Whether you're visiting the parks as a guest or just enjoying the parks on your day off as a cast member, dressing up for the parks is half the fun!
T-shirts are the easiest way to show off your Disney side. You can buy them anywhere, at the Disney Parks, online, Disney Stores, other stores, you can also buy unique and customized ones on Etsy, or even make your own! My favorite is my classic Mickey Mouse t-shirt, but I also love my star wars one and my many many DCP t-shirts.
Now that you've been accepted you're probably thinking about all the fun you'll be having, and the most inexpensive way to have all that fun! In addition to the complimentary tickets you'll receive (you can learn more about those here), there are lots more discounts to take advantage of as a cast member.
You can find discounts on food if you know where to look. You receive cast member discounts from many local restaurants, always ask when you go out to eat. My favorite outside vendor discounts are 20% off at Ghirardeli, $2 Wetzel's Pretzels, and $4.99 buffet at Cici's pizza. Most dining locations in Disney springs offer cast member discounts. You can also find discounts at some Disney operated dining locations:
40% off at:
ESPN Club at The Boardwalk Resort (lunch only, Monday - Friday)
Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian (lunch only)
Olivia's Cafe at The Old Key West Resort (Breakfast and Lunch)
Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas (Lunch)
Captain's Grille at The Yacht Club (lunch only)
Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness Resort (breakfast and lunch, this is my favorite!)
Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk (breakfast only)
The Wave at the Contemporary Resort (Breakfast and lunch)
Wispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge (Lunch only)
As more and more people are being accepted every week, a common question being asked is "how do complementary tickets work?" This article will be a part of a series (featured in a new "getting started" tab) about perks and benefits of the Disney College Program. You'll also see articles on discounts, events, classes, and more. This article will answer the who, what, where, when, and how of using the tickets, as well as how to earn them.
What are free tickets? What do they do?
During the course of your program, you will earn a number of tickets. Each ticket is loaded onto its own card, card design pictured at the top of this article. Each ticket, each card, is good for one person to get into the parks (as many as they want) for one day. You can use them all on the same person or all on different people, all on the same day or all on different days, or any combination of people and days. I used four to take my sister with me to the parks for 4 days during spring break and 3 to take my best friend with me to the parks in May.
During my 2016 college program I conquered fears that have been haunting me my entire life. When I started my program I was terrified of rides that go high, spin, get wet, go fast, and definitely those that go upside down! My favorite ride was Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I refused to go on Splash Mountain, the Teacups, the Tower of Terror, and certainly any and all roller coasters.
My dear friends Robert and Sarah took me to Magic Kingdom for the first time the day after my Traditions class. After riding Pirates of the Caribbean they talked me into riding Splash Mountain (and tricked me about when the big drop many many times) and I loved it! After a snack I let them talk me into Big Thunder Mountain. While waiting in the line I got more and more scared I became but I didn't chicken out! I was not such as much a fan of this ride. I was eager to try riding it again but not for a long while.
This week has been eventful to say the least! Last Tuesday my toe was numb after work, and it's still not quite right, I don't know why. I thought that would be the biggest event of my week...boy do I wish it was!
I finally finished my custodial training on Thursday, only to find out I need to be recast because a drivers license is required for the role. All this after working eight days straight! Phew!
After I got off work on Thursday I was ecstatic to finally get to play in the parks the next two days without having to worry about working later. But that was not how my "weekend" would play out! I woke up bright and early Friday morning and found myself puking! (Code V as we call it here.) I spent the entire day lying in bed with a high fever and a few more episodes of code v. The next day continued with the fever, getting up to 104.5 degrees. The next day I still had a fever and was too dizzy to walk, which meant I had to call in sick to work. (eeek! Nooo!!!) That night my roommate took me to the emergency room and they pumped fluids into me (so I could walk straight again), and we figured out I had a bladder infection. I was ordered a round on antibiotics and 3 days rest.
Today is my second of those three days rest. I'm still a little dizzy and having a hard time eating but the antibiotics are starting to work. It's all been an adventure (with lots of crying)! I'm ready to go back to playing in the parks and working again! After the stye in my eye goes away. (just a little gift today to top it off!)
Stay safe! Stay healthy!
I arrived almost 2 weeks ago, so I wanted to share an update on how things are going. The first week I didn't get to do much, I had a few general meetings about housing, being resort custodial, and paperwork. I had my first training class called Traditions, where I learned about the company. During that I received my name tag, the iconic sign of Disney cast member, and my card that gives me access to the parks.
The day after Traditions, Sunday, was my favorite day by far since I've been here! My new friends Robert and Sarah took me to Magic Kingdom for the first time, and we went to church that night. I had a great time finally riding attractions I've been avoiding my whole life. The day, and finally being in Magic Kingdom, was great fun, but by far the best part of the day was spending time in fellowship with these two wonderful people! I look forward to many more adventures with them!
A few other updates: I got my first choice apartment, a 6 person 3 bedroom in Chatham (although there are only 5 of us right now), which is the cheapest and closest to the buses. My roommates are nice but it's interesting because they all knew they were going to be roommates before arriving, so I was the random thrown in, so I'm kind of the outsider right now as I get to know them. I started working at my location yesterday (after 4 days of classroom type trainings) and it's going well, my coworkers are nice and spoil me a little bit. I'm excited to start working on my own in a week. All in all, everything is going well and I'm excited for the next 4 months.