Friday, August 20, 2010

Days Off

I just had my first two days off. I had yesterday and the day before off to play. I spent the first day at Epcot browsing and enjoying the day, and the second at Hollywood Studios enjoying thrills and laughs of all kinds. I've now eaten at 4 countries in the World Showcase, and I'm determined to eat at the rest of them at least once before I leave.

I FINALLY got to see Fantasmic again. The last time I saw it was in 2006 and it's my favorite night time show ever. The weather and my schedule finally decided to get along and allow me to see this wonderful show. I screamed like the silly fangirl I am when Mickey appeared on stage, and enjoyed watching Mandie be blown away by the Lion King and Pocahontas portions of the show.

I've decided going to the parks after or before work just takes too much out of me so I think I might save my trips to the parks for my days off. I'm not completely dismissing visits before work (considering it looks like I'm going to be working a lot of mid-morning through late night shifts). I really want to spend my next day off at the Magic Kingdom, but I feel like I should pay a visit to the Animal Kingdom since I haven't been to DAK since 2006 and I REALLY want to see the Finding Nemo musical.

Anyway, I'm almost done with my training. My last night of training is tonight, and then I've got one more assessment and then an evaluation with one of my managers. After that I get put into the regular rotation. I can't wait until I fall into a comfortable routine with this job. Once I do that my life will feel a lot more balanced, haha.

I'm hoping to find time to edit together lots of vlogs real soon. I'm sorry it's taken me so long, but I do have footage of lots of stuff! I just have to edit it all together and upload it.

That's all for now though! Until next time, have a magical day!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Check In Day

All right, so time for the next part of my journey.

Check in day.

I met Mandie, Sarah, and Michelle at Pop Century at around 6:15ish. We all headed over to Vista and got in line with Rachael and Elysia. We waited for about an hour, and then we were directed to the Vista club house where we filled out some forms and got our housing assignment. Then we were whisked away to casting where we turned in our on boarding paperwork. That took about an hour. After that we moved into our apartment. We ended up in Patterson in a 3 bedroom. It's very nice. I recorded a video tour for the blog (I'll be working on posting all of that on one of my days off next week).

We unpacked and relaxed for a bit before heading over to The Commons for our housing meeting. Which was long, and only slightly boring. We had very entertaining leaders for the housing meeting so it wasn't too bad.

That was basically it. The rest of the day was spent buying groceries and unpacking.

I'm currently in the middle of training, and so far training has been lots of fun. I've all ready had Traditions, and Discovery Day (Park Orientation) where super secret things I'm not allowed to tell you about happened (All awesome). Every one is really nice. I love working at Epcot so far. You'll find that just like the parks themselves their cast members all have different vibes too. Everyone I've encountered at Epcot seems very laid back and chill. It makes training there very comfortable. I'm enjoying it.

My schedule is jam packed, but with the Food & Wine Festival coming up and LOTS of CPs leaving they need all of us new cast members trained and ready to go very quickly. I'm loving my location and my co-workers. Epcot has such a diverse group of cast members. I've been meeting awesome people from all over the world.

I think I have the best job ever. For real.

That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Road Trip

Hey guys! So I'm sitting in my living room with my lap top, and since I finally have a spare moment I've decided to blog. Haha.

We'll start with part 1 of my College Program journey.

The road trip.

We actually ended up leaving Thursday night. We left around 10:30 PMish, and got to our hotel JUST over the Georgia state line around 4 AM. We slept for 6 hours and then got back out on the road. We got to our hotel at 3:30 and then waited about an hour for our room to be ready. (During this time I was forced to deal with an extremely rude bellman.)

When our room was finally ready we went to Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney for dinner. (Best. Sandwich. Ever.) and shopped for a bit. Then we all collapsed and got up super early to go to the Magic Kingdom. We hit the highlights (had very short wait times) and then headed over to Hollywood Studios around 4:30. Again, we hit the highlights (I found out Fantasmic is only performed a few nights a week now. Sadness.) and then we ate dinner at Sci-Fi Dine In (so good!) and then we went home for more rest.

Saturday we hit Islands of Adventure. We headed straight for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We waited 90 minutes to ride the Forbidden Journey, and then attempted to shop a bit. I bought a wand. More specifically I bought Remus Lupin's wand (because he's my favorite). Then we walked over to The Lost Continent and did Poseidon's Fury (LOVE that attraction, and our guide was AWESOME. For real. Hilarious.) We hit the rest of the park and then went BACK to WWoHP after riding Spiderman. I tried a Butterbeer and bought the souvenir mug to go with it. Eventually we hit every attraction possible for one day (AND blasted people with the water cannons outside of Ripsaw Falls).

Sunday we went First Baptist of Orlando, ate at Chevy's, and then shopped some more at Downtown Disney. Then the PRE CHECK IN DINNER! YAY! Where Michelle and I might two room mates for our third bedroom! Elycia and Rachael. We finalized plans for the next morning and hung out a bit, and then I went back to the hotel and went to bed early. Because...


I'll post my check in adventures tomorrow night probably. :)

I have Traditions tomorrow, so I should probably go to bed soon. That's all for now!

Until next time, have a magical day!

Monday, August 09, 2010


I'm here in Orlando at my apartment in Patterson!

I'm so excited! I'm all unpacked. I just have a few things left to do (talk to security about my car, register for classes) until I'm completely settled. My parents are leaving Wednesday morning (which is also the day I have Traditions.)

Anyway, I'm about to make a grocery run to Wal-Mart and see if I can find the front desk. Then I think I'm going to dinner with my parents. :)

I've met a bunch of my fellow bloggers over the last few days. (the roomie Michelle, Jasmine, Molly. And I think I briefly spotted Lauren in a line the other day).

I don't think it's hit me that I'm actually here yet. It will probably hit me when I go to Disney University for Traditions on Wednesday.

But that's all for right now. I'll talk about Check in in more detail later.

Until next time, have a magical day!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I'll be at Disney to check in on the 11th, can't wait!

YAY! That's exciting! Hope your travels and packing go smoothly! :)

Ask me anything

Tales of a Disney College Program Hopeful -- Vlog #33

(5) days until check in
(1) day until I leave

Okay, so I'm sitting here posting to the blog on my lap top for probably the last time ever before I leave for Florida. And I can honestly say, that I don't think being *this* close to Disney has hit me yet. It probably won't hit me until we check in to our hotel tomorrow evening. Anyway I'll be filming EVERYTHING, but I won't be able to edit it together until I'm settled in Florida so this will probably be my last vlog for a bit. BUT I will be updating the blog VERY frequently.

I can update the blog from my phone so I'll be keeping you guys informed that way for the first four days I'm there. Also if you don't yet, follow me on Twitter. I can update Twitter from my phone as well, so that will be updated a lot too.

Today I'm doing some last minute things to get ready. I'm going to clean out my car, and then I'm going to run to Target and get some things I need. After that I'll stop by Wal-Mart (and use my gift card) to get gas. Then we'll probably start packing up the cars. :D

The time has come (the Walrus said). This time tomorrow I will be on my way to the Sunshine State and the most magical place on Earth. Who's excited? I AM!

The next time you hear from me, I'll be on my way to my adventure of a lifetime! That's all for today, folks! Until next time, have an EXTREMELY magical day! <3!

Vliggity-Vlog Explosion

(5) Days until check in
(1) Days until I leave for Orlando

I've got SEVERAL videos to post on here today. I posted a ton of footage on my channel yesterday. It's all from my farewell weekend. The first two vlogs are from my family send off party.

Part 1

Part 2

The next three videos are of the Just Dance party that some friends and I had at my house. It was a lot of fun! :)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

There will be one last vlog before I leave. It will be posted tonight probably.

That's all for now! Until next time, have a magical day!