The big day is finally here and our 2016 spring participants have arrived in Southern California to begin their life-changing experience at the Disneyland Resort. Many of them left sub-zero temperatures back home and arrived to picture-perfect weather, filled with blue skies and plenty of sunshine.

Here in the Programs Office, arrival day is always a special day, because it’s the very beginning of an incredible adventure for the hundreds of eager college students we host every season.

The housing participants were the first to arrive and we began the day with an orientation session so we could officially welcome them, introduce them to the Disney College Program Housing team and share with them some of the exclusive events and opportunities that they’ll have the chance to take part in during their stay. Our housing participants will live in Carnegie Plaza, which is our apartment complex located a few miles from the Disneyland Resort.

Our local participants began their journey a few days later and everyone welcomed them with a pizza party, filled with giveaways, photo opportunities and plenty of laughter and fun. The local participants already live in the Anaheim area and will be utilizing their own housing during their internship. Even though they’ll live at home during their program, they’ll still be able to participate in all of our Disney College Program events and activities throughout the season.

During the spring program, all of our participants will work in various roles throughout the Disneyland Resort. Plus, they’ll also have the opportunity to take part in numerous career development workshops, participate in our exclusive weekly events and backstage tours, and have the chance to get involved in the Disney VoluntEARS program.

Educational classes are mandatory for our California-based participants, so everyone will take courses while they’re here that focus on expanding their knowledge and are designed to enhance their professional career after the program. Participants can also sign up for classes that help with résumé writing, interviewing skills and networking.

We have so many amazing things planned for our participants this season and I can’t wait to get started! If you want to follow along in all of our exciting adventures, make sure to follow us on Instagram (@DLRCollegeProgram) and Twitter (@DLR_CP).

If your dream is to one day participate in the Disney College Program, you’re in luck! Our recruiting season for the fall program is now underway. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

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