The first thing I have to do is prove to Disney that I'm not a serial killer. If you've ever worked with children or a high profile company, you may have already completed a criminal background check known as a 'DBS Background Check' or formerly known as the 'CRB check.' I'll receive a form in the post and once filled in I send it back to Yummy Jobs with some photocopies of my Passport, Birth Certificate and Driving License. I also need to submit a payment of £80.00 online for Yummy Jobs to process this on my behalf. I should receive the results shortly before I depart.
I need medical insurance for the first 120 days (four months) of my program. This is a contractual obligation of my program and I must have it ahead of arriving in the US. I won't go into this too much yet as it's certainly worthy of an entire post and I'm in no mental place to be sorting this out right now.
Yummy Jobs have also provided some details of booking my flight. They do say that I should book a flexible ticket in case my visa gets delayed or they need to move my date... however, in my experience most airlines are happy to change your flight for a fee that is normally considerably less than booking a flexible ticket. For example, I had to change a flight with Virgin and they were charging about £340 on top of the flight price for a 'flexible ticket.' The fee to change my flight with a non-flexible ticket was just £49 (which they ended up waiving because I was chatting to the customer assistant for ages and she comped it).
Yummy Jobs also mention that I may need to arrive the day before my program. They never used to do this and it's great that they now do considering the stress I went through on the first day of my first CRP in 2013. They've also cleverly plugged their travel company 'Yummy Travel,' I booked with them in 2013 and they managed to get me a student cost which was great, but since I've found the beauty that is Norwegian airlines, I won't need that this year as the cost with Norwegian is still SO much cheaper than a student cost flight with Virgin or British Airways.
Visa Documentation and Application
Disney have since changed their process of mailing visa paperwork to participants and now send it via the on-boarding Doc system (the arrival paperwork website). Yummy Jobs have advised that I should receive further details from Disney approximately 4-8 weeks before my program start date. They've also mentioned the Embassy fee of $190.00 that needs to be paid when booking the embassy appointment and provided some handy instructions of completing the application. I'll of course touch on this more when I actually do the process myself.
That's it for now, I'm not in a rush to get anything else done in regards to that of Medical Insurance and such as I still have a few months to go and I have yet to be paid from my new job.
Have a magical day!
112 Days to Go!