Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Welcome to the Magic Kingdom…Where Dreams Come True!

15 Jul

There are only about 20 days left of my College Program… 20 days roughly equates to 480 hours….¬†28800 minutes and I don’t even want to worry about figuring out how many seconds that would be. Now, you may be wondering why this somewhat depressing post has Dream Along With Mickey as the video leading up to the post but it’ll all make sense eventually.

“Did someone say Adventure? Well then, Adventure it is. So, hoist the anchor, raise the sails, and fall in line you swabs. It’s time to set sail for Adventure!” – Peter Pan (Starting at around 8:25 in the video above…)

While Dream Along With Mickey seems to happen fairly often in the bubble of the Magic Kingdom, I don’t think that many guests are aware of just how important Entertainment becomes to the life of a Cast Member. Particularly one on Main Street USA. This show has helped me determine what the time was when I wasn’t near a clock, it’s the soundtrack to a few of my breaks, and it’s been the root of some of the best memories that I have from this program. I mean, how else can you forget watching Dream Along With Mickey when your roommate always wishes to be a Princess and that same roommate does half of the choreography? ūüôā Moving on, the quote above is exactly what this program has been and what it will continue to be – an Adventure. While my Adventures may not begin or end with Pirates, I think that Peter Pan was definitely on to something.

Please don’t think I’m crazy for writing this but I think that every stage of this journey can be illustrated through each of these tiny phrases. The beginning where Peter asks “Did someone say Adventure?” relates to the start of applying for this program. ¬†Basically at the start of this journey I was excited about what adventures I may embark on. Would I be selected to represent my college on the College Program? Would I be chosen to undertake this adventure?

The second part where Peter says, “Well then, Adventure it is.” goes along with how I felt about accepting my role and deciding to move down here to complete my first program. Then the part where Peter is ‘ordering about his pirate crew’ relates to working here, experiencing what it means to be a Cast Member at the Walt Disney World Resort. Last but not least, “It’s time to set sail for Adventure!” ¬†is exactly what I’ll be doing come August 3rd. I’ll be starting a whole new adventure in Walt Disney World! While I may know what some of my adventures will be, I’m excited to see what the future will hold.

Honestly, even with all of the excitement, I’ll miss so many things from my CP experience: the people, the atmosphere, etc. Just like I had to say goodbye to others before me it’ll be weird saying goodbye. I know that when my last night on Main Street comes along I’ll be one big emotional mess because how can I say goodbye to my co-workers who have become like a family? How can I say goodbye to ¬†some of the people I’ve seen almost every day for almost a year? The answer is I can’t and I won’t because there is no such thing as goodbye – In the words of Mickey Mouse, “See Ya Real Soon!”

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Less than a month left…

10 Jul

It’s so weird to think that I’ve been a CP for almost a year now and I’m finally getting to that point where I have less than a month left. I don’t think that I can accurately describe all of the feelings I’m having at the moment from happiness, to fear, to anxiety, to relief and about 500 more feelings in between.

I have so much more to say but right now I need to head out and catch a bus to work… ¬†

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“We keep moving forward,…

21 Jun

“We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney

Sorry!

24 May

I’m so sorry that I haven’t updated this since February. Life happened. I know I’ve used that excuse before but seriously, when you work at one of the most visited destinations in the United States, wouldn’t you rather go out and have fun rather than spend all of your time in front of a computer? I think not. :]

Once again, my departure date has come and gone and I’m still working on Main Street USA. I decided to extend my program once again for the final time so that I can work on saving up money over the Summer so that I can follow my dreams and hopefully join the company part or full-time come August. Now if you are a CP hopeful or a CP reading this, yes, you can extend more than once. You just can’t extend so that you reach a full year. So, since my CP journey began on August 31st and the extension date was through August 3rd, I was eligible to reapply to extend.

This second program, January 6th through May 11th was incredibly different from my first program. Unlike my first program, there weren’t any huge holidays or celebrations, there were new people, and last but not least, Main Street experienced some changes. Cone Shop reopened with more “improvements” than I thought I’d ever see. My apartment went through 3 different roommates while 3 of us remained the same in our two bedroom apartment. I made new friends and I lost some friends from my first program. I also gained a little bit more¬†responsibility¬†towards the end of this second program that is helping to make my third program on Main Street a little bit more interesting. And while I gained responsibility, I lost some weight which I deem to be a huge accomplishment.

While I know my lists of memories is predictable, It is one of the easiest ways to share so many things in a.) a short amount of time and b.) it is incredibly easy to compose at 3 am.

So without further adieu – My memories…

  • Meeting Captain Hook and Mr. Smee
  • Eating at the California Grill with my family during their last visit and showing them Wishes from the top of the Contemporary
  • Staying in the Princess rooms at Port Orleans Riverside
  • Going to Dave and Busters with Mike A., Steven, and Eric
  • Updating to the Medium level of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Watching Wishes from behind the Castle with Mike A.
  • Experiencing Disney 24 on Leap Day
  • Staying Club Level at the Wilderness Lodge when Mike visited in February/March
  • Playing all of the Mini Golf courses on Disney property
  • Trying Tonga Toast for the first time
  • Meeting Captain Jack with Mike
  • Discovering the Cars Monorail Vinylmations
  • Seeing the Lion King: The Musical in Downtown Orlando
  • Taking on the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream with Mike A., Steven, and Eric
  • Meeting a little Prince Charming who insisted that I was a Princess and that he wouldn’t leave until I agreed with him
  • Meeting a little Buzz Lightyear who told me all about his adventures to “the land of the castle” and how much he loved Rapunzel and how she kissed him on the cheek
  • Taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers at the Flower and Garden festival
  • Remembering little things about my first visit to Disney relating to my work locations
  • Watching Chris’ last few Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it performances
  • Eating breakfast with Tommy and Rachel at Whispering Canyon
  • Hanging out with Tommy, Rachel, Ashleigh, and Jackie
  • Riding Dumbo and the Barnstormer with Stephanie
  • Checking out the Cast Exclusive “Open Mouse” of the Art of Animation Resort [IT IS GORGEOUS AND WONDERFUL AND I LOVE IT] – yes, caps lock was needed for that statement
  • Finally beating Mike A. at air hockey
  • Walking right on to all of the rides in Animal Kingdom
  • Eating at 50’s Prime Time with Ashley
  • Walking right on to Toy Story three times in a row with Ashley
  • Learning how to draw Pluto (again) with my family
  • Posing like Sully [me because I was in blue], Mike [Colleen because she was in a Mike Wazowski shirt], and Boo [Sorcerer Mickey] with Sorcerer Mickey at Hollywood Studios
  • Watching Jake tease Captain Hook and Mr. Smee
  • Meeting Meeko
  • Eating in Norway with my family to celebrate Colleen’s birthday
  • Dad getting a “large” drink at Whispering Canyon ;]
  • Eating around Walt Disney World with Mike A.
  • Riding Everest in the front row and back row in the same day
  • Taking a silly picture on Splash Mountain with Colleen [MAPS UP!]
  • Posing like Pirates with Jake
  • Meeting Pinocchio
  • Seeing the Hunger Games with Ali at the Downtown Disney Dine-In Theatre
  • Visiting Mike A. at work
  • Going to a Guest Relations class to learn more about the role
  • Taking Mom and Dad on Star Tours for their first time after the refurbishment
  • Dancing with Phineas and Ferb with Colleen
  • Becoming a MSN Trainer [Jiminy Cricket pin and all]
  • Experiencing the Haunted Mansion with my family as if we were the only ones on the ride
  • Moving into my new apartment and meeting my new roommates
  • Catching up on Once Upon A Time
  • Taking silly pictures with Mike A. on Spaceship Earth
  • Visiting the Vision House in Innoventions
  • Checking out the Barnstormer the day it reopened
  • Testing the new Fastpass system
  • Receiving¬†my second diploma and graduation ears
  • Meeting Handy Manny
  • Seeing seasonal Cast Members on Main Street again
  • Shopping with my family at the Outlets
  • Hanging out with Jackie
  • Meeting Mary Poppins with Mike during his visit
  • Seeing the Castle hidden in the fog at the morning of Disney 24

I’m sure I could add so many more things but now, I think it’s time for bed! :]

It’s gonna be a good life….

21 Feb

La la la, Whatever, La la la, It doesn’t matter…

21 Feb

That song has pretty much described my past few nights working. Whether Michael is singing it, or dancing while singing it, or I just need to let things roll right off my shoulder, it’s there.

Things are starting to pick up again since we’re headed into yet another peak season soon but I know I’m ready for it since I learned so much during Christmas time. Since my last post, I’ve gotten to know some of the new CPs better and I’m so excited that I get to share some of my random knowledge with them.

But enough about that, I wanted to share one of my most favorite magical moments from this program so far. The other night while I was working, I came across a little Princess who was not only polite to her parents and completely adorable but she was also bubbly and social. So after she went through the line with her family, I caught up with her at the end of the bakery line and told her that I had something for her from Mickey Mouse. I told her my story that I add to our Magical Moment [We all have our own distinct stories that we tell, and you know what, I like it that way because that way it’s never the same and it truly makes the Magical Moment even more special] and she was so excited. While her family left the line, I went back to work helping other guests and such. A little while later after our mini rush had died down, her mother came over to the line and asked if I could come out from behind the glass. No sooner did I come out, the little girl came running up to me and gave me a hug. After our hug, we had a little conversation about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland before she had to leave and I needed to go back to work but it’s the moments like these that make me love what I do. It makes up for answering the same question repeatedly, it makes up for those stressful and late nights, and most of all, it restores the Magic of the Magic Kingdom for me.

So, if any guests are reading, you never know how much you all have the power to affect the Cast Members that you come into contact with during your vacations. I promise you that one simple smile or thank you can have the biggest effect on how our days are going, even if you think it won’t matter, it does. So on that note, “La la la, Whatever, La la la, It doesn’t matter…” to all the negative things and keep moving forward because there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow.

 

 

 

From Traditions to Transitions

15 Feb

While new CPs have been arriving for some time now, it’s been hard to find time to actually sit down and write a blog post about the changes that all of us have been experiencing. Mostly because I’ve been out putting my holiday discounts to good use and hanging out with my other friends who extended on my days off but more about that later.

When the first wave of new CPs got here, it made me think about my first few days as a CP – the¬†excitement, the nerves, and most of all, the fun. Let me tell you, it’s so weird standing in the park and watching a Traditions group walk past you when you know that you were in their shoes only months before but in that moment, it feels like it was yesterday. Watching all of the new CPs come into your work location and start training makes you wonder what the other Cast Members in your location thought of you when you came in. Did they like you? Did they find you annoying?

To be honest, I love a bunch of the new CPs in my location and then there are a few that I’m¬†apprehensive¬†about but who knows, they might end up surprising me. Some of the new CPs would fit right in with my lovely Fall MSN family which makes this transition difficult because I know the old CPs are home. I keep hoping that I’ll see one of them in the utilidors or out park hopping but unfortunately, I know I won’t. This transition has made the few of us who extended a little bit closer because we can¬†reminisce about our family and share stories without getting weird looks.

With the transition between programs I was sent back over to the Corner (Casey’s Corner) for a few shifts before I started getting Shops shifts again. The nice thing about extending my program is the fact that I’m getting better hours and less closing shifts because I’ve gained more seniority over the new CPs. While those things are changing for the better, it still feels like time is flying by and I’m one step closer to having to figure out what I want to do with my life after the program. There are so many options that I hope that I can pick the best one.

While I haven’t posted in a while, I hope you all know that the less I post, the more I’m taking advantage of all of the amazing things that Disney has to offer for example:

  • Mini Golf [Fantasia Gardens is a lot of fun]
  • Fabulous restaurants [Boma, The Plaza, Captain Cook’s, Olivia’s, etc]
  • Relaxing resorts [Hello Hammocks at the Polynesian]
  • A lot of shopping
  • Fantastic fireworks displays [Wishes from the Polynesian Beach and the top of the Contemporary are amazing!]

Hopefully I’ll find time to update you soon about specific adventures – Specifically, Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom among other things but until then, I hope you have a magical day! :]