2020 has been a year of massive change for the Disney College Program. The wildly popular program that places university and college students and graduates (or CPs) from around the world in jobs at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Florida, was temporarily suspended due to the global pandemic and will return at a later date with some new changes.
Before the program suspension, CPs commonly resided in one of the four Disney-owned housing complexes, each equipped with a service centre, computer lab, swimming pool and gym. Three of the four complexes (Chatham, Patterson and The Commons) are now being converted into living spaces that can be rented out by the general public. The original and oldest complex (Vista Way) is expected to be maintained as accommodation for future College Program employees.
A new housing complex is being built with more features and amenities than any of the previous complexes. The Flamingo Crossings Village will be available to accommodate all types of Disney cast members, not just CPs. The complex will feature a 24-hour community centre, 24-hour fitness centre, gaming area, multiple pools and multi-purpose rooms.
Each apartment will have an electronic key entry system, fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, smart TV in the living room, air conditioning, and ceiling fans in the bedrooms. The apartments will house 2-8 cast members with rent being automatically deducted from weekly paychecks.
The Disney College Program will recommence once the company deems it safe and appropriate. Given these changes, the new DCP experience will undoubtedly be different from previous years.