Congratulations! Some of you have already accepted an offer to join our Disneyland College Program in the spring and many more will receive an offer over the next few months. We can’t wait to welcome you to our Disney family in early January!
As you start preparing for your move to California and the beginning of your life-changing internship, we know that you’ll have a lot of questions along the way. One of the most popular questions we receive each season is about transportation and how you’ll get around Southern California during your program.
My biggest piece of advice is this: if you have the ability to bring your car, bring it. Disneyland® Resort is about two miles away from Carnegie Plaza (our housing complex) and that can be a long walk, especially late at night after your shift. We have access to parking garages around the apartment and everyone with a vehicle will be assigned a parking spot (free of charge, subject to change).
Keep in mind, as a Disneyland participant, you’re also required to take educational classes during your internship, which are held throughout the resort. Classes generally take place in the morning and it’s easier and more convenient to drive (preferably carpool) each day.
Plus, it’s Southern California! There are so many exciting things to see and do in our community and you’ll definitely want your vehicle to explore. Many of our participants will spend a day off at the beach or visiting nearby Hollywood or Los Angeles. Are you a sports fan? We have plenty of professional sports options that are an easy drive away. Take advantage of your time in California.
Many of you are probably thinking, “I’m not able to bring a car, how will I be able to get to work and class every day?” Don’t worry…that’s okay!
One option is to take the public bus to Disneyland Resort every day. We have a bus stop a block or so away from our apartment complex and you’d be surprised how many of our participants ride it every day. The best thing is, it’s free for Disneyland cast members!
Once you arrive, you can sign up for our Commuter Assistance Program and you’ll get a complimentary bus pass for your program. Every day you use it and log your commutes through their program, you’ll even receive money back on your paycheck for utilizing smart transportation options!
Just remember, while this option is really convenient, it’s also a public bus, which means that it’s not just for our participants. Anyone can use this transportation, so it’s not uncommon to be on the bus with guests heading to Disneyland for the day or people who work in nearby shops or restaurants.
Another option is to walk or ride a bike. Do you remember how many miles away we are from Disneyland? That’s right…two miles. Our weather is generally beautiful and many of our participants love this option because it can actually be quicker than taking the bus. We even have secure bike lockers at the apartment complex and on property for you to store your bike. Just be aware that some of your shifts may end late and traffic can be pretty hectic. Also, Carnegie Plaza is located in Downtown Anaheim, so if you plan on walking, I highly recommend walking with a group of people.
If you just cannot bring a car but none of these other options seem like something you’re interested in, you can always try and carpool with some of your roommates or friends you meet on the program. It can be a little challenging because you may not have the exact same work schedule, but this option works great for getting to class.
When you first arrive, you’ll have a few days where you won’t be working or have many scheduled activities. Make sure to think about your transportation options and actually take the commute once or twice before you start working. You’ll get a good feel for what works for you and it’s one less thing you’ll need to worry about.