Goodbye Magic Kingdom?

As you might know (or if you didn’t), I’m a part-time Photopass photographer at the Magic Kingdom! It’s been almost a year now of calling the Magic Kingdom my home, and not much has changed…until now!

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Coming up in the near future (early July to be exact), I’ll be trading in one kingdom for another! After almost a year of waiting, I’ve finally received full-time status as a photographer at Animal Kingdom!

Animal Kingdom is the one park I really haven’t worked at. I had one (very short) shift a few months ago, and ironically enough, I had picked up a shift there last week before I knew I would be transferring! I’m still going to have to go through a couple of “training” days once I officially transfer, but I treated that shift like a crash course before my move really happens! I even got to work with my boss!

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One of the things I find funny is, over a year ago when I was first becoming a Photopass photographer, Animal Kingdom was my number one choice to be placed at. Obviously, that didn’t happen. I wound up at Magic Kingdom instead, and was absolutely dreading working on Main Street USA. It was the absolute last place I wanted to be, especially coming from working at a relatively smaller resort (Art of Animation). Who knew a year later, I’d consider that spunky street my home, and would be heartbroken to leave it…

The excitement and weariness keep coming in waves. I’m currently very happy working at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach this summer, and it saddens me that I won’t ever be making an “official” return to Magic Kingdom. But full time status is what I’ve been holding out for, so I’m excited to have finally gotten it! If there’s one thing about working for Disney, it’s that you really need to put in the time to work your way up. You won’t be on the fast track working for such a global company.

No matter the doubts, I’m still excited for this new chapter in my Disney career. Hopefully one day soon(er) I can make another step up the ladder, or who knows! Maybe it’s not my future to work for the mouse forever. But for now, my adventure is still out there!

Am I a “Professional” Photographer?

Since I am now mostly settled into my role as a Photopass Photographer, one thing I’ve come to notice is how guests will often refer to me as a “professional.” And that, is something that baffles me every time.

I’ll be positioning a family, or having them pose for a fun, creative shot, or they’ll even be just walking by wanting a photo, and they will say things like “Oh, let the professional do it” or “She’s the professional, she knows what’s best,” that kind of thing.

According to Google’s definition of “professional” it is: someone engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime. So technically, under that definition, I am a professional. I am paid by Disney to take photos for guests. I also have a degree in art, where I took several photography courses. Therefore, under that definition, I suppose I would be considered a professional.

But for whatever reason, I can’t get over the mental hump of being referred to as such.  It’s not that I don’t feel that I know what I’m doing. I think it mostly comes from the way guests so openly refer to me as that, before I ever even thought of myself that way.

For now I’m just going with the flow. I am absolutely loving my role as a Photopass Photographer, and now that I am trained with characters, I’m having in more fun. Professional or not, teamwork makes the dream work!

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!