Here are a few suggestions and reminders about what to bring and what to leave at home.
Bring Money for Your First Few Weeks
Paychecks are issued each Thursday for the previous work week (an old joke among Cast Members is that Epcot actually stands for “Every Paycheck Comes on Thursday”). It is possible that you may not receive your first pay check until 1 ½ weeks after you check-in. That first check will only be for your arrival week and you may have only worked 1-3 days in total. I’d suggest bringing $350- $400 with you to get through the first couple of weeks. Remember, you will need to buy food, other personal items, and shoes/socks for work.
Things to Leave at Home
- Pets of any type (this includes fish)
- Bikes (the housing complexes do not have storage facilities or paths)
- Candles (fire codes prohibit exposed flames)
- Weapons of any type
- Hookah pipes / drug paraphernalia
It is OK to bring skateboards, in-line skates, or roller skates. Keep in mind that these are not permitted to be used within the housing complexes, though.
Bring “Essential” Electronics/Appliances
If you are like me and can’t get your morning started without a cup of coffee, you’ll need to bring a coffee maker. To have a wireless internet connection in your apartment, you’ll need to bring a wireless router (there is a DSL modem in each apartment). If you are a gamer, don’t forget your gaming console.
Most importantly, don’t forget any necessary cables, remotes. plugs, controllers, or chargers.
Review the Information You Have Available to You One Last Time
I’m sure that you have probably been through every page of the onboarding site at some point over the last few weeks. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to give it another look. Especially the “Pre-Arrival Checklist” located on the “Overview” page within the “Pre-Arrival Information” section.
Also be sure to read over some of our other blog articles that discuss packing and arriving in Florida:
Feel free to email email@example.com or submit a comment below if you have any last minute questions.
Chris, Communications Team, Disney Internships & Programs