The fall recruiting season for the Disney College Program is in full swing and I’m thrilled to see all of the excitement that many of you have about the possibility of working at the Disneyland Resort! Filling out the application and starting the recruiting process is exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming.

One thing that makes this process easier is to have a better understanding about what you’re applying for. If you’ve already applied for the Disneyland Resort program in California, you’ve probably noticed that we’re currently recruiting for two different seasons; the Spring and Spring Advantage programs. But since they both take place during the exact same time, what’s the difference?



This program takes place from January to August 2016 and includes our housing component where you’ll spend your internship living in Carnegie Plaza with other Disney College Program participants.


Carnegie Plaza is located less than two miles from the Disneyland Resort, in the heart of downtown Anaheim. Our housing participants share an apartment with up to seven other roommates.  The cost to live in this apartment complex is $140 per week, per person, and it includes your utilities.   Residents have access to some incredible onsite amenities, such as the beautiful second floor courtyard and common area, a fitness room and the ability to check out games, movies and beach equipment for no cost.

Parking spots are provided for our housing residents, so you can bring your car if you want, but it’s not required.

Spring Advantage

This program also takes place from January to August 2016, but it’s designed for local participants and requires you to provide your own housing for the duration of your internship.

This is a great option for students who currently live in Southern California and near the Disneyland Resort. Our local participants will not only continue to live at home, but they’ll also be able to participate in the Disney College Program and commute to work each day. Plus, they’ll even have the chance to take part in all of our weekly activities and special events.

Local (and resident) participants must have full availability during the season, which means you can expect to be scheduled to work any day of the week, including days, nights, holidays and weekends.

Keep in mind that if you live outside of the Anaheim area (including out of state), it can be very challenging (and expensive) to find your own apartment in Southern California that offers a lease that matches up with the exact dates of your internship, so the Spring program may be the best option for you.


Even though we have some participants living onsite at Carnegie Plaza and others living offsite in the local community, we do our best to make sure both groups of participants are actively involved in the program and are having an incredible, rewarding experience.


All of our participants will take mandatory educational classes and have the opportunity to take part in career development workshops, VoluntEAR activities and weekly special events. This month, our current group of participants will blast off on a private backstage tour of Space Mountain, witness the glitz and glam of Hollywood on an exclusive tour and catch an Angels game…and that’s only the beginning of the fun they’ll have throughout their program!

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding about which season would work the best for you. Before your interview, make sure to do your research and know whether you’re interested in applying for the Spring or Spring Advantage program. Being prepared with this information is very important and it’ll give you more time in the interview to talk about other things, such as your work experience and about you!

Brandon, Disney College Program, Disneyland Resort Housing