Today I got the email for the Disney Housing Pre-Registration. It took a bit for the first of the emails to roll out. And then it took even longer for me to get the email. While everyone was posting on the Facebook groups about it, I was just reloading and refreshing my inbox for what seemed like forever.
After finally receiving the first email, it was time to wait for the second one that would contain my password. Three hours later the second email still had not been seen by any of the participants. To combat this, I just went through the “Retrieve Password” route, which is basically like when you forget a password on any other site and they email you a temporary one until you log on and create a new one. It wasn’t too big a pain, but I was sick of waiting for the email to come.
After logging in, I had to fill out the Participant Profile Page. It was just some run of the mill personal information and was filled out pretty quick. If you are bringing a vehicle, another little box will appear, asking for your license plate and vehicle information.
The next page, since I am bringing a vehicle, was the Housing Program Vehicle Decal Agreement. Just had to read and initial by all the rules, as well as provide my driver’s license number.
After that was the Forms Pages, which contained the Community Codes Form, Payroll Form, Alcohol Policy Form, and Vehicle Agreement Form. All of those just had to be agreed to and signed with your DOB. There was nothing on the forms that I wasn’t already aware of, but I would still encourage reading all of them.
One thing that I really don’t like about DORMS is the roommate preference process. Of all the people you want to room with, only one person is supposed to register first. They have to input the roommate numbers of the other people and then a confirmation email is sent out, after which the Pre-Registration is to be completed. It’s a giant pain because you have to assign a “leader” (as the DORMS email describes it) and then make sure to get the roommate numbers of all the other preferred roommates. Granted, that sounds just fine and easy in reality, until you’re waiting around for the roommate numbers and the people you were wanting to room with aren’t answering messages or acknowledging the steps to the roommate preference process … all while the housing options are mostly on a first come first serve kind of basis.
At this point, depending on what you chose, it can be impossible to go the other route. What I mean by this is that, if you decide to go random and a day later find someone you want to room with, it’s too late. I’m not quite sure what would happen if you say you have a roommate preference and then don’t put any roommate numbers in … but I’m guessing it would be pretty easy to go back and fill out your preferences for a random roommate selection.
As for me, both of the ladies that I wanted to room with received the DORMS email before I did (I’m assuming it went out on a alphabetical rotation based on last name). Once I finally got the email, I FB messaged them to let them know what my roommate number was. One of the ladies was on vacation without a computer, so I also said that I or the other lady should continue on with the process in order to receive the housing options that we wanted, but that we needed to know their roommate numbers. Although FB showed that they both had read my messages and they both already said they received the email with their roommate number, I never received further communication from them. No acknowledgement that someone had to continue on with the roommate preference process, no roommate numbers, no anything.
That sort of put me between a rock and a hard place. I’ve really liked the conversations I’ve had with these ladies, but the lack of communication was making me second guess living with them and I really didn’t want to miss out on the housing preferences that I wanted. I also thought that maybe there was a reason they weren’t replying to my messages. I mean, granted one was on vacation, but we had all been talking consistently that morning and all I was asking for was for them to copy/paste their roommate number or for one of them to tell me that they were already going through the process since I had provided them my roommate number.
Anyways, long story short, I decided to have my roommates randomly selected. Absolutely nothing personal against the ladies I was originally going to try to room with – hopefully I can still meet them and become friends, or maybe even end up rooming with them anyway. In reality, I probably could’ve afforded to wait another day or so to wait for some sort of reply, but after weighing my chances, the pros & cons, etc., I just decided to go through with having my roommates randomly selected.
After selecting to have my roommates randomly selected for me, I was then asked to pick my Housing Preferences. Like roommates, you can elect to have your housing randomly selected for you. I, however, am not that adventurous, especially financially (granted the prices don’t really differ all that much).
After this you just confirm the information you’ve entered and then print out your forms. The forms are for making registration go much faster and for saving everybody a lot of time and stress – bring them!!! I’m guessing no one in line will thank you for making them wait that much longer because you didn’t bring the forms already printed out and ready to be scanned.
With the pre-registration done, it’s just time to buy some last minute items, pack up, and drive on down to Florida! Two weeks and I’m outta here!!