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Roommate Selection

May 18, 2009

I know I left my blog on a bit of a down note for quite a while…this wasn’t intentional! My moment of crisis really was just a moment, and I’ve been feeling much better and excited once again for my Florida adventure. There just hasn’t been much else to write about!

But today I’m going to address yet another of the big decisions that need to be made before August…roommate selection!

I’ve already talked about the Roommate Notification Process, but just in case you missed it, if I opt in to roommate notification, Disney will select a roommate for me and let me know their identity ahead of time so we can get to know each other and coordinate things we’ll be bringing with us. But lots of other CPs are trying to find roommates on their own on discussion boards and in the CP Facebook group.

There are tons of posts out there that read like personal ads: “Female CP, arriving August 24th, looking for roommate. Crazies need not apply.” And there’s something to be said for this method. You can specify that you want a roommate who is neat, or who wants to help host lots of parties. Disney doesn’t take personalities into consideration, mostly just gender, age, and arrival date. I’ve had a few Facebook messages and such from some very nice CPs, introducing themselves, and even though they were just asking general questions about my arrival, what role I would have, and all of that, I wondered if they were looking for a potential roommate. It’s a good way to do it, I guess!

But, by golly, something about it just creeps me out a little bit. It seems to go against everything Dateline has ever told us. Giving out information about myself to an almost-total-stranger on-line? (And yes, I realize that that’s exactly what I’m doing here at my blog. But for some reason it doesn’t disturb me quite as much.) I just don’t know if I can bring myself to do it.

Even if you find someone to room with through the internet, you really still don’t know that person at all. Sure, you know more about them than you do when you do with roommate notification, but still…I think I’m going to take my chances, and see who Disney pairs me up with. If it just doesn’t look like things are going to work out, you have the option of opting out of the match. I don’t anticipate needing to do this, though. I get along pretty well with just about anybody. But it is nice to know that I have that out if I need it.

The website says that roommate notification will be done around June 1st. And…ooh! I just logged into the website, and it says that my date is ineligible for roommate notification, anyway! So the entirety of the above post is now null and void. It’s a little frustrating that I have now finally made a decision, only to find out that there was no decision to be made! Oh, well. It does say that my date may become eligible later, and that I can sign up to be matched when/if that happens. But I think I’ll just use this opportunity to ponder my decision for a few more days.

2 comments

  1. the disney housing folks probably haven’t released the fall dates yet.
    typically the only dates that are always excluded are people in culinary and on the quarter dates.


  2. The website does say that smaller dates may also be excluded, and I know that August 12th was the last date open. So maybe they’re just waiting for more people to register for that date.

    I hope you’re right, and I’m definitely going to keep checking!



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