It is certainly no secret that the living experience is a critical component to our participants’ overall experience on the program and no doubt, an extraordinary one as well.

Therefore, it is our primary goal when placing participants in their housing assignment to meet individual needs and preferences based on information provided to us by participants prior to their arrival.

Approximately 14 days prior to arrival, all Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program, and Disney International Programs participants at the Walt Disney World Resort will receive an email message with information on accessing DORMS (Disney Onsite Resident Management System), our housing pre-registration site.

[box type=”alert” icon=”none”]Be sure to add to your address book to ensure delivery of your invitation to pre-register. [/box]

Within DORMS, participants may be able to indicate preferences for:

  • Apartment Community (apartment complex)
  • Unit size
  • Name(s) and roommate number(s) of individuals with whom they would like to live


We will do our best to accommodate all preferences, but we cannot guarantee any specific placement requests.


How We Assign Apartments & Roommates

Participants who request to live in the same apartment must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in pre-registration status (received DORMS pre-registration email with Roommate ID)
  • Share the same departure date
  • Same Gender
  • All occupants over / under the age of 21*

Participants living in our housing complexes who are under the age of 21 upon arrival will automatically be placed in an Alcohol Prohibited apartment (no alcohol permitted at any time).

Participants who are over the age of 21 and wish to live in an Alcohol Prohibited apartment may request this during the housing pre-registration process; this exception requires the participant to sign a form acknowledging that no alcohol is allowed in the unit.




Because participants will now arrive with their Housing paperwork and will already have an apartment assignment, upon arrival participants will immediately pick up their keys and begin the move in process.

  • Participants are no longer asked during check-in for their apartment complex and unit size preferences since this information is collected in DORMS prior to arrival.
  • In order to request to reside with multiple people in a single apartment unit, it is not necessary to check-in together
  • Those choosing to line up at 7am will have no advantage over anyone arriving later in the day in regards to obtaining an apartment or roommate of choice. Everyone has an equal opportunity to indicate their preferences prior to arrival in DORMS.
Participants who did not complete the pre-registration process will not be placed pre-arrival and will be processed in a ‘stand-by’ queue.

Upon arrival they will be asked to log-in, pre-register and print out arrival documents prior to placement. As placement will have already occurred, unit availability will be very limited to those that arrive without pre-registering.

We strongly encourage everyone to participate in Housing pre-registration.



How DORMS Works

Below is a step-by-step guide to the DORMS system complete with screenshots and tips on completing each section.

Click to expand each section.

Logging In
Participant Profile Page
Vehicle Decal Agreement
Forms Pages
Roommate Preferences
Housing Preferences
Onboarding Pass for Check-in
Changing Pre-Registration Preferences


I hope this overview of the pre-registration process has been helpful and answered questions you may have had.  All of us are looking forward to welcoming all future participants to one of our apartment complexes!

Chris, Disney Internships & Programs Communications