First week!

How is it that I’ve been here for a week already?! One week ago, right now, I had just found out my work/housing assingment. I feel like I’ve been here for a year and I’m loving every moment.

The last post I wrote was about our first day and the upcoming housing meetings. That was, what, Tuesday? It’s been crazy since then! Wednesday was a nice day off, and then on Thursday we had Traditions! I can’t say all that much about it, but it was a lot of fun! We learned a lot about the company and went on a tour of the Magic Kingdom, and then we were given our nametags! That was quite possibly the best moment… I teared up as I put it on.

After Traditions, my roomies and I headed back to the apartment to get something to eat, and then went to some of the cast member only stores that are around the parks. Later, we went to Epcot and then to Magic Kingdom and got on a few attractions.

On Friday, I had my first day of training for Downtown Disney. The class was called “Our Town” and I learned a lot about the history and future of DTD. That whole Disney Springs thing that’s happening? Yeah, it’s going to be SERIOUSLY cool. The construction is a little crazy right now, but the finished area is going to be amazing. I also got my official work assignment — I’ll be doing ushering at Cirque du Soliel and ticketing at DisneyQuest — and my costumes (pics to come when I wear them).

After training, the roomies all regrouped and went to the Magic Kingdom for Wishes… but it was too cloudy to actually see fireworks! It was still really, really cool, though. Then we went and met Snow White and Rapunzel in Princess Fairytale Hall. It was a little chilly that night, but we still had fun… we ended up getting Dole Whip floats around 10:30, and despite how cold we were, they were fantastic!

Saturday it rained. A lot. Nichol and I went to Animal Kingdom in the rain and got pretty much soaked, but we had a blast. Later, the roomies ended up at Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic (it finally stopped raining!). I forgot how truly incredible that show is!

Yesterday, Kelly had training, so Nichol, Whitney, and I headed to Animal Kingdom again. One of the best things we did was go see Finding Nemo (the musical) … that show is SO well done and so beautiful! Definitely a must-see! After Animal Kingdom we went to Epcot and wandered the showcase for a while. The highlight of that was definitely learning how to play a Norwegian children’s game (similar to London Bridge, I guess) in the Norway pavilion… two people make a “bridge” and the rest of the players walk in a circle around them and under the bridge as they sing a song, and when they song is over, whoever is trapped in the bridge is given a choice between two candies, and whichever one you pick is the team you’re on. At the end, when everyone is on a team, there’s a human tug of war to determine the winning team. We were laughing so hard and it was just a fantastic time.

We stayed for Illuminations, which was beautiful as usual, and then did some shopping in MouseGear before heading home.

Today starts classes! I have Exploring Guest Services from 11-1 and Disney Heritage from 4-6. Then the roomies are all heading to Magic Kingdom to try and actually see Wishes this time! šŸ™‚

I can’t believe we packed so much into a week — this post is just the minimum of everything we’ve done. We all start work training this week — I have training almost every day this week from 3pm – 11:30pm. I really can’t wait to start working!


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