 bedroom apartment (4 people, 2 per room), and included all utilities, furnishings, etc. and they sprayed for bugs when they did inspections. It may seem like a lot, but compared to the cost of living on your own in the area, it is dirt cheap (you can't sniff a 1br. place in a halfway decent complex around here for under $800 as close as the housing complexes are, utilities not included). As far as pay goes, it all depends on your role. I know most get minimum or barely over, but some roles do get better on the CP, but not quite as much as the "regular" Cast Members in those same roles. I had a roommate in Bell Services that was making about $8/hr, and I know others made more as well.


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April 5, 2012, 2:07A

LostKause

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Wow... $8 an hour is on the high end of the scale? That is terrible.


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April 5, 2012, 9:52A

wahoo skipper

I believe my pay on the College Program was $5.30 an hour and I want to say I paid about $70 per week for a 3 bedroom apartment at Vista Way. (No Chatham or Patterson back then).

Worth Every Penny

I had swimming, tennis, basketball, computer lab (not too many kids had laptops back then) and lots of cast activities at my disposal. Free transportation (though I did take my car and regularly drove as I was at Magic Kingdom and it was more convenient).

$8 an hour for an experience that will forever be a highlight of your resume? Not bad at all. (Not too mention that guy was a bellman and likely made tips on top of that $8/hour).

Do not go to Disney for the money. (Heck, don't go to any amuement park job for the money). Go there for the experience of working in one of the most recognized companies on the planet. I've been in the workforce now for 18 years or so and still to this day when I interview, many of the questions are about the 5 months I spent on the College Program. I'm convinced I have received opportunities for interviews based solely on that one job experience. You can't put a price on that.

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