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Missed the Application for the Disney College Program? Here’s What to Know Next Season!

Applications for the upcoming season of the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort close at midnight (EST) on April 1, 2022. While this one-of-a-kind internship has become increasingly flexible with its arrival and departure dates over the years, the program still runs on distinct seasons, and if you miss the application window for one of them, you’ll need to wait for the next one to try applying again. There is some good news though, if you are interested in participating in the Disney College Program but did not make it in time for the next season of arrival dates. Here’s why you might be glad you’re waiting…

More roles should be available next time

Peter Pan and Wendy

Credit: Disney

Since the Disney College Program returned during the reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort, not all of the roles that were previously offered have been made available yet. Notable roles from previous seasons that were still missing from the most recent application were Character Attendant and Performer, Minnie Van drivers, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Disney recently announced that traditional character meet and greets will be returning to US theme parks beginning in phases on April 18, 2022. Even though they will return later this month, the roles of Character Attendant and Character Performer were not offered during the last application cycle, so while CPs (College Program participants) may be arriving in the coming weeks, they will not be working with characters. Of course, with meet and greets definitely being back for the following Disney College Program season, these roles will likely be back on the application.

Minnie Van

Credit: Disney Fanatic

Minnie Vans, the rideshare service operated in partnership with Lyft that transports Guests around Walt Disney World, has also been on hiatus since the parks and resorts began to reopen, but Disney has confirmed that it will return this summer. In the past, this role was actually a favorite for CPs who enjoyed the close interaction with Guests. And, while it did not make it on the last application, it should be back on the next one.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has not had an official reopening date announced so far, but we would speculate that it might be soon. As a high-touch experience, it is understandable why this magical prince and princess salon is taking so long to return, but given that it has already returned to Disney Cruise Line, it would not be surprising if it were back at Walt Disney World soon and available as a role on the next Disney College Program application.

Cultural Representatives are returning soon

Cultural Representatives

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One of the most unique aspects of the Disney College Program is getting the chance to live, work, and befriend other students from around the world. For current CPs, this was not possible as the Cultural Representative program was paused, but Disney just announced that it will be returning in phases.

Want to know when applications drop?

We’ll share a post here on Disney Fanatic when applications are released for the next season of the Disney College Program, but for the latest updates, you may also want to follow Disney Programs on social media. In addition to the Disney College Program, those socials will give you updates on Professional Internship opportunities for interested students around the Walt Disney World Resort. You can follow Disney Programs for updates from Disney College Program recruiters on Facebook here, and on Twitter here.

The Disney College Program gives students from across the country (and soon from around the world!) the chance to live, learn, and earn at Walt Disney World. Students live in company-sponsored housing at Flamingo Crossings, and work in a variety of roles in Disney parks and resorts including Attractions, Merchandise, Recreation, Custodial, and Quick-Service Food and Beverage, to name a few. While on the program, they may also take college and seminar-style courses to receive college credit based on the requirements of their individual institutions.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."