First few days!!

Holy cow, it’s been crazy.

I flew in bright and early monday morning to the Orange County airport and took a taxi from there to the apartment complex. As you can imagine, I was basically dying of heat by then. Moving here will absolutely be an adjustment. My sister keeps saying she’s jealous of how tan I’ll get living in California, but in reality I’ll probably just get constantly sunburned. Although, I do absolutely love seeing Palm Trees everywhere.

With my brand new sunglasses on, I waited about an hour in line outside Carnegie Plaza, my new home.


We wound through the complex filling out paperwork, getting our room assignments, keys and orientation schedules. Among the paperwork I learned I would be working in the Disneyland park! I then finally got to go up to my apartment and meet all of my amazing roommates! They’re all really nice, and we get along great. We spent most of the day unpacking, which was actually really hard to focus on.

Later that night we got to go to Downtown Disney for some food! I was so excited to be in Downtown Disney. Even though it’s not one of the parks, it still has a touch of Disney magic. It’s such an awesome shopping center, there are lights on the trees, bold architecture, and all the shops are so nice. We ate delicious sandwiches at a place called Earl of Sandwich and then made plans to do some apartment shopping.

All five of us piled into a car and headed to Target. We may have bought a bit too much and barely got it all in the car. It was quite the adventure. I was actually more comfortable than the it looks in the photo.



We spent the rest of that night unpacking and settling in, all of us pretty tired from the long day.

Tuesday marked our first full day on our own, with several welcoming activities. We started off with a ‘welcome to the program’ orientation where they inspired us to take advantage of the program and make connections with all of these amazing disney people. After hearing all these people speak and talking to some other program participants, I’ve noticed that we all have such a similar mindset that I haven’t really been able to share with a lot of people before. Everyone is really determined to do big things, explore the world and make people happy, it’s awesome.


We had some time until the big welcome party that night and decided to check out the local CVS and ‘Vons’, which were both a convenient 5 min or so walk from our apartment. Now if you haven’t heard of Vons, it’s actually the exact same thing as Safeway. Literally. Everything besides the name is the same, it’s strange right?

That night we went to the big College Program Welcome Party! It had pizza, a photo booth, and an awesome DJ! The free photo booth took great pictures and even printed out a copy for each of us.


The DJ then was so incredibly good at his job. He got a ton of us on the dance floor with a really fun partner game! He lead us in crazy dance moves, fun routines and gave away free prizes. My roommates definitely witnessed my crazy dance moves; and when the dougie came on, you know I was 253 reppin πŸ˜‰




Overall it was a great party and we met some new people, danced like crazy and grew a bit closer in such a small amount of time.



  1. Ashley · January 17, 2014

    This sounds pretty amazing. Everyone I’ve heard talk about the Disney college program has seemed to love it. As a huge Disney fan, and Disneyland passholder, I’m really looking forward to reading about your experiences. πŸ˜€

    • danikalarain · January 17, 2014

      Thank you so much! I never really expected anyone except for my family and friends to read this so I’m glad you enjoyed. πŸ™‚

  2. Kimberly Bartolon · January 17, 2014

    Omg, this looks like you had a great greeting from disneyland! I’m wanting to apply for the fall advantage program at disneyland. I live in North Carolina & was wondering if any of your roommates came with their cars or just flew? Also, did you end up packing a lot or just essentials since you flew to Cali? Please and thank you! I hope you have a great 8 months at the most magical place on earth. c:

    • danikalarain · January 17, 2014

      Aww thank you so much! I’m from Washington and don’t have a car so I flew in! But all of my other roommates drove and brought a lot more than me, but I still have everything I really need. I could only take two large suitcases and a carry on, so it wasn’t much. I bought a lot of toiletries when I got here and as far as clothes go you really don’t need much, once the program gets started I’ll end up being in my costume most of the time. I’m also having my mom send a few things through the mail. Thanks for reading and good luck applying!:)

      • Kimberly Bartolon · January 22, 2014

        No problem! Thank you for making a blog for this incredible expereience. I was actually wondering if you’re taking the bus to work? Like what are your transportation means? also, what did you pack? I’m super nervous and anxious for applications next month! :O can you spare any tips for the phone interview? c:

      • danikalarain · January 22, 2014

        Yep! I take the bus, it’s super easy. It’s literally a straight line from the apartment to where you get off for the employee entrance and it takes like 10min if that. Other than that there is a grocery store and pharmacy like a 5min walk, and there’s tons of people who offer rides places. I packed clothes, sheets/pillows, towels, some electronic stuff. Just personal basics. For the phone interview it’s really important to be relaxed and confident! Just smile and make it into a conversation, the interviewed are usually super nice and that makes it easier.

  3. Courtney · April 24, 2014

    This makes me so excited to start my program in August!!

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