I went into my program knowing I wanted to take advantage of as many opportunities the DCP provided as possible. Therefore, registering for classes and seminars was something I really wanted to do (I even asked about it during my phone interview).
For anyone who is confused, let me explain what these classes and seminars are. While you are on your program you have the option to take classes and seminars offered by Disney, but these are NOT for college credit. They are just for fun.
Disney offers a few different kind of options when it comes to these classes and seminars. Option one is an independent study hall. This is for anyone who is taking online courses through their university while on their program. It gives you a dedicated study time each week to do homework. If you want to sign up for an independent study hall, you will have to provide proof that you are enrolled in courses through your university. Option two is career connection classes. These are focused on life skills such as branding, resume writing, and networking. Finally, option three was what I personally was the most excited about: Exploring Disney. Exploring Disney included things like spotlight on topics and guest speakers, exploration seminars, and … DISCOVER DISNEY EXPERIENCES (aka behind the scenes tours).
More than anything, I wanted to be able to see as much backstage Disney as I possibly could. Unfortunately, registering for classes wasn’t as magical of an experience as I had hoped. I am about to give you a play-by-play of how this process went for me.
July 31, 2019 @ 4:39 PM : I get an email letting me know that we will be able to register for classes soon. The email included a link to DORMS where we would be able to sign up once the registration opened. The email stated that registration began on Wednesday, August 7th at noon.
August 7, 2019 @ 10:00 AM: I leave my house to go to the gym. I strategically planned to go at 10 o’clock, so that I could be back home waiting with my computer when registration for classes opened. It was crucial that I was ready to sign up for them as soon as they opened because the classes fill up so quickly.
August 7, 2019 @ 10:42 AM: I get a text from my friend that the lottery classes were open (some classes were first come first serve, and some classes were lottery based meaning participants were randomly selected from the pool of people that signed up).
*With the lottery style classes (such as the Disney Exploration Seminars), registration is open to anyone for a week (registration closed August 14th for my program). A few days after registration closes (August 16th for me), you get notified if you received a seat or not.
August 7, 2019 @ 10:43 AM: I freak out. Disney has betrayed me. They told me classes opened at noon, so that’s what I had prepared for. Now I might not get the chance to do something that I had been so excited about for months.
August 7, 2019 @ 11:00 AM: The registration site crashes. I clearly wasn’t the only person who REALLY wanted to register for these classes. So many people were on the server trying to register at once that the entire site crashed.
August 7, 2019 @ 11:09 AM: I hear from friends that the Discover Disney tours are open for registration, but it will not load.
August 7, 2019 @ 12:00 PM: The site finally loads. Almost all of the Discover Disney options are full. I am heart broken.
August 7, 2019 @ 1:00 PM: I suck it up and move on. Luckily I was able to sign up for two tours: tour of the Epcot World Showcase, and a textile tour.
August 7, 2019 @ 1:30 PM: My friend tries to sign up for the same Epcot tour that I did, but unfortunately it is already full.
August 7, 2019 @ 10:00 PM: Although mildly disappointed, I rest easy knowing that I was at least lucky enough to be able to sign up for two behind the scenes tours.
- Disney does not always open/close registrations, send itineraries, etc at the time they tell you. It may happen earlier than they say, it may happen later.
- The day classes open, clear your schedule if possible. You want to have your computer in front of you as soon as registration opens.
- Be prepared for technical problems. Just be patient, and keep hitting your refresh button.
- Do not get your hopes too high. Expect the worst, and that way if you are able to sign up for anything you will be pleasantly surprised.