Monday, May 31, 2010

Traditions and Training

Hey everyone!!! Hope everyone is having a great memorial day out there!!!  I thought I'd jump on and tell a little about traditions and training, but I"m not going to say to much because part of the magic is experiencing it not knowing what's going to happen next haha!  So I am working at Disney's Animal Kingdom or dak for short at outdoor foods!!!  I'm extremely excited about it all!!!  

So for traditions there are two different groups who go that day, one in the morning and one in the evening.  I got the morning one so I had to be on the bus at 6:45 am - I know seems way early but it wasn't bad.  From there they drop you off at Disney University where you are split up into class rooms.  In these class rooms you watch presentations on the Disney standards and goals!!  You do various activities through out the day and get your card that lets you into the park and you name tags!  You are officially official after this haha.  Then you are able to go home and for the rest of the day and from here on out you are allowed into the parks!!!!!  So that's what we did!  My good friend and roommate Allison and I headed to Magic Kingdom to ride rides and be little kids - so much fun!!!!!!

I then had Thursday off and went to other parks and had a lot of fun with various people I have met through out the crazy week!  Then Friday I had on site training at DAK!!  We went in and sat in a room and went over all the things about DAK and their standards! We also got our schedule for the next week of the various places we would be working.  I'm personally working at about 5 different places throughout the week!  We then headed into DAK and took a tour of the whole park and then we got to ride the Safari Ride!  I still love it so much!   Then we came back, ate at the cafeteria there, and went to wardrobe to get our costumes!  Mine is a peanut colored safari uniform with hat and all.  It's fantastic!  I'll post pics soon enough I promise - maybe later today!  

Well everyone I know I don't have pics for all of this but we weren't allowed to take pics for most of it so yeah.  But hope this gets everyone even more excited for the adventures that await them!!!  I'm off today as well so it's off to the cast member memorial day picnic at Mickey's Retreat and to Walmart to get my hiking boots for my costume!  Have a great day everyone!!!!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Check in to Disney College Program!

Oh my goodness guys it has been a while!!!  So sorry for that but I have been on vacation and checking into the wonderful Disney program these last two weeks and it has been AMAZING!  I'm still trying to sit here and process everything!  But I am going to tell you all about check in and kinda how that works so you get a good idea on it!!! Then prob in a latter blog I'll tell you more about Traditions and your first few days here.  That one will prob be tomorrow!  Anyways here we go!

Alrighty!  So the day begins by waking up early and heading over to Vista Way!  If you are staying in a hotel the night before I highly suggest Holiday Inn SunSpree because it isn't too badly priced and it is pretty much right across from Vista Way!  When should you get there?  Allison and I got over there about 7:30 that morning and check in begins at 9:00.  I know that's an hour and a half early but trust me it's worth it.  But another piece of advice is to not wait right by the bus transportation center but try to stay to the back of the group!  Cause when it's check in every one dashes for the back of the complex towards the club house where you start checking in!
After you get through this line you start going into a tented area where you will get a little sticker with your name written on it and then you go and keep waiting in line.  They then take you in about groups of 6 people over to a table where they explain a booklet that they have for everyone and you write your name on the back and all of that fun kind of stuff, plus you sign a few other documents. 

After that you go into a nicely air conditioned room where you will need to be with your roommate that you want!!  They will send either one of you to the desk to decided on where to live and how many bed rooms you want.  The other person stands to the side and waits for their roommate.  (This is Allison going through all of that)  We got a two bedroom in Vista Way!! (Trust me Vista Way is awesome!  It's not as bad as people make it out to be!!!!)  After that you get your keys, and then they take your picture for your housing id!  

After this process you go back out side into another line to get your car decal if you drove.  NOTE: if you want a decal for your car bring your licence, car registration, and copy of your insurance WITH YOUR NAME ON IT! Not your parents that doesn't work! Must have your name on it!!!  Please be sure to bring this stuff with you it makes it so much easier!! I forgot mine and had to go back later that day to the front desk and get it all figured out and it was just a big pain!!!

You then go to yet another table where they explain to you what is going to go on the rest of the day and show you a map of the property so you can know where to go to find your apartment.  They then let you loose to go find your apartment!!  Now I will bombard you with pics of the apartment! ENJOY!
       The living room                                                                                               The Dinning room

The kitchenOur bathroom
Our Bed room, my bed is the one under the windows

Whew this was a long day!! Haha, and still not over!!!!  After you get into your apartment and claim your room you then head off on a bus to sign your life away to Disney!  
Through this building you will give them all of your on board paper work that you should have filled out before arriving to Disney, you will fill out your I-9 form (be sure to have your pasport or social security card and id) get finger printed, make sure you fit the Disney look.  This process wasn't too long for me because I was on the first bus because I was so early in line!  So take notes!! GET THERE EARLY! Or you'll end up waiting forever!  After this long process you head back to your apartment where you then have time to unload your car or suit case or both and start to get settled in, but about 2-4 hrs later your back on another bus going towards The Commons for your house meeting!  Here they will give you the rundown of all the housing rules and you'll watch some pretty chesey videos, but hey if it's all for safety then that's just fine with me!!!

Well Everyone it has been a fun past few days and all I can really say is for everyone out there to just have fun with it all!!! Chat with people in lines and make friends like Mine!! Have a magical day!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Last minute packing tips

Ok guys, I have officially finished packing!!!!! I"m spending my last few hours in Fort Collins on campus kinda studying for my last final haha. I'm so excited I can't even think straight!!!! I know it isn't real time when your reading this but I'm taking so long to write it because I can't get my thoughts straight haha!

So as I was finishing packing I had a few more tips to share with you all, nothing special just quick things. First: bringing hangers. Hangers are a pain in the butt!!! if anything I would suggest buying them when you get where you are going!! But if your like me and don't want to spend the money you can bring them with you. To help you out bringing them here's what you can do to help keep them together. When they are hanging in the closet take a zip tie or string and put around each corner (on the inside of the hangers) and tie them together. Then also take one and tie around the top of the triangle where the hook attaches. I hope this makes sense haha. But this helps a lot!! And do this with like 10-20 hangers at a time, don't try to do all of yours unless you have room!

If your like me you get all of your boxes in the car and still have a few things here and there left that you need to put in the car, but it's small stuff that you don't want to loose in the abyss of the car haha. So here's what you do, but the stuff in bags, like either grocery bags or the reusable bags and stuff on top of the boxes in your trunk! Works like a charm!!!

So that's everything!! I only ran into one problem while packing, my large space bag with bedding in it got a hole or something and isn't as compressed as it should but, but I"m not touching it because it's actually alright where it is! So yup that's it. I prob won't be posting again until I get down there! Hope everyone have a good time packing and getting down there and be safe!!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Form Spring

So I did it, I got a formsping.... so ask me anything!!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Top 10 Favorite Disney Movies

ok so I decided that I would do just a post on my top 10 favorite Disney movies, this is a hard one but gives me something to do, and you something to read haha!!!  One note before I do so, 2 weeks until I am on my way to Florida!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!  Kristina and I booked our place that we are staying our first night driving because we got a really good deal on it on line - like seriously half off!!  We're staying at the Double Tree in St. Louis.  So a 13 hr drive that day!! Prob another 13 the next day, and then like 8 the next!
Ok now onto my fav top 10 Disney Movies!!!

10) Alice In Wonderland (1951)

9) Toy Story (1995)
8) Little Mermaid (1989)
7) Lilo and Stich (2002)
6) Cinderella (1950)
5) Up (2009)
4) Wall-E (2008)
3) Beauty and the Beast (1991)
2) Hercules (1997)
And my Number one Favorite Disney Movie!!!!!
LION KING (1994)