Tips for future CP's!

DaughterOfDisney

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That makes me super super nervous. My first two years of college, that was the mentality in the dorm I was in, tattle or you'll be grouped in with the rule breakers, often even if you weren't around when the rule breaking occurred. It was very stressful and led to a lot of paranoia and ugliness, to the point where I had to move out because the drama was just too much. I spent the next 2 years in a different dorm with a much better environment. Still strict rules, but the mentality was more that people were responsible for their own actions, and not that of their roommates or friends. So if I get accepted to the program, I'm quite nervous about living in that kind of environment again, especially if I end up in a 4-bedroom apartment. Then I'd have to make sure to know everything that was going on with 7 other people, poised to go running to the people in charge, lest I be termed for something I have no knowledge of? I just want to work and spend my free time at the parks; I wasn't even planning on spending all that much time in the actual apartment.

Sorry for the rant, it's just scary to think that my dream could be cut short just by being assigned to live with one person who makes a wrong move. :(
I feel the EXACT same way. The fact that you could get kicked out because of someone else's behavior is terrifying! I will be 21 before the Fall Program starts and I would rather not room with people who could potentially cause trouble. I, too, would love to just work and spend my free time in the parks. I've been wanting to do this program for so long!
 

Mitch_in_GA

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My 18-year-old son has his phone interview next Thursday. I've definitely asked him to read your post. When this type of advice comes from someone who's been there, it resonates so much more. Hope you get another shot!
 

AnnaDCP

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I just have a question that maybe someone can help me with! I submitted my application on 2/11/14 for the Spring 14' DCP and I haven't even gotten a WBI or an email yet. I got the confirmation email, but that was the last one I got. My dashboard still says "Submission" but thats it. Is it okay that it's been almost 2 weeks since I applied? Thank you! :)
 
  • ewemilie324

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    I just have a question that maybe someone can help me with! I submitted my application on 2/11/14 for the Spring 14' DCP and I haven't even gotten a WBI or an email yet. I got the confirmation email, but that was the last one I got. My dashboard still says "Submission" but thats it. Is it okay that it's been almost 2 weeks since I applied? Thank you! :)
    I'm in the same situation, I posted another thread about it. I applied on the 9th and am still in the submission stage, even tho I have 2 other friends who applied in the past two weeks and they have both already completed their web based interviews and scheduled their phone interviews. I'm really starting to get nervous and wondering if this is normal.
     

    TerminationStation

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    I feel the EXACT same way. The fact that you could get kicked out because of someone else's behavior is terrifying! I will be 21 before the Fall Program starts and I would rather not room with people who could potentially cause trouble. I, too, would love to just work and spend my free time in the parks. I've been wanting to do this program for so long!
    Just make sure the lines of communication are open with your roommates! If you talk to them and they seem like they are going to cause trouble for you, have a talk with housing and they might reassign you. Like I said I know a ton of people that never had any problems with their roommates so try not to stress out about it too much! I really didn't mean to scare anyone just want to make people aware!

    Good luck with your program!
     

    TerminationStation

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    My 18-year-old son has his phone interview next Thursday. I've definitely asked him to read your post. When this type of advice comes from someone who's been there, it resonates so much more. Hope you get another shot!
    Thank you so much! I hope this helps your son.

    As for another shot, my time working for Disney is over. I would love to go back and visit of course for vacation but I am about to graduate college and unfortunately must start looking for that big girl job. But thank you so much, I wish your son the best of luck!!!
     

    DCPmom2014

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    Another thing I'd like to share is NEVER talk about your medical background with your manager or co-workers. My daughter shared her past history with depression and when she called off work not feeling well one day (after a near perfect work record) her manager called the housing authorities as they were afraid she might "hurt herself". They grilled her for 30 minutes and felt she might be a harm to herself (even though she said she was fine, just a stomach ache). They termed her the next day and put her out on the street.

    She was devastated but ended up applying at Universal and was hired on the spot!! She loves it.

    Just wanted to warn others from making the same mistake.
     
  • ladypage

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    Another thing I'd like to share is NEVER talk about your medical background with your manager or co-workers. My daughter shared her past history with depression and when she called off work not feeling well one day (after a near perfect work record) her manager called the housing authorities as they were afraid she might "hurt herself". They grilled her for 30 minutes and felt she might be a harm to herself (even though she said she was fine, just a stomach ache). They termed her the next day and put her out on the street.

    She was devastated but ended up applying at Universal and was hired on the spot!! She loves it.

    Just wanted to warn others from making the same mistake.
    I'm really wondering if there was another side to this story. I don't doubt your daughter at all, but perhaps someone else shared their concern with her managers/housing? Depression is a medical issue that I believe is covered under the law, and unless she did hurt herself they wouldn't be able to do anything about it. I know I brought up my depression and anxiety with my managers and they helped me out.

    On the other hand I do know of people who were reported by room mates because they alluded to cutting themselves and they were termed.

    ETA: Oh! And Disney even offers counseling services for CPs, and according to the few people I know who used them, they were great.
     

    DonnaL

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    My son did the CP program several years ago and I do know the company has a very strict policy on what is/isn't allowed, as the other poster stated, in particular related to housing. One of my son's roommates was termed about two months into the program and the company had him off property within 24 hours of being terminated. I don't know the particulars other than it was a workplace related infraction, not housing. But, the day it happened my son was the first roommate home from work and there was a message on the apartment landline phone from the housing office instructing that all roommates go to housing ASAP to have their key for the apartment recoded since one of their roommates had been terminated that day and would, in effect, be locked out effective the next day. They didn't know which roommate (there were 6 of them in a 3 bdrm) had been termed until he packed up his stuff and left that night. He said it was a weird situation because as each roommate got home and listened to the message, they were all still unsure who it was because no one said anything. Another thing new CP'ers need to remember is because of the many, many different work schedules sometimes you will very rarely even see one or more of your roommates for more than a few minutes at a time (especially if you're in a 3 bdrm and have 5 roommates) never mind having the time to become more than an acquaintance. My son became friends with and keeps in touch with only one of his roommates.
     

    BadDad

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    I'm really wondering if there was another side to this story. I don't doubt your daughter at all, but perhaps someone else shared their concern with her managers/housing? Depression is a medical issue that I believe is covered under the law, and unless she did hurt herself they wouldn't be able to do anything about it. I know I brought up my depression and anxiety with my managers and they helped me out.

    On the other hand I do know of people who were reported by room mates because they alluded to cutting themselves and they were termed.

    ETA: Oh! And Disney even offers counseling services for CPs, and according to the few people I know who used them, they were great.
    Disney does not do well with medical issues

    My D20 is unable to stand for longer than 2 hours due to a documented medical issue she has had since she was an infant. In school, she had a 504 (chronic illness) No problem getting accommodations in public school and college.

    Disney denied her accommodations because there was too many handwriting on the form (hers, nurse's and doctor's) the form is very long. If you're experienced in medical forms usually the patient fills out the bio info, nurse medical history/accommodation and the doctor signs it.

    Disney would only accept my D and the Dr's handwriting only. Took 2 months going back and forth.

    In addition, you'll need to contact the front desk of the apartments if you child is getting medication delivered. Especially if it has to be refrigerated. Her meds sat out in the hot summer Fla sun all day while she was working.
     

    ladypage

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    Disney does not do well with medical issues

    My D20 is unable to stand for longer than 2 hours due to a documented medical issue she has had since she was an infant. In school, she had a 504 (chronic illness) No problem getting accommodations in public school and college.

    Disney denied her accommodations because there was too many handwriting on the form (hers, nurse's and doctor's) the form is very long. If you're experienced in medical forms usually the patient fills out the bio info, nurse medical history/accommodation and the doctor signs it.

    Disney would only accept my D and the Dr's handwriting only. Took 2 months going back and forth.

    In addition, you'll need to contact the front desk of the apartments if you child is getting medication delivered. Especially if it has to be refrigerated. Her meds sat out in the hot summer Fla sun all day while she was working.

    Unfortunately what happened to your daughter does not surprise me. With physical medical issues they have a lot of problems. I had a friend who was in a car accident and she was forced to self term. I'm referring specifically to the post I quoted with mental health, as that's what I have personal experience with.
     
  • Rachel Jacobsen

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    Hi Guys! I'm new to this whole discussion forum thing so bear with me please!(Did I spell bear wrong?... probably) I did the College Program last spring and wanted to share some tips and a little bit of my story with anyone that is going or is thinking about doing the program.

    I did my program in Disney World and was working in the Be Our Guest Restaurant last Spring. I met so many amazing people, and got to do so many awesome things while I was down there. The people you meet while there will truly change your life forever. You get to meet people from all over the world and see how different people live. My work location was amazing as well. Everyday going into work was an adventure and I loved every second of it.

    But here comes my warning: You can, and might be terminated (Disney's way of saying fired) for multiple reasons. My roommate got termed for having her sister sleep in our apartment because she couldn't afford a hotel room, I know of people who got termed for showing up late to work too many times (obviously), and I know of people who got termed for playing pranks on their friends. If you live in Disney Housing you will be subject to their rules.

    Coming from a college environment to Disney Housing is a huge change. I go to Penn State University so I've lived in dorm settings as well as apartment settings through school but the housing there is way stricter. There is nothing wrong with living in the housing provided, in fact I encourage it because you meet so many cool people there, but you HAVE to be careful. Follow every single rule even if it seems like they are trying to treat you like you're in kindergarten again. If you don't want to be termed follow their rules.

    This may seem like a lecture but I want everyone to be able to live out their experience with the program and graduate at the end, something I never got to do. I was terminated a month into my program for something I didn't do (yes this can happen, and it happens often). I had five people give written statements that I didn't do anything and one person said that I did, and yes because of that one person I had to leave. Such is the nature of the beast. I was one of my locations favorite college program students and my manager fought for me to stay but once they decide you're leaving, you leave. So please listen to me when I say, please be careful.

    Also, I'm 22 years old, so no I did not go home for underage drinking, and no I did not go home for poor work performance. There are many reasons to be termed during your program, not just underage drinking and poor work performance!

    Here's some tips:
    1. If you are 21 or over live with only people that are 21 or over, they will give you this option at move in

    2. If you are not 21 don't drink. It's not worth it, you will be tempted to and think that nothing will happen to you if you do but don't. If you want to stay with the program just don't do it

    3. If you are in housing with all underage people have a talk with your roommates about drinking. Honestly, if you all want to drink while there you need to agree to each other that none of you will call security on the others. This is an important conversation to have and you must have it.

    4. If you're in an apartment with 21 and over you need to have a talk about under aged friends coming over. If one of you has an underage friend come over and you give that one friend a beer, one beer even, your entire apartment will be termed no matter if your roommates even knew it was happening or not so again, have this conversation right from the start

    Just be careful! Like I said before, this program is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience, and I highly highly recommend it but I want you to leave on a better note than I did. If anyone has any questions or needs advice just message me I can give you my email and we can talk! I'm here to help or just talk about the program with anyone so feel free to talk to me about termination or just random questions about the college program I am here to help!
    Could you please message me at racheljacobsen2@gmail.com for more information
     

    Musings

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    Like Goofy said, this thread is 4 years old and I am guessing there is another side to the story to most of this. While I have heard of people getting terminated, usually it was due some behavior on the other person's part. Follow the rules and be careful, generally you won't get termed. I don't like to scare people, but Disney housing is stricter than most dorms and that tends to get people tripped up. If you violate housing, you will get termed.
     

    OddDisneyFan

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    Most large companies and some regulatory standards *require* employees to rat on coworkers if they are aware of something improper, even if they are not directly involved. If you are aware, or in some cases if you *should* be aware, you are liable for reporting. If you don't report, it could create civil or criminal liabilities for the company and/or yourself, so a reporting requirement is common in the disciplinary code of most large companies.

    The DCP housing situation is somewhat unique in that the employer is providing the housing, and therefore has some additional risk exposure versus off-site housing. However, I'm guessing that DCP participants are essentially "at-will" employees, which means that Disney can dismiss them for just about any reason, or no reason at all.
     

    Musings

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    Most large companies and some regulatory standards *require* employees to rat on coworkers if they are aware of something improper, even if they are not directly involved. If you are aware, or in some cases if you *should* be aware, you are liable for reporting. If you don't report, it could create civil or criminal liabilities for the company and/or yourself, so a reporting requirement is common in the disciplinary code of most large companies.

    The DCP housing situation is somewhat unique in that the employer is providing the housing, and therefore has some additional risk exposure versus off-site housing. However, I'm guessing that DCP participants are essentially "at-will" employees, which means that Disney can dismiss them for just about any reason, or no reason at all.
    DCP employees are highly valuable to Disney. Generally Disney will not term people unless they're in direct violation. The most often reason people get termed is for housing related issues. People can get termed for roomies issues for example. That is the one difference is that living on employer owned housing means that your behavior in housing can be enforced by them and you can be fired by it. The other thing I often hear in these stories is behavior even off housing property that reflects poorly on a Disney employee leading to termination. This is nothing new and happens outside of the DCP. Follow housing rules and you will be okay. I only see issues when people go to the DCP expecting it to be all magical and no work. Disney is still a company and they still expect to make a profit. CPs are the bottom of the chain and how CPs are treated can widely vary. Having realistic expectations can help a lot when dealing with the CP. It is still an amazing experience but have to keep reality in mind. And yes people have been termed for knowing about things and not reporting.

    Often times an entire apartment will be termed if there is underage drinking.
     

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