We know there is a lot of concern right now surrounding Disney Cast Members who are a part of the Disney College Program and several other Disney programs due to new developments in Disney’s preventative measures regarding the spread of coronavirus. We wanted to share this especially helpful article from Disney Tourist Blog that provides more details for this situation, as well as some information about how many companies are helping students from schools and college programs all around the country during these hard times.
We know that Tom Bricker (the author of Disney Tourist Blog) is extremely diligent when it comes to relaying the facts of any topic as we have been reading his blog for a long time now, and for that reason we trust what he has to say in this article.
We encourage you to read this Disney Tourist Blog article and check out some of the resources for students that are provided in the article, but here’s a brief summary of some of the information that a lot of people are wondering about right now (Tom includes the official statement from Disney in his article, so any info we’ve listed below regarding their programs comes directly from that statement):
- The Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program, Disney Cultural Program, and Disney Academic Exchange Program will be temporarily suspended starting March 16, 2020 (according to the statement, this also includes International Cast Members in Guest Relations)
- Disney College Program housing complex buildings will be closing and residents will need to leave these buildings by March 18, 2020 at 11:00AM
- The Disney Company will continue to pay all Disney Program participants through the end of the month
- Remaining weekly housing deductions for Disney Program participants have also been waived
- Each participate will be given a successful program completion
This is a very difficult time for so many, and we are so sad for all of the Cast Members will have to end their programs and employment with the Disney Company earlier than expected. Emotions are understandably high right now and disappointment of any kind is always incredibly difficult to experience, but we also are grateful to see that so many companies, including Disney, are trying their best to keep people safe in these uncertain times.
As Tom talks about in his article, so many students across the country find themselves in this same position of no longer having housing and needing to find a way back home, and we can imagine this was a difficult decision for every organization and company to make. We are also so sad for all of the students around the country – especially the seniors – who have had their tournaments, performances, and all other activities suddenly canceled for the rest of the school year.
As incredibly hard as this all is, we are still hopeful that all of these measures will go a long way to help keep everyone safe and healthy. We are also grateful that Disney will continue to provide pay and waive fees for their program participants, and that so many companies like U-Haul, Enterprise, and Frontier Airlines (see the Disney Tourist Blog article) are doing what they can to help students everywhere.
We continue to pray for everyone affected and that all will return to normal sooner than expected. While we wait, we will continue to share the joy and magic of the parks on our website and on our social media and hope that we will all be back in the parks having fun again soon.