Friday, March 30, 2012

Change of Plans Only to Change Again.

Well, it's bright and early an I'm wide awake...a rarity. It feels pretty good to be awake when normal people are awake actually.

A note to future college program participants, as housing inspections come closer, you'll hear a lot of rumors about the coveted White Glove Award. This award is given to certain apartments that Price Management deems unbelievably clean. The reward for White Glove status is a box of Ferrero-Rocher chocolates to split between your roommates and yourself (good luck). Unfortunately for us, we were not awarded the White Glove; however, we passed with an excellent and received cookies. We didn't receive the White Glove because we didn't scrub down our oven. Here's the truth about White Glove...after searching the Internet for countless hours on trying to find White Glove criteria, I found nothing so hopefully this helps.

  • Scrub your oven
  • Wipe down your refrigerator and microwave
  • Make sure nothing is on the floor
  • Sweep and vacuum the floors (mop if necessary)
  • Scrub toilet bowls and showers
  • Scrub sinks
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Make sure the kitchen/living area is free of clutter
  • Nothing hanging on the walls
  • Make your beds
I think that covers about everything. Good luck!

A couple of days ago, I went to Epcot to get the full experience of the flower and garden festival with a good friend of mine. We dedicated our entire day to doing this. Was it worth it? Absolutely. It takes a whole day to really wander around the world showcase to see the different topiary displays, plus we were able to check out the separate flower and garden displays that are only there seasonally. I've put up pictures on Facebook, but I'll include some of my favorites below:

Twining's Tea sponsored a display at the United Kingdom Pavilion 

Once Upon a Dream

Bambi's Butterfly Garden was something worth checking out!

My extension request was approved a couple of days ago, so as of right now I will be a part of the Disney family until August 3rd! Now the part that complicates things, as far as my plans go for moving out here and working here for good goes, I'm still planning on returning to Florida and transferring to UCF to complete my degree. However, due to certain circumstances, I will be returning to Oklahoma for the Fall 2012 semester and become a seasonal employee of Disney. This will allow me more time to sort out future living arrangements, get transfer requirements in order and hopefully acquire a new vehicle in the near future. I'll participate in another college program Spring of 2013 and go from there if all goes well (I smell a professional internship in my future! =D). I won't be returning to the OSU-Stillwater campus. I want to spend the semester with my family before I move across the country, so I'll be taking my classes at the OSU-Tulsa campus. 

In the long run, I think this (hopefully) last semester I spend in Oklahoma will give me the necessary closure I need in order to begin this new and exciting chapter in my life. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.

Things are substantially better since the last blog post.

It's Spring in Florida, so that means more time outside, thoughts of visiting the beach and a busier stand-by wait time at Space Mountain due to Spring Breakers. I don't mind so much though.

I've yet to visit Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure or Harry Potter World(OMGZ NOT THE COMPETITOR ACROSS THE STREET!!);however, it is on my list of things to do before the summer crowds roll in.

On a more work-related note, I've decided that because I'm extending my program, I'm going to try to cross-train at another attraction...probably the Stitch complex (Stitch's Great Escape, PeopleMover and Carousel of Progress...correct me if I'm wrong). While I'll have proficiencies there, I don't plan on leaving the Space Mountain party...ever. I absolutely adore the people I work with and have no desire to cut the ties just yet. In fact, I recently announced that, if I get offered the program extension, that I was going to strongly consider transferring to UCF (Zeta Omega chapter love! My sisters'll get it) and working seasonally until I graduated. Seasonally basically means I can pick and choose which weeks I work, which is perfect for a full-time student, in my opinion. This is a huge step in the independent direction and quite frankly it's scaring the crap out of me, but at the same time I just can't wait to see what this big life change has in store for me and my future.

Welcome aboard, space travelers!

I've created a to-do list while I'm here specific for all of the Disney parks. For Epcot, my goal is to have eaten at every world showcase pavilion. Thus far, I've eaten at Mexico, China, Japan, Italy and America (obviously). The remaining countries? Norway, Morocco, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany. Also, the Flower and Garden Festival is currently underway and I would like to spend a full day at Epcot just to see the flowers =D. 

I'll elaborate more on the other parks' list with coming blog posts. That's about all I have to report this time around. Oh, and did I mention that Wishes! is my absolute favorite fireworks show? Here is my favorite shot from the firework show the night my roommates and I went. And yes, we did mosh our way to the front of the castle for optimum viewing.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pixie Dust in the Strangest Places

The gap between posts is going to increase, I've found. I've been working relentlessly for the past few weeks; not complaining, of course, but I have very little time to myself.

So, the past couple of weeks have been filled with continuous disappointment (hang in there, there is a silver lining in this cloud).

First piece of advice, ladies, don't come into the program expecting to be with a guy. Ever. It's a recipe for disaster, not to mention unprofessional. Plus, the fact that you're only down here for a certain amount of time just adds to the fact that most guys, if not all guys, will say and do whatever (and I mean WHATEVER they can to get some ass (pardon my French) no strings attached. Truth hurts. Save yourself time and emotion and just say no =] At this rate, I'll never stop being a truly bitter person. Oh well.

The hours you work will drive you insane. Especially if you work at the Magic Kingdom. Hello, extra magic hours, goodbye sanity. The guests typically leave their brains at home when they're on vacation. You WILL receive stupid questions and people WILL get upset over trivial nonsense.  Also, the busses wil be full of other cast members playing in the park when you try to find a seat. It happens every night. Patience. Just remember that 1. Vehicular manslaughter is not the answer and 2. You're there for one specific purpose, to make magic. That reason has a payoff that outweighs all of the crap that you deal with on a day to day basis.

One day, I was outside helping distribute Fastpasses to the guests. I was provided with a bubble wand and the kids loved it! This particular little boy was having a ball, but like most good things, they don't last forever. I ran out of bubbles and the kid was almost to tears. I felt for him and decided that he was just plain too sweet to not help out. So, I wrote him a sheet for a free bubble gun at the closest gift shop; the look on this kid's face was absolutely priceless. It was worth all of the bad stuff that had previously happened that day. Stuff like that helps you remember why you chose to work for Disney to begin with.

Even with the magical moments I create from time to time, I still find myself in limbo with my actual self and my Disney self. I escape to my Disney self when everything else around me is slowly falling apart. Before work today, I received a call from my mom and was told that my grandma had to be taken to the emergency room because she tried attacking my mom and my grandpa. My grandma has Alzheimer's and usually stuff like this doesn't faze me. It hurts, but nothing really I can do. However, my mom continued to tell me that my grandma kept saying how I was the only one who wouldn't hurt her. Yeah, I came about 3 seconds away from losing it at the bus stop. Regardless, I still had to put my magic face on for everybody.

It's hard being away from home. Especially if everything around you is simply not going your way. However, the people you work with, I've discovered, are the closest thing to a family you have. They understand and they listen when it's needed the most. Make friends here. Be stupid. Because some days, there are guests who notice you and let you know that you're doing a great job or a coworker who just thanks you for working hard.