Vista way

So I have been living in vista way for over a month. And I think you guys could do with some home truths in the making of your decision for which housing complex to choose.

I met a few people who had done the Disney college program before and they advised me that Chatham square is THE apartment block to live in. However when I got the dorms email I believe I must have missed a check box that indicated preference to apartment block or number of people. Because when I arrived I discovered I had been placed in vista way. Initially this was a disappointment however I am ever a positive person so I refused to allow it to ruin the start of my Disney experience.

So it’s been over a month and a half since all six of us moved in together. Vista way is actually an awesome place to live, there is always people around and things to do. The rent is the cheapest out of all the apartment blocks. It does have its Down falls it has a bad reputation and the kitchens are tiny and the Apartments are old and crappy. But I enjoy living here and I enjoy the extra $6 a week in my paycheck that I save on rent. It is really no different than a student flat.


There is a dollar store, a drive through Starbucks, dunkin donuts, Wendy’s, chick fil a, and Walgreens just next door which is awesome. Many people also go on party buses on Thursdays but I have heard terrible things so I am afraid to venture out on them. Generally it is under 21 territory.

We have apartment inspections from 3rd of October till 14th of October, which sucks so for 11 days we have to keep the apartment spotless, no dishes on the bench, no rubbish in the bin, etc blergh !!!!!!

There are some who like to believe that their program is better because they live in a ‘newer’ complex, but you just have to have a think and see that does it really matter where your are living? if it doesnt leak or cause any other issues then what is the problem?

Work costume and bedroom

Life over here is both exactly what I expected and completely different at the same time. I am having a blast, meeting new people, playing in the parks and enjoying working. I am spendign lots of time at Disney university at the moment, as i have completed my stint as front desk at the All Star Resorts. I am now in training for Lobby Concierge, this involves a 3 day course at Disney University and then 5 days of on the job training, followed by another day at D.U. for cast apps training and then a transportation tour. After all that i will be officially trained and on my own as a concierge at the all star resorts. this means i have the chance to realise a dream of mine which is to work at as many of the resorts as possible.

i also found out (though im not sure if it applies to ICP’s) that after 6 months you can request a location change. so we shall see, this has its pros and cons. The All Star’s are a value resort and because of this it is pretty laid back in how posh you have to be. it is not a Disneys Vacation Club resort, nor does it have to maintain any diamond awards. this means i can just focus on the guests rather than whether or not i handed the guest everything in the right order e.t.c. so im thinking maybe ill just pick up shifts at other resorts instead of moving 🙂




Criminal Check

One of the steps required for the Walt Disney World International Program is to get a Criminal/Background check. Disney requires this so they can verify that you are ssomeone that they feel comfortable employing, as well as being able to sponser for the J1 Visa to enter and work within the United States.

This back ground check requirement is not to be acquired before 6 months prior to your arrival at Disney otherwise it is considered invalid and you will need to obtain a new one.

I received an email from Disney on the 5th of February 2013 asking me to begin looking into acquiring my criminal history check, which I would then submit to Yummy Travel.

For New Zealanders follow this link :

For Australians follow this link :

There are several differences between the Australian and New Zealand requirements. One fo the main ones being that the Australians have to pay for their criminal check whereas New Zealanders do not.

Ok. So applying for the criminal check is relatively straight forward. In the email Disney states that you do not have to do step 3. This confused me but what I believe it pertains to it the letter asking for the criminal check to be hand signed and on an official letterhead.  However I did this anyway as I was worried about it being of importance to the visa which required that.

So I scrawled a few line on some spare paper shoved my application form, a copy of my passport and 2 passport photos into an envelope and sent it off to the government. I finally received it on the 20th of February. Many people had a long wait for theirs and it can take up to a month so try not to panic or stress too much.


Small confession…. I have stressed and worried at all stages of prepareing for this internship. It is the single biggest thing in my life at the moment and one point where my life can suddenly take many different and exciting paths. Because of this I am always worried that 1 small thing will mess it up and I will lose this single most important moment in my life.

Try not to do this as it is very draining and sucks. Haha

After I received my criminal check in the mail I scanned a copy of it and sent it off to the yummy travel email address I was supplied :


I then added the paperwork to my Disney folder which houses all of my important Disney involved information.

Hope this helped anyone who is confused about the process

If you have any questions about any of the process just ask and ill do my best to help out now that ive been through it