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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!! ūüėćūüėė‚̧ԳŹ     

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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.



Humidity Smack Down

26 Jul

Today I am missing Florida a little more than usual, call it a “home-sickness” type of feeling if you will, or maybe it’s because in the last week we have dropped 20 degrees in temperature and it feels more like mid-September than late-July outside. Whatever the reason, I began thinking about the summer I arrived in Orlando, Florida to begin my journey on The Disney College Program. (I can’t believe it’ll be three years ago in August. Where did the time go?!) ¬†And that got me thinking about the Florida heat (not the basketball team) and how I thought I was going to DIE when I stepped out of the airport all those years ago….

Back story:

I was accepted to the Disney College Program as an intern at Walt Disney World in Florida for the Fall 2010 program which meant ¬†I will left in August and was supposed to come home in January 2011, however I extended my program twice and managed to live at and work at Disney for an entire year. I started my program in the Quick Food and Beverage Service at¬†Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Restaurantosaurus.

I left for Florida on a Tuesday morning, and I woke up kind of sad knowing that I would soon be leaving everything I knew behind. My dad flew down with me and our flight was at 11:13am.¬†Dad and I didn’t really have long to wait for our flight. While we were sitting at the gate¬†waiting, across from us were two¬†people about my age. ¬†I couldn’t help but noticed the girl’s shoes. They were crocks with MICKEY HEAD shaped holes on top! As I looked closer, I noticed she also had a Disney name plaque on her bag. He was wearing a shirt with a bunch of vintage looking Mickeys on it. Got me wondering if they were just excited to A.) Be going to Disney on vacation or B.) Maybe they were Cast Members, too. I wish now that I would have asked. Oh, well.

Once on the plane, I started to cry again as we pulled out of the gate. I guess a wave of homesickness hit me as I thought “The next time I see this airport there could be snow on the ground.” That first time¬†coming into the Orlando airport was kind of freaky. We were really low in the air when we passed over a major road and it looked like we were going to hit a truck! I’ll admit,¬†I kind of freaked a¬†bit.

Welcome to Orlando where it is 20 degrees hotter than home. I walked outside and felt like I had walked into a brick wall. It was going to take some getting use to. It took us about a half an hour to get from the airport to the Double Tree Resort at Downtown Disney where we were staying. Dad and I stayed in our room for a little bit to cool off before venturing out to find something to eat for dinner.

We had passed a McDonald’s coming to the resort and decided it wasn’t that far away, we’d walk over there. On our way, we stopped so Dad could take my¬†picture in front of the¬†Welcome to¬†Walt Disney World sign.

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I also took pictures of the Mickey sign and the Minnie sign. Then we had to cross 5 or 6 lanes of traffic to get to our destination, the coolest McDonald’s I have ever seen. To be honest, I just liked the palm trees!

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We decided to stay at the McDonald’s for a while because we were gross from walking there…I felt like I was dripping with sweat! And it was tiring on my lungs, I felt like I was having a harder time breathing here than back home, not good for the asthma! (But I am happy to say it didn’t take me long to acclimate to the climate and temperature change and soon found Florida to be just the right place for me health wise!)

When we headed back to the hotel, we passed a guy running and I can remember thinking that guy was NUTS! I was waiting for my skin to melt off my bones and there he was CHOOSING to elevate his internal body temperature by exercising! But good for him, and I’m sure that since he was use to the heat (I’m assuming he was, nice dark tan and all) that he knew when it was too hot for an outdoor run. But I’ll tell you what, I have never been so thankful for AC as I was when we arrived back at our room.

And then a few days later because I hadn’t been properly introduced to the Florida sun, during one of my first training classes as a Disney Cast Member I got to go out and explore Magic Kingdom in the early afternoon (i.e. when the sun is at its highest). It was a surprise to us all. Can you just picture it…30 plus brand new cast members all dressed up in business clothing (heels included) walking around Magic Kingdom. Now, let me tell you, it was exciting but uncomfortable¬† at the same time.¬†It was 90 something degrees but felt more like it was 101 and there we were out in the sun! But I loved every minute of it. Here’s what I was wearing in the hot Florida sun while “melting” in Magic Kingdom on my first day….at least I looked cute!

Disney Tradition's OutfitIn the end, when I left Florida in August 2011, I barely noticed how hot is was, it just felt comfortable to me and I KNEW when it dropped below 70 degrees because I would start shivering! I knew I was going to miss the heat. When I returned home it was in the 60s and even wearing hoodies and socks, I FROZE. ¬†As I mentioned above, it’s been almost 3 years now since I started my journey in Florida and I am still trying to re-acclimate to the cooler temperatures here in the fall and winter….and lets be honest, for a good part of our summer, too. I guess I was just meant to live in the Florida sunshine where it’s warm!


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Nearly Wordless Wednesday – 5/22/2013

22 May

Today Disney Quest celebrates 15 years at Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida, and once upon a time, I was part of the magic there, too!¬†‚̧

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

18 Jan

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Wow! I took this photo nearly two and a half years ago as I was arriving in Orlando, Florida. I was about to make my dream of working at The Walt Disney World Resort¬ģ a reality by participating in the Disney College Program… boy has time flown by, pun intended!!

For this week’s “Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond,” I can’t just focus on what you see beyond the main focal point ¬†(plane wing)¬†of this picture, but let’s start there. In this picture, we are moments from landing, and I was kind of freaking out because as you can see, the road was quickly rushing up to meet us! I honestly felt like we were going to land right on that car! I LOVE flying, but this first time flying into MCO was TERRIFYING (okay, maybe I¬†exaggerate!) And it wasn’t until I was safely on the ground, in my hotel room loading my pictures onto Facebook that I noticed the plane taking off in the background! Look closely and you’ll see it by the .com on the wing! ¬†And somewhere, WAY BEYOND those trees, is Walt Disney World…my final destination! ūüėÄ

Now, I’ll go a little “beyond” my picture for the rest of this post. That time in Florida was beyond anything I ever could have dreamed! I had the opportunity to work in not one, but three different locations on Disney property in the course of a year. (See some of my photos from my cast member days here!) I met people from all around the world, had the most wonderful roommates and made memories and friends that will last for a lifetime. I found myself, found the place where I belong, found happiness and where I hope to someday find my own happily ever after. What I thought was going to be an exciting semester working for Disney turned into a year that has forever changed my life. I began to discover what lies beyond my own small town environment and I’ll do whatever it takes to get back there someday.