Questions: Part 2

3 Oct

I looked through the Facebook group’s discussion board to find the most frequently asked questions and picked 3 that I felt were most relevant right now. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

1. I plan on flying into Orlando International Airport. Is there any transportation provided to the Disney apartments?

For those who are planning on flying to Florida, Orlando International (MCO) is your best option because it is closest to Disney. There is no official Disney transportation from MCO to the apartments, so you are responsible for finding your own way there (whether that be taxi or the Mears shuttle bus). If you stay at a Disney resort the night before your arrival, you can take the Disney Magical Express to your resort, but you will still have to find your own transportation to Vista Way for check-in. 

It seems like most people arrive in Florida at least one day before their schedule arrival because you want to make sure you can make it to the check-in between 9:00am & noon the next day. On the college program website, it says that if you’re plane doesn’t land before 10:30am on the day of your arrival, you will not make it to check-in. Your best option is to arrive in Orlando the night before your arrival date.

If you’re going for a cheaper option, stay in one of Disney’s value resorts which include are the All Star Resorts and Pop Century Resort. As mentioned above, the Disney Magical Express will take you from the Orlando airport directly to your hotel. You DO have to find your own transportation to Vista Way the morning of check-in, but there are several options for you to choose from. You can call a regular taxi, schedule a town car to pick you up (more expensive), or carpool with another CP that is staying overnight.

Here’s the link to the Mears site which will help you plan your ride from the airport to the apartments:

http://www.mearstransportation.com/

2. What is the Web Based Interview like? Will I be quizzed on my Disney knowledge?

You will NOT be quizzed on anything related to Disney, as this is more of a personality evaluation.

Have you ever taken a personality quiz before? The kind where you have to choose “On a scale of 1 to 5, rate how much you agree with this statement: I get along with others.” If you’ve done something like this before, than you’re fine. If not, don’t worry because there is no right or wrong answer. The purpose of the WBI is to get an idea of the applicant’s personality and see how they would fit in the Disney Company. As long as you answer honestly, you’re going to do fine.

The entire WBI lasts about 30 minutes and consists of multiple choice questions and questions like the one above that have you rate how much you agree with a statement. Sometimes the answers are simply on a 1-5 scale, and some of the answers are set up as strongly disagree through strongly agree. At one point you only have 50 seconds to answer each questions and another point you only have 20-30 seconds. This is not to scare you away, but rather to make sure you put your gut answer. I personally like those questions the best because I don’t have time to sit and think about my answer and I do put the first answer that comes to mind, which usually reflects how you honestly feel.

Overall, the WBI is not hard and the majority of people pass it. The key is to give as many strong answers as possible. Be honest, but limit how many times you choose a neutral answer. Every once in a while is fine, but if you choose 3 or “neither disagree or agree” a lot, you will seem as if you haven’t put much reflection on your answers. I found a really great personality quiz that has similar questions to the WBI. Keep in mind that this is just a way to see the types of questions that may be asked and in no way reflects Disney’s system of evaluation, but the results are interesting if you choose to read them. Here is the link:

http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/

3. I found my roommate and apartment mates. How can I make sure we all live together?

As stated on the Disney College Program official website, you are allowed to request ONE roommate before you get there and that will be the person you share a bedroom with. Once you are accepted and log in to the password area of the site, you will see similar links to those on the regular CP site, but with more in-depth detail. In the housing link, there is information provided about how to request a roommate.

The Roommate Matching/Notification system will not let you do anything until 30 days before your arrival date. You can log in earlier, but it will tell you that your arrival group is not eligible so don’t be alarmed if you read that. Once it is 30 days before your arrival, you will have one of two options. If you know who you want to room with, only ONE person has to enter the other’s information. (If you both do it, the system will not match you.) The second person will receive a roommate request notification and upon accepting it, you will both be matched together. If you do not know who you want to room with, you can elect to be randomly matched to someone. You will be notified who your randomly assigned roommate is so that you can coordinate things to bring. If you choose to do nothing at all, you won’t find out who you’re living with until you get to Florida.

If you and your roommate have found another pair that you want to live with, make sure that you all have the same arrival date, otherwise you will not be able to live together. You also have to be in the same age category, either wellness or non-wellness. (If you are 21+ and want to live in a wellness apartment, you have to sign something that states there will be NO alcohol in the apartment, regardless of that fact that you are over 21.) If you do all have the same arrival and are in the same age category, the best way to get placed in the same apartment is to get to check-in early and stand in line together. If you tell the check-in staff that you all want to live in the same apartment, they are usually very accommodating and will place you together.

I hope this information helps! Have a magical day 🙂

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