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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

check-in, casting, and a trip to dinoland: my first 48 hours on the dcp

hello from gorgeous chatham square!

Hello friends!  As you can imagine, I am finally... FINALLY... officially back on the Disney College Program!

My check-in appointment was at 10:00 in the morning, I made an effort to wake up closer to 7 to ensure I'd have enough time to shower, eat, and travel to Chatham Square from All-Star Sports.  When you check-in to your Disney College Program, you'll have to arrive at your designated apartment complex as close to the time listed on your itinerary as possible.  They'll turn you away if you are more than 10 minutes early!  Personally, my check-in time was super late-- it was one of the latest time slots they scheduled, by the time I was finished with my check-in appointment, they had taken down the check-in desk in front of the Clubhouse!

I, personally, took a Lyft from Sports to Chatham at the suggestion of the incredible Bell Services CMs.  Lyfts are technically not allowed in the complexes, and although they were temporarily allowed in for CPs who were moving in, I had my Lyft park just outside Chatham and lugged my bags through security, where I was asked to show my itinerary that proved I would be checking in that day at that time.  From there, I was directed to the Chatham check-in location, which was the Clubhouse over by the field where many Housing events are hosted!

Check-in is a super easy process with so many friendly CMs to help you along the way!  First, you get your Program guide, which has the key to your apartment and your apartment assignment information taped to the back of it.  Then, you get your photo taken for your housing ID.  Then, you check in with a Cast Member who gives you some information on how to get to Casting, what to bring to Casting, and a few of the most important Housing policies that you absolutely need to know.  Finally, you'll receive your Program ID and another Cast Member will ask you if you're aware of the educational offerings and give you a few goodies before you leave: a magnet and a lanyard with a wallet!

That's it.  That's the whole process.  Super easy, all you need to bring is a government-issued ID like a Driver's License to show a few of the CMs.

When that was over, it was time for me to move into my new home for the next seven months!

I honestly could not feel any happier about how this living situation worked out.  At first, I was apprehensive about moving into Chatham, but finding out that I would be living in a 4-bedroom, 8-person apartment made everything better.  This was Brianna (my linked roomie who brought worms on a string and is my favorite human alive) and I's third overall housing choice after both Vista apartments, so we were thrilled when we received our assignment!  We live in a building connected to a laundry room by the field, the clubhouse, and not too far from the bus stop or service center either, so it really feels like I won the lottery.

We currently live with five incredible roomies, and we're planning on having a fun roomie day today.  I love this living situation so far and I'm so happy our housing assignment has worked out so well for us!

Here's my half of the room I share with Brianna:

I'm really happy with how my room came out.  Since I flew down, I obviously didn't have as much room to pack as many decorations as I wanted, but I adore this simple design that incorporates my ear collection!  My sheets are Lilly Pulitzer Orchid from PB Teen and my comforter is from Target!  I used these command hooks to hang up most of the ears and these command hooks to hang up the bulkier ears.

I went on a Target run with Brianna, unpacked my room, and at 3:15, I had to head to my Casting appointment!

Casting is another part of the DCP check-in process.  This is where you'll head to the Walt Disney World Casting office, fill out some paperwork, have your fingerprints scanned, and get a photo taken for your company ID.  There are so many friendly Cast Members helping to facilitate this process and I loved getting to talk to all of them!

This is my favorite building in Disney.  Backstage pictures and pictures in the offices are not allowed, but don't be afraid to get pics of the artwork and statues in the lobby!

The rest of the day was kind of rough.  I didn't really have time to get groceries, I was feeling super overwhelmed, and was just generally absorbed in all of those hard feelings I wrote about in my last post.  I ordered Dominos and hung out at Emily's apartment for a few hours before I went to sleep.

When I woke up yesterday morning, my friend Sarah wanted to hang out.  Sarah was a friend I did theatre with in high school, and now she's also a Magic Kingdom Character Attendant!  We went to Animal Kingdom and we had the perfect day together.  It was the perfect temperature, it wasn't too crowded, we went on a few rides, had some good things to eat, and met a few really great character friends!  We love the Dino-Bash!

I really, really needed to spend that day with Sarah.  She is such an amazing friend and even offered to bring me to Wal-Mart on our way back so that I could pick up a few groceries for the apartment.  After spending such a perfect DAK day with her, I finally started to feel content and comfortable in Orlando again.  The intrusive thoughts are now starting to finally minimize now and I'm so excited to start training!

Today, we'll probably do some fun roomie things before heading off to a Monster's University-themed Welcome Event that housing is putting on!  Tomorrow, I'm going to go to Epcot with Timmy to have a meal at Garden Grill and celebrate the International Festival of the Arts.  Friday is my Traditions class!

Things are so exciting and I'm so happy to be here.


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