So sorry I haven’t written in a while, I’ve been super busy (ya know cause I live in Disney and whatnot.) But really, I work crazy hours and when I’m not working I like to roam the parks and enjoy everything this world has to offer (well as long as the bus can take me there.) But lately I’ve just been trying to do it all. I’ve been swimming with sharks and traveling the world, it’s just the best.
And my boyfriend finally got to come see me. It was something I’ve been really needing, I’ve been super homesick lately. And then in a month my mom and sister will be here so I really can’t wait for that. I just hope I get the time off I requested because otherwise I’d basically be the saddest girl in the whole world.
But other than that, it’s just been super awesome here. I’ve been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween (MNSSH) twice already and both times have been completely awesome. It’s so cool, especially that it’s the Sanderson sisters that get to “plan” the party. And I finally got to see the kitties (aka lions) on the safari at Animal Kingdom. Hint: go when the park just opens because that is when they get fed. Thank you for the advice Nick (my boyfriend.) And I finally got to see Fantasmic and it’s easily one of the best things I have ever gotten to see. Wow I love it here.
So being transferred from Hollywood to Disney Springs may actually be a blessing in disguise. I mean yeah my hours are now going to be long and crummy and I may not get the time I always want, but I now get more guest interaction which is what I wanted from the beginning. I wanted to be able to talk to guests and find out where they’re from and why they chose Disney. I wanted to be able to get down to a child’s level and see their eyes sparkle when they talk about their favorite character… and now I get to. Not to mention my costume is no longer the color of mustard- it just looked like a box of crayons threw up on me… lol.
Training for World of Disney, or WOD, merchandise is much more difficult than I thought it would be. I have to remember the names of rooms and what goes in every single room, where items are placed so I don’t look as dumbfounded as the guest, and of course every little thing about Disney in general. Good thing I’m a Disney expert and have come here multiple times in my life. Oh wait….. One thing I didn’t know about was the Princess Parade that happens everyday at 2pm (weather permitting) at Disney Springs. All of our princesses and knights that want to join in get to walk from WOD to the carousel in their own parade. The thing that’s super neat about it is that all of the other retail locations on the way line up and join in as well. It makes everyone feel so special and seeing those princesses and knights just melt my heart.
But after spending a day learning some of the things I need to know at WOD, it was kind of overwhelming. The following day I headed back to DU for Merchantainment. Let me tell you, the name is fooling. I was not entertained at all, but it was interesting to learn some of the things we did. At least it’s out of the way and I’m one step closer to helping all of our guests! I actually can’t wait to become familiar with all of the information at Disney Springs and in World of Disney. It will be a fun time, these next 3 months… Let’s just hope I don’t get transferred again! If I do, it’ll just be a new location I can pick more shifts up at!
Disney sure has the best timing, because right after I earned my ears I found out I’m being transferred over to Disney Springs, which is what Downtown Disney is now called. Instead of being in attractions, I will now be in merchandise. It was definitely unexpected and I don’t know how I feel at the moment. Like yes, it is nice because now I will be trained in two different areas and can therefore pick up more hours, and I will get more guest interaction, but on the contrary I’m kind of nervous about my hours. My hours at the Auto Plaza were nice and I had time to go to the parks afterwards, now I don’t know what my hours are gonna be like and I feel like being nervous is just the best reaction to this.
I also have to go out and buy a new pair of shoes now, which is actually super annoying. I mean I guess it’s a good thing that my shoes I wore at the Auto Plaza aren’t ugly and they’re just plain white shoes I’d wear on a regular day, but still I’m a broke college student… doesn’t Disney know that?! I guess I’ll just have to be okay with it, I mean I am still working at Disney so like whatever. Let’s see how this all goes, I start tomorrow so don’t you all worry- I’ll keep you informed.
As for the rest of today, I guess I’ll just have to go to Magic Kingdom or something, ugh why is this program so hard?!
So today was the day I became an official cast member for Disney- I earned my ears. After training for days on end and for working countless hours, I learned what it was like to work at Hollywood and earned my ears. It’s actually a great feeling, knowing that people actually trust me and that my leaders and coordinators have the faith in me to work on my own. I know the tricks and the trades to my job and it’s a rewarding experience. It also makes me comfortable that I actually understand what I’m doing and that I have no problems doing it either. I can’t wait to see what these next four months have in store for me and I can’t wait to work with my incredible coworkers either!
So the day finally came where my background check was cleared and I was called in for Traditions! In case you don’t know, Traditions is a class taught at Disney University so you can learn everything Disney related and all the aspects of what being a Disney Cast Member is all about. As boring as the day was, it was pretty cool and interesting to see how Disney was founded and to learn all of the facts about Disney that I didn’t know.
So we started off the day getting split off into different sessions, I was in the 8:30 session myself. The Traditions session I was in today wasn’t the normal 4 hour session that College Program students usually get either, mine was a nice 8 hour session learning everything there is to know about the goals and how Disney was founded. After about 2 hours of sitting in the classroom, we got a nice 10 minute break to let us get up and stretch. When we came back, there were red boxes on the table.. I bet you’d never guess what was inside, Mickey Ears! So after getting my first set of Mickey Ears, the day just kept dragging on.
Once lunch time hit, I felt as though I could breathe again. But before we went to lunch all of the CP’s that were there were called, now guess what we got… Our Blue ID’s! For those of you who don’t know what the blue ID does, it gets us cast members into the parks free of charge, which is always nice. After our nice hour lunch break we came back and talked a bit more. I feel like I’m all talked out for the next year. But after that session, we went underground to Magic Kingdom which was pretty cool. Getting to see all the behind the scenes action was really interesting.. I loved it!
After traveling through Magic Kingdom, coming back wasn’t that bad. We got to finally meet our boss.. and if you don’t know who our boss is then you don’t know anything about Disney World. Our boss is the wonderful, Mickey Mouse! So after getting to see him (which was really cool) we all got our beautiful name tags! It’s so surreal to know that I am officially part of this World Wide Company that is so known! I still can’t believe it!
I know you’re all sitting there all jealous, I mean I would be too. Mickey Mouse is my boss, I work in the greatest place on Earth, I have another huge family.. What isn’t there to be jealous about? Maybe someday I’ll find out (probably not though.)
So I feel like you’re all waiting to hear about how Traditions went and how my first days of training are going… well I haven’t had any of this happen to me yet. Unfortunately, my background check is still pending and because of that I still have yet to attend Traditions which therefore means I cannot start my Training. It kind of stinks because I’ve been getting to see everyone get their name tags and ears and I haven’t gotten any of that. Hopefully I’ll get to attend one day soon.
I’ve been keeping busy though. I’ve been getting to go to Downtown Disney and watch all the awesome performers there and I got to get into Animal Kingdom yesterday, so it hasn’t been that bad. I’m just hoping I get a call tomorrow saying I can go to Traditions this week. Thankfully, I have great roommates who are willing to stay with me and travel random places with me.
Even though this is all happening, I just have to remain positive and realize that not everyone is lucky enough to go through this program. My head will be kept high, and once I get to start training I will be running through those parks like a mad woman, so just beware.
Today’s the big day- the day I move in for my program. I’ve never been so excited for something before. It’s crazy to think that for the next four months I’ll be living in Orlando and working for the Happiest Place on Earth. Thank you to all who have gotten me to this point in my life, you could never understand my gratitude to you.
Anyway, the day started back in the All Star Music Resort where we (my mom, myself, and sister) had been staying for the weekend. My check in time was 9-10 so we got to Vista Way at about 8:30, but we weren’t allowed to head in there yet so we turned around and went to the Dunkin Donuts across the street to get some coffee. By the time we got back, we were allowed to go in. We went in and found a parking spot and started walking to check in, not knowing they were immediately sent to a family and friends welcome center.
After checking in and going through line, I found out where I’d be working, where I’d be living, and I got my Housing ID! I will be working in Hollywood Studios as a Entrance Greeter and will be living in Chatham with 5 other girls. The fact that those are the two places I wanted to be made me realize even more that I am so blessed to be experiencing this.
Once learning about my locations for everything, I got on the bus and headed to Casting, which was actually pretty cool. This was where you found out your Traditions time and what your Training schedule was like. It was also the place where we all had to get our fingerprints done as well. Once I went through all of these steps I jumped back on the bus and headed to my new home. I got here and unpacked with my mom and sister and got to meet my lucky roomies (I guess you could call me the lucky one too.)
It’s still crazy to think that I’m one of the lucky members who get to spend time working at Disney. Blessed is definitely an understatement when it comes to this opportunity. But what I will always keep in the back of my mind is the fact that there was a point where doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to reach this far in my life, and I’m proving them wrong and showing them I can do anything I put my mind to.
So before my move in on Tuesday, my mom, myself, and my sister decided to check out what my life will be like. We decided to have some fun in the parks for the weekend, and obviously get me more excited for what’s to come. I can’t decide who had more fun while we were there, but I can tell you I was the one who was the most excited for what was to come. Seeing what I’d get to be doing and seeing all the people made me realize how many people I’d get to make happy and all the dreams I’d get to make come true, and that’s definitely going to be the best feeling there is.
Hiya! My name’s Molly, and you have officially stepped behind the scenes of my journey through the Disney College Program, Fall 2015. I will be working in Quick Service Food and Beverage while in Disney, and will be down there from September 8 (one week from today!) until January 4.
I hope to update my blog as often as possible while I’m down there. This is the way I plan to keep my family, friends, and fans all caught up and intrigued with my new Disney life. You’re welcome.
I’ve only been to Disney once and it was when I was younger so therefore I don’t really remember much. What I do know though, is that I’ve always wanted to be part of the DCP and now I am! I couldn’t be more excited for my time down there to begin and couldn’t be more blessed for this opportunity. So thank you all for sending your unconditional love and support.
Now real quick, before I wrap things up, here is a little bit about myself for those of you who don’t know me too well or just want to get to know me better:
I’m 21 years young, and a senior at Merrimack College majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Communication. I enjoy reading, photography, talking, and pretending I’m funny even if no one else does.
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