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Five years later

19 Sep

I can’t believe it was five years ago today I went on my first date with this handsome, funny, sweet, charming, Disney loving man. I was only one month into my adventure on The Disney College Program, and he was there on the program as well – only difference being he’d been in Florida since May. 

We spent the day exploring Epcot. It was only my third time in Epcot as a cast member and my second time backstage. All day long he made me laugh, pointed out hidden Mickey’s and shared his vast Disney knowledge. 

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was falling head over heals for him. There was just something about him that made me instantly happier, comfortable and more at ease. It was a very natural feeling to go strolling around World Showcase hand-in-hand….I wondered how that could be when I’d only met him a week earlier! But like a moth to a flame, I was drawn in and never hesitated.

My favorite moment from that day, and I have often thought back to it, has nothing to do with rides, attractions or shows. We were merely standing in line at one of the outdoor food vendors in the England pavilion so Scott could order fish and chips. He pulled me in to give me a hug and whispered something funny in my ear (I don’t recall what it was now). As I was laughing, I saw this elderly hispanic couple walk past us heading towards the Canada pavilion. I saw her squeeze the man’s hand, tilt her head in our direction, and looking straight at me, she said “amor.” I didn’t retain many vocabulary words from my four years of high school Spanish, but that one I knew – love. 

“Could she be right?” “There’s no possible way, I just met this guy!” “She’s crazy – the Florida sun must be getting to her or something.” “Can I love someone without really knowing them?”

This whole exchange, which Scott missed because his back was to them, took place in a matter of seconds, and yet, it has stayed with me. Did they see something in us I couldn’t see? Or maybe she saw herself at my age and was reflecting on being young and in love. 

Whatever it was, what I wouldn’t give to find that woman today, just so I could give her a hug and tell her she was right! To this day, when he looks at me I radiate love. When he takes my hand, our fingers are like perfectly fitting puzzle pieces sliding home. And when he kisses me, oh the butterflies! (This song describes all of my feelings perfectly.) 

I am madly, deeply, truly in love with this man – and if the years have taught me anything, I will do whatever it takes to keep that love burning bright and strong. And I am so excited to see him in 38 days, being a long distance couple really stinks sometimes, but it’s all worth it once we are back together!! 😍😘❤️     

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Wordless Wednesday – 9/17/14

17 Sep

#CPAlumni swag arrived TODAY!!!

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Missing the Magic

18 Mar

I can’t tell you what it’s like to work for Disney, it’s something you have to experience on your own – and every experience is different. But this video captures memories that are similar to my own, memories I now treasure.

Everyday I miss being a Cast Member. Being able to see the smiling faces of the guests and know that I was a part of making their vacation special.

Disney family, someday (soon) I’ll be back to make magic with you all!

 

To see more about the Into the Magic Project, visit their website: http://intothemagicproject.tumblr.com/

Life’s little turns

10 Sep

Blogtember theme – Describe a distinct moment when your life took a turn.

The moment that comes so suddenly to mind would be the day I was accepted into the Disney College program three years ago. Check out this post from my old blog to read about my journey to becoming a cast member.

My time as a cast member, just shy of one full year, changed me. While there I learned to live with roommates, something I’d never done before, learned to budget, cook and manage my time. I became more responsible knowing my parents weren’t there to fall back on. I began to overcome my shyness, at least on-stage. Every time I was in my costume I reminded myself I was wearing my “show shoes” and that meant it was time to play a character. For my entire shift I was someone else, someone outgoing. I saw a different, more confident side of myself. I fell in love, had my heart-broken a couple of times and met my best and closest friends.

My time there was not just fun and games either, I took four classes for college credit and networked. I knew even then that when I eventually came home to finish my degree (which I did last August, has it really been a year already?! Yikes the time sure does fly!) that I wanted to return to work for The Walt Disney Company©.

I had the opportunity to meet people from around the world, to hear the stories and career journeys of some of the Disney legends. I saw where these people where and I envisioned myself there, too.  For a short while I was part of the magic. Nothing can describe seeing someone’s face the first time they walk down Main Street U.S.A. and see Cinderella’s Castle or watch “Wishes,” Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks show.

I was forever changed because I witnessed the magic. I made the magic. I saw the wonder and joy on the guests faces, even when they were less than pleasant to the cast members. There are no words to describe the effect working there has had on me, but I can say that it restored my hope that there is some love and magic and happiness still left in the world, because it didn’t matter how bad my day was as long as I was able to bring a smile to at least one guest’s face.

To visit Walt Disney World as a guest is one thing and to work there is something completely different. It takes a lot of people and a lot of work behind the scenes to make the magic possible and every day I long to return. And it’s a dream I refuse to give up, no matter how long it takes me to achieve. I know where I belong and I will do just about anything to make it a reality.