Construction Begins on New Disney Internships & Programs Housing. Walt Disney World Resort and American Campus Communities (ACC) have celebrated the beginning of construction for a huge housing expansion for participants of the Disney Internships & Programs, previously known as the Disney College Program.
“The college students who have been part of our college and internship programs have helped make magic for millions of our Guests for more than three decades,” said Kristi Breen, Vice President of Disney International Campus Programs. “We are pleased to join our friends at American Campus Communities to break ground on this new residential community for our future participants.”
This highly anticipated project will bring an additional 10,400 beds to the currently available housing, which contains four complexes: The Commons, Vista Way, Chatham Square, and Patterson Court. With the expansion will come two new complexes that will contain 25,000 square-foot community centers, resort-styled swimming pools, event and recreation lawns, social lounges and fitness centers for amenities, that will be for the exclusive use of the internship and program participants.
The complexes will also include a Disney Education Center and clubhouse where residents will be able to participate in ‘uniquely Disney’ social activities and learning experiences. Participants will also have the opportunity to use group or private study rooms, have access to computers and free printing, as well as wi-fi.
“Collaborating with Walt Disney World on this project and serving the DIP participants is an incredible honor,” said Bill Bayless, ACC CEO. “When we first launched American Campus Communities, we traveled around the country with four poster boards, sharing our vision for the student experience. One of them was titled, ‘The Disney Way.’ It was our goal to emulate Disney’s best-in-class customer service from day one. To celebrate this partnership with Disney and the ACC team during our 25th anniversary year is a dream come true.”
American Campus Communities (ACC) is the largest owner, manager, and developer of high-quality student housing communities in the United States.
The first use of the new facilities is slated for May 2020 and the project is expected to be completed and ready for use for Disney Internships & Programs Walt Disney World participants by May 2023.