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By Undercover Diva

You’ve gotten into the Disney College Program and now you are eagerly awaiting your arrival date, so whats next? Ten days before your arrival date, or sometimes a little bit before that, you will receive your New Hire paper work in 2 different emails. The first will contain your user name and link to the paperwork and the second contains your password. I got them both at the same time but it is possible for their to be a delay in between them or you might get them out of order. If you don’t receive them at all, make sure you check your spam folder and if it’s under 10 days from your arrival you can call and let Disney know you haven’t gotten it yet. But don’t stress, you can do this paperwork the day you check in, so if you don’t get it at all, it’s not the end of the world. It just makes things a lot easier on your check in day.

To make things a lot easier, they recommend that you have the latest version of Adobe and I am here to second that. I didn’t so I ended up needing to download that first which took more time. Which is another thing I want to mention, make sure you give yourself plenty of time. I think it took me maybe an hour to and hour and a half to go through everything. You have to give stuff time to load and update so you want to make sure that you don’t try and do this while you are in a hurry. You also want to make sure that you read through everything especially if you are supposed to check or uncheck a box. You may think that you can skim things, but it’s best to just read it all. This part of the paperwork doesn’t have that much reading.
The first part of the paperwork is really just about your basic information. A lot of stuff will already be put in for you from your application and you will just need to check it and update any mistakes. You will also want to have a check ready so that you can get your routing number for direct deposits, if you want that. If you don’t have a check, you can get your routing number from your bank. The last part of this section is the e signature, which is the hardest thing you will ever do in your entire life. You have to sign your name using your mouse pad and stay in this little box. I’m pretty sure I had to redo it at least 5 times. And they give you a clear option if you mess up. Make sure you don’t hit this if you are happy with you signature! I did this twice and had to do it again! The send button is farther down the page so don’t hit the first button you see.

One of the forms to ‘Sign and Submit’

The last and longest section of the new hire paperwork is the forms section. Its a lot of ready and a lot of waiting for stuff to download. You have to double check that information is correct and you read about the different rules you have to follow. Don’t freak out and try to memorize everything. They will go over it with you again, they just want you to start to be familiar with the program and Disney guidelines. Once you get done with this section you should feel accomplished, because you are one step closer to your arrival date! Don’t fret about their not being a send or complete button at the end. Once you’ve signed something, it’s considered done. You may not feel like you are doing much, but you are so don’t stress.

This is what it looks like when you are finished

Something else that should be arriving about 10 days before you go to Disney is DORMS, which cleverly stands for Disney Onsite Resident Management System. It’s something new they’ve put in place starting with this Fall/Fall Advantage semester to help with rooming and the mess that is check in day. Before, if you wanted to room with people, you all had to show up together and wait in line hoping to maybe get a spot together. Check in day starts at 7 am and people would start getting there at 4 am to wait in line together. Sounds horrible, right? Well, luckily Disney is smart enough to come up with a way to get past that. Now you get DORMS, which asks you preferences such as wellness (under 21) or non-wellness (21 and up), where you want to live and who you want to live with. Depending on availability, you can room with up to 6 people, but you should all turn your DORMS in at the same time so that no one gets left out of the system. You also pick your top three places you want to live, or if you have decided to live in non-Disney housing. Of course, both the roommate and housing sections have a “I’m Adventurous” option which means you are giving Disney Housing permission to chose who you live with and where. You may be placed in a group of people who are established already, you may be placed with people from another arrival date, it all depends on where they have openings. I saw a lot of people who were actually really interested in this option. Be aware that even though you think you have the perfect group picked out, you may not get to live with them. My arrival date had a bunch of people who wanted 6 roommates, but we were told that we would only be able to link with 4 total. That left a lot of people to rethink their rooming situation. I’ve also heard rumors that the arrival date after me couldn’t link with anyone, they are basically all going in “adventurous”. I’m not sure if this is true or if Disney found a way to resolve this, but just know the system isn’t flawless yet. Like I said, it’s brand new and I’m sure that it’s fixed a lot of problems, but obviously caused a couple new ones. But remember, you get to work for Disney, so why not be adventurous?! Isn’t the whole thing going to be an adventure anyway? If something happens to your plans, take a deep breath and remember that you are going to work at the happiest place on earth. It will all turn out good in the end. And if you get separated from a group you like, you can always meet up in the park or for movie nights or something. Just make the most of the wonderful opportunity you’ve been given!

Finished and ready for check in day!

Jen loves everything about Disney and hopes to one day be a performer for the company. She has done the Disney College Program and has been on multiple auditions, as well as had the experience of going to the parks in both Florida and California.