Lately, the Walt Disney Company has continued to move toward making the company as inclusive as possible, and now, that is continuing with College Program housing.
Most recently, Disney has announced that at Walt Disney World, the Disney College Program would be returning, and now we can see that gender-neutral housing will be an available option for participants. This means that participants will have the option to pick who they want to live with, regardless of their gender. Before this change, houses comprised either all boys, or all girls, but never a mix.
The Disney Programs website notes:
Gender-neutral housing provides our program participants, based on availability, the option to live and roommate link with whomever they choose, regardless of their gender. Please note, only participants who choose to live in gender-neutral apartments will be assigned to these apartments.
Disney has also made it clear that this option is available to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as those who are not in the community. The goal of these changes seems to be to give participants the best Disney College Program experience, and that includes having a good living situation with the roommates you would like to live with.
Disney has been working on brand new housing for participants at Flamingo Crossing, so not only can you pick who you want to live with, but participants will have newly updated apartments to enjoy!
Here is a description of Flamingo Crossings Village, which is the new home of the Disney College Program participants from their official website:
Flamingo Crossings Village provides Cast Members and Operating Participants with spacious 2 and 4 bedroom apartments at a range of rates conducive for various budgets. All apartments feature hardwood-style flooring, stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer, a flat panel TV and a free furniture package.
Enjoy the expansive Community Center, including a 12,500 sq ft state-of-the-art fitness center, multipurpose lounges, and indoor recreation with ping pong, billiards, arcade games and more! Take a step outside to explore the resort-style swimming pools, basketball and sand volleyball courts, and The Great Lawn courtyard space. Flamingo Crossings Village is how you want to live.
Aside from this step, Disney World has moved toward inclusivity in several ways. Splash Mountain is being rethemed to Princess and the Frog to rid the attraction of the undertones that the Song of the South entails, as well as retheming the Jungle Cruise to be less culturally insensitive with a new storyline. Cast Members can also now paint their nails, show tattoos, as well as have gender-inclusive hairstyles and costumes while working at the parks.
What do you think of the gender-neutral housing that Disney is introducing for the College Program? Would you prefer to pick who you want to live with, regardless of gender?