Still Children at Heart

This week my friend and mentor, Molly, came to visit me with her mother. She and Bert were here refreshing their pixie dust. It was nice to have a blast of familiarity, especially before the busy season.

We toured New Fantasyland (which I still get a thrill from), from flying on Dumbo, to telling the enchanting love story of Belle and her Beast. I highly recommend that everyone try Lafoo’s Brew. It is a delicious frozen apple juice with hints of marshmallow, and a pomegranate mango froth.

Most of all, I get a sense of pride walking people through the Mermaid area. Molly and Bert enjoyed all of the hidden secrets I was able to share. I’ve learned that I am emotionally attached to Under the Sea, and that it will always be a special part of me.

A few rides, and a parade later, we set off for Hollywood Studios. We rocked out on a roller coaster, fell into the Twilight Zone, and saw Fantasmic! What I really enjoyed was the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, a Disney tradition I hadn’t experienced. The backlot area is filled with over 5 million LED lights, dancing to some Christmas tunes. “Snow” fell around us, and for the first time I finally felt like Christmas was on it’s way.

Here’s a taste of the Dancing Lights!

Overall, it was nice to experience the Disney magic with veterans of the parks, but still children at heart.

Thanks for sharing your Disney stories with me, Molly and Bert! I loved being able to spend time with you!

-The Memory Maker

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Life is di’ bubbles!

4:30- *hits alarm*

6:00- On the bus to orientation

7:15- Orientation begins in the Cast Member Cafeteria.

7:30-10:30- Tour of the Magic Kingdom. My orientation group went from park to park, learning about the themes behind each of the areas. We discussed the infinite amounts of knowledge each cast member should be prepared to share with a guest.
What time is the 3:00 parade?
Where can I buy a churro?
Why does the castle have a blue roof?
Yes, people ask these questions. Yes, I need to know the answers to every one of them. To learn these answers, I have to study a pamphlet of information updated weekly.

10:30- Broke off into my training team. I learned today that I am going to be working the Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction in the New Fantasyland! I AM SO EXCITED! By working this attraction, that means a few things.

A. I spend a lot of my day in an air conditioned building
B. I have a sweet costume
C. I see guests both young and young-at-heart light up with excitement for The Little Mermaid

11-12:30- Can’t be a cast member without a costume. We took a trip to the Costume building where I tried on my new work outfit. And can I just say, this is one of the less-dorky outfits. I’m enthralled.

1- Lunch. Finally.

2-4- As a new member of the Fantasyland family, I was able to experience multiple different attractions without waiting in line. Enchanted Tales with Belle was amazing! Perfect for a little princess. Mickey’s PhilharMagic was adorable. Obviously, I thought Under the Sea was the best.

But seriously? I got paid to try on costumes and go on rides. How cool is that?

I must have one amazing Fairy Godmother, because this experience has been nothing but magical!

Excuse me as I go comb my curls with a dinglehopper.

-The Memory Maker

A Long, Exciting Day

Today was one of those days that will be burned in my mind as one of the best days of my life.

Before today I had 3 things I was worried about. As Eric can probably vouch for, I have been saying these three statements for the past 4 months:

“God, I hope I have a good job.”
“What if I have shitty roommates?”
“I am just worried I won’t have any friends.”

Today I found out that I am working in Attractions in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. This is an UNBELIEVABLY wonderful placement. Good job? Check.

I met my 5 suite mates today and believe that every one of them is amazing, normal, and fun. I cannot wait to get to know them better. And my roommate, Bonnie, is an absolutely perfect match for me. She is nerdy, funny, and about to have a lonely 5-month long distance relationship with her boyfriend too. We have so much in common, it’s crazy. Good roommates? Check.

Through the winding lines of registration, I was pushed into a situation where I met a lot of different people. Each one of them was friendly, talkative, and made this nerve-wracking day easy as can be. Every person here is meant to be a Disney employee, and therefore an easy friend to make. I am not at all worried that I am going to make some lasting friendships in this program. Friends? Check.

So far, everything has been working out for me. Let’s hope that continues throughout the program!

Look at these pictures from today!! Have you done the Program before? Any words of wisdom?

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-The Memory Maker