Disney College Program Releases Official Statement on Current Program Termination Due to “Social Distancing” and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns

UPDATE: The Disney Internships & Programs department has released the following official statement to all of its Disney College Program participants regarding potential housing assistance and re-application to the DCP after the sudden termination of the current program.

The statement was also released by the @DisneyInterns page on Twitter, stating:

We know these are extremely difficult times & appreciate your continued understanding. We are basing our decisions on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests. No one will be without accommodations. Please read our letter to you.

The original story of the termination of the current DCP program is below.

Walt Disney World is ending all Disney College Program programs and sending participating cast members home once the theme parks close on March 16th, 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. These cast members will be paid through the end of March.

Cast members have also received emails that their housing complexes will be closing and they will need to depart by March 18th at 11am. Rent fees will be waived and employees will still be paid.

Walt Disney World theme parks are currently set to be closed through the end of March, but the closure could certainly be longer. Disney Springs and resort hotels will remain open in some capacity and Disney is said to still be staffing security, maintenance, and other vital positions (with non-College Program cast) beyond these locations throughout the closure.