Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Headed back home tomorrow! :D

So, I leave for my Disney World trip tomorrow! It's really only a long weekend, but it will totally be worth it! I plan on doing a full trip report when I get back! I'm going to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on Friday and then the 40th Anniversary at Magic Kingdom on Saturday.

So I'll have lots to report.

Expect pictures and videos and a summary of our days in the parks.

I'll be back late Monday night! :D

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Updating the Blog Role

So, I looked around and found a few blogs to use to update the blog role. If you have a blog you'd like to have added to the role then let me know! Leave it in the comments or leave it in a question on my Tumblr!

I'm looking for people who are in the middle of their program or who are getting ready to apply for/start a program.

I hope you guys can help my find some good ones! Thanks in advance!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Planning Tips for Disney World

I leave for my Disney trip and reunion with my CP roommate in about 6 days, and since my trip is so close I wanted to talk to you guys about planning a Disney trip. It's really not as complicated as it seems. I'll walk you through what we did step by step.

1: Decide to go. (Pretty obvious, haha)
2: Decide when to go:

This step for us meant figuring out what we wanted to do. We decided we wanted to plan our trip around Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Then I looked at the special offers on the Walt Disney World website, and got together a few price quotes. The Disney World website makes getting prices very easy. We decided to go to a party in September in the hopes that those parties would be less crowded, and because there was a "$69 dollars a night until the end of September" deal going on at the time. After looking at the Disney World events Calendar, Michelle mentioned wanting to go to the Food and Wine Festival as well (which starts on September 30th) and so that put our trip at the very end of September.

And that's basically what you want to do to decide when to go. Look at the events going on in the area and see if there are any you're just dying to go to, and then check out any promotional offers the resort has going. Usually they have a few going on in early fall because it's their slow season. You also want to decide if you want to go during peak season or off season. There are advantages to both. I prefer off season because it gives you more time in your schedule due to shorter lines.

3: Decide on your budget:

Quote prices for all your options. I like to get a quote for my dream vacation (the most ideal trip you would want to take), a quote for a more reasonable vacation, and then a quote for an economy vacation (cheap). Once we had quotes for each it was easier to figure out what we could afford. Michelle and I went for economy this time around. Which basically means: short stay at a value resort with no meal plan or water park tickets.

When you prepare your quotes make sure you plan for travel expenses and food while you're there. Forgetting those could throw your budget way off. Do a little research on which airlines would be the most sensible for you or make sure to check on current gas prices and calculate how much gas money you'd need.

A food budget is a little easier. This is when you decide if you want to make any reservations, and if so where, and then factor in the prices that Disney will have listed on the restaurants summary page. We decided on reservations at two places and I found the estimated per person price on Disney's website. I usually try to plan for ten dollars above the price they give, just in case. If you don't plan on any reservations and just want to eat cheap then please remember you're going to Disney. Disney is not "cheap" in the normal sense. Plan at least $10 dollars for every meal, just in case. If you come in under budget then that's great! You'll have more money to spend on souvenirs, but you want to be positive that you have your meals covered.

(Personal tip from me: Get a kids meal. They come with plenty of food, and are half the price. Plus, you don't want to eat anything too heavy while you're out playing in the parks in the hot sun. A light satisfying lunch is the way to go, and kids meals are the perfect solution for that. They usually include a main entree, a side (usually fruit), a drink, and a dessert. Trust me, it's plenty.)

4: Decide how you want to book your vacation:

You can book a couple of different ways. You can use a travel agent, you can book a vacation package with the resort itself, or you can still book through Disney but buy your tickets and book your room separately. There are advantages to each of these.

A travel agent will know all the special promotions and may have access to discounts that you can't get any other way. Plus, they can often help you stay within your budget.

A vacation package is perfect for families. It will include special perks (a t-shirt voucher at Planet Hollywood, discounts for mini golf, etc.) and allow you to keep all your reservations together (which means less paperwork to keep up with). Often times for vacation packages Disney will link your park tickets with your room key which will make your ticket easier to keep up with as well. Packages can also include Meal Plans which will (if you learn how to work it right) help to make your meals more affordable.

For college students or people on a shoe string budget I recommend buying your tickets and booking your room separately. There are two reasons for this: 1) The extra perks that come with the package cost extra. (Yes you do technically pay for those perks). 2) This makes it easier to plan. (One person doesn't have to pay the bill and then count on other people paying them back.) You can each buy your own tickets and make your own travel plans this way. (Be careful with Magical Express though. Your group will have to be arriving on the same flight for all of you to take advantage of this free resort service.)

5: Once you've made your final it! (again pretty clear)
6: Don't forget to book a flight if you need one!

Don't wait too late! The sooner you book the more affordable it will be. Airlines give discounts to people who book in advance. The closer you're trip is the more expensive airfare will be.

7: As the trip gets closer make sure you have all your reservations confirmed and your travel documents in one place.

I suggest having a binder with all of your e-mail receipts and confirmation numbers in it. I have one ready to go for my trip. All of my necessary documents are inside it (including my Magical Express booklet and Photopass card that I was sent in advance). Pack it in your carry on and keep it with you. This will make it easier when you're picking up tickets from will call or checking in at your hotel.


Never be afraid to act like a kid. That's what the Disney Parks are all about! That's what Walt himself wanted for every guest! Be as silly as you want! Ride your favorite attractions over and over! Meet all your favorite characters! Never feel like you're "too old" or "too cool" for Disney. That attitude will take all the fun out of your trip! Let go and be a kid! That's truly the ONLY way to enjoy Disney World!

And those, ladies and gents and variations there of, are my tips for planning your Disney World vacation. I hope I helped somebody out there in some small way. And if you have any further questions feel free to let me know on my Tumblr. I'll be happy to answer them there!

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

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Tales of a Disney College Program Hopeful -- Vlogs #42, 43, and 44

These three vlogs are the LAST of my Disney College Program footage. This footage ranges from the beginning of November to the middle of December. So most of it is Christmas themed, haha. But that's okay. It'll get you in the spirit ahead of time!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy! :D

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Post College Life

Okay, so to get this "new" phase of my blog kicked off I think I should update you on what my life is like right now.

I graduated in May from Appalachian State University with a degree in Communication, Advertising. I've been looking for a "big girl job" as I call it since February. I haven't found one yet, but I'm still searching. In the meantime I got a part time job at Build-a-Bear!

I love working at Build-a-Bear. It's a lot like my merchandise role at Disney because I'm still creating something magical for all of our guests. Plus, we have Disney merchandise at Build-a-Bear. There are princess dresses for the bears! They're so cute!

I miss Disney like crazy though. My mother says I'm "possessed". (I moved back in with them by the way. I don't make enough to pay for an apartment at the moment.) I still talk to people from my program and I miss them dearly!

In about 29 days I'll be going on a Disney trip with my old CP roomie, Michelle! I've got that all planned and paid for, and I'll be going into detail about that in another post very soon! Also, I'm working on posting the last of my Disney footage. I'll be putting together a multi-episode vlog post probably tomorrow sometime! So be on the look out for that!

But that's my life at the moment: Working part time, looking for a full time job, hanging out, and dreaming of Disney.

I have a question I'd like my reader's opinions on, though. I'm thinking of changing my URL as I am no longer a "dcphopeful" but I'm not sure what I should change it to. If you have any ideas leave me a comment or send me an ask on my Tumblr! (

Until next time, have a magical day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Small Changes Make a World of Difference!

Updated the header and the countdown.

Yes, I'll be going to Disney World in 35 days! I'm going to do a post about planning the trip, and the other little details that go with it. And I'll also do a trip report when I get back!

Anyway, I promised you guys that I would expand this blog's content and the new header is the start of that! (since I am no longer a Disney College Program hopeful, haha.)

Be on the lookout! I'll be updating soon!

Monday, May 23, 2011

"Oh Gee, I wish I was back in the army..."

Well, my time with Disney is officially over. I'm a civilian.

My ex-roomie, Michelle, and I joke that working for the mouse is like working for the army. You have experiences that many people just don't get, you know secrets you're not allowed to share, and once your time is done the only people who really understand what it's like are your former co-workers. All of College Program kids are veterans of Mickey's army. (Hence the video clip at the top of this entry.)

Now, I've got to get back to civilian life.

And it's harder than you think.

I haven't worked for Disney since January, but there has always been that hope that I would get a Professional Internship and be back down there full time. I didn't get that last internship. So, now I know for sure that I will not be returning to Disney. But that's okay. Life goes on and I'll survive. It might actually be better to return purely as a guest next time I visit the Wide World of the Mouse.

In the meantime, I'm spending most of my time searching for a job. Any job, anywhere, doing anything. I mean, yes, I would love to put my degree to use, but I if I can't I will accept something else. I will work retail if I have to. I just need money coming in from somewhere. Eventually, I want something I can be truly passionate about, but for just starting out...I really just need good hours and good money. I have credit card bills to pay, a car payment I need to take over for my parents, student loans I need to start saving to take care of, and a Disney World trip to pay for and plan. Also, I would really like to be able to afford my own place.

None of this can happen, though, if I don't have a job. And, let me tell you, getting a job is harder than it sounds. I have a portfolio, I have a resume. I think both are very good, but so far they haven't gotten me much. I'm stressed out about it. I mean, to the point that I want to cry every time someone asks me, "So, how's the job search going?"

Not well, people. It's not going well. And I feel like, because of this, people don't think I'm trying. They think I'm only applying for things in my field. I'm not. I'm applying for everything. Only no one seems to feel like hiring me.

Anyone who is currently in college, don't be fooled by flowery words about how a degree will change your life. It's good to have, but it doesn't mean you'll automatically be offered a job. Yes, employer's want degrees, but they also want several years of experience to go along with it. Something a fresh college graduate can't get if no one is will to give said "fresh college graduate" a chance. So, don't do what I did in college. I waited until my second to last year to start looking for internships. Start looking right away. There are a ton out there. They don't even have to be the DCP. Just find as many as you can and apply. The more hands on experience you have the better. Trust me on this one, folks.

Alright, that's all for today. I have errands to run today, but let me tell you that over the next few weeks there will be some changes to the blog. I still have footage from the program to post, but this blog will no longer be strictly about the program. I want to offer up an insider's knowledge on Disney to anyone planning to apply for the college program or take a Disney World trip. If you have questions, ask them. I will be happy to help in any way that I can.

I will try to pay more attention to my formspring. I may just start a new one all together as my old one tends to be spammed by other users and spambots. I know I currently have a few older questions on my formspring that I missed. I apologize to those of you who asked me something forever ago. You deserved an answer before now, and you will get one soon (even if you've already gotten the answer from someone else.)

Anyways, so if you notice this blog start to look and sound different just know that I am still willing to talk to anyone about the program. It was the greatest adventure of my life, thus far, and I am more than happy to pass on any knowledge or advice that I may have.

Thanks so much for reading! Best wishes to all of you, and good luck to any future Disney College Program students!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A Tribute to Star Tours (the Original)

So, Today, as I'm sure some of you know, is Star Wars Day. And while I was preparing my Top 5 list on my favorite Hollywood Studios attractions I noticed I had "Tribute to Star Tours" typed out in my notes. And then I thought, "What better way to celebrate Star Wars Day then by dedicating a whole post to the original Star Tours attraction?"

So, let me take a moment to say: "May the fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars Day!" And I hope that this post will help you get in the Star Wars Day spirit!

Star Tours was and will forever be one of my favorite Hollywood Studios attractions. Sadly, I knew I wouldn't be able to include it in my Top 5 list because the version I know so well is no more, and the new one hasn't opened yet (nor have I ridden it.) So, my original plan was to dedicate a snippet to Star Tours in the "Honorable Mentions" section of my Top 5 post. But now it's going to get it's own article.

I don't care that some people called it "dated" or that they felt the ride was too bumpy. Star Tours was the perfect Star Wars attraction. It truly felt as if you had stepped into the original trilogy. There was no trace of the prequels in sight (another reason I loved this attraction.) The pre-ride videos were absolutely hysterical. So many Star Wars reference in such a short video always amazed me.

One thing I dearly hope doesn't change too much is the Queue line. I love The Star Tours Queue line just like it is. The ships, the droids, the decor. I love it all. I will be sorely disappointed if all of that has changed whenever I finally get a chance to ride Star Tours 2.

While I was on my program the original Star Tours was still open for a good portion of it. I made a habit out of riding Star Tours at least twice every time I visited Hollywood Studios. I knew it would be going away soon and I wanted to make sure I would remember the original no matter what. Unlike most I have been skeptical about Star Tours 2 from the beginning, but as I was working for Disney World when the original was shut down I am, actually, very anxious to ride the new one.

I've heard many things about it, and while I will miss the original dearly I still believe the re-imagined Star Tours will be loads of fun. But I hope no one will ever forget the truly awesome original Star Tours and it's amazing themeing. My first trip to Disney World only consisted of two of the four parks: Epcot and Hollywood Studios (then MGM). Star Tours was one of the very first things I rode, and I remember being blown away by the environment. I was absolutely thrilled. I felt as if I stepped into the universe of one of my all time favorite film franchises, and that will forever be one of my favorite Disney memories. I hope Star Tours 2 keeps that same spirit, and that it will be a part of a new generations favorite Disney memories as well.

Happy Star Wars Day, and, once again, may the fourth be with you!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Top 5 Animal Kingdom Attractions

5. Finding Nemo: The Musical

 I have a nephew who adores Finding Nemo. I love it too, of course, but not as much as he does. So, when I went down to Disney for my program I knew I had to see Finding Nemo the Musical. It was one of the things on my Disney bucket list, and I was NOT disappointed. This was a very good show. One of the Disney World show's with the best production quality. This show, honestly, could be lengthened and translate to Broadway very easily. The music was wonderful, and the audience interaction made the show that much more enjoyable. My favorite moment from the entire show was the number "Swim Together" (that's the number in the picture above.) It was absolutely adorable.

4. Expedition Everest

I got to go to Disney World the first summer Expedition Everest opened back in 2006. That was my first ever trip to the Animal Kingdom and only my second trip to Walt Disney World as a whole. So, I do sort of have this strange emotional connection to Expedition Everest. I remember at the time being very excited to see this new Disney attraction. I had been following it's progress online through various means, and couldn't wait to actually ride it. This is a very thrilling ride. There are twists and turns that you don't expect, and close encounter with the legendary yeti. Another plus for this ride is the quality of it's theme. Unless you're line is insanely short and you can walk right on don't ignore the Yeti Museum as you walk through the line. It really adds to the experience of the ride.

3. The Festival of the Lion King

This is an AMAZING show. One of the best on Disney property. There's acrobatics, singing, dancing, audience interactions, characters, and lots of audience interactions. Plus it's in the round so there's really not a bad seat in the entire venue. Most impressive part for me though? The Tumble Monkeys (as pictured above). They're hilarious and their display is extremely impressive. The vocalists in this show are the best in any show across Disney World. They sing the songs you know and love even better than they were sung in the movie. It's just an excellent show that you'll have to see to really enjoy.

2. Dinosaur

Okay, I'll confess I'd forgotten how thrilling this attraction was. Again, I rode this for the first time in 2006 and didn't ride it again until 2010. In four years my recall of this ride had deteriorated. I remembered there wasn't a drop like Jurassic Park at Universal Studios. I remembered it sent you back in time, and I remembered you were sent back just minutes before all the dinosaurs were destroyed. But I had forgotten how many close encounters you have with carnivores. When I finally got the chance to ride it again I found myself absolutely terrified, but terrified in the best way possible. Dinosaur is a thrill ride and a half. Definitely one of the best attractions at the Animal Kingdom.

1. Kilimanjaro Safaris

By far the absolute best attraction at the Animal Kingdom. This attraction takes up the majority of the land that the Animal Kingdom calls home. Essentially this is the real life version of the Jungle Cruise. Although, you're not in a boat. You're in a safari truck. Your guide takes you around in this truck and you see the various animals they have at the Animal Kingdom. It truly is amazing to see these animals. Not only do you get to see them, but you just might get to help your guide take out some poachers. This is a very fun attraction that your entire family will enjoy. Make sure you don't go too late or too early in the day. The most animals are out about in the middle of the day.

Honorable Mention: It's Tough to Be a Bug

It's Tough to be a Bug is the 3D (well, technically 4D I suppose) film that's shown inside the Tree of Life. You watch a show presented by Flick and the rest of the gang from A Bug's Life. It's adorable. But beware of stink bugs and spiders. (The spiders were my least favorite part). There are elements that may scare little ones so be careful when taking toddlers or preschoolers.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Top 5 Locations at Dowtown Disney

5. Arribas Brothers

The Arribas Brothers actually have a store on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom. It's just not called the Arribas Brothers.  The store features amazing glass sculptures and pieces of jewelry. As well as some items with amazing crystal work. Majority of the items in this store and it's sister store in the Magic Kingdom are very expensive. You'll find collectible porcelain plates here as well (I got one with Aurora and Prince Phillip on it as a birthday gift from my amazing room mate). This is a wonderful place to browse. I always made a point to wander through Arribas Brothers whenever I went to Downtown Disney if only so I could mark a few things down on my ultimate wish list in my head.

4. Art of Disney 

There are Art of Disney stores at the Magic Kingdom and at Epcot. There is also a smaller store in Hollywood Studios that sells the same merchandise but I'm not sure if it's technically considered an Art of Disney store. But, for me, I think the one at Downtown Disney is the best. They're the largest one on Disney property and the variety of art that they have is just amazing. If I had the money I would have bought so many awesome pieces of art from them. They also have wonderful little trinkets that collectors will enjoy. They have figurines and trinket boxes. I was given a trinket box with Maleficent on it from another one of my wonderful room mates. She bought it at Art of Disney. Art of Disney also has a computer system where you can look through their archives and order a print. You can order it at whatever size you want, and you can even order to have it framed. I spent hours browsing through their collection of prints just to see if there was anything I would have to spend my money on.

Again this store is a bit more pricey. They do have character sketches by artists that are very affordable in the store, but most of the artwork is rather expensive. But, still, it is fun to browse. Also you'll find Vinylmation in a lot of Art of Disney locations, and in most you'll find the mystery trading boxes as well. So if you're a Vinylmation collector Art of Disney is definitely the store for you.

3. AMC 24

What can I say about this theater? It is quite possibly the best place to see a movie ever. Now that I'm at home I miss AMC theaters but specifically THIS AMC theater. Their concessions stands can not be rivaled by anyone. They have chicken tenders (we're talking restaurant quality), ice cream, hot dogs (with actual "fixins" as we call them in my house),  and the most amazing series of Coke Freestyle machines you will ever see. What's a Coke Freestyle Machine?

THAT is a Coke Freestyle machine, and it is the coolest thing ever. It feels like there is an unlimited amount of drink choices when you're at that fountain machine. You can even mix and match different flavors. Want a Coke with a hint of orange? You can get regular Coke and add a bit of Orange Fanta. Another amazing thing about this machine? When you choose Cherry Coke it's not your average Cherry Coke. It's Coke with actual Cherry syrup. You wouldn't think it would taste any different, but I'm here to tell DOES. It's the most delicious Cherry Coke I've ever had.

But not only are their concessions amazing, but every auditorium is comfortable. The seats are probably the most spacious I've ever seen. Btw, if you're seeing a movie in Auditorium's HUGE. It has a balcony (always sit in the balcony. Preferably row heads or balcony railing to block your view.)

I saw so many movies at this theater. It was truly an enjoyable experience every time. The staff are wonderful (very friendly and helpful), and the theater itself is massive and very clean. A great place to go see a movie.

Clearly, I'm a movie geek. Can you tell?

2. World of Disney

The World of Disney Store is the largest Disney Store on all of Walt Disney World property. You can find anything and everything here. There's even a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique inside the store. Beside of the boutique is the largest selection of costumes you will ever find on property (for little girls. Sorry grown up girls, no costumes for you.) There's a whole room dedicated to toddlers. There's a section for plush (largest pook-a-looz selection after Mouse Gear at Epcot.) There's a section for women's clothes, men's clothes, little girl's clothes, little boy's clothes, kitchen ware and home goods, junior clothing, affordable souvenir odds and ends, and a section for high end items (such as the Douney & Bourke purses produced specifically for the Disney Parks.) It's essentially a Disney Parks department store. If you're there with your family be sure to keep an eye on them because if you don't it will take you at least fifteen minutes to find them again. (Trust me, it's that huge.) Also look out for Stitch. He's perched above one of the entrances to World of Disney. I learned the hard way that he does occasionally spit (usually on hot days).

1. Tren-D

Tren-D quickly became my favorite store. I spent way too much of my paycheck at this place. As their name states they have extremely trendy Disney merchandise for women. Purses, jewelry, clothing, and even a few books. Some items are affordable, but most are expensive. This store is home to the "Disney Couture" line of clothing and jewelry. It also has a selection of the Douney & Bourke pocket books you can find at World of Disney. The clothing is absolutely the cutest. Last time I was there they had items centered around Snow White, Cinderella, Alice, and Minnie Mouse. But if you look hard enough you'll find items for Jasmine, Pocahontas, Aurora, Daisy Duck, and the Disney Villains as well. These clothing items are not your traditional touristy park merchandise. These are more fashionable items that you will probably wear more often.

I adore this store, and really wish Disney would make this a franchise. I could see these in malls around the country. They would do very well.

Honorable Mentions:

Little Miss Matched: This is an adorable store, and one of only three in the nation I believe. This store is largely focused toward little girls and their moms. They have items that come in similar but mismatched sets of three. From socks to leg warmers everything comes in a mismatched set of three. I have several pairs of socks from this store, and I love them to death.

Earl of Sandwich: This quickly became one of my favorite places to eat. They have a special sandwich around Thanksgiving that is the most delicious thing I have ever tasted (it's turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy...on a sandwich.) Their year round selections are extremely yummy as well. Every sandwich is hot and delicious and yet somehow unique from any sandwich you've ever had before. Definitely give this place a try! You'll love it!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Update: May 1st is Finally Here!

So, today is May 1st.

The day that I was told I would hear back before, but to be honest I had a feeling it would be a bit longer to hear back from all of the internships I applied for.

When I applied, I applied for four PI's. I've heard back from three. Let's go through them shall we? Just to keep track of who I've heard from and what I heard.

Marketing Internship: I heard back from them before I even interviewed with a "Thank you for applying, but we've already narrowed down our candidates."

Marketing internship: The second marketing internship I applied for. I heard back from them before I even interviewed with an identical response to the other one: "Thank you for applying, but we've already narrowed down our candidates."

Creative, Inc Internship: I heard back from them on Good Friday with the very familliar response of: "Thank you for applying, but we've already narrowed down our candidates."

That leaves the Graphic Design internship which I still haven't heard back from. I'm going to assume that no news is good news. But it is a Sunday so we'll see what happens tomorrow. In the meantime, I've got several "Top 5" lists planned out to keep me busy. I also have more footage from my time on the program to edit together. Not to mention, I'm currently in the middle of exams and have graduation coming up in SIX days.

So, keep your fingers crossed! I'll keep you posted!

The customary Disney photo:

Oh Pixie Hollow, you will be missed. So long, Toon Town.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Top 5 Hollywood Studios Attractions

5. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Okay, I've decided there's really no point in me doing a long winded descriptions of each attraction, haha. But I will give you my opinions and maybe a few tips. This show is a lot of fun! The stunts are impressive and the show itself is very funny. Enjoyable for adults and kids a like. If you want to be a part of the show then make sure you come about twenty minutes before showtime. They just might pick you.

Also I suggest trying to sit in the middle section (to do this you probably need to be there about fifteen minutes before show time.) Don't worry once you sit down you can leave and go get a snack (as long as you have someone to save your seat). Coming fifteen minutes before showtime may sound like a drag, but it's a great time to rest. The theater is shaded and usually cooler than a few other places. So I suggest showing up early with a cold drink and a pretzel. Relax and enjoy some (much needed) time to slow down.

4. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

The Rockin' Roller Coaster is my dad's favorite ride in all of Disney World. He thinks it's the coolest ride in all of the Disney. I remember the first time we rode it. We were waiting in the queue and there was a "limo" waiting to be launched. Dad looked away for a split second and when he turned around it was gone. His eyes went wide and he grinned like he just knew he was going to enjoy this coaster. And he was right. Every time we go as a family this is the ride he wants to ride over and over again. I love it too, of course. I think the Aerosmith pre-show is a lot of fun. The ride itself is amazing though.

My advice: be sure to keep your eyes and ears open on this one. There are fun neon signs and Aerosmith music pumping to the beat of your zooming ride. Also, have a couple of bottles of water handy while you're waiting in line. The Florida heat can be brutal and this line can be long. If you're group's not opposed to riding separately you there is a single riders line. That line usually moves faster, and don't forget that there's always the option of Fastpass.

3. Hollywood Tower of Terror

The Tower of Terror...this ride opened when I was in about third grade and I remember the ads like it was yesterday. I thought if I ever went to Disney World then no force on Earth would ever get me to ride that thing. Turns out I was wrong. There was a force that could get me to ride it. I call her Aunt Donna. When I was fifteen and finally go to go to Disney World, she and my Uncle Wayne and my mom were the first people to ride Tower of Terror with me. It was a lot of fun, but I remember being terrified. The picture they took as we fell was of myself and my aunt Donna looking at each other and screaming bloody murder.

It's a can't miss attraction at Hollywood Studios for both the attraction itself and it's amazingly detailed themeing. Here's a tip: If you're a hidden Mickey seeker you'll find at least one as you enter the Hollywood Tower Hotel's lobby. Keep a sharp eye out. It's there.

This queue is not too bad. It's shaded by trees for the most part, but having water on hand is always a good idea in Florida. Also look for a graceful statue while your waiting in the outdoor section of the queue. Watch her and then tell me what you see. I believe I've seen her blink, but I could be wrong.

2. Toy Story Mania

Before the relaunch of Star Tours this was the newest addition to Hollywood Studios. It's a blast, and definitely something for the whole family. It's so interactive that you sometimes forget it's a ride at all. And unlike some "shoot 'em up" attractions, such as Space Ranger Spin or Men In Black Alien Attack, you can actually feel where to aim. The shooting mechanism feels as though you are actually launching something and gives you greater control. Definitely easier for little ones to use.

This line can be long so I suggest getting a fast pass for this one as soon as you enter the park. Fastpasses go quick. They're extremely worth it for this attraction as this line is almost always over thirty minutes. Another tip, for those guests without little ones, is to hit this ride as you're leaving the park. The sign may say 25 minutes, but more than likely it will be a shorter wait than that. And, as a guest at the parks, you're able to get in line for a ride until the very minute before the park closes. Once you're in line they have to let you ride.

1. Fantasmic

Fantasmic was my favorite nighttime show as a teen. I hadn't quite come to appreciate IllumiNations yet and I thought I was a bit old for Wishes, but Fantasmic was exciting and so much more than a display of lasers and fireworks. This was a show with a very real story and actors. Fantasmic is still one of the most exciting night time shows in the World.

This show is only performed about every other night now. Be sure to look up the show times schedule before you leave for your trip and plan ahead for this show. It's can't miss. Also if you plan on seeing the first of the two shows be sure to get in line at least half an hour early (preferably more). That's the most crowded show on any given Fantasmic night. I suggest going to the second show if you're sans young children. It's less crowded and a bit easier to get into. I also suggest getting a snacks to take with you just before you get in line. More than likely you'll be in line for a while. You can always get more snacks once you're seated (they have concessions inside the theater).

Also (a tip I learned the hard way), if you're seeing the show anytime from late November to January be sure to bring a blanket. Believe it or not, it can be down right cold in Florida. If you don't bring a blanket, a hat, or gloves you'll be buying them because you won't be able to stand sitting in the cold with out them. Trust me.

Honorable Mention:

Muppet Vision 3D

Muppet Vision receives an honorable mention because it is pure family fun. Every one will enjoy it. The pre-show is just as good as the actual show so definitely don't miss that. Also, this attraction usually has a short wait so it's great for people who need to kill time in between Fastpasses. Don't forget to visit the Muppet store as you leave. Be sure to look around and up, you'll see actual sets and props from Muppet Movies through out the store.

The Can't Miss Seasonal Attraction:

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

While I was on my College Program I visited these lights often. There were an amazing sight to behold. There were every where. So, when my parents came to visit I just knew I had to take them to see them as well. They were the Christmas event that my dad was the most impressed with in all of Disney World (and we went to the Christmas Party). This is definitely something you have to do if you're visiting the resort around the holidays. It's included with the price of your Hollywood Studios ticket so there's no extra fee to view it. Buy your self a cookie and some hot cocoa and take a stroll through these dazzling lights. You won't forget it. It will truly make your holidays much much brighter.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Return of the Top 5!

So I haven't done a Top 5 list in a really long time and I used to do them all the time on this blog. So I thought I would do a few that I did before I left. Because they have definitely changed since then. The first one I'm going to do is my top 5 Disney World attractions over all and maybe after then I'll break it down park by park.

5. Living with the Land Boat Ride

I know not many people have this one in their top 5, but I've always been odd. Why stop now? There's just something about this attraction that I love! I think it's the greenhouse with all the awesome and interesting vegetables and plants. And then to see the innovations in agriculture is just absolutely intriguing to me. Plus I love to see the different shapes they've planted the different colors of lettuce in. (Look for that next time if you never have before). Also really interesting to me was the little plastic cases they grew certain plants in (melons, pumpkins, etc.) that would help it form the shape of a Mickey head. Plus I LOVE those Tomato Trees and the nine pound lemons! They're amazing!

It also feels so very classic Disney too. There's the really amazing beginning of the attraction with all the simulations of different environments, and then the super dramatic ending is always fun! Haha. Definitely check it out if you haven't before. It's worth at least one ride for normal people. But if you're a Disney freak like me you might want to ride several times over. ;) And don't worry about wasting valuable time! I never waited in line more than 5 minutes!

You'll find it in the lower levels of The Land pavilion at Epcot. It's on the opposite end from Soarin'. You know, that attraction with the insane wait time that everyone else will be walking toward.

4. Spaceship Earth

Yes, inside that great big white sphere is a ride. An epic ride through time and space where you watch the dawn of civilization and technology unfold. And all of it narrated by Dame Judi Dench.

How can you not love Spaceship Earth? It's got everything you need in a classic Disney attraction. Animatronics? Yep, it's got 'em. (Including one with a shabby beard that's passed out in his garage. He creeps me out every time. He's supposed to be asleep, but to me he just looks dead.) Dramatic narration that keeps you interested? Yep, it's got that too. Insane details and breathtaking scenes? Definitely has those. Classic campy Disney humor? Of course!

Spaceship Earth is the first attraction guests come across when they enter the park and I think it's the perfect start for any day at Epcot. It's sets the tone not just for Future World but for the World Showcase too. It's a must do for anyone visiting Epcot.

3. The Carousel of Progress

This attraction is the epitome of classic Disney. Originally created for the World's Fair by Walt Disney himself the Carousel of Progress has a long and impressive history with the Disney company. It was updated sometime in the early 1990s so the end is a bit dated, but in my opinion that makes it so much more fun! The Carousel of Progress takes you through important time periods in America. You follow John and his family through the years and see how technology changed within the American household. There's an amazing song that goes with it that I always sing along with. Each time period is set in a different season or on a different holiday.

It's full of all the things you expect from Walt's time with Disney. Animatronics, family fun, campy humor, nostalgia, and a certain respect for older technology that you don't find much anymore.

As a bonus this attraction is inside an air conditioned rotating theater. It's worth a ride if only to rest your feet and sit in the cool air. But don't fall asleep! This is a quality attraction that deserves to be properly enjoyed. You might just come away with a few inside jokes! Just ask my old room mate Michelle! Better yet you'll come away singing (and believing) "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow."

2. Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain is the perfect coaster for the whole family. It's exciting but still a little tame. It swerves and dips unexpectedly but doesn't cause that tell-tale tummy flip. Plus there's the added bonus of a cute story about a sinking mine. Don't worry you won't get drenched on this one! But there a few tiny splashes of water here and there. They're more refreshing than inconvenient.

The last time I rode Big Thunder there was a little boy behind us with her mother and his grandfather. It was his very firs "big kid coaster". He was nervous before we got on the attraction. But after the ride was over he was the most precious thing ever. He could not get over just how much fun Big Thunder Mountain was. He ran up to his grandmother and made sure to brag about how brave and strong he was for surviving his first "real" coaster.

That moment seemed to sum up why I love Big Thunder. It's just thrilling enough without causing any real discomfort. Most people can ride this one without difficulty. Which means there are more opportunities for memories to be made on this attraction. Make sure you stop by and hitch a ride on that crazy mine train! You'll love it!

1. Splash Mountain

I can't deny that Splash Mountain is my favorite Disney World attraction. I can't seem to ride it enough (I also can't seem to find people who don't mind getting wet more than two times in a day so I don't get to ride it as often as some of the other rides). This is a wonderful ride that's also perfect for family fun.

There's an adorable story that follow Brer Rabbit. He's a sneaky little guy who tends to get in a lot of trouble. You follow him on his adventures through his little "village" full of other adorable creatures (make sure to look out for more "Brer" names. The details on this ride are fantastic.) then down to his "Laughing Place", and then you follow him as he's finally caught by Brer Bear and Brer Fox. Then it's down, down, down into the briar patch. Interestingly enough, it's not the actual drop that gets you wet or even the splash that follows it. No, you're sure to get soaked long before you ever get to the big drop. I won't tell you where, though. That will ruin the surprise.

Don't be afraid to sing along if you know the songs featured in the ride (and believe me you'll know at least one). Also if you're all alone and it's late at night, don't be afraid to scream really loud at every little drop. Somehow, it makes the ride ten times more enjoyable.

And there you go. Those are my current top 5. Definately different from what they were before I left for my college program. Enjoy!

Make sure you visit these attractions if you're planning to visit Disney World any time soon!

The Waiting Game...

So when I applied for the College Program last year I only waited eleven days after my interview to find out I was accepted. Just eleven days. I was very lucky, and I'm realizing that even more right now. Haha.

Right now I'm waiting to hear back about the PI's. May 1st is fast approaching and I'm starting to get nervous. I'm not getting my hopes up, and I'm applying for everything that I can find that I'm qualified for. I have 18 days until graduation and I really want to have a job soon after that. I want to start earning and saving money pretty immediately after I graduate.

Also I talked to some of my CP friends and old roomies and we've decided we're going to try and start a reunion tradition. We're aiming to meet up around late October/Early November for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and in order to do this I need money. Which means I need a job. So I'm going through an application frenzy amidst trying to finish my assignments for my classes and start preparing for final exams (and then on top of all of that is actual graduation cermony plans).

I'm crazy busy and I feel like I just might lose my mind. Haha. But I'm buckling down and staying on top of things. I actually don't have a lot left to do this time around. I've been working hard this year to not procrastinate and stay organized, and that's really starting to pay off for me. So while I have overwhelming moments, generally I'm not extremely overloaded.

Also they got our cap and gowns in at the University bookstore today. I'm picking mine up tomorrow once my money transfers so I can pay for it. It's really starting to hit me that this is the end of my college career. I'm about to enter real life and I barely feel prepared.

I just have to have faith that it will all work out, and I'll find something absolutely perfect for me. Or at least find a way to truly strike out on my own. :D

As for when I'll hear back about the PI's...I was told May 1st, but I was browsing Kristin's old blog (A Journey into My Imagination) and she was told the same thing but didn't hear back until May 11th. So, really, anything is possible. More than likely I won't know anything until exams start or possibly even until after I've already graduated. I'm just taking it day by day and trying very hard not to put all my eggs in one basket. I'm still worried that it's a bad sign that I haven't been contacted for a follow up or second interview at all. Some positions don't do second interviews, but some do. So I'm a little worried about that. But we'll see.

Keep crossing your fingers for me! I'm hoping for the best (while still keeping my eyes peeled for other opportunities).

That's all for today, folks! I'll keep you posted!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Short Update

I've gotten some comments on here over the last few weeks that have been very encouraging! Thank you so much, everyone!

Good luck to everyone getting ready for their programs! I'm so excited for all of you!

I just wanted to post something to tell you guys what's going on with me right now. Right now, I'm gearing up for exams (and graduation). I'm working on a lot of final projects and papers, and just trying to make it through to May 7th when I will hopefully graduate.

I haven't heard anything from Disney yet, which I'm taking as a good sign. I know of a few people that have gotten turned down recently. I have for sure been turned down for both the marketing PI's I applied for. Which is fine. But as far as I can tell I'm still in the running for the Graphic Design one and the Creative Solutions one. We'll see what happens.

Keep crossing your fingers for me!

Also I'm going to try to put together some more vlogs this weekend. I have more footage so I really should. :)

And now for the obligatory Disney World Photo:

Me, Michelle, Bethany, and the Mad Hatter at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Words of Wisdom


I am going to be doing the DCP starting in August I'm so so excited..I'll be in merchandise! I'm a little nervous too though, about the hectic nature of the hours and the fact that I'm still trying to find a roommate. Do you have any words of wisdom? :)

Thank you!


Congratulations! I remember that horrible waiting period between getting in and actually going. It was torture. I couldn't focus on anything other than the dream of being at Disney World for five months. In terms of words of wisdom let me see what I can tell you...

Let's start with roommates. I know how stressful that can be. For a bit I didn't think I'd be able to find one, but the biggest tip I can give you is to use Facebook to your advantage. Join the Facebook group for your program and talk to people. Get to know the people who will be on your program, and if you do that someone will stand out to you. You'll make a connection with someone and before you know it you'll have a roommate. That's what happened with me and lots of other people that I know.

But if all else fails don't be afraid of a roommate you don't know. I knew lots of people who didn't meet their roommates until they moved in and they ended up being the best of friends. And if the roommate thing turns out badly they are more than willing to help you anyway they can. I had friends that were able to move to a different apartment due to roommate situations. Believe me, if it's just too bad for you to stand they will help you.

Now, let's talk about your role. Merchandise. Merchandise is great role. It can be stressful, but only if you let it. Most of the time I had a great time at work. The people I worked with became some of my best friends while I was there. You see them a lot and so they sort of become your family. If you work as best you can, and make sure to be patient and pleasant with the guests you will have no problem. The technical aspects of the job are not hard, and Disney's training is handled very well. You'll go in knowing basically what you need to do, and the things you won't know will be easy to figure out.

As for hours, in the Fall there are only a few weeks that I experienced with truly hectic hours. The week of Christmas was very busy and I had lots of hours to work that week, and the week of New Years was down right insane. But it's usually never more than you can handle. You will always have at least one day off a week, and they were always give you a decent amount of hours between shifts. If they ever don't do those things then don't be afraid to have a talk with your manager. That's what they are there for. Now, if you work at Epcot be aware that you'll have busy weeks when the other parks don't. Epcot hosts the International Food & Wine Festival in the fall and it will be crowded. This is a favorite event for season pass holders and locals. During Food & Wine if you work the World Showcase you'll have plenty of hours. Not so many that you feel like you're constantly working like around Christmas and New Years, but enough that you'll really look forward to getting your paycheck every week.

Overall, I'd say there's really nothing to be nervous about. There will always be someone to help you, and when there's not somehow things always work out. That's the magic of Disney. Things somehow always work out.

Just make sure to maintain a positive outlook and show everyone at your location that you're willing to work. As long as you do that then they will be more than happy to help you out when you really need it. Proving that you're willing to do your best no matter what the task goes a long way with managers.

But make sure you take advantage of everything you can during your off time too! Don't be afraid to go places by yourself! Just because no one else has the same days off as you does not mean you can't go to the parks. Take a camera and play with photography in the parks. Try different foods. Meet characters. Do as much as you possibly can and I promise you you will have an excellent time on your program.

Congratulations, be safe, and have fun! You'll make memories you'll never forget and friends that you'll never lose. Enjoy every moment.

And that's all the wisdom I have for you. I hope that answered some of your questions and eased your nerves a bit! Thanks for visiting my little blog! I appreciate it!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Professional Internship Interview

Okay, so I just finished my interview for the Professional Internship Program. It was scheduled for 8:30 and I hung up with my interviewer at 8:50. I'm hoping that's a decent length for a PI interview. The questions were what I expected. A lot of them were about team work, flexibility, computer experience, etc.

She said she would forward my interview information to the managers of the roles I'm interested in and then they would decide what to do from there and that I would hear by May 1st at the latest. Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck!

It sounded like I was being seriously considered for the Graphic Design and Creative, Inc. PIs.

I'm excited! I'll keep you guys updated! :D

Friday, March 04, 2011

Suggestion for Any Future CPers

Okay, so I feel the need to make a suggestion to any future CPers who might be reading this.

Don't think you're too old to meet the characters! Suspend disbelief and just let yourself be a kid again! Honestly, don't JUST ride the rides. That's only half of the Disney Parks experience. Go meet characters! The lines aren't as long as you think and often times the result is completely worth it. I met nearly every character I could. The only ones I didn't get a chance to stop and take photos with were Daisy, Stitch, and Chip and Dale. However I did interact with Stitch and Chip and Dale at the Halloween Party. Which I also suggest! It was my favorite night while I was there.

If you are into meeting characters then definitely go to the Christmas and Halloween parties. They pull out rare characters and the rare characters are the ones I had the BEST experiences with!

Also, if you're looking for a cheap yet awesome gift idea for a loved one who can't be with you in Orlando do a character greeting video! Or have the characters autograph a shirt and take pictures of them as they sign it! It's fun for you, the characters, and the recipient of the gift! I decided to do a character greeting video for my nephew and sister-in-law, and some of my best character experiences came from those greetings! The characters love to talk and interact! So the more opportunities you give them to do that, the more fun you'll have!

Take a look at my character greeting videos! And then decide if this is something you want to do. It took a lot of time, but it was completely worth it. I went to three of the four parks for these greetings and used the Halloween party to my advantage! I HAD A BLAST!

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Part 2:

Vlogs I Uploaded but Forgot to Post on Here...

Vlog #36:

Vlog #37:

Vlog #38:


I'm sorry guys! I totally didn't keep you guys updated. I still have lots of home video stuff from while I was there. I just haven't edited it together for vlogs. And everything's been so crazy here since I got home...I haven't really had time to tell you guys about the end.

I apologize.

But I thought about this blog the other day. I've applied for four different Professional Internships, and I'm calling to schedule my phone interview tomorrow. I also have a friend that's in Orlando right now on the program. I'm sure she's having a wonderful time. :)

I had a great time on my college program. I made lots of good friends, worked my BUTT off, and had a lot of good times. I still love the Walt Disney World resort, and the Walt Disney Company. My goals have changed a little since I started the program though. It's something that only practical work experience could have helped me see.

Anyway, I want to encourage anyone who wants to be a part of the program to just do it. To go for it. It may not be all sunshine and rainbows, but it's well worth it. Yes, you get to make magic, and it's amazing. But that doesn't mean it's not WORK because it is. So don't go there to party. Go there to help make people's vacations brighter, and gain rewarding experiences.

I'll keep you all updated on my Professional Internship application process. Thanks for following me through my program! I had the time of my life!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

what is your fav.disney ride?

Oh gosh, that's a difficult question. I'm odd and like things that seem classic Disney. I love the Carousel of Progress, and Spaceship Earth, The Haunted Mansion, and the Living with the Land boat ride. Those are all a part of my top 5. Seriously.

Ask me anything