Monday, May 10, 2010

I just got a reminder from my college team representative with some reminders, so I figured I would share them with you.

Here are some things that you MUST bring with you:
+ State issued ID/driver's licence and social security card/birth certificate OR a passport--these are needed for the I-9 form and you need your photo ID to receive your Disney ID.  If you have any questions about the I-9 for, click here.
+ Professional Disney Look clothing--this is needed for Traditions, orientation, and classes.
+ Dress shoes--sneakers, Uggs, and flip flops are NOT the Disney Look!
+ Linens, linens, linens
+ Jacket/coat--Florida is pretty warm, but it could get chilly at night or during the "winter"
+ Ethernet cord or wireless router--you may be able to leech a signal off another apartment, but if NOBODY brings a router, then everyone is out of luck
+ Sunscreen:  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Things you should know:
+ Avoid Walmart on arrival days--you'll never get on it
+ If you live at Chatham or Patterson, Walgreens and Publix are 10 minutes away (walking)
+ Goodings is overpriced!
+ Check the donation bins when you arrive
+ The I-Ride trolley stops at the Premium Outlets located next to the Commons. This trolley goes up and down International Drive, hits most Orlando tourist destinations, several malls, and costs $1 each way. (Ask for student rates! Some drivers only charge students 25 cents!) It’s a great way to check out some non-Disney activities, including Sea World, Aquatica & Wet’n’Wild.
+ Get a Sea World Fun Card--it costs the same as a 1-day park pass but is good until the end of the calendar year
+ There's no easy way to get to Universal Studios without a car--take a cab, it's much faster than the 2 hour bus ride (111 Lynx bus at Downtown Disney and transfer to the 37 Lynx bus at Florida Mall)
+ Get your Disney discount book ASAP
+ Don't bring candles, incense, weapons (real or fake), drug paraphernalia, pets, bikes, or mini fridges 
+ The apartment is fully furnished, but the only appliances you have are a stove, oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher--talk to your roommates about going in together and buying a cheap toaster or blender if you need one
+ Learn military time--your work and bus schedule are written in it
+ Have a roommate meeting the first day
+ At some point, you will ruin someone's vacation--it happens to everyone, so don't take it personally
+ Put the call-in number in your cell phone as soon as you get it
+ Don't call-in too much!
+ CPs don't get a discount at quick-service restaurants but they do at resorts--it's usually 20% but you have to let them know that you're a cast member when making the reservation or upon check-in and if you don't, they don't have to offer you the discount
+ Check out the networking opportunities--there is a calendar under the Develoopment Connection link on the HUB
+ Take an earlier bus to your first day of work, ideally one that gets you there 45 minutes before your shift starts. You can figure out during your training how much time you’ll need between getting off the bus and getting to your location and see if a later bus is an option. (If you work at MK, it’s not.)
+ Visit the Florida beaches if you can
+ Do the things you've always wanted to try
+ Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Most of this stuff is on the official site already. Some of the stuff that isn't on the official site isn't entirely accurate. Most stuff that talks about the hub/discounts/etc is stuff you will have access to when you arrive and isn't anything you need to know/have access to before you get there. And there are 3 Wal-Marts, 2 Targets, Sam's , BJs, and CostCo in the area.
    Trust me, take anything that campus reps say with a grain of salt. they don't have any inside scoop and unless they were on the program very recently are probably relaying out of date info. even then, the program changes so much, it is probably out of date. stick to the official site and stick to the info that you get when you check in. other than that, ignore what alumni tell you.