The magic of the holiday season is all around us at Disneyland and all of the joy and happiness in the air makes this my favorite time of the year. This month also reminds me that our newest group of participants will be arriving soon, ready to begin their once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Whether you’ve lived far away from home before or have never been more than a few miles from your loved ones, arrival day will be filled with a lot of different emotions (for you and your family). Just remember, it’s perfectly fine to be nervous and have all of these emotions running wild through your mind.
To help calm your nerves and build some excitement, I’ve put together a few things to keep in mind as you’re preparing for your arrival day:
When should I arrive?
To get your internship started off on the right track, it’s very important that you arrive at your scheduled time assigned to you. Any other day during your program, arriving a little early is recommended, but for check-in day, we ask that you show up on time (or no more than 30 minutes early). That way, you’re not standing around in the heat all day, waiting for your scheduled time.
Once you get started, you’ll receive your housing assignment and set up your payroll deduction for your weekly housing payments. You’ll also have your photo taken for your Housing Property ID. Keep in mind that your weekly housing payments will be deducted as an automatic checking withdrawal, not from your weekly paycheck. We’ll help you set this up on arrival day.
What should I wear?
You’ve probably heard about our Disney Look guidelines, but we can’t stress enough the importance of these. You must be within these guidelines when you arrive, so double-check that your hair, makeup, jewelry and body modifications/tattoos all meet the guidelines.
You’ll receive plenty of information about our guidelines before your arrival, so don’t panic about finding the perfect outfit or look. At this time, your photo will be taken for your ID so make sure you’re not wearing a sleeveless or low-cut shirt.
Also, keep in mind that just because it’s January and below zero back home, doesn’t mean you’ll experience the same temps here. It can get very warm and it’s important to stay hydrated and dress appropriately for the weather.
Can my family or loved ones join me?
Of course! Just keep in mind that they will not be going through the check-in process with you and this can take up to 90 minutes. If they have the option to book a later flight in the day, I’d recommend it; that way, they can help you get settled in and not have to rush to the airport. Remember, this is Southern California and 25 miles is not 25 minutes!
There are nearby restaurants all within walking distance if they need somewhere to go while you’re checking in (including a Starbucks), or they can hang out in front of our building where we’ll have some refreshments and our Disneyland Family Guide so they can read all about your upcoming internship experience. Please encourage them to take one of these guides home as it has important information and phone numbers.
What should I pack?
Before your arrival, you’ll receive a packing list of things to bring for your internship. If you’re like me, you’ve probably set aside way more clothes than will possibly fit into your suitcase. I remember leaving my sweatshirts and pants at home because it couldn’t possibly be cold in California, right? I was wrong!
Remember to bring clothes suited for colder weather. It can be chilly in the morning and at night, but really warm in the afternoon. Even though all of your work clothes (we call them costumes) will be provided, make sure you bring professional attire for networking purposes. You will definitely need them while you’re here.
I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season and we can’t wait to welcome our newest arrivals to our Disney family. If you’re joining us in January…I’ll see ya real soon!