I actually didn’t go natural until after the Disney College Program, but I can give you advice on what I’d do now if I was going back!
The Disney Look is a pretty loose guideline. What they’re really hard on is extreme hairstyling and facial hair and piercings or tattoos. They won’t mind if you have curly hair, or a fro, or braids or twists—and those guidelines only apply during your work day. So if for 8 hours you just put your hair in a ponytail and wear a cute headband, you can do whatever you want on Disney property for the rest of your free time. With my hair now, I’d probably just do a wash n’ go, or on lazy days do a little afro puff or twists. I really hope that helps :D
I would say the best thing to do is be patient. After you apply and do your phone interview, it takes about a month to hear anything back.
If you have a car, I’d bring it. The bus gets super packed and sometimes you have to take a way earlier bus because everyone tends to work the same hours at the parks. The parks are literally 10 minutes away from the apartment complexes at most, but the buses can take an hour or more depending on traffic! Eww! Plus, taking your suitcase to get groceries so you can wheel it back through Vista Way is NO BUENO.
I would recommend saving up at least $500 for the move down there, because it’s like moving anywhere really. I had a lot of my stuff shipped, but blankets, pillows, etc., were too big to fit on the plane and had to be bought there. If your school will give you money to go, I definitely would apply for it!
Most importantly, if you get accepted, don’t take things too seriously. At the end of the day it’s like a job anywhere, and there are good days and bad days, but definitely meet your neighbors and go to networking events and take classes if you can! There’s so much you can learn and there’s a lot of opportunity if you network your butt off.
I made a Disney College Program Bucket List, so check that out!