Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Arrives!

So, basically, here's what's happening: I'm loving this right now.

It's Halloween, and with the great change in the weather there is a great change in everyone's mood. It was time for summer to be over and take the heat with it! Everyone is playing dress up right now for Halloween parties, on property and off, and for the first time in my life I don't know what to wear!

Epcot Food and Wine festival is still going on with the Eat to the Beat concert series! Sugar Ray was a great concert--who knew that guy is so hilarious? And he brought kids on the stage to dance. Brownie points. I'm getting excited for Hanson and Boyz II Men...

Also, new roommates! The original 8 are now the original 3, with some new additions. We're a crazy bunch, but it's fun!

On a different note, my advice for anyone coming to this program or really moving any place away from home is get connected with a church group and stay involved! The people of Concord Street Church of Christ have taken me in and made me feel at home. Love my Concord family!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I got lost today in Cinderella's castle. On a royal errand and searching for an elusive ballroom, I took the first set of stairs I saw and walked all the way to the top. Seeing a door, I opened it and walked in. I was faced with yet another doorway, this one open. Loud music and light streamed in as I stepped forward, craning my neck to see what was beyond the open door...

Bam! Castle stage. Good thing Malificent didn't catch me...

Monday, June 28, 2010


By the way, I think it is VERY important to share with you our need to save the "Disney magic". There are a lot of things I would love to tell you about my experience here at Disney, but only part of my work is appropriate to share. I cannot in any way reveal or jeopardize priviledged Disney information (or I will be TERMINATED!)

So, as a precaution, please help me out. If you send me an email, message, comment, or post and I don't respond, or I delete it, it is NOT because I don't love you! (Trust me, being so far away from home, I LOVE getting all the comments and messages I can!) It is only to save my skin and to protect the magic I grew up with and now have learned to appreciate so much more.

Thanks for helping me save the magic (and my job!). Trust me, I will tell you all you need to know about my fun in the sun here in Orlando! :) It really is exciting!!

Pictures to come soon! It just takes longer to upload them here than on facebook...


Hey! Okay, so I know, I know, it's been WAY too long since my update! So much has happened-- here we go!

Week one: Move in and training.
I am in an 8-person apartment at the Chatham Square complex. There are 4 CP (College Program) complexes: Chatham, Patterson, The Commons (for international students), and Vista Way (rated #2 in the nation next to Playboy for you can guess what... SICK!) Anyway, I'm glad I got Chatham! If you or anyone you know decides to do the CP, request Chatham or Patterson! The apartments here are beautiful and our apt is in a coldisack area sort-of that is rather quiet. (Except the early-morning MOWERS!) My roomies are great! We all get along great so far, and we try to hang out when we can. It's getting harder now to do that since we all work different shifts and at different locations! Six of us work at Magic Kingdom, one at Animal Kingdom, and one at Hollywood Studios, and we all have totally different experiences to share each day. I love it!

Today I'm doing some much needed laundry. The washers/dryers here are exactly like the ones at OC, so I'm glad I knew how to operate them already. I need to go on a grocery run! There is a Publix within walking distance that most CP students go to if they didn't bring a car, but I like to drive to Walmart. The bus will also take you to Walmart, but the trip could total 2 hrs. No go for me!

Now for the fun stuff: TRAINING!

Disney training is fun although much of the information is your boring safety and standard business talk. Disney Traditions is a 4-hour (one-time) class that all CP students must take before even beginning work. That's where I got my nametag from Mickey! After Traditions, each CP student receives a work schedule and then goes for further specified training within one or several parks. My training mostly took place at EPCOT. All Disney employees are called "cast members", and we can access almost all needed information on a website called "The Hub".

My training lasted 5 days, and almost each day my group of 11 worked with a different pair of trainers. I had a really fun group! Now that I go to work by myself, I'm missing them all! It's not the same showing up each day to get dressed and warm up alone! I am making new friends, though, and I have six more months to meet more people!

If I want to perform in upcoming Halloween and Christmas parades and shows I have to put in a preference request and then, if selected, complete more training. (So I don't actually have a say in what I am/am not selected for, just what I would prefer.) I am considering these options, but right now I have a lot on my plate already! ....But I just keep imagining dressing up fancy for the Christmas parade walking along Main Street--right behind Regis and Kelly!!! So I'll probably try for it...

Sunday is 4th of July! I haven't seen my schedule yet, so I don't know if I'm working or not. I've been hearing great things about the Disney 4th of July fireworks show, so I hope that can work into my evening plans!

Hmm... well tonight I am going to party like a madwoman at the Tomorrowland Dance Party. I was there Saturday night and got a good workout. I must be crazy to go back THREE times this week! Haha, but it's fun. The dance party is a summer thing at a big stage next to Space Mountain where Goofy, Pluto, Stitch, Chip, and Dale take turns dancing along with guests to all kinds of crazy songs. I did not know the Miley Cyrus Ho-Down Throw-Down. Nor did I know the Miley Cyrus Ice Cream dance?? Don't know. But by the end of the week I will probably be dancing it in my sleep. That's unfortunate. On the plus side, I've been sweating so much lately that my sweat seriously does not smell anymore...

For the record, I have also watched the Little Mermaid twice in the past week and consider myself quite the expert now. That's a great movie.

I suppose now I need to go make some early dinner and other general housekeeping things! Until next time, ciao!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Bah! I can't believe it's already been three full days here in my apartment at Chatham Square! Things have been rushing by so quickly, but mostly it's been REALLY busy with excitement!

I am living in a four bedroom, 2 1/2 bath apartment with 7 other girls--awesome! We stay up late at night and talk and hang out every chance we get. Love it! Our apartment is pretty big and really bright; the long windows and Florida sunshine make me happy.

Here's some pics of our apt (pre move-in/decorating):

So, move-in day was fun. There are college students here from all over the United States and all over the world. There are actually a lot of international students, and most work at EPCOT. I met two funny girls from South Africa on the bus the other day who tried to teach me the real meaning of a "truck".

The college program and cast member bus system here is pretty good. It does take a while, but only because of all the stops. I'm still trying to figure out my fine print bus schedule... one day I'll get the 24 hour time schedule down. Maybe for now I'll drive to work just in case...

Today I got my NAME TAG! Yes, it's official: I work at Disney. Check it.

And um, I know this is way short, but I'm completely pooped and have to get ready for bed. I promise there is MUCH more to come!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hi! Welcome to the blog of all things great and Disney!
I'll be your host as I take you behind the scenes and into the life of a WDW College Program intern! In this blog you'll get the exciting scoop on what's happening in the world-famous theme parks of Orlando, Florida--or at least everything I'm allowed to tell!
So get excited!

This blog is going to be awesome!
I just need to graduate first...
Updates SOON to come!