Cool for the Summer

So I’ve been a Photopass Photographer for about a year now, and this summer I decided to switch things up! Now don’t worry, I’m not leaving Photopass. I am, however, abandoning the Magic Kingdom for the summer.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working on Main Street USA, and truly being in the center of all the magic. But after a year of it, it can become pretty taxing. I’ve also become very frustrated with Photopass. There are certain areas of Photopass that require special training, aka a “specialty.” When those spots become available you put your name on a list, and hope for the best. After a year of waiting, and putting my name on multiple lists, I’ve become quite tired of the same disappointment. So when a different kind of list dropped for the summer, I pounced at the chance. So where will I be keeping cool this summer?

None other than the Disney Waterparks! Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard beach will be my homes for the summer! So now not only have I worked at all four main Disney Parks and Disney Springs, now I’ve worked at both waterparks too!

I’m definitely excited for the change of scenery and change of pace this summer. After the frustration of still not being selected for any specialties, I needed to escape the kingdom for awhile. I’m hoping this time away will be a good refresher for me as a Photopass Photographer.

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So come splash with me in the waterparks this summer!

I Still Exist!

Look! I’m still here! My last post was all about stress, and a lack of any posting. Yet, here I am, several months later, still without a blog post. I have’t forgotten about my blog or my YouTube channel, I have thought about it, had a couple of flickering ideas, but none of them have caught fire. I go in waves where I’m proud of my Youtube channel and blog, and then another where I feel really embarrassed by it.

I’m still working as a Photopass Photographer in the Magic Kingdom, and I’m actually coming up on my “official” one-year anniversary with the company! I’ll also be temporarily transferred to the waterparks for the summer! As much as I love Photopass, I’ve feeling a little bit in a rut with work. I still have not been trained in any specialties, so I’ve been feeling really disheartened. I’m looking forward to a little change of pace and scenery for the summer!

I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again. I’m going to try and get back into the swing of things. I’m going to start with my blog, and try and go from there. So don’t worry, I still exist!

Stress.

So I’ve been away from both my blog and YouTube for awhile now…and honestly there isn’t a real reason for it. I’m stressed. I’m feeling uninspired. I’m feeling alone. I’m scared of what the future holds. But there is always one quote I cling to in the down times:

“Life is like a book, some chapters are better than others.”

Simple, and to the point. I may be having a hard time now, but I’ll get past it, and move onto the next.

Right now I’m just thankful for the very few friends here, and I’ve been trying to work on strengthening those relationships. I’m doing my best to not sit alone at home, and going out and doing things. Even if it is by myself sometimes. Occasionally I just need to get out of the house. So today I took myself out shopping, and had dinner with a friend.

It isn’t always easy, and sometimes things get put on the back burner, but you just got to keep on, keepin’ on. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things.

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016!

Would it really be fall in Walt Disney World if you didn’t go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? I think not.

Until I started working for the Walt Disney Company, I had never attended a halloween party. Nor did I really know anything about them…So last year as a Disney College Program participant, I attended my first party! It was more than anything I had ever anticipated, so this year I made sure I was going again!

The first step after buying a ticket, was deciding on a costume for this year! Last year I went with my roommate Laura, and we were Woody and Buzz from Toy Story! So this year I wanted to mix it up. I was going to be attending the party with my friends Michelle and Ashley, so that made for a grand total of 3 people. Since one of our favorite rides to go on is the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, it was only fitting we go as them!

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Since it’s still rather hot out (and we were on a budget), we decided to go for more of a “Disney Bound” type of look, opposed to an all out costume. And since we went that route, we weren’t even entirely sure people would understand who we were trying to represent! Since I was representing Donald Duck, I was the most recognizable. But to our surprise, people really loved our costumes! Some cast members even said they’d never seen anyone go as the Three Caballeros! It felt really good to feel a little unique at such a major Halloween party.

And since we were the Three Caballeros, who else would we meet other than the #1 duck himself?

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Donald was so cute when he saw us in line, he was blowing us kisses and drawing hearts in the air! Daisy even got a little jealous…Then when it was finally our turn to meet them he ran right up to us! We had such a fun meet and greet with them.

Thankfully it only rained very briefly right at the start of our party, unlike last year when it had rained almost the entire time! We spent a lot of time meeting characters, so once we were done with that we watched the Hallowishes Fireworks. We also decided to watch the 2nd parade, and the final Hocus Pocus show at midnight!

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This party was just as fun as last year’s! And since I now work in Magic Kingdom, I also get to work that Halloween parties! So that means I still get to see the fireworks and shows on a weekly basis! If you’re ever on the fence about attending a Not So Scary Halloween Party, I would highly recommend it!

My New Role!!!

If you follow my blog, or watch my YouTube videos, you’d know I’ve been hinting at my new role! Better yet, if you follow me on Instagram, you already know! After spending 11 months in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort as a merchandise hostess and trainer, I’m moving on to a bigger kingdom! Drum roll please!

My new role is…………………….

Photopass Photographer!!!

Here’s a photo from my second day of training! They wanted us to see examples of magic shots. Since we were earning our ears, we were not allowed to take pictures of guests. So we got to be the models instead!

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Even though I’ve been a merchandise cast member for about a year now, and that was my role as a CP, Photopass  was what I had wanted ever since I applied for my college program in January of 2015. So after working through my CP, and continuing on as a seasonal cast member, I waited patiently for a transfer, hoping a spot would open up with my name on it. And lone behold, in July of 2016 it did!

As I’m writing this post, I’m currently in the midst of my training. The first day was a lot of classroom learning with a mini tour of backstage areas in Animal Kingdom. Day 2 was a touch more classroom learning, and then we were off for some touring and practice shooting of Hollywood Studios! The coming days will consist of some classes at Disney University, and then finally onto more hands-on training in my new home! The Magic Kingdom! 

I’ve been waiting so long for this next chapter, andI couldn’t be more thankful for it. I felt myself falling into a rut here in Florida, and this is a very welcome and exciting change. It can be a little over-whelming at times, but I’m ready for it.

I’ll see you real soon Magic Kingdom!

Appreciate the Magic

I’ve been a cast member for just about 8 months now, and one thing I learned relatively quickly is that some days are more magical than others.

Don’t get me wrong, working for the The Walt Disney Company is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. But one thing to remember, is that it’s still a job. You have your good days, and you have your bad ones. One thing to always remember is to appreciate the magic.

Sometimes for me that is as simple as spending a day in the park with my roommate or some friends. Other times it’s taking a moment to step back and think about it from a guest’s perspective, or even trying to create a little magic myself. Creating the magic, and making dreams come true is what Disney does best, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of that.

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As a cast member (on the bad days), I often feel that guests can sometimes forget I’m only human. There are some things out of even my control. As a resort merchandise cast member often times guests will treat me as if I am working concierge or front desk, which are in fact, very different roles from my own and require much different training. For instance, when they ask me something I cannot help with, like getting something for their room, I refer them to the front desk. On several times I have been verbally abused for not taking care of them immediately in that moment, and they demand why I cannot take care of it. And unfortunately it doesn’t end there.

I won’t go into gory details, but the take away here is that not all days are magical in the eyes of a cast member. I love working for disney, and some of the best memories of college program are creating those magical moments for guests. But I think it’s important for both cast members and guests alike to truly appreciate the magic, and understand that it’s not something that happens everyday. It’s magical for a reason, and should be cherished when it comes into our lives.

However, on the good days, I couldn’t feel more happy to be here, and love what I’m doing! One of the things I love most about working at a resort is that I get to see guests continuously throughout the week. One of my favorite things is when a guest goes out of their way to say goodbye to me as they bid their vacation farewell. Kids come to hug me goodbye, and some guests even want their picture taken with me. The appreciation I feel from them, and knowing I helped make a part of their vacation makes it all worth it.

As my college program comes to an end, I’m looking forward to a potential career with Disney and to continue helping create that magic for guests and cast members alike. I’m anxious for what’s coming next, but I’m also excited to dive into the professional world. I’m hoping for the best, and hoping a little disney magic, and maybe even some pixie dust, floats my way in hope of starting a new career!

 

The Lesser Known…

I live and work in the most magical place on earth! The sun is always shining, I’m making the magic! And yet, there aren’t roses and rainbows everywhere. There’s a little dark cloud seemingly following me around.

Sure, on my social media I’m casually hanging out in front of Cinderella’s Castle, basking in the Osbourne Lights, dancing with different characters…but what you don’t see, is me struggling.

Don’t get me wrong, the Disney College Program is the best decision I’ve ever made! But it’s also probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. Harder than high school, more challenging than college. In all aspects of my life, this program has taken it’s toll.

I’ve moved halfway across the country from all my friends, and family. I came here not knowing a soul. Seeing them all so happy and together, while I’m here alone.

I’m living with 5 other girls, on top of sharing a bedroom, which is no easy task. From passive aggressiveness, to not truly having my own space to escape to. I’m always on edge.

Living in an area I know nothing about, and depending on my GPS for almost everything. Even getting lost going home after work. Not knowing what areas are safe, and where I should be more careful.

I’m struggling to make friends that won’t be leaving to go back to school come January. Becoming so close to people I may never see again.

Waiting and waiting to hear back if I got a professional internship. I applied months ago, and have only received rejection letters since.

I work long hours, and have near impossible guests. Being yelled and sworn at, then having things be thrown at me. People demanding I give them a “magical moment.” Breaking down and crying in the stockroom. Ever-changing work hours wreaking havoc on my sleeping pattern. Being surrounded by so many people, but still feeling so alone.

I’m trying to make a life down here, without having a clue where to start.

My stress is through the roof, and I’m finding it almost unmanageable at this point. Typing this out is probably the first time I’m really putting into words how I feel, and I still don’t feel like I’m covering all my bases. I feel lost.

I love it here, and I have every intention of staying. But don’t let my social media fool you. Dreams do come true, but they aren’t always easy.