Questions: Part 1

17 Aug

So a lot of people on the Facebook group have been asking questions about things like apartments, schedules, and such. I figured some of you who aren’t on the Facebook group might be having some similar questions. (And if you’re not on the Facebook group, you really should be because everyone is so helpful!)

Here are a list of questions I have found and following that, my answers which correspond accordingly to the question numbers.

 Questions 

 

  1. How much is the deposit for the apartments before I get there, and would I be able to get it back should something come up? 

 

 

 2. How are hours scheduled regularly? Do you have some sort of say so on when you work (like emphasizing weekends and nights), or do they bounce you around so much where you’re not really guaranteed specific hours? 

 3. What exactly is the difference (both in living style and cost) of the three main buildings? 

Answers  

 1. I’m not sure if there’s an apartment deposit, but there is an acceptance fee (about $100) that you pay after you get your letter. You have about 3 weeks to accept your offer and that is further explained in that lovely purple folder. 

 2. During the program, you work 35-45 hours during regular season and 50+ hours during peak season (holidays, etc.) I am also fairly sure that the schedules change by week. I don’t think you can ask to work certain days, but I’m not all too sure. It’s best to ask someone who has already been in the program what a typical work week looks like. Here is the example work schedule that’s posted on the official College Program website: 

  

 And here is a real schedule from a member of the Facebook group:   

 3. There are a few differences in cost/style of the 3 apartments (Vista Way, Chatham Square, and Patterson Court), but they’re aren’t major. I actually got to tour Vista Way when I was there in May, so I can mostly speak on its behalf. What I liked right away is how close Vista is to Disney World. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the entrance closest to Downtown Disney. There’s a Walgreens right at the corner where you turn into the complex so that is really convenient. A few restaurants and shops are within walking distance of the front of the complex as well. My first impression driving up to it was that it looked just like any other apartment complex in Florida from the outside. You can definitely tell it’s the older complex. The security was great though. My friend from school had to notify the check-in security that we were coming and only 3 people can be signed in at a time and everyone must be over 18. We had to show our IDs at check-in and they took our plate number too. So it seems like a really safe environment right from the entrance. Every apartment building is labeled with a number which made it super easy to find where I was going. I don’t think you can get lost around there. 

When I walked into the apartment it seemed very spacious, but the thing that turned me off was how empty it felt. I know we can’t bring a ton of stuff and even if you drive you can’t bring everything, but everything was pretty much blank. The girls were also still unpacking so maybe they hadn’t brought out decorations yet. Everything was very dated, but it was clean so that was good. My mom noted that the carpet looked dirty, but I think that’s just because it’s old. There was no tv, but they all said that in their first program session, they hardly used a tv anyway. One thing I noticed is that there was only 1 desk for the entire apartment. That’s not necessarily a problem, but it is right where the internet jack is. And there is only one of those in the entire apartment. So unless you want to keeping plugging your computer in all the time, I suggest getting a wireless router. I plan on bringing my own so I can just use my computer in my room. On the topic of rooms, they were pretty decent in size for an apartment. Better than a dorm room for sure. The layout of the beds/dresser really depends on the size/shape of the room. The rooms are pretty much the same size, but they might have different corners that make the layout a little different. The dresser looks just like it does in pictures: very spacious with plenty of space. And the closet is huge!! I was really impressed by that. It’s a walk-in so there’s lots of room for storage on the floor. The apartment I visited was a 3-bedroom. Vista only has 2 and 3 bedrooms. I think they said they were paying about $80 a week which is pretty reasonable. The only thing that I didn’t like about this specific 3-bedroom was that there was only 2 bathrooms. One was in the first bedroom so those girls got to share it. But the other one was by the other 2 bedrooms and 4 girls had to share it. I had thought that there would be 1 bathroom per room. But the 4 girls who share that one said it works out just fine. I would still prefer to only share with one other person, but that’s just me. 

 
I also got a chance to drive over to Patterson Court and Chatham Square. Now these complexes were BEAUTIFUL! Can I say that again? B-E-A-UTIFUL!!!  You can really tell that they are the newer apartments. The outside décor is really pretty and there’s tons of big trees lining the road up to the complexes. The only problem is they seem a little bit out of the way compared to Vista. It seemed like it took a while just to get to the entrance of these complexes. There is a shopping complex nearby with a Publix, but it is definitely not within walking distance. And from what I hear, not many people walk there. Cost of living at Chatham/Patterson is about $20 more than Vista, but they’re newer and bigger. On the subject of apartment size, I found a nifty comparison on Chris Saribay’s blog (http://chrissaribay.com/disney-blog/) which shows a nice detailed view of Chatham Square versus Vista Way.  
 
  

 

 
 One other thing to know about apartments is that every building is designated wellness or non-wellness. (If your apartment is a wellness, then every other apartment in the building is also wellness.) Wellness apartments are completely dry (no alcohol allowed whatsoever). If ANY alcohol is found in  a wellness apartment, everyone living there gets terminated from the program, or so I’ve heard. If you are 21, you will automatically be placed into a non-wellness apartment, unless you specify that you’d like to be in a wellness. Honestly though, I would stick with the non-wellness if you’re over 21. Even if you don’t drink, you want to be in a situation where other friends your age could bring alcohol in your apartment. However, if you still wanted to request to be in a wellness, I think you would do so on your arrival day when you pick your housing.  

I hope this answers some questions you may have been wondering about. I’ll definitely do another questions blog soon, but I want to know what YOU want to know. Email me at kristinawdwcp@gmail and ask me anything about the Disney College Program, and I’ll post my answers here.

 Have a magical night! 

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” -Walt Disney

 

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3 Responses to “Questions: Part 1”

  1. Victoria Szell October 3, 2010 at 12:07 AM #

    If you have any questions, I did the Fall Advantage Program 2008 QSR F&B…. feel free to ask! 🙂 I am on the facebook group as well. I will be going back to WDW for the Spring ’11 program. Once again QSR F&B.

    • kristinawdwcp October 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM #

      Thanks Victoria! I’ve been researching the college program for years and know more than I could ever know without actually doing the program haha. I don’t have any questions, but if someone has a specific question about QSFB, I’ll send them your way!

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