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spiroff.natasha
12-08-2011, 04:53 PM
:welcome:

Like the title says, I was lucky enough to spend 5 MONTHS in the Most Magical Place on Earth while participating in the Disney College Program last year :mickeyjum

I thought it would be fun to write about my experiences as a CP since I had a weird obsession with reading as much as I could about the program before I left :rotfl:Hopefully this will help answer questions for prospective CP applicants/participants and regardless if you are planning on doing the CP or not, I hope you enjoy reading!

spiroff.natasha
12-08-2011, 04:56 PM
For your viewing pleasure, I will have links here to each installment :thumbsup2

Intro (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43429499&postcount=3)
Chapter 1: Applying (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43430143&postcount=4)
Chapter 2: Leavin' on a Jet Plane (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43434213&postcount=14)
Chapter 3: Pop Century (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43457318&postcount=25)
Chapter 4: Cast of Characters (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43463910&postcount=33)
Chapter 5: Epcot with "Mickey" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43476043&postcount=43)
Chapter 6: Facebook Meet-up (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43501627&postcount=48)
Chapter 7: Check-in (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43505895&postcount=55)
Chapter 8: Casting (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43521274&postcount=77)
Chapter 9: Moving In (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43543747#post43543747)
Chapter 10: Celebration and Dole Whips (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43602709&postcount=104)
Chapter 11: Traditions (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43645195&postcount=120)

Chapter 12: Adios to the madre/playing in the park (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43678533&postcount=125)
Chapter 13: Chatham 2-bedroom apartment tour (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43702107&postcount=126)

Chapter 14: Babies go to the parks... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43749833&postcount=153)
Chapter 15: Once Upon a Time is Now (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43786056&postcount=167)
Chapter 16: Costuming (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43853616&postcount=189)

Chapter 17: Training at CRT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43854172&postcount=190)
Chapter 18: The Byrdman Comes to Visit! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44039537&postcount=223)

Chapter 19: Ladies of 23102 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44099101&postcount=229)
Chapter 20: Give Kids the World VoluntEARing (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44113951&postcount=234)
Chapter 21: Slaving away in the castle all day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44135707&postcount=242)

Chapter 22: Mommy is here! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44180703&postcount=254)
Chapter 23: Justin Bieber, Hollywood Studios, and THE KITCHEN SINK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44287567&postcount=263)

Chapter 24: The one where we try on costumes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44482037&postcount=279)

Chapter 25: You mean I have to go to class? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44495571&postcount=286)
Chapter 26: Fantasmic, FINALLY! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44523160&postcount=290)[/COLOR][/CENTER][/URL]
Chapter 27: Tom Sawyer Island, and part of the castle suite! (http://i.imgur.com/meMa2.jpg)
Chapter 28: CRT goes to Steak and Shake (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44849142&postcount=311)

spiroff.natasha
12-08-2011, 05:10 PM
:goofy: Hello there! :donald:
My name is Natasha and I will be your host throughout this trip report because really, nobody can tell the story of my CP better than me right? :)

http://i.imgur.com/70eJT.jpg (http://imgur.com/70eJT)

Like many of you here, I am a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. The hospital room that I was born in overlooked the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA {also the hospital where Walt passed away :guilty:} so I think that I was destined to love Disney :thumbsup2

Here are the details about my CP...

Arrival Date: January 10th, 2011
Departure Date: May 13th, 2011
Role: Full Service Food & Beverage {aka FSFB}
Location: Cinderella's Royal Table
Housing Complex: Chatham Square

spiroff.natasha
12-08-2011, 06:45 PM
Doing the CP had been a dream of mine for a long time. Because I switched majors halfway through college (from Biology to Communications) I wasn't able to take a semester off for the program so I was convinced that I would never be able to do the program :sad1: BUT thanks to the wonderful people here on the disboards I learned that you only had to be registered for one class at the time of application to be eligible!! :woohoo: After I danced around my apartment in happiness I sat down and made my plans to apply for the Spring program. I ended up enrolling in an online class at a local community college (since I had graduated from my university in May) to make sure that I was eligible for the program.

Applications came out towards the end of August. I applied on the first day, had my phone interview the day after that and then came the wait. I can honestly say that waiting to hear if I had been accepted or not was the hardest wait of my life! I became obsessed with reading blogs, watching vlogs and stalking the facebook group to see if other people had gotten their acceptance emails. FINALLY exactly 3 weeks after my interview (3 weeks doesn't sound long know..but trust me...it was) I received the glorious email saying I was accepted for Spring 2011 in a Full Service Food and Beverage roll! :dance3:

To help with the wait, my mom and I took a weekend trip to the world a few days after my phone intervew! :cool1: My mom is a big Disney nerd just like me and we have so much fun together in our happy place :) This trip was really last minute and we were on a budget so we skipped the parks and the ADRs and just spent time exploring the resorts,lounging at the pool and trading vinylmations. It was great to be in "our" place, especially with all my excitement and anxiousness about the program! We played a lot of "what if you worked here" and talked to a lot of CMs about the CP too :goodvibes Here are some of the photos from that trip...

http://i.imgur.com/9vT7Z.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/D3l1T.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/YNJRO.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/sf5MB.jpg

FSFB wasn't my first choice but definitely sounded like a fun roll...and really at this point I didn't care...I WAS GOING TO LIVE IN DISNEYWORLD!!!

The obsession over blogs/vlogs/etc didn't stop after being accepted {and still hasn't really haha} Everyday I was reading about the program and preparing myself for my upcoming adventure. Even though I felt that I had done all the research that could possibly be done on the program -- my actual experience was A MILLION times better than I could have ever imagined.

mauigal
12-08-2011, 06:54 PM
I'm in!!! :banana::banana:

jenseib
12-08-2011, 06:59 PM
You know I am too...Of course several pages will be of our special meeting...right? :lmao:

partyof2
12-08-2011, 07:11 PM
This is going to be a great read, I'm most definitely in!

TotalDreamer
12-08-2011, 07:45 PM
Awesome! Im a CP hopeful and can't wait to read.

maryr1oz
12-08-2011, 08:03 PM
I can't wait to hear more about your time on the College Program - how exciting!! :banana::banana::banana:

AimKo
12-08-2011, 08:22 PM
My 9 yr old is already talking about her future CP. We'll be reading together!

15isto2
12-09-2011, 06:19 AM
I am coming allong for the ride

Mini Minnie :)
12-09-2011, 10:25 AM
I'm in! This sounds like such an awesome idea! Can't wait to hear about all your magical experiences! :goodvibes

mauigal
12-09-2011, 10:31 AM
Will this TR be full of lots n' lots of pictures and stories of :wizard: pixi dust?

spiroff.natasha
12-09-2011, 10:53 AM
Fast forward to early January.
My excitement continued to build as my check-in date got closer but so did my sadness {yes..SADNESS..even though I was going to WDW :confused3}. I had just gotten engaged to my college sweetheart in November and it was really hard to accept that we were about to say "see you later" for a few months. But, he is amazingly supportive of me and knew how much the program meant so he encouraged me to go! I am so thankful that I have somebody like that in my life...he's the best :lovestruc

The night before I left we went to dinner at one of my favorite places in LA...sooo yummy.
http://i.imgur.com/JxSZH.jpg

The sad looking one is Alex, in the middle is my brother Trey and the right is my stepdad.

http://i.imgur.com/70MTU.jpg

We had pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, shrimp fried rice and garlic green beans. Now, I know it's not Disney food...but food is food {and I love food!} so I'm going to show you are pictures of this :)

http://i.imgur.com/c141i.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/WY9bk.jpg

YUM!

My mom lives closer to the airport than we do so we spent the night at her house because we had an early flight the next morning. Morning came way too early, I was really excited to go but pretty bummed at the same time! We said our "see you laters" at the airport and my mom and I hopped on our flight. After my tears had dried, I realized that this was it...I was finally on my way to live out one of my dreams...HOW EXCITING!!!

We landed in MCO and rode the monorail to the main terminal. We love the feeling you get when you first arrive in Orlando...don't you?! The narrators voice on the monorail was welcoming the tourists to Orlando and welcoming residents home...even though I wasn't "technically" a resident this still made me really excited!!

http://i.imgur.com/sfZl6.jpg
Please excuse the tired look I have going on...it was a long flight! :rotfl:

All of my bags arrived {woo hoo!} so we were on our way to the POP! :cool1:
http://i.imgur.com/bzWcc.jpg

jenseib
12-09-2011, 10:09 PM
that would be so hard to pack for several months.

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:25 AM
I'm in!!! :banana::banana:

Welcome! :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:26 AM
You know I am too...Of course several pages will be of our special meeting...right? :lmao:

Of course! :thumbsup2 Glad you are here!

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:28 AM
This is going to be a great read, I'm most definitely in!

Welcome! I hope you enjoy :)

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:30 AM
Awesome! Im a CP hopeful and can't wait to read.

How cool! I have nothing but great things to say about the CP. :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:31 AM
I can't wait to hear more about your time on the College Program - how exciting!! :banana::banana::banana:

Welcome!! One of my friends on the CP is from Australia too...you'll learn more about her later :woohoo:

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:33 AM
My 9 yr old is already talking about her future CP. We'll be reading together!

How awesome!! Welcome to both of you! Sounds like you are raising her right :rotfl:

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:38 AM
I am coming allong for the ride

:welcome:

spiroff.natasha
12-10-2011, 01:39 AM
I'm in! This sounds like such an awesome idea! Can't wait to hear about all your magical experiences! :goodvibes

I'm excited to share them! welcome :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-11-2011, 06:11 PM
that would be so hard to pack for several months.

It definitely was!

spiroff.natasha
12-13-2011, 12:30 AM
CHAPTER 3: Pop Century

When I left you, we had just picked up all of my bags and were heading to our home away from home….Pop Century! :cool1: :cool1:

http://i.imgur.com/3Ses9.jpg
That is a picture of our home away from home last summer...looks like a postcard!

Seriously, we LOVE this hotel. We have stayed at a few other resorts on property but always come back to the POP. And like all good disers we have our room preferences :) For some reason we aren’t big fans of the 70s 80s and 90s…we definitely like to stay to the right side of the hippity dippity pool.:confused3 If we don’t have a preferred room booked we always request building 3 or 4, high floor, lake view (sounds like one of those complicated orders at starbucks…Disney style! :rotfl:) but if we are preferred, building 4 facing the pool is where its at!

The weekend when we arrived was VERY busy because the marathon was going on and unfortunately we didn’t get a room in our favorite area…we were to the LEFT of the pool :scared1: and GROUND floor :scared1: but we did have a nice lake view and we were in the 60s section so it was all good :thumbsup2 Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of the room like I usually do…think I was too excited that I was “home”! We were in this building:

http://i.imgur.com/O3PgM.jpg

I liked being there because I ALWAYS take a picture in front of that statue and send it to Alex (jungle book is his favorite movie)

And this was our view:

http://i.imgur.com/ioSrc.jpg

We were really tired after a long day of traveling…you lose your whole day flying from the west coast :sad1: so we got some food at the POP food court (again, no pictures…bad Natasha!) and hung out in the room – watching Stacey of course! After a while my mom went to bed and I met up with two people I had met on the Facebook group that were doing the program as well. Let’s call them Mickey and Belle…

mrsxsparrow
12-13-2011, 01:51 AM
I usually read and don't respond, but I see you're from Thousand Oaks! I'm in Woodland Hills so we're basically neighbors and I figured I had to say hello :wave:

I'm hoping to do the CP next fall (I graduate this spring) so am definitely looking forward to reading your report.

spiroff.natasha
12-13-2011, 02:05 AM
I usually read and don't respond, but I see you're from Thousand Oaks! I'm in Woodland Hills so we're basically neighbors and I figured I had to say hello :wave:

I'm hoping to do the CP next fall (I graduate this spring) so am definitely looking forward to reading your report.

Hey there neighbor! :wave2: Glad you are along for the ride! I don't usually see too many people from southern California on here. Are you planning on doing the CP in WDW or at DL?

PS...I love your annual pass breakdown :)

danimaroo
12-13-2011, 01:43 PM
I'm in! I was in Disney while you were there last January for our honeymoon, but didn't eat at CRT. I also have a friend who did the CP (she worked at Mission Space), so I'm looking forward to reading about your experience!

jenseib
12-13-2011, 01:45 PM
I LOVE Pop! It's home to me too.

Bethislucy
12-13-2011, 02:24 PM
Sounds like a fun report

StitchsGurl
12-13-2011, 03:56 PM
So far, so great! I worked at WDW for a year as a CR (Cultural Representative) and I am looking forward to see what the college program offers~

oopsiDAISY
12-13-2011, 04:39 PM
Oh this sounds like it's going to be such a fun TR...I'm in!!! :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
12-13-2011, 09:41 PM
:mickeyjum CAST OF CHARACTERS :mickeyjum

From this point on, there are going to be a lot of people mentioned in this trip report so I thought I would introduce (most) of them here. I will use the names of people that I am still in contact with and for others I will replace their names with a Disney character. So without further adieu…in no particular order…I present to you the cast of my college program!

Stars of the show (you will see these guys a lot)…

http://i.imgur.com/2Tv6a.jpg

During the time of this TR he was my fiancé (such a fancy word huh?) but is now my husband! We met on our first day of college and lived in the same dorms. We started dating our freshman year and the rest is history! We got married this past November in Maui and it was amazing :lovestruc We have been to WDW twice together – it isn’t his favorite place to vacation but we always have fun. Like I mentioned before, I am so thankful that I had his support during this program! I missed him like crazy but it was great to be able to live out one of my dreams and work for the mouse!

http://i.imgur.com/0MEPd.jpg

My mommy is the best. We are both Disney crazy and have the best time together while we are there! I am so glad that she came down to help move me in :goodvibes She ended up coming to visit two more times while I was on my program which was awesome! She is "mauigal" here on the dis!

http://i.imgur.com/fnntb.jpg

One of my roommates (luckily!) There is so much I could say about her…she is amazing and I’m SO glad I had her with me during the program. Belle and I had decided to try to look for another pair of girls to room with before we got to Orlando and I ended up messaging Lisa… she messaged Katie (other roommate!) and they decided to live together with us…the rest is history! Lisa was Full Service Food & Beverage like me and worked at Kona Café in the Polynesian (and is still seasonal there!). We had so much fun together it was unreal (you will read about some of our adventures here) She is back in Georgia now and about to graduate from UGA (go dawgs!) and we still talk everyday.

http://i.imgur.com/fLSEw.jpg

Last (but not least!!!) roommate. Katie was a lifeguard at the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian during our CP. She always had amazing hours and had lots of family/boyfriend visits which we were jealous of :rotfl:. Katie is amazingly sweet and the three of us (Katie, lisa and myself) had lots of fun together!! Katie is back in West Virgina now and is about to run the relay marathon with her family at WDW in January!

(Didn’t I have the prettiest roomies? :))

http://i.imgur.com/eGE0d.jpg

AKA banannie. Annie was one of my coworkers at CRT. I love this girl! She was my first CRT friend :goodvibes Banannie is one of the nicest, funniest people I have ever met and I miss her terribly. She lived in a “mansion” in Chatham and had {mostly} really cool roommates. We had a lot of adventures together! After the program, Annie returned to Pennsylvania {wayyy too far from California for my liking}, graduated from school and is rocking the theatre world!

http://i.imgur.com/BDKhU.jpg

Another CRT coworker..and from the same school as Annie! For whatever reason, it took me a while to warm up to Ashley but I am so glad I did! We didn’t hang out that much but when we did it was always a good time. She lived in Vista. I had the most magical of magical moments with Ashley at the end of my program too! (stay tuned to read about that one!!)

http://i.imgur.com/p1ERx.jpg

My “twin”. Abby worked at CRT as well and a lot of people got us mixed up but really, we don’t look alike :confused3. Abby was pretty quiet at work when she first started but turned out to be one of the funniest people I know. She lived in Vista during our program and has since gone back to Kentucky and is finishing up school. Recently she was accepted for a summer internship here in LA and I really hope she gets to do it!!

http://i.imgur.com/7JTBs.jpg

Love this girl! Again, she was a CRT coworker (most of us got along really well haha) She lived in Patterson during our program but moved to Chatham right after I left (we could have been neighbors). Kristin was so much fun and super sweet! She met her Prince Charming, Brian, on the program :love: Her original departure date was the same as mine but she extended her program so she didn’t leave until August (lucky!) Now, she is back in Indiana working away and saving up to move back to Orlando with Brian.

http://i.imgur.com/Yd7Hg.jpg

Sam is amazing! And, you guessed it, ANOTHER CRT coworker. She lived in Vista during our program and didn’t have the best experience with roommates and ended up moving to Chatham. Her program was originally until August and, like Kristin, she extended so she is STILL THERE and doesn’t depart until the beginning of January. She is always telling me about how much she misses “our” group at CRT and it makes me miss everyone that much more!

http://i.imgur.com/2V6w8.jpg

Oh Zoe. She is hilarious. Another CRT lovely who I had a lot of fun with. She lived in Vista (and still does!). Zoe is from Australia and has the craziest accent. Her antics always kept me laughing. The program that she is on is a year-long program the first half she was in Full Service Food & Beverage and the second half she is in the Hospitality role working at Yacht and Beach Club! On her way back to Australia she is stopping in LA for a few days and I can’t wait to see her!

http://i.imgur.com/u6gxa.jpg

He was the only guy in our little group at CRT. It was pretty funny to see him transform from his usual, inappropriate self to a nice, sweet cast member at CRT. After the program he moved back to Nebraska where he is finishing up school.

Minor characters (might not see them too much so no photos yet!)…

Megan is somebody who I had talked to a few times on Facebook before going to Orlando (she had just gotten engaged about a month after me!) and then ran into all the time while on the CP. She was a Fairy Godmother in Training (FGIT) at the BBB in the castle! Since I worked in the castle too, we ran into each other all the time at work, in the mousketeeria, on the “A” bus, etc. Like Katie, she is amazingly sweet and I had a lot of fun talking wedding stuff with her!

Mickey is a person that I met on the Facebook group for CPs before heading to Orlando. He had done the program once before as a bellman at Yacht and Beach club and was very helpful during the application/waiting process whenever I had questions about something. He was accepted again for the Spring 2011 program as either hospitality or concierge {can't remember} but was also accepted for a Professional Internship in Casting so, of course, he took that! Mickey was offered a full time position in Casting after his internship and is still in Orlando :)

I met Belle on the Facebook group as well. She was always really sweet when we talked and since we had the same arrival/departure dates we decided to room together. She was accepted for a role in Attractions and ended up working the Great Movie Ride (her number one choice). During our program, she applied for a few professional internships so she could stay in Orlando when our program was complete and she was offered one in Guest Relations – Downtown Disney. Unfortunately, in person we did not mesh as well as we had online so we did not keep in touch after the program.

I hate putting Miss Sandra in the “minor characters” section because she was the sweetest, nicest person I have ever met. She works at CRT and "adopted" a lot of the CRT CPs. I miss Miss Sandra so much and still keep in contact with her :goodvibes

Mark was a funny character. He lived in the building across from me and he hung out with our group a few times. He always had candy with him and if anybody mentioned wanting something sweet…there he was with a handful of Starbursts :rotfl: He ended up self-terming because he wanted to go home. I’ve only talked to him a few times since being back but it sounds like things are good back in Nebraska with his girlfriend.

I worked with Janna at CRT. She was on a CP extension when I got there. Not going to lie, I was a little intimidated when I got to CRT because there was already a little clique with the CPs on their extensions and the full timers but the walls came down not too far into it and we had fun together. Janna is responsible for introducing us to Backbooth – a club downtown where we liked to go for 80’s night – and I am very thankful for that!

Lindsay: She was another CP on an extension at CRT. Lindsay is one of the sweetest people, she’s sassy and stylish :) Unfortunately, she ended up being termed pretty close to the end of my program but she is still down in Orlando and working at Universal.

Dan: One of Brent’s roommates who is from Boston. During our program he worked at Mission Space and he is still seasonal there.

Other people who may pop up…

April – CRT
Bessie -- CRT
Monica – CRT
Yelixa – CRT
Jill – CRT
Katrina – CRT
Ingrid – CRT
Michael – Kona
Brittany – Innoventions
Tyler – EPCOT Custodial
Jordan – Mission Space
Katchina – Emporium
Brenda – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Saffie – CRT
Duval – CRT
Kerri – Quick Service Port Orleans Riverside; banannie’s roommate
Courtney – Outdoor foods Magic Kingdom; banannie’s roommate
Kortney – Art of Disney; banannie’s roommate
Brian – Bus greeter; Kristen’s Prince Charming
Thomas – Bus greeter; Brian’s roommate
Beast – Belle’s (my roommate) boyfriend

Wow! That’s a big cast – got all that? ;)

spiroff.natasha
12-13-2011, 09:46 PM
I'm in! I was in Disney while you were there last January for our honeymoon, but didn't eat at CRT. I also have a friend who did the CP (she worked at Mission Space), so I'm looking forward to reading about your experience!

How fun! Who knows...maybe we crossed paths in the park sometime :lmao:
I see that you are going again in January, sounds like so much fun!!

spiroff.natasha
12-13-2011, 09:50 PM
Sounds like a fun report

Thanks! I hope you continue to enjoy :)

spiroff.natasha
12-13-2011, 09:53 PM
So far, so great! I worked at WDW for a year as a CR (Cultural Representative) and I am looking forward to see what the college program offers~

Welcome! When did you work as a CR?

maryr1oz
12-13-2011, 10:08 PM
Great posts - so excited to hear more!! Especially about the living arrangements and proximity to the parks :cool1:

mrsxsparrow
12-14-2011, 12:18 AM
Hey there neighbor! :wave2: Glad you are along for the ride! I don't usually see too many people from southern California on here. Are you planning on doing the CP in WDW or at DL?

PS...I love your annual pass breakdown :)

WDW! I've had an annual pass to DL since sophomore year of high school (almost 9 years ago now... jeez time goes by quickly) and last year was my first visit to WDW; thus, I'm all about being adventurous and living in Orlando.

FSFB is one of the roles I might be interested in so I'm definitely looking forward to reading some more :surfweb:

StitchsGurl
12-14-2011, 10:14 AM
Welcome! When did you work as a CR?

I started July 27th 2010 and finished July 22nd 2011. I worked in Canada at Le Cellier as a hostess. I was also an official trainer. :goodvibes

TeaForTulips
12-14-2011, 01:13 PM
subbing! popcorn:: so glad you are sharing this experience! congrats on your maui wedding! how fabulous! :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-14-2011, 01:46 PM
Great posts - so excited to hear more!! Especially about the living arrangements and proximity to the parks :cool1:

Welcome! I have a post lined about about the housing so I hope you will enjoy! And we were very close to the parks...made me a happy girl :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
12-14-2011, 01:52 PM
subbing! popcorn:: so glad you are sharing this experience! congrats on your maui wedding! how fabulous! :goodvibes

Thank you :goodvibes and welcome, glad you are along for the ride!!

spiroff.natasha
12-15-2011, 03:42 PM
So it was my first night in Orlando and my mom was getting ready to go to sleep. I decided to meet up with Mickey and Belle (two people I had been talking to on Facebook before the program). Mickey had moved down earlier than us because he was starting his Professional Internship and had to find his own housing. He ended up in the apartment complex that is directly across the street from Chatham and Patterson (two of the CP apartment complexes). He took me to his apartment, I met his roommates, he showed me where Chatham and Patterson were and then we headed back to the POP to meet Belle. She had just gotten back from running errands with her parents and it was pretty late so the three of us stayed in the POP food court and just talked for a while. Eventually, I got pretty tired so I called it a night.

On our first full day in Orlando, my mom and I really wanted to go to a park. Mickey was very generous and offered to let us into the park using his Maingate pass since he had some leftover from the holiday pack that needed to be used up so we took him up on that offer and decided to go to EPCOT! :cool1:

We woke up pretty early and headed to the food court for some breakfast. Boy was it COLD. This California girl thought she was prepared for winter but quickly found out how wrong she was. Here are some pictures of us heading to the food court…

http://i.imgur.com/iUocT.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4TmK5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ICOAu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/mtc9e.jpg

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the smell of that food court :) When it comes to breakfast at the POP there is no standing around, looking at the menus for me. I head straight to the oatmeal section, no hesitation. I never see it pop up in people’s trip reports but I am here to tell you…you NEED to get it next time! My mom usually gets a Mickey waffle kids meal and a side of eggs and lets me have the chocolate milk {what a good madre :goodvibes}

After breakfast we met up with Mickey and headed to EPCOT! Since I was going to be there for five months, I let my mom choose what park we went to that day :) Epcot is definitely her favorite and for good reason! Before leaving for this trip, we had read about La Cava de Tequila and decided we needed to get in there and try their margaritas. Of course, it wasn’t our first stop since it was only about 9AM! :rotfl:

The marathon was taking place that morning so we stopped and cheered on some of the runners for a little while. Watching the runners was pretty inspiring and I told myself that someday I would come to at least run the half marathon…key word “someday” as I really hate running :lmao:

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Mommy at about mile 13 :rotfl2:

We made our way around World Showcase...

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...and when we hit Mexico I was an acceptable time to stop and get our margarita on :thumbsup2 The three of us went inside and grabbed a table. This place is SO cozy. If you haven’t been there, definitely make it a stop on your next trip! We each ordered a different margarita…I got the blood orange, Mickey got the avocado and mommy got the jalapeño. They were all good but the avocado was by far the best. I’m not even a huge avocado fan {big sin in so cal} but that margarita was delicious and became a favorite of mine :cool1:

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We made it to future world and rode a few rides but unfortunately had to cut the day short because I had a CP meet up to go to!

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jenseib
12-15-2011, 07:21 PM
fun day! Your Mom was doing great in the marathon! :lmao:

Joanna71985
12-16-2011, 06:19 PM
Following! After doing the CP myself, I love reading reports about others who did the CP


I met Belle on the Facebook group as well. She was always really sweet when we talked and since we had the same arrival/departure dates we decided to room together. She was accepted for a role in Attractions and ended up working the Great Movie Ride (her number one choice). During our program, she applied for a few professional internships so she could stay in Orlando when our program was complete and she was offered one in Guest Relations – Downtown Disney. Unfortunately, in person we did not mesh as well as we had online so we did not keep in touch after the program.


I know who this is. I worked with her at GMR

mauigal
12-17-2011, 08:23 AM
fun day! Your Mom was doing great in the marathon! :lmao:

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
You know it Jenseib!!!

spiroff.natasha
12-19-2011, 08:53 PM
Following! After doing the CP myself, I love reading reports about others who did the CP



I know who this is. I worked with her at GMR

small world!

spiroff.natasha
12-19-2011, 08:59 PM
It was decided on the Facebook group for all January 10th arrivals that we would meet up at Downtown Disney the night before check-in and have dinner at T-Rex. I had never been there before so I was excited to try it but I was also really nervous/anxious to meet everyone!

Mommy and I showed up a little bit early and saw a group of people huddled outside of T-Rex and figured they must be part of our group (and trying to keep warm!:lmao:) We introduced ourselves and made small talk while we waited for more people to show up. It is SO weird to meet people in person after you have stalked them on Facebook (you know you do this too :rotfl:) It was blowing my mind to see all these people that I had talked to for a few months online in person!

I eventually found Belle and her parents and we all met up with Katie’s family and Lisa with her mommy. As I’m writing this I have a huge smile on my face…it’s funny to think about our first meeting and how differently things turned out than how I expected them to on that first night.

After standing outside and freezing our butts off for what seemed like forever, we were finally seated :) I sat next to Lisa at the dinner and we talked pretty much the whole time. Both of our moms work for Delta so they hit it off as well :thumbsup2 Again, bad diser didn’t take ANY photos at the meetup :sad2: but I promise there will be lots of photos to come!

Lisa, Katie, Belle and I decided to meet in line the next morning a little before check-in was scheduled to start so we could make sure to get the housing arrangement that we wanted. After dinner, we parted ways and my mom and I headed back to the POP. On the way back, I remember my mom telling me that she really liked Lisa and thought I would get along better with her than Belle…mommy’s know best :rotfl2:

LMKerins
12-19-2011, 09:16 PM
Meanwhile, my mommy was saying the SAME thing about you :) Reading this post makes me smile so much :goodvibes

mrsxsparrow
12-19-2011, 09:36 PM
Hey, I was at Epcot the same day as you! I ran the half marathon the day before, and everyone I was with met up for lunch at San Angel Inn on Sunday for lunch. We were probably right around the corner from each other at some point... freaky right?

spiroff.natasha
12-19-2011, 10:39 PM
Meanwhile, my mommy was saying the SAME thing about you :) Reading this post makes me smile so much :goodvibes

such smart mommies we have :thumbsup2

spiroff.natasha
12-19-2011, 10:47 PM
Hey, I was at Epcot the same day as you! I ran the half marathon the day before, and everyone I was with met up for lunch at San Angel Inn on Sunday for lunch. We were probably right around the corner from each other at some point... freaky right?

Wow, that is totally freaky! I love when you can make connections like that :)

Joanna71985
12-20-2011, 12:13 AM
small world!

Well, as they say....It's a Small World After All! ;)

ChattaAlley
12-20-2011, 08:09 AM
This sounds just awesome. Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures.

spiroff.natasha
12-20-2011, 01:24 PM
The morning of January 10th we woke up bright and early and got ready to head to Vista Way for check-in. I was so excited! And even though I was super anxious to get there, I of course had to stop in the food court and get my oatmeal :rotfl:
After a quick breakfast, mommy and I drove to Vista Way and she dropped me off while she went to find a parking spot. The line was pretty long by the time that I got there but I quickly found the girls and jumped in line with them {last one there…whoops!} Pretty soon after I got there, they opened the gates and we were herded to the check-in area.

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Right as we walked in, we were handed a program guide. The program guide was my lifeline for the first few days and I was excited to receive it because it felt like the first day of school in elementary school when you would get your agendas {school supply nerd here!}. We waited in line for a while they called groups up to small tables {about 5 at a time}. I honestly don’t remember what they told us at that table :confused3, I just know we signed some papers and were then told to proceed onto housing.
The housing section was fast, and a tiny bit stressful. The four of us really decided we wanted to room together ahead of time but it wasn’t guaranteed. Before you arrive, you are given the option to sign up with one roommate so Belle and I signed up together and Lisa and Katie signed up together. Other than that one roommate, you are not guaranteed a spot with your other pairs. To better your chances on getting placed together, you need to be on the same page about what complex you are requesting and how many bedrooms.
There are three housing complexes for CP participants… Chatham Square, Patterson Court and Vista Way...

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Vista Way is the oldest of the three complexes. I knew that I definitely did not want to live here. Has a reputation as the "party complex". Has it's own bus stop and is within walking distance to various stores and restaurants.

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Chatham Square is where I wanted to live. Not the oldest, but not the newest. Apartments ranged from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms. Shares a bus stop with Patterson Court. Within walking distance to Mickey's Retreat. Has terrible green carpet (eww...you will see this later :lmao:)

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Patterson Court is definitely the prettiest complex (and it is the newest). It is the most expensive of the three. Shares a bus stop with Chatham Square (but is farther away from it). Has a reputation of being "too quiet".

The all have their pluses and minuses but we all felt that Chatham was a good common ground. We wanted a two bedroom so it would just be the four of us but decided that we would do a three bedroom if it meant the 4 of us could get together…we weren’t down for the four bedroom though…wayyy too many girls in one space.
At the door to the housing section, we were asked if we had already done roommate matching. We answered yes and they sent one representative from each pair up to the housing desk. I went up for Belle and myself and gave my preferences.
When you tell them your preferences, they enter that information into the computer and the first apartment that matches is where you are placed…there is no time to tell them that you want to live with another pair. Luckily, Katie and/or Lisa (I don’t remember who went up!) was right behind me in line so our apartment was open when they gave their preferences. Once you are placed, your roommate can meet up with you and they write your apartment number on your program guide and give you your keys. I was really anxious to find out what apartment Lisa and Katie got but when they came over we saw that we were in the same and were very excited! We were placed in a two bedroom, non-wellness (meaning we are all over 21) in Chatham, building 23 :) Tink must have sprinkled extra pixie dust on us that morning because a lot of girls in line with us did not get exactly what we wanted :tinker:
After we got our keys, we headed outside and saw our parents! They had all been talking in the parent area and decided to head over to the check-in tent and wait for us :thumbsup2 The next step was taking the bus to casting. I gave mommy my key to the apartment so she could move my bags from the POP while I was at casting since we had an ADR that evening :cool1:
We hopped on the bus to casting and were on our way!

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mauigal
12-20-2011, 09:14 PM
That was such a fun and exciting day!! :lovestruc Will you be posting pics of the casting building?? It's so pretty in there!

spiroff.natasha
12-20-2011, 09:40 PM
That was such a fun and exciting day!! :lovestruc Will you be posting pics of the casting building?? It's so pretty in there!

Yea it was :thumbsup2 Casting post is up next...finally something I have lots of pictures of :lmao:

bbnursie
12-21-2011, 01:43 PM
Excited to hear more! Enjoying your trip report. :)

snowbell
12-21-2011, 02:44 PM
Hi -- I am on board!

chiefdragon
12-21-2011, 03:31 PM
I am so excited to read more about your experience.

disney 4 5
12-21-2011, 03:31 PM
I'm in. One of my DD17 totally wants to do this during her college time. We are excited to read your TR & learn even more. Congratulation on your marriage. What an exciting time in your life for you!

poohbearluver
12-21-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to hear about your experience. (:

alisonelizabeth
12-21-2011, 06:05 PM
Really loving your TR so far! Reading about your experience is especially great to me because I've been thinking more and more about doing the college program, but I most likely would do it after I graduate in spring 2014. Looking forward to more! :goodvibes

jenseib
12-21-2011, 08:20 PM
This is all so interesting..I guess I never even thought about living arrangements, etc. And I'm such a Disney geek too. When I went to AEP, (agent education program) the schooling was so exciting. the only time in my life I liked school!

MinnieJay
12-21-2011, 08:40 PM
yay for CP's! I bet no matter how much you write...EVERYTHING still won't be said...lol. Oh the joys and memories of being in the DCP.

maryr1oz
12-21-2011, 08:49 PM
Great update!!

The housing is so interesting... i can't wait to hear what happened when you arrived at casting :)

Hope you have a great Christmas! :santa:

YayDisney
12-21-2011, 09:12 PM
I am loving this thread - As a Florida native, I've been to WDW more than I can count and I have always been so curious about those students doing their internships there - this is really very interesting - thanks for sharing.

Also, I am happy you are doing this because for the first time ever, I will be going to Cinderella's Royal Table in February for my daughter's birthday! so it's even cooler that this is where you worked. Can't wait to hear more:thumbsup2

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:22 PM
Hi -- I am on board!

Welcome! Glad to have you along for the ride :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:24 PM
I am so excited to read more about your experience.

Thank you! :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:26 PM
I'm in. One of my DD17 totally wants to do this during her college time. We are excited to read your TR & learn even more. Congratulation on your marriage. What an exciting time in your life for you!

That's great! Hopefully my trip report will give your DD some good info :) And thank you for the congratulations!! :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:27 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to hear about your experience. (:

:welcome:

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:29 PM
Really loving your TR so far! Reading about your experience is especially great to me because I've been thinking more and more about doing the college program, but I most likely would do it after I graduate in spring 2014. Looking forward to more! :goodvibes

Doing it after graduation was great for me! It was nice not having to worry about getting credit for the program or trying to take classes while I was down there -- more time for playing in the parks! :banana:

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:31 PM
This is all so interesting..I guess I never even thought about living arrangements, etc. And I'm such a Disney geek too. When I went to AEP, (agent education program) the schooling was so exciting. the only time in my life I liked school!

Yea, until our trip in May 2010 when I had really started thinking about the CP, I hadn't thought about the "behind the scenes" stuff of the CP...I took 2 classes during the CP and LOVED my Disney one :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:33 PM
yay for CP's! I bet no matter how much you write...EVERYTHING still won't be said...lol. Oh the joys and memories of being in the DCP.

haha yea, I could write for weeks and never really get out the FULL experience. Where did you work?

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:35 PM
Great update!!

The housing is so interesting... i can't wait to hear what happened when you arrived at casting :)

Hope you have a great Christmas! :santa:

Thank you! Merry Christmas to you as well :goodvibes I have a Casting post queued up so look out for that soon :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:36 PM
I am loving this thread - As a Florida native, I've been to WDW more than I can count and I have always been so curious about those students doing their internships there - this is really very interesting - thanks for sharing.

Also, I am happy you are doing this because for the first time ever, I will be going to Cinderella's Royal Table in February for my daughter's birthday! so it's even cooler that this is where you worked. Can't wait to hear more:thumbsup2

I'm so excited that you guys will be going to CRT in February! :banana: I had never even set foot in the restaurant before my CP but it is definitely a magical place :wizard:

spiroff.natasha
12-22-2011, 12:50 PM
There was a “tour guide” on our bus on the way to Casting that was explaining all about what was going to happen in the next few days and gave us some fun facts about the program. Did you know that cast members get priority seating at Planet Hollywood? I didn’t…and I never thought I would use it…but I did :rotfl:

Before I knew it we were pulling up to this beautiful building…

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As soon as we walked in we were directed towards a line…welcome to DisneyWorld! :rotfl: There were no fast passes for the casting lines and trust me, there were A LOT of lines. At the beginning everyone was SO excited…we were finally in Disney and taking the first steps to becoming a cast member! AND we were about to find out where we were going to be working!!

As the line moved up, we all got more and more anxious. Finally, I got to the first checkpoint and gave them my name…they ask to see your program guide and then they put a sticker on the back. I loved that sticker…because it said “Cinderella’s seater”!!!! I was going to be working in Cinderella’s Castle! :jumping1:

Now, I know there are finer restaurants at WDW but I really couldn’t think of a better work location for the next 5 months. Everyday I was going to be inside THE castle…arguably the biggest icon of WDW :lovestruc I was going to be working with the princesses and be creating magic for the families that came to eat there :lovestruc I was beyond excited.

There was another long line after we were given our work locations but it seemed to go pretty quickly because we were all sharing our locations. As I mentioned in the cast of characters section, Lisa was placed at Kona in the Polynesian, Katie was going to be lifeguarding at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian and Belle was assigned the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios.

We went through a lot of stations during our morning at casting…payroll, background check, fingerprinting, and the “Disney Look” inspections (which were very intimidating I might add :rotfl2:)

At some point, I was separated from the roomies. I sent mommy a text and asked her to pick me up from casting so we could go to Chatham. At the end of the casting experience, I was given my training schedule and then a photopass photographer took my picture in front of a giant postcard :cool1:

Seriously, how pretty is the casting building? Wouldn’t you love to work here everyday?

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snowbell
12-22-2011, 04:15 PM
sounds like you had an awesome time! I wish I got to do the CP when I was in college

TinkerbellinNY6
12-22-2011, 08:43 PM
I am enjoying your report! I am interested in doing the College Program so seeing this is really helping! I am really nervous as I am not away from my family very often and we are really close. So I am wondering was it hard from you to be away from family?:goodvibes

AshleyAnn
12-22-2011, 09:59 PM
Loving your report! The casting building is so pretty!

Bayoumouse
12-22-2011, 11:19 PM
I am hooked! Can't wait to hear more

heaven2dc
12-23-2011, 01:59 AM
I was so excited to see your TR and read all about your CP experience! I have applied to several undergraduate internships in California which seem so different than the CP program in WDW. (The ones I've applied for are not working at Disneyland). Would you mind if I pm'd you with a few questions? (In my dashboard, the hiring status says "in progress" on five of them and I have no idea what that means!)

Congrats on your engagement, wedding and CP program working in Cinderella's castle!

spiroff.natasha
12-24-2011, 10:39 AM
sounds like you had an awesome time! I wish I got to do the CP when I was in college

It was the best! I've been loving your TR by the way :)

spiroff.natasha
12-24-2011, 10:44 AM
I am enjoying your report! I am interested in doing the College Program so seeing this is really helping! I am really nervous as I am not away from my family very often and we are really close. So I am wondering was it hard from you to be away from family?:goodvibes

How cool! I am really close to my family as well but it was ok :) The first few weeks I was SO excited to be down there, then I kind of hit a slow point where I really missed my family and wondered if I made the right decision...that only lasted for about a week though :rotfl: After I was done sulking, I realized that it was such an amazing experience and I really did have the time of my life! Visits from family help too :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
12-24-2011, 10:46 AM
Loving your report! The casting building is so pretty!

Thank you! Isn't it? I LOVED the Casting building, it's exactly what I imagined Disney offices to be like :lmao:

spiroff.natasha
12-24-2011, 10:52 AM
I am hooked! Can't wait to hear more

:mickeyjum welcome! :mickeyjum

spiroff.natasha
12-24-2011, 10:53 AM
I was so excited to see your TR and read all about your CP experience! I have applied to several undergraduate internships in California which seem so different than the CP program in WDW. (The ones I've applied for are not working at Disneyland). Would you mind if I pm'd you with a few questions? (In my dashboard, the hiring status says "in progress" on five of them and I have no idea what that means!)

Congrats on your engagement, wedding and CP program working in Cinderella's castle!

Thanks for all the well-wishes :goodvibes Definitely send me a PM with any questions that you have! I would be happy to answer whatever I can! What internships did you apply for? There are some really cool ones at the studios here in Burbank :cool1:

TinkerbellinNY6
12-25-2011, 06:30 PM
How cool! I am really close to my family as well but it was ok :) The first few weeks I was SO excited to be down there, then I kind of hit a slow point where I really missed my family and wondered if I made the right decision...that only lasted for about a week though :rotfl: After I was done sulking, I realized that it was such an amazing experience and I really did have the time of my life! Visits from family help too :goodvibes

It will help for me that my cousin is going to apply with me! And my mom already said that she would come vist multiple times while I am there:rotfl:

spiroff.natasha
12-26-2011, 10:37 PM
My mommy picked me up from the casting building and we got a quick lunch at Chick-Fil-A (yummmm) I think we shared some nuggets…remember, we have an ADR coming up tonight! :cool1:

We went to Chatham and she showed me my apartment. We were the first ones back so we took some pictures…

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Living room

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The kitchen from my bedroom

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This is outside of my apartment..looking towards the front of the complex

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This is building 23 :goodvibes my apartment is the one on the bottom floor

The other girls and their families started showing up and we were unpacking.

Belle’s mom cleaned the apartment up and down (which was totally unnecessary, don't want you to think we move into dirty apartments! :lmao:) while we unpacked.

My side of the room was pretty pathetic compared to how much stuff Belle had. And beyond that, Katie and Lisa both lived close enough to drive so their room was so cute and homey :lovestruc My mom felt bad but I was really limited on space since we flew haha.

We decided to make it a little more cozy we would go buy a cute lamp for my nightstand so later on we went to Ikea to get one. I was easily done unpacking before the other girls so mommy and I said adios for the night and headed to Ikea! After we did some shopping, we went back to the POP to freshen up before dinner. I also had to visit the front desk and pick up a package that Alex had sent me…my wallet!

I’m not sure how it happened but I left my wallet at mommy’s house when we left for the airport. Alex ended up having to overnight it which cost him a pretty penny :sad2: I picked up the package from the front desk and found this cute note inside:

http://i.imgur.com/rzL5f.jpg

Mommy and I got ready for dinner and headed off to our ADR at…OHANA! :dance3: It was our first time eating there for dinner and boy, were we excited. We had both drooled over the photos on the DIS and couldn’t wait to try it for ourselves.

We were seated right on time and had a great seat by the window :thumbsup2 The meal was amazing and definitely blew our expectations out of the water.

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After dinner, mommy and I waddled out to the beach at the Polynesian and watched Wishes. Such a wonderful end to a great day! :lovestruc

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spiroff.natasha
12-27-2011, 02:07 PM
It will help for me that my cousin is going to apply with me! And my mom already said that she would come vist multiple times while I am there:rotfl:

That will definitely help! And I'm sure your mom will be excited to take some trips to WDW :cool1:

mauigal
12-27-2011, 05:11 PM
So far so good...I have lots of pictures if you need any!!:goodvibes

MinnieJay
12-27-2011, 09:50 PM
haha yea, I could write for weeks and never really get out the FULL experience. Where did you work?

All Star Resorts Merch. Fall '10-Spring-'11 (geesh...seems so long ago :sad2:)

wishing4PA
12-27-2011, 11:30 PM
Thanks for this TR! I haven't read a lot of personal reports on the CP, so this will be enlightening. Maybe I can point DD7 in the right direction... :idea:

I love the casting building photos. Somehow I expected Disney would have some sort of ugly warehouse/box style building for this, being behind the scenes and all that. I'm glad it is pretty!

Keep your fingers on the keyboard and write some more! :thumbsup2

4chickadees
12-27-2011, 11:51 PM
Thanks so much for sharing! I love reading about your experience!

mtmbyck
12-28-2011, 07:00 AM
Really enjoying this read. I am 47 years old now but in 1985 I applied for the college program. I am Canadian and knew full well that I'd be serving food at the Canadian restaurant (which at that time was not the beautiful Le Cellier but an ugly cafeteria style place). Like you I love Disney and it was my dream to spend a few months there working. The CP staff came to my University. In 1985 they got away with a lot more appearance screening - I recall that I always thought all of the beautiful people worked at Disney. natural beauty as no makeup was allowed. So the first thing the interviewer asked me was "do you always wear that much eye makeup". And honestly that's all I remember of the experience other than I walked away feeling I wasn't " pretty" enough to work at Disney.

So fast forward 17 years and my DH, and DDs go every year and Disney is our favorite place in the world to be together.

I often wonder if I would love it as much having worked there. I will also mention that a girlfriend and I went one Halloween (maybe 1986 or 87) and we got to know the EPCOT staff and were invited to their Halloween staff party at the residence (I think it was called Buena Vista Village back then). It was so awesome. They purposely put all different nations in a condo together. It was like partying with the United Nations!

Keep posting your experience so this old girl can live it through your eyes.

jojosmom23
12-28-2011, 11:57 AM
As a disney freak I love reading this. I always love the behind the scenes stuff. WHen we honeymooned in disney we took the keys to the world tour and loved all the underground lairs and loved being able to see where "characters" dressed and where all the floats were stored. This is great and im enjoying your writing style also. Jenn

spiroff.natasha
12-28-2011, 11:55 PM
Thanks for this TR! I haven't read a lot of personal reports on the CP, so this will be enlightening. Maybe I can point DD7 in the right direction... :idea:

I love the casting building photos. Somehow I expected Disney would have some sort of ugly warehouse/box style building for this, being behind the scenes and all that. I'm glad it is pretty!

Keep your fingers on the keyboard and write some more! :thumbsup2

Welcome!! I'm glad casting is pretty too :lovestruc I was really surprised (and pleased!!) with how much of the "backstage" areas were disneyfied. The least "disney" area that I came across was the CRT breakroom :rotfl:

I'm happy that you are enjoying so far!

spiroff.natasha
12-28-2011, 11:56 PM
Thanks so much for sharing! I love reading about your experience!

Of course! I'm glad that you are enjoying and I'm loving being able to relive the my experiences through this TR :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
12-29-2011, 12:04 AM
Really enjoying this read. I am 47 years old now but in 1985 I applied for the college program. I am Canadian and knew full well that I'd be serving food at the Canadian restaurant (which at that time was not the beautiful Le Cellier but an ugly cafeteria style place). Like you I love Disney and it was my dream to spend a few months there working. The CP staff came to my University. In 1985 they got away with a lot more appearance screening - I recall that I always thought all of the beautiful people worked at Disney. natural beauty as no makeup was allowed. So the first thing the interviewer asked me was "do you always wear that much eye makeup". And honestly that's all I remember of the experience other than I walked away feeling I wasn't " pretty" enough to work at Disney.

So fast forward 17 years and my DH, and DDs go every year and Disney is our favorite place in the world to be together.

I often wonder if I would love it as much having worked there. I will also mention that a girlfriend and I went one Halloween (maybe 1986 or 87) and we got to know the EPCOT staff and were invited to their Halloween staff party at the residence (I think it was called Buena Vista Village back then). It was so awesome. They purposely put all different nations in a condo together. It was like partying with the United Nations!

Keep posting your experience so this old girl can live it through your eyes.

:welcome:

I'm sorry to hear about your experience with those recruiters! The "Disney look" portion of check-in was pretty intimidating but definitely not as bad as what you described!

I love that you and your family still visit and love it there. I am really looking forward to bringing my future children to share the magic :love:

I am confident that you would still love WDW as much (if not more!!) if you would have worked there. Before I did the CP I wondered if it would ruin some of the magic but it only made it more special :goodvibes

(Most) international participants now live in a housing complex called "The Commons". While I never went to one, I heard that their parties were the best :thumbsup2

spiroff.natasha
12-29-2011, 12:07 AM
As a disney freak I love reading this. I always love the behind the scenes stuff. WHen we honeymooned in disney we took the keys to the world tour and loved all the underground lairs and loved being able to see where "characters" dressed and where all the floats were stored. This is great and im enjoying your writing style also. Jenn

I'm so jealous of your Keys to the Kingdom tour! :rotfl: I saw a lot of those groups in the utilidors and always wanted to take the tour myself :) Glad you are along for the ride!

lovemyguys
12-30-2011, 11:31 AM
OMG!! I am LOVING this idea of you writing about your experience on the CP!!! :love: VERY original!!! :cool1: I look forward to reading your updates!! Moving over to check out your blog next!

spiroff.natasha
01-01-2012, 10:42 AM
OMG!! I am LOVING this idea of you writing about your experience on the CP!!! :love: VERY original!!! :cool1: I look forward to reading your updates!! Moving over to check out your blog next!

Glad to have you on board! :cool1:The holidays have been super busy so I haven't had much time to update the blog or the TR but now that it is officially the new year I am back in business! :banana::banana:

jenseib
01-01-2012, 05:39 PM
I once had a guy come in and asked me for a Disney haircut. LOL! I had no clue what it was (must've been the early to mid 90's). It was basically a clean cut look. he worked for Disney and was home visiting. He said at that time only the top guys got the pleasure of having their hair the way the ywanted and to grow mustaches, etc.

spiroff.natasha
01-02-2012, 12:06 PM
Usually CPs are given the day after check-in off so that they can get settled into their new homes. I still had some clothes to unpack and some photos to put up but felt that spending time with mommy while she was still there was more important! :lovestruc

Since we didn’t want to spend the extra money and go to a park, we headed off property to explore Celebration. It is such a cute little town and I’m really glad we went there.

http://i.imgur.com/fZT39.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rYIhj.jpg

While we were there, I found a house that I would love to pick up and move to California…it was so adorable!!

http://i.imgur.com/KuZ5a.jpg

Since we were stuffed beyond belief after O’hana last night, we didn’t get our beloved Dole Whips so of course we had to today!:thumbsup2 We got to the Polynesian, filled up our cups pretty darn high (gotta love that self-serve!) and found a spot to relax on the beach. The Dole Whips with the vanilla swirl are amazing…and when they start to melt a little bit…it’s live heaven on earth - YUM! Sadly, there is no vanilla swirl option at Disneyland....so very sad.

http://i.imgur.com/36PZ6.jpg

I love the view from that beach :lovestruc Who doesn't right?!

Since we could see “my” castle in the background, we took some pictures…

http://i.imgur.com/NZdAL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PQH3l.jpg

Vacation feet!

http://i.imgur.com/jwgkP.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/W6kXM.jpg

We ran into Belle and her parents while we were on the beach…they wanted to get in on the Dole Whip action too! :rotfl:

After the beach we decided to ride the monorail for one loop...

http://i.imgur.com/qG57h.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/d7O4X.jpg

AHHHH MAGIC KINGDOM!!!!! :lovestruc

I received a call from Casting and they told me I needed to come into the building to fix something on my paperwork. For whatever reason, I was really nervous that I had messed up big time! It was like being called to the principal’s office :lmao:

So we headed to casting and all that I had to do was put “N/A” in the middle name section since I don’t have one (I had left it blank...whoops!). With that out of the way, we went back to my apartment to get the wireless internet set up and just relaxed for a while.

That afternoon, I got another phone call from casting but this time with good news! I had originally been scheduled for the afternoon session of Traditions (a class for new cast members…more on this later) but they wanted to move me to the morning class! :yay: This was great news because at Traditions you get your Disney ID which lets you into the parks…and if you are in the morning class you have the afternoon/evening to play in the parks! Lisa got the same call that I did so we were excited :dance3:

MickeyisBeast
01-02-2012, 12:36 PM
I'm loving your TR! It's really interesting to hear about the CP and your experiences with it! (:

Disneybuckeye
01-02-2012, 04:25 PM
Enjoying this report. Thanks for sharing.

otempora90
01-02-2012, 05:18 PM
Hi there! Thanks so much for writing this. I'm going to be applying for DCP Fall Advantage as soon as applications are available, and I'm just devouring all the information I can. Your report is wonderful! I can't wait to read more!

ChattaAlley
01-02-2012, 05:47 PM
I can't get enough of your TR. Keep the updates coming :thumbsup2. Celebration is beautiful. I would love to live there.

DerangedChipmunk
01-02-2012, 07:50 PM
I'm late joining in, but I'm all caught up now.

Can't wait to hear all about your CP experience! I really dream about doing this... maybe the semester after my senior year...?

spiroff.natasha
01-03-2012, 01:01 AM
I'm loving your TR! It's really interesting to hear about the CP and your experiences with it! (:

Thank you! It's been a lot of fun being able to relive it :) BTW, I love your quote about this being "Bieber's world", love that video (and the biebs) :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
01-03-2012, 01:03 AM
Enjoying this report. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks! I see that you were just down in Orlando...SO jealous!! How did you like Harry Potter world? That is one thing I wish I would have done on my CP that I didn't...guess I'll have to go back :rotfl:

spiroff.natasha
01-03-2012, 01:05 AM
Hi there! Thanks so much for writing this. I'm going to be applying for DCP Fall Advantage as soon as applications are available, and I'm just devouring all the information I can. Your report is wonderful! I can't wait to read more!

How exciting! Applications should be coming out this month :) Do you know what roles you are going to apply for? If you ever have any questions let me know!

spiroff.natasha
01-03-2012, 01:06 AM
I can't get enough of your TR. Keep the updates coming :thumbsup2. Celebration is beautiful. I would love to live there.

Living in Celebration would be amazing! Would definitely have to shell out for an annual pass too :rotfl:

spiroff.natasha
01-03-2012, 01:08 AM
I'm late joining in, but I'm all caught up now.

Can't wait to hear all about your CP experience! I really dream about doing this... maybe the semester after my senior year...?

Welcome! I loved doing my program after my senior year because I didn't have to think about school at all while I was down there :cool1:

I'm loving your TR as well! Looks like you went down with a fun group.

spiroff.natasha
01-03-2012, 01:10 AM
I once had a guy come in and asked me for a Disney haircut. LOL! I had no clue what it was (must've been the early to mid 90's). It was basically a clean cut look. he worked for Disney and was home visiting. He said at that time only the top guys got the pleasure of having their hair the way the ywanted and to grow mustaches, etc.

:rotfl:

I love that! Now all guys have the freedom to grow/wear? a mustache...unfortunately :rotfl2: I'm not the biggest facial hair fan

otempora90
01-03-2012, 11:42 AM
How exciting! Applications should be coming out this month :) Do you know what roles you are going to apply for? If you ever have any questions let me know!

I have NO idea which roles to apply for! I basically love them all. I know that I want to work with as many people as possible, so I'm thinking attractions, Full Service Food and Bev and Hospitality. But I don't know because I also want to do EVERYTHING!!!

I appreciate the offer-- I might PM you with a barrage of questions later :goodvibes

mauigal
01-05-2012, 09:36 AM
Update, update, update!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Three more weeks and we will be in the World!!:cool1::cool1:

spiroff.natasha
01-06-2012, 12:55 AM
Update, update, update!!:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Three more weeks and we will be in the World!!:cool1::cool1:

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

EvoldicA
01-06-2012, 01:33 AM
Thanks for taking the time to write this TR. I enjoyed reading it :)

~Bill

spiroff.natasha
01-06-2012, 01:38 AM
WARNING: this update is lacking in good photos but it does have lots of "behind-the-scenes" info :thumbsup2

The morning of my Tradition's class I was awake and ready to go in my professional attire before the sun had made an appearance. Unfortunately, it was even too early for me to get my daily oatmeal :sad2:

Mommy drove me to Chatham Square so I could catch one a bus to Disney University. There were two busses waiting at the bus stop when I arrived so I boarded the one that seemed less crowded. My roommates had all slept in our apartment the night before so they all arrived at the bus stop together. By the time they got there, my bus was full so they ended up on a different bus.

The bus ride was pretty uneventful, I chatted with some of the girls who were sitting near me and we compared roles/work locations. So far I had yet to find a fellow CRT worker :confused3

Driving behind Magic Kingdom and into the Disney University parking lot was pretty exciting :yay:

I waited outside of my bus for Lisa and we went into DU together. This is what we saw on our way in:

http://i.imgur.com/iBvSE.jpg

(look how excited that girl looks...we were the same! haha)

The Disney University building is SO cute. The hallways are filled with various Disney items -- the profiles on Disney artists being my favorite :lovestruc Also, throughout the building you can find some of your favorite characters peeking at you through the ceiling :lmao:

In the lobby we were directed towards our training room for the day. Luckily, Lisa and I were in the same room because we were both FSFB :banana: It was great to have each other during the whole experience :goodvibes

After checking in, we spent some time doing introductions and then got right into training. There were A LOT of videos welcoming us to the team and giving us a history of the company (most of which Lisa and I already knew :rotfl:) We must have spent over an hour watching videos when our Tradition's leader announced that she was going to take us to the Magic Kingdom....

We all assumed that this meant another video that takes place in Magic Kingdom since we had already "heard from" and been "visited by" many Disney executives on video so really, nobody was very excited....

She then announced again "I am taking you to Magic Kingdom!!!"....

and it clicked....

WE ARE GOING TO MAGIC KINGDOM....RIGHT NOW!!!!

:dance3:

Once the excitement died down, she explained the rules to us and distributed our headsets. We then boarded a bus and were on our way "underground"

The utilidors that are underneath the Magic Kingdom are not actually underground, Magic Kingdom is simply on the second floor :)

We got off the bus, and headed single-file into the utilidors. I will never forget how excited I was at that moment! We got a quick tour of the entrance to the utilidors...the Mouseketeria, the "zoo", the learning center, etc. As we were being led down Main Street I got my first glimpse of the CRT entrance :lovestruc

After a few twists and turns we were brought up a stairwell and given an announcement that we were going to be going "on stage". Our guide opened these large doors and as we walked through announced that these were our first steps in Magic Kingdom as cast members.

I swear to you...everything was happening in slow motion, and I'm pretty sure I could hear an angel's choir :rotfl::rotfl:

Pure magic :wizard:

We were brought to Tomorrowland and we all had to complete an activity with our group (consisted of who was sitting at our table in the classroom) I was in a group with Lisa and "the mormons" -- I don't remember their names buuuut do remember they were all from BYU :thumbsup2

The rest of the day in the classroom was a blur (but an enjoyable blur!)

Here is a picture with us at the end of class with "the mormons":

http://i.imgur.com/S3oC2.jpg

I couldn't have asked for better table buddies that day :goodvibes

There was another magical surprise during class but I really don't want to spoil that for any future cast member :) We all received our nametags and Disney ID's at the end of class and were then released!!

jenseib
01-06-2012, 02:19 PM
I can hear the choirs singing too.
I think you should post the surprise in white,,and then those of us who want to see it can just highlight itto see it......:rolleyes1

sherylcin
01-06-2012, 09:01 PM
Just read your whole report so far and I'm loving it! Soooo interesting! I've actually taken the Keys to the Kingdom Tour and thought that was pretty great. I was so excited to get to go down into the utilidors. I'm a little (a lot!) past applying for the CP but my dream retirement job is waiting for me somewhere at WDW.:goodvibes Thanks for sharing your experiences! Can't wait for more.

spiroff.natasha
01-09-2012, 11:45 AM
I can hear the choirs singing too.
I think you should post the surprise in white,,and then those of us who want to see it can just highlight itto see it......:rolleyes1

Does that work?!

test

spiroff.natasha
01-09-2012, 11:47 AM
Just read your whole report so far and I'm loving it! Soooo interesting! I've actually taken the Keys to the Kingdom Tour and thought that was pretty great. I was so excited to get to go down into the utilidors. I'm a little (a lot!) past applying for the CP but my dream retirement job is waiting for me somewhere at WDW.:goodvibes Thanks for sharing your experiences! Can't wait for more.


Thanks for reading along! I would LOVE to take the Keys to the Kingdom Tour :) In one of my classes I was thisclose to winning one too :sad2:

spiroff.natasha
01-09-2012, 12:15 PM
Right after Traditions I met up with mommy and we went to go have lunch while I told her all about my exciting morning:cool1:

She picked me up from Chatham and we headed to Downtown Disney to get our Earl of Sandwich on..YUM We split the caprese sandwich and each got a bowl of soup. (it's 9AM for me right now and I am drooling just thinking about EOS hahahaha)

http://i.imgur.com/3mZR3.jpg

Unfortunately, mommy was leaving that afternoon (boo!) so after lunch we went to get some Dole Whips one more time! It was pretty chilly out that day so we ate our deliciousness-in-a-bowl in the upstairs lounge area by Ohana.

http://i.imgur.com/Kri4Z.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/yzotn.jpg

I'm official!! :yay:

After our snacks we headed back to Chatham and relaxed for a little bit before she had to go. After saying goodbye I sat on my bed (with a few tears in my eyes) and thought "wow, this is really real!" -- it was a weird feeling.

I spent a little bit of time unpacking and then got ready to go to the parks!

At Traditions, you receive your cast ID which lets you into the parks :banana::banana: Those IDs were burning holes in our pockets so the ladies of Chatham 23102 decided to bundle up and head to Hollywood Studios!

Going through the cast turnstiles for the first time was pretty exciting :thumbsup2 After we were all in the park we realized that the park was closing at 7PM that night so we only had 1 hour left to play. We definitely made great use of that hour though!

http://i.imgur.com/LUM3F.jpg

First up was Tower of Terror :scared1: Poor Lisa does not like this attraction...however, the other three of us were pretty excited about riding, and it was the first roomie ride, so she sucked it up and rode. I felt so bad afterwards!! We then went straight to Rockin' Rollercoaster and took some ridiculous picture.

http://i.imgur.com/teyzb.jpg

There were only a few minutes left until closing when we got off RNR so we ran over to Toy Story Mania to get one last ride in :cool1: There wasn't a bad line so before we knew it we were playing in Andy's toy room :3dglasses

http://i.imgur.com/bPpHo.jpg

We weren't ready to call it a night just quite yet so we headed over to Epcot . Our first stop was the Mexico Pavillion for dinner and some margaritas from our favorite little tequila cave :woohoo: We grabbed some nachos at La Cantina de San Angel (mmmmm) and after dinner got some margaritas to-go. At this point, I was way too cold to even think about taking my camera out...sorry!

We walked around World Showcase and then decided we were ready to head home. But, Illuminations was just about to start so we found a nice spot by the France Pavillion and enjoyed the show while Lisa enjoyed her first creme brulisa (creme brulee) from Boulangerie Patisserie.

spiroff.natasha
01-11-2012, 02:00 PM
Once we were mostly unpacked, I decided to take some pictures of our apartment to show people back home where I would be living for the next few months!

As I mentioned before, I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment in Chatham Square (23102!) We were waayyyy in the back of the complex but I ended up loving that because it was nice and quiet :thumbsup2

Here is a mini photo tour of our humble abode..

http://i.imgur.com/ZimIx.jpg

This is the view when you walk in the front door. To the left is our front closet and to the right is the door to Lisa and Katie's bathroom.

http://i.imgur.com/xLYhj.jpg

We hung this calendar to keep track of our work schedules. We all used a different color so it was easy to tell who was who. I was orange :)

http://i.imgur.com/d3fFf.jpg

There is a weird built in desk in the hallway that we really never used. It just held our printer, wireless router and markers for the calendar.

http://i.imgur.com/QvWa5.jpg

This is the kitchen! Super white, not much going on :rotfl:

http://i.imgur.com/q2h4J.jpg

Our dining table. The chairs look cute...but they were terrible.

http://i.imgur.com/cYden.jpg

The living room (and the entrance to Lisa and Katie's room). That couch was SO comfortable, definitely made up for the uncomfortable/awkward dining table chairs. That weird boxed in area in the back is where our porch should have been but for some reason we didn't have one :confused3

http://i.imgur.com/tDt2G.jpg

My side of the bedroom! Each person is provided with a bed, nightstand and a shared dresser. My side of the dresser is the part with nothing on it :rotfl: Don't you love that green carpet?!

http://i.imgur.com/yVtMx.jpg

Me and Belle's room from the door of our bathroom. Our room is pretty sad looking but the company that runs the housing is really strict and there are a lot of restrictions on decorations -- after our first inspection I had to take down my string of pictures on the wall :sad1:

http://i.imgur.com/BeLnt.jpg

My nightstand :lovestruc

http://i.imgur.com/89YjJ.jpg

Oh, hello!

http://i.imgur.com/NR6GQ.jpg

My side of the closet :)

That's all folks!

ChattaAlley
01-11-2012, 02:33 PM
It looks spacious enough. I bet you were hardly there. Enjoying your story.

snowbell
01-11-2012, 03:28 PM
Great update!!

BurleyGirl
01-11-2012, 05:41 PM
I'm so enjoying your report. Thank you for sharing and for letting us live vicariously through you!!

spiroff.natasha
01-11-2012, 09:20 PM
It looks spacious enough. I bet you were hardly there. Enjoying your story.

We definitely had enough space for the 4 of us! And you are right, we didn't spend too much time there -- not when we could get in the parks for free!! :cool1:

cjsmith
01-12-2012, 02:03 PM
So enjoying this and congrats on getting married! I've got a great friend who works for Delta and is based out of Orlando.

My daughter graduated from UCF and I always wanted her to do the program but alas, she never did. She lives in downtown Orlando as she stayed there after graduation and is in her 2nd year of teaching at a local elementary school. She does have friends that work there and is there all the time as she lives so close. She spent many a night at Backbooth as she dated someone who worked there.

She actually just got engaged New Years Eve right in front of Cinderella's Castle! Just as the early fireworks were going off, her now fiancé dropped to one knee and proposed!

I'll be at WDW in 2 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday so I'm excited!

Can't wait to read the rest of your report!

cjsmith
01-12-2012, 02:05 PM
Subscribing.

mauigal
01-12-2012, 02:31 PM
So enjoying this and congrats on getting married! I've got a great friend who works for Delta and is based out of Orlando.

My daughter graduated from UCF and I always wanted her to do the program but alas, she never did. She lives in downtown Orlando as she stayed there after graduation and is in her 2nd year of teaching at a local elementary school. She does have friends that work there and is there all the time as she lives so close. She spent many a night at Backbooth as she dated someone who worked there.

She actually just got engaged New Years Eve right in front of Cinderella's Castle! Just as the early fireworks were going off, her now fiancé dropped to one knee and proposed!

I'll be at WDW in 2 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday so I'm excited!

Can't wait to read the rest of your report!

This is Natasha's mom!! Congrats on your daughters engagement!!
We will be there in 2 weeks too!! Where are you staying? I'm turning 50 soon as well! So funny!! We should do a Dis meet!:thumbsup2

jenseib
01-12-2012, 08:18 PM
That is ridiculous that you can't decorate the walls. I would go nuts. Every free space of wall at my house has pictures. :lmao:

Does that work?!

test

Yes it should. I'll write in white now and you can highlight it.

I knew yours was the schedule in orange. I saw it and thought, thats her handwriting....now how would I know that? I have no clue...but it just looked like how you would write. LOL

cjsmith
01-12-2012, 09:19 PM
This is Natasha's mom!! Congrats on your daughters engagement!!
We will be there in 2 weeks too!! Where are you staying? I'm turning 50 soon as well! So funny!! We should do a Dis meet!:thumbsup2


Thanks! I just sent you a PM. Happy Birthday!

jaci-h
01-13-2012, 12:16 AM
Subbing!!

During college I never really thought about doing the program... Love reading your TR! It's definitely too late now, as I've got a bun in the oven and a husband. But definitely subbing to live vicariously through you:)

I did the next best thing I could & now am working from home as a Disney specialist travel agent! :)

LMKerins
01-13-2012, 08:15 AM
Mmmk So chapters 12 and 13 make me incredibly happy. That first night at the parks was and is one of my favorite trips to the parks ever... even though standing watching IllumiNations was freezing!! Was that the time we saw a wedding at the Italy pavilion by the water? I think so... because that was the only time I watched IllumiNations while we were down there. And that creme brulisa. YUM. The first of many hahaha.

SO EXCITED FOR BIL's CHECK IN!!!!

francis6306
01-13-2012, 10:20 AM
How much fun!! And of course Jen is here! :goodvibes She's the best reader on the board! Never misses a beat! :hug:

I actually know a girl who was there at the same time! She was assigned to Pirates of the Caribbean I believe… Anyway, she was a student at the same college my husband was a Grad Student at in Mississippi. Several of the girls on the dance team have done CP, so I am already planning on my daughters HAVING to do it! :rotfl:

Can't wait to read some more! Oh and congrats on your marriage!

francis6306
01-13-2012, 10:36 AM
OOPS!! My dear sweet daughter decided to help me post…

spiroff.natasha
01-13-2012, 07:41 PM
So enjoying this and congrats on getting married! I've got a great friend who works for Delta and is based out of Orlando.

My daughter graduated from UCF and I always wanted her to do the program but alas, she never did. She lives in downtown Orlando as she stayed there after graduation and is in her 2nd year of teaching at a local elementary school. She does have friends that work there and is there all the time as she lives so close. She spent many a night at Backbooth as she dated someone who worked there.

She actually just got engaged New Years Eve right in front of Cinderella's Castle! Just as the early fireworks were going off, her now fiancé dropped to one knee and proposed!

I'll be at WDW in 2 weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday so I'm excited!

Can't wait to read the rest of your report!

Congratulations to your daughter! I got some chills reading about the proposal haha And it's so funny that she went to backbooth too! Definitely a fun little club :)

Like my mom mentioned below, we are going to be there in two weeks as well. Happy early birthday!!! :goodvibes (and I'm glad you are along for the ride!!)

spiroff.natasha
01-13-2012, 07:44 PM
That is ridiculous that you can't decorate the walls. I would go nuts. Every free space of wall at my house has pictures. :lmao:



Yes it should. I'll write in white now and you can highlight it.

I knew yours was the schedule in orange. I saw it and thought, thats her handwriting....now how would I know that? I have no clue...but it just looked like how you would write. LOL

I'm the same...I LOVE my pictures so having blank walls for months was pretty sad! :sad2:

I'll write out the surprise in white at the end of my post...thanks for the little trick! :thumbsup2

So funny that you knew that was my writing!! :rotfl:

Mickey Mouse personally delivers your nametag to your room in a cute box hehe

spiroff.natasha
01-13-2012, 07:46 PM
Subbing!!

During college I never really thought about doing the program... Love reading your TR! It's definitely too late now, as I've got a bun in the oven and a husband. But definitely subbing to live vicariously through you:)

I did the next best thing I could & now am working from home as a Disney specialist travel agent! :)



Congratulations on your little prince or princess :goodvibes How exciting!!

My mom and I have been thinking about applying to become a Disney travel consultant...how do you like it? You can PM me if you want :)

Glad you are here!!

spiroff.natasha
01-13-2012, 07:48 PM
Mmmk So chapters 12 and 13 make me incredibly happy. That first night at the parks was and is one of my favorite trips to the parks ever... even though standing watching IllumiNations was freezing!! Was that the time we saw a wedding at the Italy pavilion by the water? I think so... because that was the only time I watched IllumiNations while we were down there. And that creme brulisa. YUM. The first of many hahaha.

SO EXCITED FOR BIL's CHECK IN!!!!

Yea, we didn't give IllumiNations much love while we were there...but definitely made up for it with WISHES :cool1:

It's a shame I do not enjoy creme brulisas as much as you :rotfl:

spiroff.natasha
01-13-2012, 07:50 PM
How much fun!! And of course Jen is here! :goodvibes She's the best reader on the board! Never misses a beat! :hug:

I actually know a girl who was there at the same time! She was assigned to Pirates of the Caribbean I believe… Anyway, she was a student at the same college my husband was a Grad Student at in Mississippi. Several of the girls on the dance team have done CP, so I am already planning on my daughters HAVING to do it! :rotfl:

Can't wait to read some more! Oh and congrats on your marriage!

Jen is great :goodvibes

Cast members at pirates have the CUTEST costumes! I wonder if I ever saw her :)

Glad to have you here! Oh! and your daughters have such beautiful names :goodvibes

hollisterluva92
01-13-2012, 08:13 PM
Hi!!!! I'm applying for Fall 2012 Advantage! I am loving your report so far! I actually just found out today that I can for sure apply, so reading this just made me that much more excited!

francis6306
01-13-2012, 08:21 PM
Jen is great :goodvibes

Cast members at pirates have the CUTEST costumes! I wonder if I ever saw her :)

Glad to have you here! Oh! and your daughters have such beautiful names :goodvibes

Thank you!!! :cloud9: I love their names!!! I enjoyed the naming process. :goodvibes

TinkerbellinNY6
01-14-2012, 11:46 AM
Hi!!!! I'm applying for Fall 2012 Advantage! I am loving your report so far! I actually just found out today that I can for sure apply, so reading this just made me that much more excited!

I am planning on applying for Fall 2012 as Well! :goodvibes

::Snow_White::
01-14-2012, 12:36 PM
Love this report! I'm only a freshman in college now, but I definitely want to apply for sometime in 2014 as a photopass photographer. What a dream! :goodvibes

blessedby3
01-14-2012, 07:42 PM
Subbing....I have enjoyed reading your report so far:thumbsup2 My dd wanted to do the college program and we went to an information session near us, but her college wouldnt work well with the Disney program and it was going to be too much trouble. She is graduating this May and getting married in July so I guess its not in her cards:sad2: I am very excited to read all about your wonderful experience in the CP:goodvibes Interesting to know that you only have to be registered for one class. She could have done it after graduation by taking one online class like you...if she werent getting married.

spiroff.natasha
01-14-2012, 09:38 PM
Hi!!!! I'm applying for Fall 2012 Advantage! I am loving your report so far! I actually just found out today that I can for sure apply, so reading this just made me that much more excited!

How exciting!!! Being able to apply is the first step :cool1:

Applications should be coming out soon!!

spiroff.natasha
01-14-2012, 09:40 PM
Love this report! I'm only a freshman in college now, but I definitely want to apply for sometime in 2014 as a photopass photographer. What a dream! :goodvibes

It would be so fun to be in the photopass role! Glad to have you along :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
01-14-2012, 09:42 PM
Subbing....I have enjoyed reading your report so far:thumbsup2 My dd wanted to do the college program and we went to an information session near us, but her college wouldnt work well with the Disney program and it was going to be too much trouble. She is graduating this May and getting married in July so I guess its not in her cards:sad2: I am very excited to read all about your wonderful experience in the CP:goodvibes Interesting to know that you only have to be registered for one class. She could have done it after graduation by taking one online class like you...if she werent getting married.

Such a bummer when it doesn't work out with school...but it sounds like very exciting things are coming your daughter's way this summer! :goodvibes I'm sure you are a happy mom!! Glad to have you along for the ride :cool1:

spiroff.natasha
01-15-2012, 11:02 PM
...and by babies I mean beginning-of-the-program Natasha and Lisa who look like babies in the pictures! :rotfl: It seriously feels like we have grown up so much since last January! (Stick with the TR and at the end you can compare our pictures and tell me if you agree :thumbsup2)

Since Lisa and I were both Full Service Food & Beverage we had a lot of the same training at the beginning of our program.The first few days of training were spent at Disney University (or maybe it was only one day, just felt like forever...I wanted to get to the castle!! :banana:)

After we finished up some e-learning at DU we headed back to the apartment, grabbed some lunch, and decided to hit up the parks. Because really, what else would we do right?!

We started off at Animal Kingdom and went through this entrance:

http://i.imgur.com/SrUFv.jpg

Side note: when looking through my pictures of this day, I can't help but laugh. It was our first "solo" trip to the parks together and I have TONS of pictures of other things...animals on the safari, various areas of the park, etc. but not very many of us together because we were new friends and I didn't want to be the weird girl that takes way too many pictures :rotfl: Anyways, back to the story...

We really wanted to start off by riding Kilimanjaro Safaris so we headed to the back of the park. Unfortunately, the line was wayyyy too long so we decided to skip it...we had five months to ride it again :thumbsup2

As we were walking away from the queue, a really nice person approached us and offered us their 2 fastpasses that they weren't going to use :yay:

http://i.imgur.com/IF1PS.jpg

We thanked the people {and the Disney-magic gods} and boarded our two-week safari. Like I mentioned before, I have tons of animal pictures from this day but I will spare you. BUT I do have to throw in a couple ;)

http://i.imgur.com/b5AOB.jpg

(Mommy's favorite)

http://i.imgur.com/oyLKX.jpg

(my favorite)

Following our return to Africa, we decided to make the trek to Asia to visit our Yeti friend...

http://i.imgur.com/BE5VI.jpg

It was getting pretty close to closing time at Animal Kingdom so we decided to head on out to the most magical kingdom of all :lovestruc

Here we are with "my" castle...

http://i.imgur.com/CJIRo.jpg

(stupid crane)

We wandered around the park and when we made it to Fantasyland we scoped out my new work location...

http://i.imgur.com/2V3qJ.jpg

Then went to Tomorrowland for ice cream even though it was FREEZING...

http://i.imgur.com/aF2Ha.jpg

Towards the end of the night, we parked ourselves on Main Street and watched Wishes :lovestruc:lovestruc

http://i.imgur.com/fl96r.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/RJV3c.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/A41rR.jpg

I miss Wishes!! And I can't wait to watch it in just TWO WEEKS from today!! :yay: That's right...in exactly two weeks I will be back in my happy place with my brother Trey, my wonderful mommy, and Lisa! We are going to be checking Trey into the college program (and playing in the parks as well!) Speaking of, we may do a Trip Report...I'll post links if we do :cool1:

After Wishes we called it a night and headed back to Chatham 23102 (and prrrrobably stopped at Taco Bell on the way home :thumbsup2)

4forWDW
01-16-2012, 02:07 PM
Hi:)
I just found your TR - it's very interesting.
My DD is in 8th grade and we've talked about the CP before. I know it's early - lol, but we love WDW and it would be great for her to be able to go there for a CP. And I'll remember to tell my DH that (frequent) trips from Mom will make it go smoother;)
My DS is in 5th grade so it would be nice to have them both do the CP.
My brother lives in Riverside, CA and we hope to visit next year and go to Disneyland.
Can't wait to read more.
Amy
btw - we live in WV - I can't wait to tell my DD that one of your roommies was from WV.

mauigal
01-16-2012, 10:04 PM
HaHa...you and that ice cream cone! You know, every time we go to Disneyland I always think of it when we walk by the place where it should be IF we were at Disneyworld!! I meant to tell you that last week when we were there!! :goodvibes

Two weeks....two weeks!!:banana:

mauigal
01-16-2012, 10:08 PM
Wait! I know I love the giraffes.....but YOU love the Rhinos????????? HUH???!!:rotfl: Who knew..

LMKerins
01-17-2012, 05:11 PM
...and by babies I mean beginning-of-the-program Natasha and Lisa who look like babies in the pictures!

Total Babiessss

Side note: when looking through my pictures of this day, I can't help but laugh. It was our first "solo" trip to the parks together and I have TONS of pictures of other things...animals on the safari, various areas of the park, etc. but not very many of us together because we were new friends and I didn't want to be the weird girl that takes way too many pictures :rotfl: Anyways, back to the story...

Itsakadoo...Z! For the love of God, Z!


Here we are with "my" castle...

http://i.imgur.com/CJIRo.jpg

(stupid crane)
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Great, now all your readers think I only have one hand


Towards the end of the night, we parked ourselves on Main Street and watched Wishes :lovestruc:lovestruc

http://i.imgur.com/fl96r.jpg

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:goodvibes I remember standing there watching wishes and having such good feelings about what was to come. I can't WAIT to go back!!! :hug:

Disneybuckeye
01-17-2012, 06:22 PM
Thanks! I see that you were just down in Orlando...SO jealous!! How did you like Harry Potter world? That is one thing I wish I would have done on my CP that I didn't...guess I'll have to go back :rotfl:

I have to say Harry Potter was very impressive. You really feel like you are in Hogsmeade. You definitely have to make time to visit. I can't wait to go back.

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to more.

jenseib
01-17-2012, 06:42 PM
I would love just being able to go to the parks whenever and thinking oh well we have 5 months to ride it, no need for it today! :thumbsup2

jaci-h
01-17-2012, 10:53 PM
You look so excited in all of the pics! I would be too... 5 months of "living" at Disney World? I wouldn't know what to do with it ;)

sherylcin
01-18-2012, 12:56 PM
I'm trying to imagine 5 months of unlimited park access. :dance3:

Still loving your report. Can't wait to hear how your first day at CRT goes.

Tinkerbellgal
01-18-2012, 01:53 PM
Living my dream... :lovestruc

I'd love to do the DCP but it's really difficult for us Brits to do it apparently 'cause not many universities/colleges have been paired up, here's hoping! :thumbsup2

YayDisney
01-18-2012, 03:50 PM
I love following your posts, but am not on this board too often, so in order to find it, i need to go to my statistics, find the posts I have done and then look for yours. I would love a short cut to your posts and look forward to keeping up with your story! Thanks so much for this detailed report. I would have loved to have done this when in college. What a fun opportunity - Keep up the awesome posting.

Disneyfreak508
01-18-2012, 04:33 PM
Hello! :) My name is Jess and I am currently a Freshman in college. I have been wanting to do the DCP since I was like 10 or 12 years old. I have transferred colleges and switched majors (to theatre and communications) this year so it's been kind of insane... but I am hoping that next year in the spring maybe I can go! I cannot explain in words how much I want to do the DCP. Ahh I think about it every day :laughing:

Someone who is reading my trip report actually referred me to your TR, so I had to come check it out. I was totally thinking of writing one when I finally got to do my DCP because I absolutely LOVE writing trip reports. So it'll be nice to see how you write this!

I was totally tearing up when I was reading your intro because I am going to go through THE SAME emotions that you experienced when I finally get to do my program. Like... I seriously just can't even wait. Ahh one day. Just gotta survive two semesters. I CAN DO THIS.

Once I have a free moment, I am going to catch up on this whole thing. Because, like you, I have an obsession with reading stuff about the DCP (and Disney in general)

So okay. Basically, I'm here! And I'm excited! I can't wait to read! Thanks for writing!

jenseib
01-18-2012, 09:09 PM
I love following your posts, but am not on this board too often, so in order to find it, i need to go to my statistics, find the posts I have done and then look for yours. I would love a short cut to your posts and look forward to keeping up with your story! Thanks so much for this detailed report. I would have loved to have done this when in college. What a fun opportunity - Keep up the awesome posting.

Just go to your profile and edit your setting to recieve email notifications.

spiroff.natasha
01-19-2012, 12:56 PM
Hi:)
I just found your TR - it's very interesting.
My DD is in 8th grade and we've talked about the CP before. I know it's early - lol, but we love WDW and it would be great for her to be able to go there for a CP. And I'll remember to tell my DH that (frequent) trips from Mom will make it go smoother;)
My DS is in 5th grade so it would be nice to have them both do the CP.
My brother lives in Riverside, CA and we hope to visit next year and go to Disneyland.
Can't wait to read more.
Amy
btw - we live in WV - I can't wait to tell my DD that one of your roommies was from WV.

That would be awesome if both of your children did the CP...LOTS of trips for you :thumbsup2

HaHa...you and that ice cream cone! You know, every time we go to Disneyland I always think of it when we walk by the place where it should be IF we were at Disneyworld!! I meant to tell you that last week when we were there!! :goodvibes

Two weeks....two weeks!!:banana:

:dance3: Can't wait! And I always think of my ice cream place too when we are at Disneyland...guess I'll have to get one when we are there!!!

Wait! I know I love the giraffes.....but YOU love the Rhinos????????? HUH???!!:rotfl: Who knew..

:rotfl:

I would love just being able to go to the parks whenever and thinking oh well we have 5 months to ride it, no need for it today! :thumbsup2

It was SO nice, never felt rushed in the parks :)

You look so excited in all of the pics! I would be too... 5 months of "living" at Disney World? I wouldn't know what to do with it ;)

I was soooo very excited :goodvibes five months in WDW is a dream come true :cool1:

I'm trying to imagine 5 months of unlimited park access. :dance3:

Still loving your report. Can't wait to hear how your first day at CRT goes.

First day at CRT is coming up soon!! Glad you are enjoying :)

Living my dream... :lovestruc

I'd love to do the DCP but it's really difficult for us Brits to do it apparently 'cause not many universities/colleges have been paired up, here's hoping! :thumbsup2

Have you looked into the ICP? It's a little bit different of a program but might work better with your university :confused3

I love following your posts, but am not on this board too often, so in order to find it, i need to go to my statistics, find the posts I have done and then look for yours. I would love a short cut to your posts and look forward to keeping up with your story! Thanks so much for this detailed report. I would have loved to have done this when in college. What a fun opportunity - Keep up the awesome posting.

Jenseib wrote out instructions below :goodvibes Let me know if you have any more questions! Glad you are along for the ride!!


Hello! :) My name is Jess and I am currently a Freshman in college. I have been wanting to do the DCP since I was like 10 or 12 years old. I have transferred colleges and switched majors (to theatre and communications) this year so it's been kind of insane... but I am hoping that next year in the spring maybe I can go! I cannot explain in words how much I want to do the DCP. Ahh I think about it every day :laughing:

Someone who is reading my trip report actually referred me to your TR, so I had to come check it out. I was totally thinking of writing one when I finally got to do my DCP because I absolutely LOVE writing trip reports. So it'll be nice to see how you write this!

I was totally tearing up when I was reading your intro because I am going to go through THE SAME emotions that you experienced when I finally get to do my program. Like... I seriously just can't even wait. Ahh one day. Just gotta survive two semesters. I CAN DO THIS.

Once I have a free moment, I am going to catch up on this whole thing. Because, like you, I have an obsession with reading stuff about the DCP (and Disney in general)

So okay. Basically, I'm here! And I'm excited! I can't wait to read! Thanks for writing!

Glad you are here! You HAVE to do the CP, you will have an amazing time :goodvibes I've been reading your trip reports too and am loving them! WDW twice in December?! SO jealous!!

Just go to your profile and edit your setting to recieve email notifications.

Thank you :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
01-19-2012, 01:25 PM
:goofy: WARNING: long update ahead with not very many pictures :goofy:

I didn't have my camera with me since it was a work day but since I hate updating with no pictures I will be throwing in some stock photos :lmao:

No matter where in the Walt Disney World Resort you will be working, you will attend a resort/park specific orientation. At Hollywood Studios it is called "On with the show". At the Polynesian you take part in "Aloha Day". As a CM at Magic Kingdom I spent one of my training days at "Once Upon a Time is Now" Ok, so when I tell people at home that this is what it was called, I usually get some eye-rolls or a chuckle and comment about how unbelievably cheesy Disney is. I loved it and I'm sure you DISers can agree :lovestruc

I showed up to Disney University briiiight and early to meet for the orientation. After checking in, we were directed to the cafeteria where we were to wait for our leaders to come take us over the park. When I was sitting down I met up with Megan. She was going to be working in the castle as well but as a FGIT (Fairy Godmother in Training) at the BBB! After everyone was checked in we were divided up into groups and put on busses to MK.

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Unlike for Traditions, we went straight to the front entrance of the park and huddled near the turnstiles. I say huddled because it was FREEZING and we were all trying to get close to each other to keep warm! (without being weird :rotfl:)

There were already guests lined up for park opening and we definitely got some strange looks when we showed up in our business attire. Those strange looks quickly turned into evil looks when our leaders took us through the main gates before the park opened :rotfl2:

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Throughout the course of the day we would walk through the park and stop at different areas to hear some fun facts. Example: as soon as we walked into the park we stopped and were told that the train station was purposely built in the way that it is so that you can not see the castle from the outside. Walt really wanted it to be a special moment for all of the guests as they walked in and kept the suspense going as long as possible!

We made our way down Main Street and then stopped into Cosmic Rays to defrost and listen to the park's opening ceremony on the speakers. After that, we headed over to Tommorrowland and they let us all ride Buzz! Getting paid to ride? Yes, please!!

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We took another defrosting break in Columbia Harbor House and while we were sitting there, our leaders asked us if we wanted to hear the story behind the Haunted Mansion.

Pretty much everyone was like "What?! There is a story behind the Haunted Mansion?! Tell us!!!" (I am included in this group)

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So we sat down as they told us the story of a lonely old man who was very wealthy and lived in a mansion on a hill. He had more money than he knew what to do with, was able to buy all the finest things but all he really wanted was to share his life with someone special. One day, he visited the towns' physic medium (Madame Leota) and she told the old man that he would soon meet a woman who was not what she seemed. Leota warned the man to take caution with his new lady friend and to not let her get too close. Desperate for companionship, the old man took this woman under his wing and eventually they were married. Not long after the wedding, the old man was found dead in his yard from an apparent fall from the attic. It was then revealed that this woman had a reputation for preying on wealthy men, getting them to marry her, and then killing them off. This woman can be seen in the attic scene of the Haunted Mansion attraction. If you look closely, you will notice that in each framed painting she is seen with a different man and has another strand of pearls around her neck...one for each of the husbands she has killed.

They also pointed out that when on the attraction, you are never acknowledged by the happy haunts until you too are pushed out of the attic by the woman and fall backwards to your death.

Pretty cool right?

So after telling us that story, they asked if we wanted to ride.

Um..DUH!

We went through the side entrance and hopped in our doom buggies. I rode with Megan and we were both wicked excited (she's from Maine, had to say it!) to ride with our new knowledge. The whole attraction made so much more sense! It was awesome!!! Until after we got off...

We took a CM door and it led us backstage. Our leaders asked us what we thought and we all told them how cool it was! And then they told us it was completely made up hahahaha

The point of the whole made-up story was to show us how as cast members, we make the magic for our guests. The wire that Tinkerbell flies down?

It's Prince Charming's ESPN line.
It helps hold the castle down cause it's filled with so much pixie dust!
It is a line in the sky that Peter Pan drew so Tink could always find her way back to Neverland :lovestruc

After the Haunted Mansion experience, we hopped on buses and headed back to Disney University. It was there that we were split into even smaller groups and brought over to costuming. More about that in my next post :thumbsup2

oopsiDAISY
01-19-2012, 02:19 PM
That was a great post...loved it! Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us! :flower3:

stimmons
01-19-2012, 04:03 PM
Hey! I felt guilty for reading this far before telling you I have subbed to your TR. I guess it's not really a TR and more like a delayed blog....lol. But I am absolutely loving the scoop that you are dishing. Thanks for posting and I can't wait to hear about the rest of your CP experience!

sherylcin
01-19-2012, 04:03 PM
Ok, I totally bought the whole Haunted Mansion story :lmao: so I think you learned very well!!

Sounds like a fun day so far even if you are in "school"..............popcorn::

blessedby3
01-19-2012, 04:20 PM
What a fun day so far! I would LOVE to got to Disney U :cloud9:

mauigal
01-19-2012, 05:37 PM
Really loved this last update!!:lovestruc :thumbsup2

jenseib
01-19-2012, 07:27 PM
That is so funny, because I have a dvd that shows the inside of haunted mansion and they go through and point out different things...and as you were telling that story...I thought...thats not the story I heard.....kind of similar, but still different in most ways. Both are probably made up:lmao:

chiefdragon
01-19-2012, 07:43 PM
We need more please :)

francis6306
01-19-2012, 08:00 PM
I love that story!! I will totally take that as the truth from now on! :rotfl:

I have said that if I win the Lotto and we move to Orlando, I want to work in the BBB as a FGIT! :cloud9: How much fun to make over those little girls. Unless I got a crier! :rolleyes1

Joanna71985
01-20-2012, 08:13 PM
What role does your brother have?

spiroff.natasha
01-20-2012, 10:45 PM
That was a great post...loved it! Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us! :flower3:

You're welcome! So glad you loved it :goodvibes

Hey! I felt guilty for reading this far before telling you I have subbed to your TR. I guess it's not really a TR and more like a delayed blog....lol. But I am absolutely loving the scoop that you are dishing. Thanks for posting and I can't wait to hear about the rest of your CP experience!

Welcome!! Yea it is definitely like a delayed blog haha...good thing since I didn't really keep up with mine while I was there!

Ok, I totally bought the whole Haunted Mansion story :lmao: so I think you learned very well!!

Sounds like a fun day so far even if you are in "school"..............popcorn::

My favorite type of "school" :rotfl:

What a fun day so far! I would LOVE to got to Disney U :cloud9:

The training days at DU were great! The rest of the day was fun too...I LOVED the costuming building :lovestruc

Really loved this last update!!:lovestruc :thumbsup2

Thanks madre! :hug:

That is so funny, because I have a dvd that shows the inside of haunted mansion and they go through and point out different things...and as you were telling that story...I thought...thats not the story I heard.....kind of similar, but still different in most ways. Both are probably made up:lmao:

hahaha yea I don't think there is an "official" story for the HM but it kind of makes it more fun! I would love to watch that DVD!! What is it called?

We need more please :)

Coming up soon :cool1:

I love that story!! I will totally take that as the truth from now on! :rotfl:

I have said that if I win the Lotto and we move to Orlando, I want to work in the BBB as a FGIT! :cloud9: How much fun to make over those little girls. Unless I got a crier! :rolleyes1

Definitely a fun story to tell to people you are at the park with before you get on the ride! :thumbsup2

Yea working at BBB would be awesome! Their costumes are ADORABLE and *most* of the princesses that go in are sooo cute (the non-screaming ones :lmao:) Plus, some of your training consists of going to classes all about hair braiding! Sounds like a great class to me :goodvibes

What role does your brother have?

He is going to be QSFB!

Crystal824
01-21-2012, 01:18 AM
I am LOVING your trip report. It is bringing back so many memories. I first went to WDW when I was 17, a senior in high school. That trip, in and of itself was a dream come true as I had always wanted to go the WDW. My family didn't go on alot of vacations growing up and when we did it was usually to the beach or the mountains. We lived in N.C. and about 2 1/2 hours from either place.

Anyway, I was talking to a cast member in Toontown, a custoidan, who was a CP and told me about the program. From that moment on, I knew I HAD to do this program. During my sophmore year, I interviewed. I agree that it was a LONG wait to find out I had been accepted. I still remember opening that envelope. I was so nervous and excited. I was first assigned to the boats at Animal Kingdom but they were shut down the week before I started my CP. I was reassigned to Flights of Wonder. I did crowd control. Honestly, I would have done anything. I loved the group at FoW.

I must say my first CP was one of the best experiences of my life. Don't get me wrong, I have a great life now, I'm a professional with a husband and child. If I could stop time and just go back to one point in my life (for a couple of hours or days), I would probably choose my first CP. I met some amazing people (some I still keep in touch with) and had an amazing time. I loved it so much, I did a second CP the next summer, which was fun but not as much fun. I really missed the people from my first CP. Also, they realized they didn't have enough housing so we were placed in an apartment complex near Universal. There were three or four aparments of CPs in the whole apt. complex. The only upside is we were able to rent a washer and dryer from a rent to own place for the summer. We were all repeats doing a second CP with cars. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the same. I worked at MK as a character greeter that time.

It is fun to see how much things have changed. In 1999, there was only one housing complex, Vista Way. They were actually building Chatham then; it was avaliable for my second CP b/c some of my friends that also came back that summer stayed there. (I didn't get in there because my school got out so late. I think once they ran out of room they started putting us in random apt. complexes.) Also, there were NO room checks ever. Ok, I take that back there were searches if someone suspected underage drinking or drugs (usually resulting in a termination) but not room checks for pictures/posters. We put whatever we wanted up on the walls.

I stayed in a 3 bedroom and no one cared about our ages. 3 of us were under 21 and 3 of us were over 21 although they did have wellness apartments even then but it was your choice to stay in one of them no matter your age.

Also, I'm jealous that you got to go to casting to get your role. They had conference rooms at Vista Way where we went to get our roles. When we checked in for our apartment, they gave us a time to go to the conference room to get our roles. I have completed 2 CPs and never once stepped foot in the casting building.

Anyway, thanks for letting an old woman reminisce about her youth and CP.

NJOYURLIFE
01-21-2012, 02:25 AM
Great trip report! CAn't wait for next chapter.

Kelliroo3
01-21-2012, 07:54 AM
Fantastic report! I'm loving it. :goodvibes I loved your last update; so cool with the Haunted Mansion story and the Tinkerbelle line. Thanks for sharing.

Joanna71985
01-21-2012, 09:48 PM
He is going to be QSFB!

Oh fun! I did QSFB my 4th CP

spiroff.natasha
01-21-2012, 10:42 PM
I am LOVING your trip report. It is bringing back so many memories. I first went to WDW when I was 17, a senior in high school. That trip, in and of itself was a dream come true as I had always wanted to go the WDW. My family didn't go on alot of vacations growing up and when we did it was usually to the beach or the mountains. We lived in N.C. and about 2 1/2 hours from either place.

Anyway, I was talking to a cast member in Toontown, a custoidan, who was a CP and told me about the program. From that moment on, I knew I HAD to do this program. During my sophmore year, I interviewed. I agree that it was a LONG wait to find out I had been accepted. I still remember opening that envelope. I was so nervous and excited. I was first assigned to the boats at Animal Kingdom but they were shut down the week before I started my CP. I was reassigned to Flights of Wonder. I did crowd control. Honestly, I would have done anything. I loved the group at FoW.

I must say my first CP was one of the best experiences of my life. Don't get me wrong, I have a great life now, I'm a professional with a husband and child. If I could stop time and just go back to one point in my life (for a couple of hours or days), I would probably choose my first CP. I met some amazing people (some I still keep in touch with) and had an amazing time. I loved it so much, I did a second CP the next summer, which was fun but not as much fun. I really missed the people from my first CP. Also, they realized they didn't have enough housing so we were placed in an apartment complex near Universal. There were three or four aparments of CPs in the whole apt. complex. The only upside is we were able to rent a washer and dryer from a rent to own place for the summer. We were all repeats doing a second CP with cars. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the same. I worked at MK as a character greeter that time.

It is fun to see how much things have changed. In 1999, there was only one housing complex, Vista Way. They were actually building Chatham then; it was avaliable for my second CP b/c some of my friends that also came back that summer stayed there. (I didn't get in there because my school got out so late. I think once they ran out of room they started putting us in random apt. complexes.) Also, there were NO room checks ever. Ok, I take that back there were searches if someone suspected underage drinking or drugs (usually resulting in a termination) but not room checks for pictures/posters. We put whatever we wanted up on the walls.

I stayed in a 3 bedroom and no one cared about our ages. 3 of us were under 21 and 3 of us were over 21 although they did have wellness apartments even then but it was your choice to stay in one of them no matter your age.

Also, I'm jealous that you got to go to casting to get your role. They had conference rooms at Vista Way where we went to get our roles. When we checked in for our apartment, they gave us a time to go to the conference room to get our roles. I have completed 2 CPs and never once stepped foot in the casting building.

Anyway, thanks for letting an old woman reminisce about her youth and CP.

Welcome!! I'm glad you are along for the ride. Thanks for sharing about your CP, I LOVE hearing about other people's experiences and about how the program has changed.

Very cool that you worked at AK and had a good group of people you worked with. My experience would have been A LOT different if I didn't work with all the amazing people that I did.

Hope I can bring back some more memories for you as the report goes on :goodvibes

Great trip report! CAn't wait for next chapter.

Thanks! Next chapter coming up soon :yay:


Fantastic report! I'm loving it. :goodvibes I loved your last update; so cool with the Haunted Mansion story and the Tinkerbelle line. Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome!! I loved hearing everyone's different "magical" explanations for things while I was down there :goodvibes


Oh fun! I did QSFB my 4th CP

I see in your signature that you were at Casey's....very cool :)

Joanna71985
01-21-2012, 10:54 PM
I see in your signature that you were at Casey's....very cool :)

I was! I was happy to be there. I loved the costume, and it was great getting to see the parade/fireworks every night. Plus, most of the time it wasn't horribly busy

disbeachprincess
01-24-2012, 09:17 PM
LOVING the trip report! I don't know anything about the college program at all so looking forward to more updates :)

kato0627
01-24-2012, 10:15 PM
Just read all of your chapters. Can't wait to read the rest.
Sounds amazing!!!

mrsxsparrow
01-25-2012, 01:43 AM
Hey! Saw your post to me on the WBI thread... Just wanted to let you know I'm still here a following along :goodvibes

I was worried about the WBI from reading stories of people that didn't pass and couldn't figure out why but it all went well. I have my phone interview tomorrow at 1:00 and I HATE phones so definitely not looking forward to it. I've read like everything on here though and feel pretty prepared. Any last minute adive? :)

Anyway, I loved the Haunted Mansion story lol. I've heard a lot of different versions but that one is my favorite!

BTW, was FSFB one of your top choices or just where they decided to put you? And did you say you wanted to work in the castle or was that just chance? FSFB is one of my top three! (The other two being Hospitality and Concierge.)

nannye
01-25-2012, 09:43 PM
I am loving your trip report. Being ing theCP just sounds like so much fun!!! I wish i had done it, but then I only discovered my love for disney last year at 27. (college has been done a long time!)

Can't wait for the next installment

spiroff.natasha
01-26-2012, 12:29 PM
LOVING the trip report! I don't know anything about the college program at all so looking forward to more updates :)

Thank you! Hope you learn a lot about the program along the way :goodvibes

Just read all of your chapters. Can't wait to read the rest.
Sounds amazing!!!

I'm getting another update ready right now!:thumbsup2

Hey! Saw your post to me on the WBI thread... Just wanted to let you know I'm still here a following along :goodvibes

I was worried about the WBI from reading stories of people that didn't pass and couldn't figure out why but it all went well. I have my phone interview tomorrow at 1:00 and I HATE phones so definitely not looking forward to it. I've read like everything on here though and feel pretty prepared. Any last minute adive? :)

Anyway, I loved the Haunted Mansion story lol. I've heard a lot of different versions but that one is my favorite!

BTW, was FSFB one of your top choices or just where they decided to put you? And did you say you wanted to work in the castle or was that just chance? FSFB is one of my top three! (The other two being Hospitality and Concierge.)

I was SO nervous during the WBI haha Glad you passed! How did the phone interview go?

My top 3 were Hospitality, Concierge and FSFB. Once I found out that I got FSFB I sent an email with a list of restaurants that I thought I would like to work at. Luckily, I got my number one choice! :goodvibes

I am loving your trip report. Being ing theCP just sounds like so much fun!!! I wish i had done it, but then I only discovered my love for disney last year at 27. (college has been done a long time!)

Can't wait for the next installment


Thank you! I started reading your trip report this morning. Sounds like a lot of fun :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
01-26-2012, 12:37 PM
I love the costuming building for Magic Kingdom.

Every park/resort area has their own costuming department. Magic Kindom's is located in the cast member parking lot right across the street from Disney University (called Westclock) It was extremely convenient for me because that is right where the CP buses would drop us off and right where I would hop on a bus to take me "underground" :thumbsup2

The first time I walked in I was a little overwhelmed. Every costume that a cast member wears at MK is in one building. Attractions, Photopass, audience control, character attendants, you name it - they got it.

Our guide that took us in for the first time asked each of us where we were working, showed us where to find our section and then told us to meet her at the dressing rooms. The CRT costume consisted of a skirt, a blouse, a vest and an optional pouch. I grabbed a few sizes and headed to the fitting rooms. This process took quite a while because there are only 4 or 5 rooms and a TON of new CMs there trying on costumes. You had to try your costume on for your leader and they would make sure that you were in the right size that made you in compliance with the Disney look. For example...my skirt needed to be around my true waist, not on my hips.

This is what my costume looks like...

http://i.imgur.com/8t51y.jpg

(I HATE that picture haha)

I actually liked my costume (minus the puffy shoulders...and the arm ruffles got annoying after a while but I soon learned that I could tuck those in!)

Once I found the sizes that worked best for me, I went and grabbed a few more and checked out. We were allowed to have 5 costumes out at the same time. (5 shirts, 5 skirts, etc) Once I got into my rhythm I usually had 1 full costume in my locker at all times (in case I was playing in the parks before my shift and didn't have time to run to costuming) and then one or 2 at home. I almost always changed after work and returned my costume since I preferred to have a fresh one every day.

spiroff.natasha
01-26-2012, 01:29 PM
I can't believe I'm 17 chapters in and STILL haven't had a day at CRT yet :rotfl:

After finishing up all my DU training, it was finally time to start training on location! :banana: My first shift at CRT was a breakfast shift. I got up super early, dressed in my costume and caught the A bus to take me to Magic Kingdom.

Don't think I could ever get tired of seeing this on the way to work every morning...

http://i.imgur.com/hucJV.jpg

My schedule told me to meet at "the white bench" :confused3 I was pretty confused. Where am I going to find this white bench? Is it something I missed in my park orientation?! Luckily, I found the mystery bench pretty quickly outside of the Food and Beverage offices in the utilidors.

When I got to the bench, there were quite a few new CPs dressed in their Liberty Tree Tavern costumes waiting for their trainer to show up. I remember thinking to myself "awesome, I'll finally get to meet some more CPs working at CRT today!" but sadly, no other CPs showed up. But my trainer did! (thank goodness :lmao:)

I had the same trainer for all of my on-site training which I thought was great. He met me at the bench and gave me a quick overview of what we were going to do that day and then it was time to go to CRT :dance3:

We took the entrance from the utilidors (which means we walked up about 2394082309845 steps) and he first showed me the breakroom. Then, 242308 more steps later, the kitchen and finally the dining room.

This was my first time inside of CRT and I was already in love :lovestruc

http://i.imgur.com/GO0rq.jpg

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I wanted to just sit in the restaurant and take it all in but we had work to do! My trainer took me down the stairs and gave me a small tour.

As a "seater" at CRT there are quite a few positions that you can be assigned to... podium 1, podium 2, greeter, greeter assist, seater 1, seater 2, seater/setter, set-ups, updater, and stocker. What you worked on any particular shift was assigned to you when you clocked in. I'll eventually get into all the different positions in more detail :)

Besides finally being in the castle, the best part about training was the taste testing. We got to try EVERYTHING from the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and it was all delicious :cool1:

After 3 days of on-site training I had my assessment and finally "earned my ears" which was super exciting because I could take the little red flag off of my nametag! :cool1:

ChattaAlley
01-26-2012, 02:55 PM
Love your costume, so cute. So do they dry clean the costumes every day? Is there a special place you put your dirty costumes? Not that I am ever going to be a CP but i am into the little details :lmao:. Smart idea keeping a cpstume in your locker. :thumbsup2.

It may be coming up but did you happen to snap any pictures in the utilidors? You have done great so far documenting. I would have been too amazed to have taken pictures, I would have forgot.

spiroff.natasha
01-26-2012, 09:00 PM
Love your costume, so cute. So do they dry clean the costumes every day? Is there a special place you put your dirty costumes? Not that I am ever going to be a CP but i am into the little details :lmao:. Smart idea keeping a cpstume in your locker. :thumbsup2.

It may be coming up but did you happen to snap any pictures in the utilidors? You have done great so far documenting. I would have been too amazed to have taken pictures, I would have forgot.

Thanks :goodvibes

I almost always turned my costume in after my shift so that I could get a new one the next day. For Magic Kingdom cast members, you can return your costumes inside the building or, if they are closed, they have drop bins sort of like at the library :rotfl: You have to be careful when using them though because each piece of your costume has an electronic chip in it that needs to be scanned when you turn it in. If you just throw your items in all at once, you might miss one being scanned and then owe Disney some serious cha-ching :eek:

I do have a few pictures with the utilidors sort of in the background but they really frowned upon taking pictures down there so I don't have too many! Sorry!

jenseib
01-27-2012, 07:42 AM
I'm loving this!

blessedby3
01-27-2012, 08:37 AM
Love the update. I just love CRT and that would be so amazing to get to work there everyday:goodvibes
I really love reading a TR from someone on the "inside":thumbsup2 Keep it coming:)

Joanna71985
01-27-2012, 04:15 PM
I think the CRT costume is so cute! If I ever decide to transfer to FSFB, that's one place I definitely would want to work

JanetMom
01-27-2012, 06:47 PM
Loving this trip report! :lovestruc

Thanks for giving us the inside scoop and for working so hard to fill your report with pictures.

I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear more in the days ahead!

Shir Kahn
01-27-2012, 07:00 PM
Aw man, I'm at the end already! I'm loving it so far! DW and I have vowed that at some point in our lives we are definitely going to work at Walt Disney World somewhere! :goodvibes Can't wait to read more!

Windsor Princesses
01-27-2012, 09:13 PM
Oh my goodness, this is like a dream come true! Thank you for sharing this with all of us future CP dreamers. I can't wait to read all about it.

shan23877
01-28-2012, 02:50 AM
Joining in! So glad that you're sharing your experience. I'm way past my college days, but I find the "behind the scenes" stuff truly fascinating! Can't wait to read more...:goodvibes

LilAnn
01-28-2012, 05:22 AM
I keep meaning to comment, but I keep forgetting. I am loving your TR and all the behind the scenes info. My friend did the CP and was a Jungle Cruise skipper and he kept telling us how much he loved it. I wish I had known about it when I was in college!

spiroff.natasha
01-28-2012, 12:24 PM
Loving this trip report! :lovestruc

Thanks for giving us the inside scoop and for working so hard to fill your report with pictures.

I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear more in the days ahead!

Of course! I'm glad you are enjoying. It's been a lot of fun so far to go back and "re-live" the experience :goodvibes

Aw man, I'm at the end already! I'm loving it so far! DW and I have vowed that at some point in our lives we are definitely going to work at Walt Disney World somewhere! :goodvibes Can't wait to read more!

You definitely should! Working at CRT was my favorite job BY FAR. Even though I like my job now...nothing will ever compare :rotfl:

Oh my goodness, this is like a dream come true! Thank you for sharing this with all of us future CP dreamers. I can't wait to read all about it.

You're welcome! I loved your most recent TR!!

Joining in! So glad that you're sharing your experience. I'm way past my college days, but I find the "behind the scenes" stuff truly fascinating! Can't wait to read more...:goodvibes

So glad you are enjoying it! Hope to have some more "behind the scenes" stuff coming up for you soon! :cool1:


I keep meaning to comment, but I keep forgetting. I am loving your TR and all the behind the scenes info. My friend did the CP and was a Jungle Cruise skipper and he kept telling us how much he loved it. I wish I had known about it when I was in college!

How fun! Jungle Cruise skipper is definitely a coveted role amongst attractions people. I just hopped over to your TR this morning and I have to say your daughter is ADORABLE. Loved how she isn't shy with the characters at all :goodvibes You should bring her to CRT next time :thumbsup2

NJ2Boardwalk
01-28-2012, 03:06 PM
Loving this trip report/CP report. I am 18, a senior in high school, and have been dreaming about the CP for so long. I can't wait to apply. I'm not sure when I should apply, but I know I'm so excited.

dara00
01-28-2012, 11:24 PM
this is really interesting! I had a friend who did the cp in 1998 I think it was and I visited her down there. she was on the great movie ride. :) Did you keep serious journals/diaries to be able to recall everything from 5 months down there? can't wait to read more!

Branan5
01-29-2012, 11:01 PM
I LOVE your trip report! So FUN! Thanks for sharing.... can't wait to read more! :yay:

anbouk
01-30-2012, 10:48 AM
OMG this has to be the BEST CP report I have seen on dis :thumbsup2 My daughter is contemplating the CP program and I am saving this one for her to read. What a wonderful experience while having the time of your life in such a fun place! Keep up the good work and good luck on your future endeavors!

midwest2wdw
01-30-2012, 04:07 PM
I have enjoyed reading your report so far. My daughter is interested in doing this when she gets older. All of your information is Great!!

Shir Kahn
01-30-2012, 05:26 PM
This is why I hate starting a TR before it's done. You people have the audacity to actually have lives and not post updates every 10 minutes to appease me. How rude! :p

ChattaAlley
01-30-2012, 06:26 PM
This is why I hate starting a TR before it's done. You people have the audacity to actually have lives and not post updates every 10 minutes to appease me. How rude! :p

Ahaha I agree. I must have no life or they have too much of one. I am always like come on update already....Its like a novel I can't put down.

So . . . .

Update already :laughing:

jenseib
01-31-2012, 06:19 PM
This is why I hate starting a TR before it's done. You people have the audacity to actually have lives and not post updates every 10 minutes to appease me. How rude! :p

She's at Disney right now...the lucky gal!

Shir Kahn
01-31-2012, 06:37 PM
She's at Disney right now...the lucky gal!

I consider this an acceptable excuse for not updating her TR. As long as she gives a TR for this trip too! :thumbsup2

Lynn57
01-31-2012, 10:11 PM
I consider this an acceptable excuse for not updating her TR. As long as she gives a TR for this trip too! :thumbsup2

She already started a PTR for it, if you look at her signature... :goodvibes

francis6306
01-31-2012, 10:35 PM
We had Breakfast at CRT and it was to DIE for! I had the stuffed french toast!!:cloud9: That fruit syrup was DELISH! I could have eaten a bowlful of THAT!

Love your costume! You look so cute!

spiroff.natasha
02-03-2012, 12:00 AM
Loving this trip report/CP report. I am 18, a senior in high school, and have been dreaming about the CP for so long. I can't wait to apply. I'm not sure when I should apply, but I know I'm so excited.

That's great! I hope that you can find a time to do the CP sooner in your college career rather than later...less time away from the mouse! :rotfl:

this is really interesting! I had a friend who did the cp in 1998 I think it was and I visited her down there. she was on the great movie ride. :) Did you keep serious journals/diaries to be able to recall everything from 5 months down there? can't wait to read more!

How fun! I actually didn't keep a journal but took TONS of pictures so I have just been looking back at the pictures and they trigger my memory enough. It really feels like it was yesterday :goodvibes

I LOVE your trip report! So FUN! Thanks for sharing.... can't wait to read more! :yay:

Thank you! So glad you are loving it :cool1:

OMG this has to be the BEST CP report I have seen on dis :thumbsup2 My daughter is contemplating the CP program and I am saving this one for her to read. What a wonderful experience while having the time of your life in such a fun place! Keep up the good work and good luck on your future endeavors!

Thanks :goodvibes It really was an amazing experience. If your daughter does end up reading this my message to her is "DO IT!!!!!!!" :banana:

I have enjoyed reading your report so far. My daughter is interested in doing this when she gets older. All of your information is Great!!

How great :) I really can't stress it enough...if you even have the slightest interest in the program make sure you find a way to do it! Such a great opportunity!

This is why I hate starting a TR before it's done. You people have the audacity to actually have lives and not post updates every 10 minutes to appease me. How rude! :p

:rotfl: This is how I ALWAYS feel when reading other TRs! I am now back from WDW so I will be trying to post more frequently :cool1:

Ahaha I agree. I must have no life or they have too much of one. I am always like come on update already....Its like a novel I can't put down.

So . . . .

Update already :laughing:

I feel your pain :lmao: I will have another update for you all tomorrow!!!

She's at Disney right now...the lucky gal!

Yep! Just back from 4 glorious days at WDW (really, are there any other kind?!) Already can't wait to get back...but SO excited for my brother!!

I consider this an acceptable excuse for not updating her TR. As long as she gives a TR for this trip too! :thumbsup2

We took LOTS of pictures and even carried around a notebook with us to write down all the details of the trip!! I'll be co-writing the TR with my friend Lisa so keep an eye out for that :thumbsup2

She already started a PTR for it, if you look at her signature... :goodvibes

:goodvibes Can't wait to get the actual TR going!!


We had Breakfast at CRT and it was to DIE for! I had the stuffed french toast!!:cloud9: That fruit syrup was DELISH! I could have eaten a bowlful of THAT!

Love your costume! You look so cute!

OMG yea...that french toast was so so good. While I usually preferred working nights because it was when the majority of my CRT friends would be working, I secretly loved when I would get scheduled a Sunday morning because the chefs almost always fed us after breakfast. I usually skipped the eggs/bacon/potatoes and went straight for the french toast :lovestruc

And thanks! The costume really wasn't bad...especially compared to some others at Disney :rotfl2:

sherylcin
02-03-2012, 12:15 PM
Just got caught up. What a cute costume! One of the things I've learned from your amazing TR is how many cast members are probably doing the CP. I never realized before that Disney had such a large CP group as part of their cast. We've had breakfast and lunch at CRT and loved both. The stars in my little granddaughters' eyes (all 3 of them!) was worth every penny. I probably would have teared up when I walked in the dining room the first day if I were you. It's just so beautiful! :goodvibes How great for you that you get to sample all the food!! I really want that job!!!:rotfl: I've always wondered about the costumes......how many you get, who launders them, etc. Thanks for answering all those burning questions!:rotfl2:

tinkgurl
02-03-2012, 01:38 PM
Hi! This is such a fun TR. It is so neat to see what it's like to be in the CP!! And I have to add, how exciting to be working at CRT!! It's such a lovely restaurant. We have been there for dinner our past few trips.

Mrs. Sojourner
02-03-2012, 02:17 PM
What a fun TR; can't wait to read more!

poohnpigletCA
02-04-2012, 01:30 PM
I like your TR. It is helping me for my school project. Thank you for answering all of the report quests I sent you.:wizard:

This is me, Sierra (can you guess my costume)
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h136/poohnpigle/IMG_2520-1.jpg

I am starting my power point today. Thank you for all the help and I can not wait for updates. :dance3:

francis6306
02-10-2012, 09:02 PM
Are you coming back?!?!!:confused3

mauigal
02-11-2012, 03:04 AM
Are you coming back?!?!!:confused3

YES!!! Tasha will be back...she's just been a little busy!!:goodvibes
Hang tight!popcorn::

jprice11
02-11-2012, 06:18 PM
I graduated from a 4 year college last May (2011) and I'm interested in possibly doing the Disney College Program so this info is greatly appreciated. I have a few questions though that maybe someone can answer. Since I already graduated like spiroff.natasha I'm looking into just taking an online course at my local community college.

My main question is does the course have to be for credit or can it just be a continuing education course where no credit is offered for the course?

francis6306
02-11-2012, 09:41 PM
YES!!! Tasha will be back...she's just been a little busy!!:goodvibes
Hang tight!popcorn::

Sigh… Okay Momma… I guess I'll just sit and wait! :bored:

TinkerbellinNY6
02-13-2012, 10:48 AM
Well I had to come back here to ask if you had any tips for the web-based interview? I just got my email this morning stating I had 5 days to do my web-based interview!

spiroff.natasha
02-15-2012, 05:25 PM
Hey there everyone! So sorry to keep everyone waiting for an update for such a long time! Things have been crazy busy around here but I am glad to get the ball rolling again :thumbsup2

On our most recent trip to WDW (to move my brother in for his CP!!) we took lots of notes so that we can do a trip report for that too :cool1: Keep an eye-out for that one!

When I last left you, I had just finished my training at CRT. The last two weeks of January were full of working, playing in the parks and making new friends. I was having tons of fun but was anxiously awaiting for February to come because Alex was going to be visiting me!! :banana:

We used my cast member discount to book a room at the All Star Sports resort which wasn't our first choice but ended up being great! He flew Virgin America straight from LAX to MCO and took the Magical Express to the resort. I had to work the day that he arrived and it was the loooongest shift of my whole college program haha.

Once he was all checked in, Alex text me our room number and decided to go to the pool bar to check it out and grab a beer. When 10PM finally rolled around, I basically ran to the locker room, changed into my street clothes and then went onstage to exit the park and catch a bus to All Star Sports. I decided to do it this way because if I had relied on the CP bus system I would have had to take the bus all the way back to the apartments and wait for the next bus that would take me to the resort.

I found our room, gave Alex a HUGE hug and then we decided we were hungry so we headed out to Downtown Disney and grabbed dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express. We were both very pleased with our meals and said we would go back again. Our plan was to hit the parks the next morning so we headed back to our resort and hit the pillows :)

The next morning we started off at Animal Kingdom, Alex's favorite park.
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Then made our way over to Epcot.
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We had "free" lunch at Tangerine Cafe with the $20 I found on the ground at Animal Kingdom :cool1:
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We stayed for Illuminations and were exhausted by the end of it. RIGHT as we walked up to the bus stop there was an All Start bus waiting, we were so soooo happy...
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We came home to a signed picture from our pals Mickey & Minnie :lovestruc
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The next morning I had to work a breakfast/lunch shift. I had to get up super early and catch the CP bus back to the apartments and then the bus from the apartments to Magic Kingdom. I had a pretty good day at work and then headed back to the resort. We spent some time relaxing and wandering around and then watched Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian :lovestruc
http://i.imgur.com/QiYsY.jpg

The next day was Superbowl Sunday! I had to work a morning shift again but ended up getting an early release. We watched the game in our room and ordered a pizza. It was nice and relaxing...plus the Packers won! :cool1:
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That night we had dinner at 'Ohana. It was Alex's first time and I was very excited to take him! We wore our "just engaged" buttons which was fun. Wishes played during our meal too and we had a great view. Such a fun night!
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The next day we decided to do parks again. We started off at Hollywood Studios.
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And then moved on to Magic Kingdom.
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Sadly, the next day it was time for Alex to go home. After checking out of the hotel, we headed to DTD and walked around/had lunch. I rode the Magical Express to the airport with him and we hung out for a little while before having to say goodbye again. I was really sad to see him go but very thankful for all the fun we had together! :lovestruc

Crystal824
02-15-2012, 06:11 PM
I love the costuming building for Magic Kingdom.

Every park/resort area has their own costuming department. Magic Kindom's is located in the cast member parking lot right across the street from Disney University (called Westclock) It was extremely convenient for me because that is right where the CP buses would drop us off and right where I would hop on a bus to take me "underground" :thumbsup2

The first time I walked in I was a little overwhelmed. Every costume that a cast member wears at MK is in one building. Attractions, Photopass, audience control, character attendants, you name it - they got it.

Our guide that took us in for the first time asked each of us where we were working, showed us where to find our section and then told us to meet her at the dressing rooms. The CRT costume consisted of a skirt, a blouse, a vest and an optional pouch. I grabbed a few sizes and headed to the fitting rooms. This process took quite a while because there are only 4 or 5 rooms and a TON of new CMs there trying on costumes. You had to try your costume on for your leader and they would make sure that you were in the right size that made you in compliance with the Disney look. For example...my skirt needed to be around my true waist, not on my hips.

This is what my costume looks like...

http://i.imgur.com/8t51y.jpg

(I HATE that picture haha)

I actually liked my costume (minus the puffy shoulders...and the arm ruffles got annoying after a while but I soon learned that I could tuck those in!)

Once I found the sizes that worked best for me, I went and grabbed a few more and checked out. We were allowed to have 5 costumes out at the same time. (5 shirts, 5 skirts, etc) Once I got into my rhythm I usually had 1 full costume in my locker at all times (in case I was playing in the parks before my shift and didn't have time to run to costuming) and then one or 2 at home. I almost always changed after work and returned my costume since I preferred to have a fresh one every day.

Still loving your TR. I just wanted to chime in that when I worked at MK costuming was just inside the utilidor. You HAD to get a new costume everyday. You were not permitted to take your costume home and you were not permitted more than one costume a day. You were allowed 30 min or so to get a costume and change, which you were paid for prior to you actual shift time. Glad to see this has changed. It sounds like MK is more in line with the other parks in that regard now. When I worked at AK, we were allowed 5 costumes at a time. You could bring them back to launder or you could do it yourself. Typically, I just washed it because it was a pain to get to costuming because it is down the road from Animal Kingdom. They still had the chips then too though.

anty30
02-15-2012, 07:12 PM
subbing

jenseib
02-16-2012, 03:36 PM
Fun weekend. Now were you able to get him a ticket as well at a reduced rate?

francis6306
02-16-2012, 09:22 PM
How much fun! :goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
02-17-2012, 09:55 PM
Just got caught up. What a cute costume! One of the things I've learned from your amazing TR is how many cast members are probably doing the CP. I never realized before that Disney had such a large CP group as part of their cast. We've had breakfast and lunch at CRT and loved both. The stars in my little granddaughters' eyes (all 3 of them!) was worth every penny. I probably would have teared up when I walked in the dining room the first day if I were you. It's just so beautiful! :goodvibes How great for you that you get to sample all the food!! I really want that job!!!:rotfl: I've always wondered about the costumes......how many you get, who launders them, etc. Thanks for answering all those burning questions!:rotfl2:

I probably would have teared up watching your granddaughters enjoy their time at CRT :rotfl: :rotfl: I'm so glad that you are enjoying the report so far, hopefully I will be able to answer some more of those burning questions in the process :)

Hi! This is such a fun TR. It is so neat to see what it's like to be in the CP!! And I have to add, how exciting to be working at CRT!! It's such a lovely restaurant. We have been there for dinner our past few trips.

How fun! While I did enjoy plenty of meals in the castle, I never got to fully experience a meal at CRT as a guest. Hopefully I will the next time I get to WDW!

What a fun TR; can't wait to read more!

Thanks! Glad you are enjoying :goodvibes

I like your TR. It is helping me for my school project. Thank you for answering all of the report quests I sent you.:wizard:

This is me, Sierra (can you guess my costume)
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h136/poohnpigle/IMG_2520-1.jpg

I am starting my power point today. Thank you for all the help and I can not wait for updates. :dance3:

I'm so glad you are enjoying and that I can help you with your project :cool1: I love the costume, are you the girl on the tightrope from the Haunted Mansion?

Are you coming back?!?!!:confused3

Yes! Sorry it took me FOREVER :sad2:

YES!!! Tasha will be back...she's just been a little busy!!:goodvibes
Hang tight!popcorn::

Thanks, madre :hug:

I graduated from a 4 year college last May (2011) and I'm interested in possibly doing the Disney College Program so this info is greatly appreciated. I have a few questions though that maybe someone can answer. Since I already graduated like spiroff.natasha I'm looking into just taking an online course at my local community college.

My main question is does the course have to be for credit or can it just be a continuing education course where no credit is offered for the course?

Check your PM :thumbsup2

Well I had to come back here to ask if you had any tips for the web-based interview? I just got my email this morning stating I had 5 days to do my web-based interview!

Congrats! I might be too late for you (sorry!) but in case anyone else is interested, here is my advice for the web-based interview: Take your time! Part of the interview is timed and being able to see the clock ticking during your test is really distracting but you should have more than enough time to answer each question. Be honest and lean towards the "strongly agree" and "strongly disagree" choices. And finally, RELAX! :goodvibes

Still loving your TR. I just wanted to chime in that when I worked at MK costuming was just inside the utilidor. You HAD to get a new costume everyday. You were not permitted to take your costume home and you were not permitted more than one costume a day. You were allowed 30 min or so to get a costume and change, which you were paid for prior to you actual shift time. Glad to see this has changed. It sounds like MK is more in line with the other parks in that regard now. When I worked at AK, we were allowed 5 costumes at a time. You could bring them back to launder or you could do it yourself. Typically, I just washed it because it was a pain to get to costuming because it is down the road from Animal Kingdom. They still had the chips then too though.

Thank you for sharing that! I love hearing about how it used to be! I probably would have washed my AK costume too since the costuming building wasn't super convenient.

subbing

:welcome:

Fun weekend. Now were you able to get him a ticket as well at a reduced rate?

Yes! As a CP you get 6 Main Entrance passes, each pass is good for 3 park-hopper tickets. So we used two of my ME passes when he was there and I saved the rest for when others came to visit!

How much fun! :goodvibes

:goodvibes It was a great trip!!

spiroff.natasha
02-21-2012, 09:55 PM
**some of my pictures are having weird sizing issues, I'll try to get them fixed soon!! **

I was so lucky to have 2 amazing roommates while on the program. Lisa, Katie and I had SO much fun together while we were there and I miss them both terribly!

Our schedules didn't always match up but when we did have days off together, we tried to use them to our advantage! This post is just a quickie about one of our outings :thumbsup2

We spent some time with our friend Peter Pan...

Tried to pull the sword out of the stone...

And then went back to our humble abode. Earlier in the week, Lisa and I had signed up to volunteer at the Give Kids the World Village. It was an absolutely AMAZING experience and I will write a separate post about that soon!

After we got home, the three of us decided to go check out Buffalo Wild Wings. On Wednesday nights, you can find A LOT of CPs at BWW. They have drink specials, karaoke and dancing.

We had fun together but the whole things wasn't really our scene and we didn't find ourselves making it a regular thing :rotfl:

When we got home we decided to have a little photobooth photo shoot...

http://i.imgur.com/fSV9c.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/CWmo7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/U5zFV.jpg

oh, my :lmao:

Shir Kahn
02-22-2012, 12:18 AM
Woohoo, more updates! :love:

mrsxsparrow
02-22-2012, 04:05 AM
Question that has nothing to do with this TR but whatever I'm too lazy to put it where it really belongs:

Your mom and your brother drove from here to Florida? How long did it take them, how'd they like it, and would they do it again?

I'm doing the program in August and am debating on driving or flying.. I want to have my car and I'm planning on making the move permanent it's just such a long drive from SoCal :rolleyes:

mauigal
02-22-2012, 09:59 AM
Question that has nothing to do with this TR but whatever I'm too lazy to put it where it really belongs:

Your mom and your brother drove from here to Florida? How long did it take them, how'd they like it, and would they do it again?

I'm doing the program in August and am debating on driving or flying.. I want to have my car and I'm planning on making the move permanent it's just such a long drive from SoCal :rolleyes:

Hi, this is Natasha's mom....I did do the drive....we left on a Monday morning early like 6am and drove to Las Cruces NM where we spent the night. The next day we went from Las Cruces to San Antonio TX....day after that we went from San Antonio to New Orleans and spent the night. We took the next day off and hung around New Orleans seeing the sights! On Friday morning we left around 7am and made it to Orlando by 8pm! So, if you don't take a day off you can get there in 4 nts. It is a lot of driving....but it was fun! I think we did on average 10-12 hr days which are long. But it worked for us!

From what I hear, people like having their cars there...saves a lot of time on the buses!:)

sherylcin
02-22-2012, 12:36 PM
Just read the chapter about Alex's visit. What a great time (and you are a very cute couple btw)! The interesting thing is we were there at the same time. Wonder if we passed you in a park? :) Most of my family are huge Packers fans so we were also talking some smack that day in Epcot with some "other" fans (all in good humor of course!). Going back to read some more................

spiroff.natasha
02-23-2012, 12:03 PM
Like I mentioned in my last post, Lisa and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Give Kids the World Village (http://www.gktw.org/), a retreat area for families of children with life threatening illnesses. For DCP participants, there are scheduled volunteer opportunities every Sunday and Wednesday nights. I usually worked both of those nights but this week I had a morning shift on Wednesday :cool1:

Lisa and I signed up together and were both really excited to go! We met at the Commons and after a little bit of a mix up (the housing team thought we wanted to sign up for the next Wednesday) we were in the van and on our way in our snazzy new t-shirts.

http://i.imgur.com/RAPkq.jpg
(us later with Katie showing off our Mickey "gang" sign :rotfl:)

Wednesday nights at the Village are "Kid's Night Out", a night where parents and children can get a break from each other and the children are paired with mentors to play and eat all night :) At first, there were more volunteers than there were children so Lisa and I helped set up dinner in the Gingerbread House.

On our way back to meet with the rest of the group, we found another family who had children interested in joining us so we were paired with some children and officially had buddies!!

We ate dinner with our buddies, rode the carousel and then headed to the theatre for a night of Village Idol. It was SO cute to watch these kids get up and perform. They even had some of the kids be the "judges" and read off cheesy lines like "I'll see you on TV" etc :rotfl:

The night was amazing. The services that they provide at Give Kids the World are wonderful and I was so happy to be a part of that team for the night.

blessedby3
02-23-2012, 12:43 PM
Like I mentioned in my last post, Lisa and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Give Kids the World Village (http://www.gktw.org/), a retreat area for families of children with life threatening illnesses. For DCP participants, there are scheduled volunteer opportunities every Sunday and Wednesday nights. I usually worked both of those nights but this week I had a morning shift on Wednesday :cool1:

Lisa and I signed up together and were both really excited to go! We met at the Commons and after a little bit of a mix up (the housing team thought we wanted to sign up for the next Wednesday) we were in the van and on our way in our snazzy new t-shirts.

http://i.imgur.com/RAPkq.jpg
(us later with Katie showing off our Mickey "gang" sign :rotfl:)


Wednesday nights at the Village are "Kid's Night Out", a night where parents and children can get a break from each other and the children are paired with mentors to play and eat all night :) At first, there were more volunteers than there were children so Lisa and I helped set up dinner in the Gingerbread House.

On our way back to meet with the rest of the group, we found another family who had children interested in joining us so we were paired with some children and officially had buddies!!

We ate dinner with out buddies, rode the carousel and then headed to the theatre for a night of Village Idol. It was SO cute to watch these kids get up and perform. They even had some of the kids be the "judges" and read off cheesy lines like "I'll see you on TV" etc :rotfl:

The night was amazing. The services that they provide at Give Kids the World are wonderful and I was so happy to be a part of that team for the night.

What a wonderful experience to be able to help out at GKTW! We have 2 families from church that have been on Wish trips and stayed there and they both have only great things to say about the program. I would love to be able to volunteer there! Wish I lived closer:goodvibes

shan23877
02-23-2012, 01:06 PM
What a great program, and how nice that you were giving the opportunity to volunteer. I think that it says a lot about you that you took the time to do so on your nights off. Very cool! :yay:

Shir Kahn
02-23-2012, 11:32 PM
Hi, this is Natasha's mom....I did do the drive....we left on a Monday morning early like 6am and drove to Las Cruces NM where we spent the night. The next day we went from Las Cruces to San Antonio TX....day after that we went from San Antonio to New Orleans and spent the night. We took the next day off and hung around New Orleans seeing the sights! On Friday morning we left around 7am and made it to Orlando by 8pm! So, if you don't take a day off you can get there in 4 nts. It is a lot of driving....but it was fun! I think we did on average 10-12 hr days which are long. But it worked for us!

From what I hear, people like having their cars there...saves a lot of time on the buses!:)

We love having our car down there. We drive just over 2000 miles there and 2000 miles back and usually do it in 2 days. About 32 hours driving time but I usually do at least one 24 hour chunk to start off. DW gets to drive about 8 total hours out of all of that because I have so much trouble handing over the wheel! :rotfl:

TinkerbellinNY6
02-24-2012, 03:45 PM
Well I am going to Disney this Fall for the CP!!! I am really excited! And reading your TR will help me a lot!:goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
02-25-2012, 01:56 AM
Woohoo, more updates! :love:

:cool1:

Question that has nothing to do with this TR but whatever I'm too lazy to put it where it really belongs:

Your mom and your brother drove from here to Florida? How long did it take them, how'd they like it, and would they do it again?

I'm doing the program in August and am debating on driving or flying.. I want to have my car and I'm planning on making the move permanent it's just such a long drive from SoCal :rolleyes:

Congratulations!! I am so very excited for you :) My advice is BRING THE CAR, the trip will be fun and you will be soooo glad you have it once you are in Orlando.

Hi, this is Natasha's mom....I did do the drive....we left on a Monday morning early like 6am and drove to Las Cruces NM where we spent the night. The next day we went from Las Cruces to San Antonio TX....day after that we went from San Antonio to New Orleans and spent the night. We took the next day off and hung around New Orleans seeing the sights! On Friday morning we left around 7am and made it to Orlando by 8pm! So, if you don't take a day off you can get there in 4 nts. It is a lot of driving....but it was fun! I think we did on average 10-12 hr days which are long. But it worked for us!

From what I hear, people like having their cars there...saves a lot of time on the buses!:)

What the madre said :goodvibes

Just read the chapter about Alex's visit. What a great time (and you are a very cute couple btw)! The interesting thing is we were there at the same time. Wonder if we passed you in a park? :) Most of my family are huge Packers fans so we were also talking some smack that day in Epcot with some "other" fans (all in good humor of course!). Going back to read some more................

Thanks :goodvibes How funny that you were there at the same time. I always wonder if I am in any background pictures here on the DIS :rotfl:

What a wonderful experience to be able to help out at GKTW! We have 2 families from church that have been on Wish trips and stayed there and they both have only great things to say about the program. I would love to be able to volunteer there! Wish I lived closer:goodvibes

It is SUCH a great program. I had the best time volunteering there and wish I would have been able to do more. :goodvibes


What a great program, and how nice that you were giving the opportunity to volunteer. I think that it says a lot about you that you took the time to do so on your nights off. Very cool! :yay:

I had the best time playing with the kids, Village Idol was hilarious :cool1:

We love having our car down there. We drive just over 2000 miles there and 2000 miles back and usually do it in 2 days. About 32 hours driving time but I usually do at least one 24 hour chunk to start off. DW gets to drive about 8 total hours out of all of that because I have so much trouble handing over the wheel! :rotfl:

Wow! That's a lot of driving!! We like having a car on our vacations there too (but usually rent haha) I know all about not wanting to hand over the wheel...both my mom and I like to be in control! :rotfl2:

Well I am going to Disney this Fall for the CP!!! I am really excited! And reading your TR will help me a lot!:goodvibes

Congratulations!! I can't tell you how excited I am for you (and insanely jealous :rotfl:) What role did you get?!

mrsxsparrow
02-25-2012, 12:20 PM
Hi, this is Natasha's mom....I did do the drive....we left on a Monday morning early like 6am and drove to Las Cruces NM where we spent the night. The next day we went from Las Cruces to San Antonio TX....day after that we went from San Antonio to New Orleans and spent the night. We took the next day off and hung around New Orleans seeing the sights! On Friday morning we left around 7am and made it to Orlando by 8pm! So, if you don't take a day off you can get there in 4 nts. It is a lot of driving....but it was fun! I think we did on average 10-12 hr days which are long. But it worked for us!

From what I hear, people like having their cars there...saves a lot of time on the buses!:)

Congratulations!! I am so very excited for you :) My advice is BRING THE CAR, the trip will be fun and you will be soooo glad you have it once you are in Orlando.

Thanks for the advice! I really want to do the drive but I get back from a trip to Hawaii on the 11th and check in the 20th which doesn't leave much time for a cross-country trip. But the more I think about it and hear stuff like this the more I want to do it... Hmm we shall see. Thanks again :thumbsup2

spiroff.natasha
02-25-2012, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the advice! I really want to do the drive but I get back from a trip to Hawaii on the 11th and check in the 20th which doesn't leave much time for a cross-country trip. But the more I think about it and hear stuff like this the more I want to do it... Hmm we shall see. Thanks again :thumbsup2

Sounds like you are going to have an AMAZING August! Are you going to put in any location requests?

spiroff.natasha
02-25-2012, 03:58 PM
I'm back with another post about working CRT :) I had mentioned before that I would do a post that goes into detail about the different positions you can work as a "CRT Seater" so that's what I'm going to do!

There are two main shifts that you can be assigned when working at CRT...either a breakfast/lunch or dinner (sometimes you would get lucky and get a lunch/dinner :thumbsup2). When working at night (my favorite) you would clock in an immediately go on your lunch break because the restaurant was closed during this time between lunch and dinner. This took a little bit of getting used to at first but I quickly learned to love it because the seaters/servers became really close and it was great to spend your break with everyone else :goodvibes

Towards the end of the lunch break we would have to clock in and get an assignment. We all had our favorites (and least favorites) so it was always fun to see what everyone got and watch everyone's reactions to their assignment. Victory dances and foot-stomping were not uncommon :rotfl:

Here are the different positions that we could receive...

Podium (1 or 2) -- I really liked podium, especially when assigned with one of my friends (which was really everyone except for 1 or 2 people). In this position you were down at the podium (go figure haha) checking people in for their reservations and answering questions. Most of the time it was nice to be outside. The only downside to podium was that you didn't get to go fold napkins between rounds (I know, that doesn't seem like a downside but we always had fun up there!)

Greeter -- Another "downstairs" position. This was great when you had friends on podium. The job of the greeter was to consolidate the line to meet Cinderella , keep the waiting room relatively in order, and call out the names of the "royal families" when their tables were ready.

Greeter Assist -- There wasn't always a greeter assist. I had a love/hate relationship with this position. If one of my friends was a greeter, I loved it because we got to work together and I did like watching the excited families wait for their princess meal! I hated it because you were essential the bouncer for CRT and couldn't let anybody up the stairs without a royal invitation and standing there for your whole shift got pretty boring.

http://i.imgur.com/YtQdY.jpg
{Annie and I pretending to be greeter on one of our days off...not sure why it's so tiny:confused3 }

Breezeway Greeter -- Like greeter assist, this position didn't always exist. When you got assigned it, it was like hitting the lottery. ESPECIALLY on an AM shift. Your job is to walk around Fantasyland and answer questions for guests. If there are open reservations at CRT, you ask families if they are interested in dining in the castle. Seriously THE BEST. One of my favorite CRT memories is when I got assigned breezeway greeter on an AM shift and I stood on the drawbridge looking down Main Street and listened to the park opening show. As soon as the park was open the families started running in, holding hands and you could just tell that everyone was in an amazing mood and excited for their day at the Magic Kingdom! It was seriously so magical, I just stood there, took it all in and cried like a baby! :rotfl2:

Seater (1 or 2) -- This is probably the most dreaded position. As soon as both seater 1 and seater 2 were assigned, all your hesitations of clocking in melted away :rotfl: The seaters were stationed at the top of the stairs and are the ones to bring the guests to their tables and hand out the wishing stars and menus. The guest interaction was great but there was a lot of downtime and the turns went by verrrryy slowly.

Seater/Setter -- Kind of a weird position but you would help seat people when there were a lot of families coming up at once (usually at the beginning of a turn) and then you would help set tables when a lot of families were getting up.

Updater -- I loved being the updater. You would clear tables, add high chairs/boosters/etc, set tables, sprinkle pixie dust, etc. The updater wore an ear piece that the assignor (an extra trained position) would talk to them through and let them know what needed to happen and where. It was fun :)

Set-Ups -- loved dinner set-ups, hated breakfast set-ups. As the set up person you were in the "dungeon" aka corner of the kitchen :rotfl: making trays of plates, silverware, and napkins for the updater and seater/setter to take out. It was fun to be back there and as soon as you had made enough set-ups for the next round, you got to go down to the breakroom and fold.

http://i.imgur.com/dzCJM.jpg
{Annie in set-ups}

In between rounds, most positions got to go fold napkins and that was always really fun when you had a bunch of people. Before everyone could go home at night, there had to be a certain number of bins (I can't remember how many...it's been too long!! :sad2:) folded so sometimes it was better to not have a bunch of people down there cause we did more talking than folding :rolleyes1

http://i.imgur.com/5jna4.jpg
{having too much fun folding napkins}

blessedby3
02-25-2012, 07:07 PM
Thanks for giving us all that information! I love finding out all the behind the scenes stuff of how things work. I would have never thought there were so many positions at CRT alone!

francis6306
02-25-2012, 10:06 PM
I think it is a good thing when your favorite thing to do is hang out with your coworkers and fold napkins! :goodvibes

TinkerbellinNY6
02-25-2012, 10:19 PM
Congratulations!! I can't tell you how excited I am for you (and insanely jealous :rotfl:) What role did you get?!
Thanks I am really excited! I got the Photopass Photographer!:goodvibes

spiroff.natasha
02-25-2012, 10:51 PM
Thanks for giving us all that information! I love finding out all the behind the scenes stuff of how things work. I would have never thought there were so many positions at CRT alone!

Glad you enjoyed! I felt like I was rambling :lmao: Yea, there were TONS of positions at CRT. Other There are three more positions that I didn't list because they require additional training so you don't get scheduled them that often. They are stocker (where you are in the kitchen all day, filling ice machines, keeping soup fresh, bringing clean dishes to servers, etc.), assignor (assigns the tables to families once they check in at the podium), and GT (the general teller who is in the kitchen closing out checks). I got trained for stocker and assignor but like I said, didn't work them too often.

Other restaurants, like Kona for example (where my roomie Lisa was) didn't have quite as many positions and was organized very differently.

I think it is a good thing when your favorite thing to do is hang out with your coworkers and fold napkins! :goodvibes

:rotfl: I guess it is! I was really blessed to have such amazing co-workers. With the exception of 2 people that didn't really mesh with everyone, I still talk to them everyday! :goodvibes

Thanks I am really excited! I got the Photopass Photographer!:goodvibes

Awesome! Let me know if you think of any questions along the way :thumbsup2

shan23877
02-26-2012, 12:59 AM
I've worked in restaurants forever, so I find it fascinating how many positions there are at CRT! It's funny that you loved folding napkins, because in most other restaurants, that's a dreaded activity! :lmao:

I think that the job wandering around Fantasyland would be amazing! How great to be at work and having so much fun!

LMKerins
02-26-2012, 08:53 AM
a) Thank you for posting the most attractive pictures of me ever in the roomie post.

b) At Kona, we had, what? Oh that's right. 3 positions. Seater, greeter, and assignor. Updater. Pssh. Sprinkling pixie dust for a shift. Hahaha we did real work at our restaurant.

c) BAHAHAHAHAHA Brent in the last picture is hilarious

spiroff.natasha
02-26-2012, 11:42 AM
I've worked in restaurants forever, so I find it fascinating how many positions there are at CRT! It's funny that you loved folding napkins, because in most other restaurants, that's a dreaded activity! :lmao:

I think that the job wandering around Fantasyland would be amazing! How great to be at work and having so much fun!

Yea, I really don't think you can beat getting paid to walk around Fantasyland talking to guests. Miss it everyday!

And I agree, I never liked folding napkins/rolling silverware at the other restaurants I worked at...Disney really is magical :rotfl:

a) Thank you for posting the most attractive pictures of me ever in the roomie post.

b) At Kona, we had, what? Oh that's right. 3 positions. Seater, greeter, and assignor. Updater. Pssh. Sprinkling pixie dust for a shift. Hahaha we did real work at our restaurant.

c) BAHAHAHAHAHA Brent in the last picture is hilarious

a) You are so welcome, just wait til your coffee bean costume pictures come out!

b) making magic is real, don't hate on my pixie dust!

c) BAHAH I KNOW! That costume...the pants...the broach! :rotfl:

mrsxsparrow
02-27-2012, 04:09 PM
Sounds like you are going to have an AMAZING August! Are you going to put in any location requests?

I haven't decided yet. I was going to, but then I figured I'd leave it up to the Disney gods :goodvibes But I have a feeling they're going to stick me on a spiel ride, I mentioned in my interview I was on the debate team in college and spoke at competitions with lots of people. My interviewer was awfully curious about that experience.

I wish I could send a request of where I don't want to work instead! :rotfl: