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!

DCP Merchandise Haul!

Needless to say, living in Disney for 9 months, there is quite the temptation to buy all the cute Disney merchandise you see on an every day basis (especially being a merchandise Cast Member). So here I am, sharing with you all almost everything  I bought during my Disney College Program! I’m still in Florida, and still a Cast Member, so I’m sure there will be much more merchandise purchased in my future!

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!

 

What in the World am I Doing.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written on my blog. I’ve been so preoccupied with other things, it pretty much fell of my priority list. But a lot has happened in a month, and it’s about time I shared what in the world I’ve been doing since I last posted, and snippets of social media don’t always do me justice…

I’m not sure if I ever formally announced it, but I’ve extended my program! I’ll now be staying with Disney until May with hope of pursuing a job or professional internship with the company after. I extended into my same role at my same location. Lucky for me I love my “DAARling” family!

Another fun fact? I’m moving out of CP housing! Although I’ve had an overall good experience with housing, being 22 years old I need my own space. And since I plan to stay in Florida, it makes sense for me to get a real apartment and finally settle in. One of my roommates from my CP apartment will also be living with me!

One disappointing aspect of the program is that I won’t be home for Christmas, so missing my family is especially difficult this time of year. I was lucky enough to have Christmas scheduled off, but what that really means to me is that I’ll just be at my apartment alone, which will weigh pretty heavy on my heart. Just being in Florida alone, it doesn’t feel like the holidays.

But lastly I have some more positive news! I am officially becoming a Disney Trainer! Being a CP this is a pretty big opportunity and responsibility to be given to me. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity, especially because I hope to stay with the company. I look forward to becoming a trainer and potentially even training new CP’s!

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Even though this is probably one of the biggest transitions and most stressful times in my life, I’m pretty proud of myself for doing it. Moving my whole life to Florida wasn’t easy, but I really feel like I’ve found my place here.

 

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.