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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! :]


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! :]

No matter what happens, I’ll always be with you. Forever.

10 Jan

Things have changed quite a bit in the past few weeks. I’m so sorry that I haven’t been keeping everyone up to date with my adventures but that’s because things have been busy, busy, busy.

Busy having adventures, busy working, and most of all busy saying goodbye and see ya real soon. Let me elaborate a little bit more about all of that, specifically work. For two weeks in December I was deployed to Tomorrowland Terrace which was definitely not Main Street USA and I had a 41 hour work week turn into a 67 hour work week from Christmas Day to New Years.  How I managed that, I really don’t know but I’m proud of myself for making it through.

I’m also sad that I made it through that week because it meant that all of my wonderful new friends were one step closer to going home. In fact, as I write this, only about 9 of my lovely MSN family members are still here while the rest of them went back to school, home, or started a new chapter in their lives. I wish them all the best but at the same time I honestly miss working with them, I miss the jokes, I miss the encouragement, and most of all, I think I just miss hanging out with each and every single one of them while we created magic. However, I know that some of my MSN family has become just that, family, and even though they’ve left Disney, it’s not goodbye – just a see ya later.

Anyway since so much has happened, I think I need to do a list again of my adventures, I know that can get a little bit boring to read so I’ll try to keep it as entertaining as possible! :]

  • Mom, Dad, and Colleen came to visit for my birthday/Christmas
  • We celebrated my birthday at Ohana, where our Cousin gave me a birthday cupcake!
  • We also stayed in All Star Sports for the first time and got a wonderful room
  • Henry came to hang out with my family for an entire day and it was hilarious
  • Colleen, Henry, and I rode in the first car of Everest and took a silly ride picture with a map
  • My family got to meet Cat Cora because she was doing meet and greets at her restaurant, Kouzzina
  • We all got to experience one of the last Christmas parties together
  • Having Chris leave Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it to hug my family and me
  • Visiting with Wendy Darling and Peter Pan
  • Meeting Russell and Dug
  • Colleen painted me a wonderful picture of the castle with fireworks and gave it to me for my birthday
  • Jess and her family visited me at work
  • I spent a day off running around the parks with Jess and her family
  • Celebrating my “graduation” with Rachel, Kim, Kaitlyn, Leyka, Nikki and Sha
  • MSN Family photo shoots at graduation
  • Appearing on HTM with my MSN family during their coverage of graduation
  • Taking my picture with my “diploma” with Mickey and Minnie in their lovely caps and gowns
  • Getting my “graduation” ears embroidered with my name
  • Meeting a little boy who was dressed as the Beast and having him take pictures with us and sign my autograph book
  • Having the Princesses write me Happy Birthday messages in my autograph book
  • Going to Applebees with MSN
  • I added to my Park Starz Vinylmation collection [So far I have: the Horizons Butler, the “It’s a Small World…” New Guinea boy and goat, Constance from the Haunted Mansion, Figment, and a Pirate]
  • Learning some Portuguese from some of my wonderful Brazilian coworkers
  • Meeting Igor and Joao at Terrace
  • Joking about the “Peoplemover” with Taylor
  • Having a Chinese lunch date with LaTanya and Dusty
  • Celebrating Christmas with my lovely MSN family by doing Secret Santa, I got a Lotso bear from Trey because I hug everyone
  • Accomplishing a 67 hour work week
  • Resort hopping with Lisa – We visited Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht and Beach Club, the Polynesian, the Contemporary and watched Holiday Wishes before visiting the Magic Kingdom
  • Visiting Shayne, Henry, Leo, Shirley, Sha and Tracey at work in their new locations
  • Going to “Brinner” with my Main Street family
  • Writing my MSN Family notes
  • Talking with Kirsten about life
  • Watching movies with Dusty
  • Eating Fish and Chips with Rachel and saying hello to Alice
  • Grabbing Ice Cream on Main Street before the it closed for refurbishment
  • Hanging out with Dusty and Tony in the Magic Kingdom
  • Celebrating Christmas with my roommates – Kaylee and Amanda surprised me with wonderful presents! I now have the book about the windows on Main Street and the Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom
  • Ringing in the New Year on Main Street with my MSN family
  • Watching the Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve fireworks
  • Singing along to Disney songs with Tony, Dusty, Daniel and some of their other friends
  • Watching Wishes one last time with Amanda and Briana
  • Helping Amanda move out
  • Saying goodbye to Amanda and Kaylee before moving out
  • Saying goodbye to Dusty and Robyn in the Utilidors
  • Packing my things and moving from Patterson to Chatham
  • Moving in with Rachel and Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lady GaGa, and Disney Princesses
  • Having an international adventure with Jackie
  • Eating at Boma for the first time
  • Having a fun meet and greet with Stitch and Daisy Duck in Epcot
  • Playing with Night Vision goggles at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Saving China, France, and Germany with Jackie
  • Hanging out with Chris, Mary, Jackie, and Ali one last time
  • Saving Norway with Jackie, Rachel, and Chris
  • Watching Illuminations with Mary, Casey, and Chris before they left
  • Packing up the Cone shop and preparing it for refurbishment
  • Having a sleep over with Rachel and Jackie in our new apartment
  • Going to movie nights at Leyka, Kaitlyn, and Kim’s apartment
  • Reading messages from my wonderful MSN family in my book
  • Hanging out with Hannah and Jackie
  • Visiting Bob at Pizza Planet
  • Eating at Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside before getting beignets at Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Meeting Frozone
  • Meeting the Evil Queen and chatting about Snow White
  • Riding Rock N Rollercoaster for the first time ever
  • Asking Guest Relations to help us choose a restaurant for dinner and getting celebration buttons and princess stickers before leaving
  • Seeing Lighting McQueen in Lights, Motors, Action

Once again, I’m sure I’m leaving out an adventure or two but, I think it’s safe to say that there are just too many adventures and such little time. :]

A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep…

22 Nov

The funny thing about that phrase is the word ‘asleep’ because over the past few days, I haven’t been getting much sleep at all. But, really, who needs sleep?  :]

Working these past few nights has been interesting because at 1, 2, 3 am you never can expect the types of people who you’ll meet. There are the people who are cranky because they had a 5 am flight then stayed in the parks all day long, then the people who have clearly had a little too much family time, followed by the people who think that because you sell coffee, you’re Starbucks, and last but not least you have the people who appreciate you working that late so they can have fun in one of the most magical places ever.

Needless to say, I’ve met quite a few of these types of guests over the past few nights at work and it’s safe to say that even when guests are at their worst, I can always rely on my coworkers to make the night so much better.

Since I have so many stories to share and such little time, I’m going to just give you all a quick list!

  • I got my 1st Great Service Fanatic [GSF] card! One of my coworkers, Latanya, filled one out for me, recognizing me for ‘always uplifting other cast members and always demonstrating a positive image and energy at work’
  • Getting children to stop crying by giving them stickers, telling them stories, or even making pinkie promises with them.
  • Giving a Magical Moment to a little Mulan and  a little Ariel who were celebrating birthdays along with their first visit.
  • Giving a Magical Moment to a Prince Charming who had just turned 2 years old and was being very brave by trying to face his fear of the fireworks by staying in the Ice Cream parlor [the night before he wouldn’t leave the train station].
  • Exploring the Magic Kingdom by myself and taking a bunch of pictures of the holiday decorations.
  • Picking up some Peppermint Bark from the Gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian Lobby.
  • Hanging out with Rachel and Ariesha in Epcot/Magic Kingdom.
  • Picking up Pook a Looz Ballerina Minnie to go along with Pook a Looz Pirate Mickey.
  • Getting my first few Vinylmations. I’m kind of obsessed with the Park Stars series.
  • Getting a chance to hang out with Shirley at Bistro before my shift.
  • Henry visiting me at the Bakery before he left the Magic Kingdom after his Emporium shift.
  • Exploring the Contemporary and seeing their holiday Gingerbread creation. It’s modeled after ‘It’s a Small World…’
  • Riding the bus with Tracey and Bryan.
  • Buying Vinylmation from Henry at the Emporium and watching him get a GSF card from one of his new managers.
  • Listening to Michael talk like Captain Jack Sparrow, Kermit the Frog, etc
  • Joking around in the Ice Cream Shop with the Fillers and Scoopers.
  • Getting Ice Cream in Epcot.
  • Chip and Dale trying to steal my ice cream.
  • Helping guests when I’m not working/explaining the what the Disney College Program is.
  • Taking pictures of characters and with characters.
  • Having Trey and Mary make fun of Jackie and I for our costumes, they’re just jealous they aren’t wearing them because they got deployed to Tomorrowland Terrace.
  • Having MSN conversations in the Utilidors.
  • Counting down the days until Photobomb sessions with Colleen.
  • Making plans with Rachel for our lives after the program.
  • Accepting my Program extension until May, just in case I don’t get the PI. [Still in the Interview stage, which is a good thing.]
  • Riding the Monorail as an attraction.

and now its time to go crawl into bed to get some sleep before heading to the Ballpark tonight for work. Batter up!

Once upon a Christmastime….

12 Nov

Yes, It is November 12th and I titled this blog post ‘Once Upon A Christmas Time’. Yes, I’m well aware that Thanksgiving hasn’t occurred yet.

That’s the funny thing about working for Disney, Holidays always come sooner than you think. In fact, the last Halloween party was on November 1st and the first Christmas party was the 8th. It was kind of fun to see how quickly Main Street USA was transformed – Literally, it happens almost overnight [give or take 3 days or so :)].

Tonight was the 3rd Christmas party – I’ve worked all 3 of them so far. The first party I picked up an extra hours shift so I got the chance to wear the special holiday costume [A long-sleeved white button down shirt with evergreen trees and stars on it with a red skirt, an apron with a candy cane pattern on the top and the pocket, topped off with a hair band with a red and white bow on it]  and I put Snickerdoodle cookies into bins so that other cast members could hand them out to guests.  The second party which happened the day after, I was working at the bakery and tonight, I was working between the Bakery and the Ice Cream shop.

I have so many stories about some awesome guests that I’ve been lucky enough to encounter over my past few nights. You see, I hurt my foot a few days ago so I’ve been on light duties for a week which means that I’ve been sitting at a chair at the registers for my entire shift. It’s been kind of depressing to say the least but there have been so many guests who have made the entire experience of light duties interesting.

The other night, I had a group of guests while working in the ice cream shop. It was a busy night so my line between the register and the area where you pick up the ice cream was swamped so I politely apologized to the group and explained that I needed to clear the area before taking more orders. They were awesome, they not only understood, but they also started up a conversation with me which eventually led to them giving me one of the best compliments that I think I could have gotten from a guest. They told me that I was exactly what they believed a cast member should be and that they were coming back in about 5 weeks and they would definitely drop by to see if I was working. To be completely honest, they made my entire night because it’s one thing to hear it from my coordinators or managers but hearing that compliment from a guest is a huge deal.

Tonight at work, I didn’t exactly receive the same compliment but I had some wonderful guest interactions from the guests who simply thanked me by name for taking care of them to the little prince charming who retrieved something that I had dropped and when I asked him what his favorite part of his night was, he pointed to me. There was also the family who told me that they wished they had encountered me on the first night of their visit so that I could have explained some of the features of the dining plan to them before they learned some things the hard way because their travel agent didn’t explain it to them.

Last but not least, I had a little troublemaker who asked me who my favorite character was. When I replied that I love Belle, he told me I couldn’t pick a princess and I needed to pick again. After some thought, I replied Captain Jack Sparrow. Nope, I couldn’t pick any of the Pirates. Giving it more thought, I said Flounder. Nope, apparently that was the wrong answer again. He then told me that my favorite character should be Lilo because his was Stitch. What makes this story 1000000 times better is that another guest standing in line had a Stitch santa hat on so he joined in the conversation, talking like Stitch to the boy.

Unfortunately, Work tonight was bittersweet because it was Shirly’s last night at the Bakery/Ice Cream shop because she starts training her new role in Main Street Operations soon. Since she knew she was leaving, she invited me, Mary, and Jessica over to her apartment in Chatham where she made us a Chinese food feast on Monday night. When I say feast, I mean a feast. She made four separate dishes in addition to a pizza, just in case we didn’t like the food that she had prepared. After dinner, we taught her MASH and all came up with some interesting futures for ourselves before heading to Downtown Disney to roam around the shops. While roaming around…. I finally bought my Main Street USA Limited Edition Pin set!  It has 5 pins based around Main Street USA, one of which is the Casey’s Corner “C” sign on the corner of the building – you know that I had to have it since I’m trained there. This is just as awesome as my CAST Exclusive 40th Anniversary pin set that I got because I work in the Magic Kingdom.

More adventures include:

  • Going to the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with Laura, Mary, and Casey
  • Getting my picture taken with all 7 dwarfs
  • Getting a picture with Dr. Facilier
  • Seeing Nick Jonas in the Magic Kingdom while on a class field trip
  • Hidden Mickey Hunting with my class in Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Lunch at Old Key West with Mary
  • Meeting Cast Members in random places like Wal-Mart
  • Hanging out with the roommates at the apartment
  • Going to the cast preview of the Christmas parade
  • Seeing it snow on Main Street
  • Trying Pumpkin Ice Cream
  • Getting Bath Bombs from Basin
  • Booking the hotel for Mom, Dad, and Colleen’s visit in December
  • Finding out I got my Program Extension for the same role/location
  • Joking around with Disney Security at Downtown Disney after asking them to take a picture of us

It’s currently almost 3 am eastern standard time which means it’s bed time… Until I can post again, this is Caitlin over and out. :]

It’s my Saturday….

1 Nov

and I’m going to the Halloween party tonight after my Disney Heritage class! :]

Anyway, I got another Basics card last night from another coordinator so it brings my total count to three! The coordinator was so sweet and she wrote a note on the back of the card that made my night. My coworkers also loved the cookies I brought in to work with me last night as a surprise for the ones who had to close the Bakery and Ice Cream shop.

After work, I went to the Waffle House with a few of my coworkers. There were a few interesting characters that came in while we were eating and talking. One of these characters just happened to be Alpha, a vampire who was also a lawyer. Needless to say, November started with a bang.

I know in my post yesterday I mentioned that I had a few adventures to share with you! The first one is that I’m still listed as being in the interview stage for the professional internships that I applied for which means that I haven’t been rejected just yet. Even if that falls through, I’m trying to apply for an extension of this program so that I can stay down here.

The next adventure that I wanted to tell you all about was the fact that I got to meet Megara from Hercules in Epcot the other day! She was out doing a few sets by the Character Spot. Snow White and her Prince also came out to meet with a few guests that  afternoon so I got a picture with them as well. I’m kind of sad that I haven’t started my autograph collection just yet because I think it would have been cool to have gotten their autographs. I think that I might pick up an autograph book tonight so that I can start collecting signatures.

I also had the chance to go to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Henry, Shirley, and their friend Lulu. We had a lot of fun snacking on a bunch of food from around the world. I loved seeing their reactions to some of the things they tried, like Escargot en Brioche from the France stand. It was also interesting to learn more about their likes, dislikes, and interests. I’m going to be sad when they move to their new locations within the Magic Kingdom.

With them leaving it made me start thinking about January. It’s so weird to think about how quickly January is coming. I really don’t want it to come that soon because I’m loving all of the experiences that I’m having here from interacting with guests to learning some simple Chinese phrases to making new friends to living and in one of the most magical places ever.