The Disney College Program (DCP) is ending abruptly next week at Walt Disney World, due to the resort’s closure for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In an post shared with DCP cast members (CPs), all participants are required to collect their belongings and depart their housing complexes by March 18 at 11 a.m. Many of the Disney College Program housing complexes will then be closing.
Walt Disney World will also be temporarily suspending the DCP, Disney Culinary Program, Disney Cultural Exchange Program, and Disney Academic Exchange Program due to the coronavirus closures, effective March 16. This will also include international cast members (ICPs) in Guest Relations roles.
All CPs will be paid through the end of the month, and weekly housing “rent” deductions will be waived, effective immediately. Each participant will be given a “successful” program completion status in the event that they want to pursue future employment opportunities with The Walt Disney Company.
Future opportunities with the Disney College Program are unknown at this time.
UPDATE – March 15, 2020: Since they have been blocked out during their term, Disney College Program cast members are unblocked from Disney’s Hollywood Studios today.
UPDATE – March 16, 2020: Disney has shared a new message to participants saying that they will work with students after the abrupt announcement and that “no one will be without accommodations”:
Stay tuned for more updates as we receive them, and check out our regularly-updating page with all current major theme park closures in the U.S.