There is so much to see and do during a Walt Disney World vacation, and even MORE for those fortunate souls spending five, or more, months at the happiest place on Earth for the Disney College Program! The Disney College Program is a once in a lifetime experience for Disney fans alike, but it also creates lasting friendships that do not end when the program is over. In between the busy and crazy work schedules where you will be making magic, it is important to spend time doing things with your roommates that you cannot do anywhere else.
Here is a list of must-do’s with your roomies during your magical program!
◦Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream, Disney’s Beach Club Resort– This legendary dessert is served in none other than a kitchen sink, and it is filled with sugary treats. This is no small feat, and needs equal contribution from all the brave roomies involved. This dessert includes eight scoops of ice cream with various toppings, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, candy bars, and more. The list goes on and on, so make sure you bring your appetite (and ALL your roommates), and prepare for a sugar overload!
◦Eating (& Drinking) Around the World at Epcot– For those participating in the fall and fall advantage programs, you are in luck! The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival takes place during the end of September until the middle of November, and is an unforgettable memory for you to share with your roommates. Try unique culinary offerings from countries that are typically present in Epcot, and many that are not (for example, Greece and Poland,) and drink various alcoholic beverages that are custom to each country (only if you are 21, of course!) Make your way around the world, just make sure to pace yourself (and don’t start with the margaritas in Mexico!)
◦House of Blues in Downtown Disney– For the Disney College Programmers, show your Disney ID when you go to the House of Blues on any Sunday night, and get in for free (if you are 21 and older!) Listen to live music, and dance the night away with your roommates! They also showcase various concerts throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for your favorite artist to be making an appearance!
◦Jellyrolls at Disney’s BoardWalk– This is a piano bar with dueling pianos, how awesome does that sound? It’s also placed right on the BoardWalk, so it really cannot get much better than that. Eat dinner on the BoardWalk, then make your way over to Jellyrolls before the night is over. This place looks awesome, and definitely is not your average 21 and over bar.
◦Attend the Housing Events (especially Grocery Bingo)– Throughout your program, there will be various housing events with different themes that will be open to all. There is usually free food at these events, making it worth your while. These events are a great way to meet people on the program that you might not meet otherwise. You also are given the opportunity to meet many different Disney characters, without waiting in the long lines of the parks. For example, during your graduation days, you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy in their graduation cap and gowns to celebrate your accomplishment! One of the events includes Grocery Bingo. This is just like regular bingo, except the prize is a full bag of groceries (which would eliminate a trip to Publix during that week!)
◦Four Park Challenge– Alright, so this is something that anyone can do, but most people want to relax during their vacations, and this probably wouldn’t do the trick. Make it to all four parks in one day. Sounds easy? It’s a lot harder than it seems (and exhausting,) I’m sure. With transportation, crowds, and more, this would have to be masterfully planned out. Personally, I would love to make it to the opening of a park, and end it with the fireworks at another, with the two other parks in between. Make sure to document your adventures, and pat yourself on the back when you finish.
◦Resort Hop– There are over 25 resorts at Walt Disney World, and each and every one has a unique theme. Use this once in a lifetime experience to check out these amazing resorts that you will not find anywhere else. Not to mention, a Cast Member can use most resort pools. Spend a couple days off just resort (and pool) hopping with your roommates, and make sure to check out all the cool amenities with each resort.