Walt Disney World announces return of Disney College Program

Relaunch of program begins in June

Disney College Program returning with new look in June 2021 (Disney)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World said Monday that it will welcome back students from across the country to partake in the Disney College Program.

The program was first suspended in March 2020 after the theme parks were forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, students that were in the program were forced to leave early and return home. Disney officials said Monday that it is inviting participants whose program ended early or was suspended in 2020 to reapply and return to Walt Disney World.

Disney said participants who were affected during that time will begin receiving exclusive communication via email about this new opportunity.

“The Disney College Program has always been a source of optimism and pride for our company with participants who each bring new ideas, talents, and perspectives to the table. While that won’t change, we are evolving our Disney Programs to reflect the new world around us,” Disney officials explained.

When the program restarts, participants will move into the new state-of-the-art Flamingo Crossings Village resort-style complex, which is located just off Western Way and State Road 429. Disney said those who return to a program this summer will be the first participants to call this beautiful new community home.

Flamingo Crossings Village (Disney)

Disney said its implementing the same health and safety protocols it has in its theme parks to the college program.

“Participants will receive pre-arrival communication regarding our enhanced safety measures, including updates that promote physical distancing, required face coverings in all common areas, and a new contactless, curbside move-in experience,” officials described on the website.

Disney officials said as more cast members are brought back, along with the Disney College Program, they hope to release future details about other programs including Disney International Programs, Disney Culinary Program, and those at Disneyland Resort.

Click here to learn more about the Disney College Program.

Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1 of this year.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.