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01-20-2013, 02:42 AM

Welcome everyone! My name is Jess and I about to embark on the adventure of a LIFETIME. Today, January 20th, is the day that I am moving to Disney for 6 1/2 months. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY MY ENTIRE LIFE.


I will be participating in the Walt Disney World College Program Spring Advantage 2013. Advantage means that I am staying a semester PLUS a summer! (It gives me the "advantage" of having more time in Disney. heh heh ;) ) My check-in date is January 22nd, 2013 and my departure date is August 9th, 2013. AH I AM NEVER GOING TO WANT TO LEAVE!!!!


The amount of magical moments I'm going to experience, the people I am going to meet, the food I am going to eat, and memories that I am going to make in this period of time are just unimaginable.

I am one of those people who like to document their life, so I wanted to keep a diary of my adventures. It is going to be fun to watch myself grow from the beginning to the end of the program. I just know that this is going to be a life-changing experience, so thanks for coming along for the ride!


For those of you who are new, let's do a brief introduction. Here are 10 facts about me:



1) Like I said, my name is Jess. I am 19 years old. (I will be turning 20 while on my program!) I am a sophomore in college and I currently study Theatre Performance and Communications.

2) I have been to Walt Disney World probably around 25 times. I have never known the exact number. My family has been addicted ever since I was a few months old.

3) My favorite princesses are Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel. My favorite princes are Aladdin, Flynn Rider, Prince Naveen and Prince Eric. My other favorite character is Pluto. My favorite Disney movies are Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Tangled, and Toy Story.

4) This is my 10th trip report on disboards. 10TH. No, I'm not kidding.

5) My favorite park is Magic Kingdom. Hollywood Studios is a close second. My favorite ride is Toy Story Mania. My favorite resort is the Yacht Club. And my favorite restaurants are Ohana and Via Napoli.

6) FUN FACT: I have stayed at every Disney resort except for the Polynesian, Art of Animation, All-Star Music, and All-Star Sports.

7) I am addicted to Disney pins. It's rather unhealthy. I just love Disney merchandise in general. IT'S ALL SO PERFECT.

8) You are probably going to want to know what the definition of a frump is while reading this trip report. I'm sure you've all heard the word frump used, but not commonly. A frump, as defined by us Disney fans, is basically a lazy, crazy, food obsessed, and/or Disney loving person. It is the word that provides the perfect excuse to act like your crazy self. The definition is pretty open ended and "frump" can be used as a noun, an adjective, a verb... WHATEVER WE WANT IT TO BE! It ends up being pretty self explanatory. You will see.

9) Something about Disney resonates with me unlike anything else. It is a combination of so many things: the parks, the characters, the memories, the customer service, the magic, the smells, the music, the happiness, etc. I spend hours upon hours researching everything Disney. I am always known as the Disney fanatic in the group. I have more Disney music on my iPod than "normal" music. I want to be proposed to in Disney and have a Fairytale Wedding one day. I also plan on moving down to Florida the minute I graduate college.
Clearly, Disney is one of the biggest parts of my life and it is my greatest passion. Doing the Disney College Program has always been my dream... and it is about to come true!

So hopefully that's enough background to get us started!


I AM STARTING MY DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM IN A FEW DAYS. Can you COMPREHEND THAT FACT!? Because I can't. I'm going to cry. Maybe it's because I'm in denial about my life actually being real. I have been anticipating this for SO long and now it's finally here!! IT'S JUST SO AMAZING I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

For my DCP I was accepted for the role of Concierge. Having this role is going to be SUCH an incredible experience for me. If you have read my reports in the past, you know how much I love giving resort and restaurant recommendations and spreading the knowledge of Disney to others. Well... now I get to do that and use my talents IN DISNEY. I feel like I have been working towards a position like this since I was born.


This is why I am in denial. HOW IS MY LIFE REAL!?

So how is this trip report going to work? The idea, as of now, is to make it a live trip report of my adventures. I do know that once things start rolling, it is going to get BUSY. So I will do my best to update as often as possible... but more than likely I am going to fall behind. Don't worry... I will always be taking notes somewhere so I can come back and pick up where I left off. Just keep checking back for updates! There could be one here and there, there could be a bunch all at once... no one knows, really! I am just as curious as you are to see how this turns out.


This trip report is going to be GREAT but it's going to be a huge project. And for that reason... I have to take a slightly different approach than I usually do.

Unfortunately, I don't think I am going to be able to answer back to all of your comments. I HIGHLY appreciate your support and words of encouragement. You all don't know how much that means to me. Each and every one of you who dedicate time out of your life to read about my Disney adventures are some of the most wonderful people in the world. However, one set of comments can take me anywhere from 15-60 minutes to respond to, depending on the day. By taking this new approach, I will have more time to write updates!

This doesn't mean that I want you to stop commenting, though! I LOVE hearing your feedback. I promise I will read each and every post! And some of them I will comment back on. If you ever have questions or if your response is intriguing to me, I will definitely comment back. However, because of the length of this report and the limited amount of time I will have to write it, please assume that I say thank you for all of your kind words. I LOVE ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING.


ALSO, when I inevitably get behind, I will still be updating my twitter and instagram. So if you are interested in getting LIVE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM UPDATES, follow me: @PrincessJess508. It's the same username for both twitter and instagram.

**There is a twitter bug that leaves a lot of you blocked from following my twitter account, so instead of clogging up the thread with everyone's usernames, please send your twitter usernames to:Disneyfreak508@hotmail.com


**This trip report and my opinions do not reflect those of the Walt Disney Company. This report is written purely as a diary to keep track of my personal adventures. If you ever have any concerns about any of the content, please contact me directly.**

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01-20-2013, 02:43 AM
Table of Contents

Introductory Stuff:
"I DON'T KNOW WHEN, I DON'T KNOW HOW..." (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47245819&postcount=1)
DCP CAST 2013 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47245824&postcount=3)
Jess' Trip Report Collection (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47245834&postcount=5)

The Application Process (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47247491&postcount=22)
Jess' Pre-College Program Life (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47248045&postcount=28)

January 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Flying to Disney! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47251412&postcount=58)
January 20th, 2013 (Part 2) I'M HOME! FOR REAL THIS TIME! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47260850&postcount=105)
January 21st, 2013 (Part 1) The Day of the Fruit Salad (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47267448&postcount=136)
January 21st, 2013 (Part 2) THIS RESORT IS BEAUTIFUL. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47267689&postcount=138)
January 21st, 2013 (Part 3) - GLORIA THE MOUSEKEEPER (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47267704&postcount=139)
January 22nd, 2013 (Part 1) - CHECK-IN AND CASTING (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47289233&postcount=180)
January 22nd, 2013 (Part 2) - CHECK-IN AND CASTING (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47289277&postcount=181)
January 23rd, 2013 - Shopping Day! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47289529&postcount=187)
January 24th, 2013 - Apartment Pictures/Splitsville! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47305544&postcount=228)
January 25th, 2013 (Part 1) - TRADITIONS (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47306217&postcount=231)
January 25th, 2013 (Part 2) - MY FIRST TIME AT MAGIC KINGDOM! (as a CP!) (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47310258&postcount=254)
January 26th, 2013 (Part 1) - DAK/DHS with the Roomies! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47319864&postcount=275)
January 26th, 2013 (Part 2) - CHEERLEADERS. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47319871&postcount=276)
January 27th, 2013 (Part 1) Long Lost Friends! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47330518&postcount=313)
January 27th, 2013 (Part 2) - BE OUR GUEST LUNCH (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47330604&postcount=314)
January 27th, 2013 (Part 3) - IT'S CHARACTER DAY! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47330668&postcount=319)
January 27th, 2013 (Part 4) - CELEBRATE A DREAM COME TRUE! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47330690&postcount=320)
January 27th, 2013 (Part 5) - MORE OF CHARACTER DAY!
(http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47330740&postcount=321)January 28th, 2013 - Dis-Meet and Olivia's Cafe (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47340724&postcount=353)
January 29th, 2013 - Front Desk Training Day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47351323&postcount=398)
January 30th, 2013 - Front Desk Training Day 2/January 31st, 2013 - Front Desk Training Day 3 (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47372034&postcount=422)

February 1st, 2013 (Part 1) - 1900 Park Fare! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47402622&postcount=454)
February 1st, 2013 (Part 2) - 1900 Park Fare! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47402671&postcount=455)
February 2nd, 2013 (Part 1) - 4 PARKS IN ONE DAY! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47410174&postcount=466)
February 2nd, 2013 (Part 2) - 4 PARKS IN ONE DAY! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47410447&postcount=468)
February 2nd, 2013 (Part 3) - 4 PARKS IN ONE DAY! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47410516&postcount=469)
February 3rd, 2013 - Coronado Training Day 1 and Via Napoli/February 4th, 2013 - Coronado Training Day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47429069&postcount=511)
February 5th, 2013 - Going to Class and The Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47429423&postcount=512)
February 6th, 2013 - Coronado Training Day 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47429533&postcount=513)
February 7-10th, 2013 - Magic Kingdom till Midnight!/I Earned My Ears! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47468872&postcount=605)
February 11th, 2013 - Mom, Nana, and Dea Arrive! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47562402&postcount=713)
February 12th, 2013 (Part 1) - Beach Club Photo Shoot! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47562699&postcount=715)
February 12th, 2013 (Part 2) - Tutto Italia (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47562779&postcount=717)
February 13th, 2013 (Part 1) - DHS and San Angel Inn (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47563551&postcount=721)
February 13th, 2013 (Part 2) - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47563565&postcount=722)
February 14th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Akershus Valentine's Day Breakfast! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47579506&postcount=748)
February 14th, 2013 (Part 2) - Valentine's Day in the Magic Kingdom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47586822&postcount=767)
February 14th, 2013 (Part 3) - Be Our Guest
(http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47587173&postcount=769)February 14th, 2013 (Part 4) - True Love Week! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47587307&postcount=772)
February 15th, 2013 (Part 1) - Disney's Animal Kingdom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47590133&postcount=782)
February 15th, 2013 (Part 2) - The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47590527&postcount=783)
February 15th, 2013 (Part 3) - Wilderness Lodge! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47590596&postcount=784)
February 16th, 2013 - The Plaza (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47605709&postcount=806)
February 17th, 2013 (Part 1) - Magic Kingdom with the Girls! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47617403&postcount=822)
February 17th, 2013 (Part 2) - Magic Kingdom with the Girls! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47617508&postcount=823)
February 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Last Full Day Spent in Hollywood! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47618174&postcount=824)
February 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - Fort Wilderness! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47628570&postcount=845)
February 18th, 2013 (Part 3) - YAHOO! HOOP DEE DOO! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47628717&postcount=846)
February 18th, 2013 (Part 4) - YAHOO! HOOP DEE DOO! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47628754&postcount=847)
February 19th, 2013 - Back to Normal CP Life! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47629483&postcount=850)
February 20th, 2013 - Typhoon Lagoon (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47632096&postcount=862)
February 21st, 2013 - February 24th, 2013 - I'm a Working Girl! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47639137&postcount=873)
February 25th, 2013 - I'M GONNA WRECK IT! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47639450&postcount=874)
February 26th, 2013 - Hollywood Studios and Kona! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47640771&postcount=881)
February 27th-28th, 2013 - The Most Productive Day EVER. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47672208&postcount=1009)

March 1st, 2013 - OH MY GOD, TOMORROW. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47672288&postcount=1011)
March 2nd, 2013 (Part 1) - DisneyQuest (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47748393&postcount=1101)
March 2nd, 2013 (Part 2) - OUR LION KING ROOM!!!! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47748541&postcount=1102)
March 2nd, 2013 (Part 3) - Chef Mickey's! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47749024&postcount=1104)
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 1) - Good Morning, GOOD MORNING! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47759189&postcount=1130)
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 2) - Crystal Palace (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47759411&postcount=1131)
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 3) - DAWM (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47760072&postcount=1133)
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 4) - The Frozen Kingdom (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47771652&postcount=1159)
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 5) - Extra Magical Magic Hours! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47771852&postcount=1161)
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 6) - Extra Magical Magic Hours (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47771864&postcount=1162)
March 4th, 2013 (Part 1) - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47803402&postcount=1200)
March 4th, 2013 (Part 2) - 50's Prime Time Cafe! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47812730&postcount=1210)
March 4th, 2013 (Part 3) - Fantasmic and Extra Magic Hours Date! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47835072&postcount=1232)
March 5th, 2013 (Part 1) - FOTLK and Pizzafari! (Or Safaritzza?) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47841684&postcount=1247)
March 5th, 2013 (Part 2) - Kilimanjaro Safaris and Finding Nemo! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47843537&postcount=1250)
March 5th, 2013 (Part 3) - Looping Everest Like Champs. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47843730&postcount=1251)
March 5th, 2013 (Part 4) - The Beauty Which is Ohana. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47843874&postcount=1252)
March 6th, 2013 (Part 1) - Seeing Fish and Soaring to New Heights! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47852491&postcount=1264)
March 6th, 2013 (Part 2) - F&G Festival (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47871842&postcount=1278)
March 6th, 2013 (Part 3) - BE OUR GUEST, BE OUR GUEST!!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47873008&postcount=1282)
March 6th, 2013 (Part 4) - BE OUR GUEST, BE OUR GUEST!!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47873256&postcount=1283)
March 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Traveling the World With Duffy! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47899539&postcount=1303)
March 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Traveling Around the World With Duffy! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47900035&postcount=1306)
March 7th, 2013 (Part 3) - THE GARDEN GRILL (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47907624&postcount=1312)
March 7th, 2013 (Part 4) - "Well... It's been Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse." (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47907677&postcount=1313)
March 8th, 2013 - Preston Goes Home ): (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47907958&postcount=1314)
March 9th, 2013 - Post Disney Depression in Disney/March 10th, 2013 - Sanaa with Miranda! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47909569&postcount=1319)
March 11, 2013/March 12th, 2013 - Kona/The Great and Powerful Oz (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47910985&postcount=1327)
March 13th, 2013 (Part 1) - Eating Around the World F&G Style! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47914315&postcount=1338)
March 13th, 2013 (Part 2) - TANGLED BATHROOMS! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47914784&postcount=1339)
March 13th, 2013 (Part 3) - Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Madness! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47914832&postcount=1340)
March 14th-16th, 2013 - Meeting Victoria and Nicole! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47915654&postcount=1342)
March 17th-19th, 2013 - Tony's Town Square (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47921727&postcount=1353)
March 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47932233&postcount=1371)
March 20th, 2013 (Part 2) - THE BEST PIN TRADE EVER/SPLASH MOUNTAIN IS OPEN AGAIN!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47932591&postcount=1374)
March 20th, 2013 (Part 3) - SPLASH MOUNTAIN. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47932614&postcount=1375)
March 21st, 2013 - The Four Amigos Go To Crystal Palace (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47968327&postcount=1394)
March 22, 2013 - Les Chefs de France! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47968504&postcount=1395)
March 23rd-26th, 2013 - Le Cellier (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47968555&postcount=1396)
March 27th, 2013 - Jess and Mark's Garden Grill Night! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47979485&postcount=1406)
March 28th, 2013 - Going to DAK and Work! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47990143&postcount=1429)
March 29th, 2013 - Tortuga Tavern and Epcot! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47990357&postcount=1432)
March 30th, 2013 - Jess and Rachelle's Adventure Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48020802&postcount=1471)
March 31st, 2013 (Part 1) - Easter Lunch at Mama Melrose and Countdown to Fun! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48021278&postcount=1473)
March 31st, 2013 (Part 2) - Easter Dinner at Whispering Canyon! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48021443&postcount=1474)

April 1st - 4th, 2013 - Work-Life-Disney Balance (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48022837&postcount=1477)
April 5th, 2013 (Part 1) - UNIVERSAL! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48023065&postcount=1479)
April 5th, 2013 (Part 2) - UNIVERSAL! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48023130&postcount=1480)
April 5th, 2013 (Part 3) - UNIVERSAL! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48023149&postcount=1481)
April 6th, 2013 (Part 1) - San Angel Inn and Both Port Orleans! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48080445&postcount=1576)
April 6th, 2013 (Part 2) - OKW, SSR, and Coronado Springs! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48081147&postcount=1583)
April 6th, 2013 (Part 3) - AoA and The Beach Club! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48081407&postcount=1584)
April 6th, 2013 (Part 4) - YaCHt Club and Boardwalk! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48081421&postcount=1586)
April 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Checking in at the Poly for our Father Daughter Trip! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48081828&postcount=1588)
April 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Introducing the King Kamehameha Club! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48093522&postcount=1624)
April 7th, 2013 (Part 3) - Club Level Offerings and Taking a Monorail to Epcot! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48094350&postcount=1627)
April 7th, 2013 (Part 4) - Via Napoli and Toy Story Mania! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48094382&postcount=1628)
April 8th, 2013 (Part 1) - The Polynesian is Paradise (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48140345&postcount=1695)
April 8th, 2013 (Part 2) - Coronado Springs, Club Level Food, and DHS! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48140396&postcount=1697)
April 9th, 2013 (Part 1) - Father Daughter Fishing Trip and Le Cellier! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48158176&postcount=1724)
April 9th, 2013 (Part 2) - Our Father Daughter Magic Kingdom Night! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48159737&postcount=1728)
April 10th, 2013 (Part 1) - Polynesian Perfection (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48184764&postcount=1754)
April 10th, 2013 (Part 2) - Father Daughter Dinner at Citricos! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48184911&postcount=1756)
April 11th-15th, 2013 - Visiting Home. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48185219&postcount=1757)
April 16th, 2013 - Back to Disney and Be Our Guest! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48185380&postcount=1758)
April 17th, 2013 - Downtown Disney with Mark! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48187914&postcount=1771)
April 18th-22nd, 2013 - Normal Routine (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48194670&postcount=1805)
April 23rd, 2013 (Part 1) - DinoLand Dance Party! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48195903&postcount=1810)
April 23rd, 2013 (Part 2) - Yak & Yeti and Camp Minnie-Mickey! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48195913&postcount=1811)
April 24th, 2013 - Earl of Sandwich and Hollywood Studios (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48240875&postcount=1866)
April 25th, 2013 (Part 1) - Celebrating Mark's Birthday at the Tusker House! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48241241&postcount=1868)
April 25th, 2013 (Part 2) - The Kitchen Sink! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48241376&postcount=1869)
April 26th-28th, 2013 - When I Was Sick ): (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48241566&postcount=1870)
April 29th-30th, 2013 - Girls Night at Splitsville! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48283978&postcount=1986)

May 1st, 2013 (Part 1) - "WE HAVE STUFF TO DO!" (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48284312&postcount=1989)
May 1st, 2013 (Part 2) - Our Walk-Up Breakfast at CRT and Starlit Splash! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48284401&postcount=1992)
May 2nd-3rd, 2013 - Carrabas!/Dream Along With Mickey Makes Me Emotional. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48308083&postcount=2030)
May 4th, 2013 - May the Fourth be With You! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48308281&postcount=2031)
May 5th, 2013 (Part 1) - MY MOM IS HERE!!!!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48309158&postcount=2036)
May 5th, 2013 (Part 2) - A Perfect Princess Dinner at Akershus! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48309172&postcount=2037)
May 6th, 2013 - Sanaa (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48484922&postcount=2202)
May 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Garden Suite at Boardwalk! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48498639&postcount=2222)
May 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Garden Suite Continued! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48631397&postcount=2281)
May 7th, 2013 (Part 3) - Boardwalk Bakery and Laying by the Pool! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48631707&postcount=2283)
May 7th, 2013 (Part 4) - Big River Grille and La Nouba! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48639418&postcount=2309)
May 8th, 2013 (Part 1) - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48639551&postcount=2310)
May 8th, 2013 (Part 2) - Happy Birthday, Princess! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48639760&postcount=2313)
May 8th, 2013 (Part 3) - Birthday Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48642670&postcount=2321)
May 8th, 2013 (Part 4) - Meeting Peter Pan, Aladdin, Jasmine, and Ariel! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48643334&postcount=2322)
May 8th, 2013 (Part 5) - My Birthday Balloon and Going to Narcoossee's! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48649231&postcount=2346)
May 8th, 2013 (Part 6) - Birthday Dinner at Narcoossee's! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48649314&postcount=2348)
May 9th, 2013 (Part 1) - Meeting Tiana and Naveen and Another Birthday Balloon! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48659207&postcount=2367)
May 9th, 2013 (Part 2) - "Once Upon a Time, in a Faraway Land..." (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48668864&postcount=2381)
May 9th, 2013 (Part 3) - Having the Ballroom All to Ourselves! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48668903&postcount=2382)
May 10th, 2013 - Monsieur Paul (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48669404&postcount=2383)
May 11th, 2013 (Part 1) - Merida's Coronation (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48689486&postcount=2397)
May 11th, 2013 (Part 2) - Hollywood Studios Activities! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48689707&postcount=2398)
May 12th, 2013 - Mother's Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48690004&postcount=2399)
May 13th, 2013 (Part 1) - LIA'S HERE!!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48699376&postcount=2409)
May 13th, 2013 (Part 2) - Our Tangled Obsession and Chef Mickey's for Dinner! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48699598&postcount=2411)
May 13th, 2013 (Part 3) - "CELEBRATE! EVERY DAY'S A PARTY!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48700456&postcount=2412)
May 13th, 2013 (Part 4) - "CELEBRATE WITH MICKEY MOUSE!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48700480&postcount=2413)
May 14th, 2013 - Class and Work (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48700547&postcount=2414)
May 15th, 2013 - A Dinner in France! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48700654&postcount=2415)
May 16th (Part 1) - "Can I Call Ya Al? Or Maybe Just Din." (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48794584&postcount=2454)
May 16th, 2013 (Part 2) - CASTLE SPAM! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48796720&postcount=2457)
May 16th, 2013 (Part 3) - Splashing our Way out of MK and Over to Sci-Fi! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48808739&postcount=2467)
May 16th, 2013 (Part 4) - "Come On You Astro Boys, Come On You Astro Girls!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48809422&postcount=2468)
May 16th, 2013 (Part 5) - Hollywood, 1939. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48809467&postcount=2469)
May 16th, 2013 (Part 6) - "See it in Your Mind and You Will Find, in Your Imagination..." (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48809489&postcount=2470)
May 17th, 2013 (Part 1) - Checking in at Pop! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49035707&postcount=2558)
May 17th, 2013 (Part 2) - A Quick Stop at the Magic Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49036054&postcount=2559)
Post-College Program Check-in Update! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49283082&postcount=2725)
May 17th, 2013 (Part 3) - Artist Point (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49286315&postcount=2739)
May 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - Jess and Lia Day! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49290815&postcount=2750)
May 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - San Angel Inn and Being the Last People in Epcot! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49290865&postcount=2751)
May 19th, 2013 (Part 1) - Gina's Here! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49291287&postcount=2752)
May 19th, 2013 (Part 2) - 1900 Park Fare with Lia and Gina! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49291349&postcount=2753)
May 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Garden Grill with Lia and Gina! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49291728&postcount=2755)
May 20th, 2013 (Part 2) - Beautiful Skies, Pooh Bear, and Tigger! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49291984&postcount=2756)
May 21st, 2013 (Part 1) - Via Napoli (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49292511&postcount=2759)
May 21st, 2013 (Part 2) - World Showcase and Downtown Disney! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49292587&postcount=2760)
May 22nd, 2013 - Ralph, Prime Time, and Goodbyes (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49292898&postcount=2762)
May 23rd, 2013 (Part 1) - Moving over to All-Star Movies! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49293491&postcount=2767)
May 23rd, 2013 (Part 2) - Wolfgang Puck, Wilderness Lodge, and Whispering Canyon! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49293527&postcount=2768)
May 24th, 2013 (Part 1) - Universal and Characters in Flight! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49293808&postcount=2771)
May 24th, 2013 (Part 2) - Saying Goodbye to Mark and Monstrous Summer! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49293848&postcount=2773)
May 25th, 2013 - Resort Exploring! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49295375&postcount=2778)
May 26th-28th, 2013 - In Between Trips! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49308131&postcount=2800)
May 29th, 2013 (Part 1) - The Frumps Arrive and the Tour of our Cars Suite! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49310287&postcount=2806)
May 29th, 2013 (Part 2) - Starting off in Magic Kingdom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49310335&postcount=2807)
May 29th, 2013 (Part 3) - Making Our Way to Fort Wilderness! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49310359&postcount=2808)
May 29th, 2013 (Part 4) - FRUMP DEE DOO! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49310381&postcount=2809)
May 29th, 2013 (Part 5) - The One in Which I Get to be the Can-Can Dancer!!!! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49310428&postcount=2810)
May 30th, 2013 (Part 1) - Typhoon Lagoon and Downtown Disney! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49314890&postcount=2822)
May 30th, 2013 (Part 2) - Ohana Means Frump! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49314989&postcount=2824)
May 30th, 2013 (Part 3) - "ONE MORE BOAT!" (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49315058&postcount=2826)
May 31st, 2013 (Part 1) - The Frumps Go to Hollywood! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49317789&postcount=2832)
May 31st, 2013 (Part 2) - Park Hopping! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49317828&postcount=2833)
May 31st, 2013 (Part 3) - Be Our Guest! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49317927&postcount=2834)

June 1st, 2013 (Part 1) - The Frumps Hit Epcot! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49442515&postcount=2888)
June 1st, 2013 (Part 2) - Cinderella's Royal Table! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49442707&postcount=2889)
June 1st, 2013 (Part 3) - THE PRINCESSES!!! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49442772&postcount=2890)
June 2nd, 2013 (Part 1) - Chef Mickey's! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49443176&postcount=2894)
June 2nd, 2013 (Part 2) - Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49443225&postcount=2895)
June 3rd, 2013 - Our Night at Hollywood Studios! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49443440&postcount=2896)
June 4th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Last Frump Morning! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49443850&postcount=2899)
June 4th, 2013 (Part 2) - Finishing Off the Trip with Via Napoli! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49443870&postcount=2901)
June 5th 7th, 2013 - The Frumps Go Home and A Few Days of Work! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847607&postcount=3044)
June 8th - June 16th, 2013 - MY REJUVENATING TRIP HOME! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847661&postcount=3045)
June 17th, 2013 - Back to the Disney World! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847698&postcount=3047)
June 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - WELCOME, STARBUCKS! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847749&postcount=3048)
June 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - TAKIN' IT IN!! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847770&postcount=3049)
June 18th, 2013 (Part 3) - Fantasyland Photo Shoot (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847814&postcount=3050)
June 18th, 2013 (Part 4) - Magic Kingdom Festivities! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49847840&postcount=3051)
June 20th-24th, 2013 (Part 1) - My Family Visits! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49855178&postcount=3081)
June 20th-24th, 2013 (Part 2) - My Family Visits! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49855204&postcount=3082)
June 25th, 2013 - Hidden Mickey Hunt! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49855220&postcount=3083)
June 26th, 2013 - YOLO TO COCOA (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49855229&postcount=3084)

June 27th- July 1st, 2013 - Studios!/Magic Kingdom!/Fourth of July Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857150&postcount=3091)
July 2nd, 2013 - Epcot Character Hunting with Lindsay! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857164&postcount=3092)
July 4th, 2013 (Part 1) - FOURTH OF JULY. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857175&postcount=3093)
July 4th, 2013 (Part 2) - FOURTH OF JULY! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857186&postcount=3095)
July 5th, 2013 - Princess Breakfast with Victoria! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857196&postcount=3096)
July 6th-7th, 2013 - Magic Kingdom. All Day Every Day. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857213&postcount=3097)
July 8th, 2013 (Part 1) - The Day in Which Our Lives Were Perfect. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857224&postcount=3098)
July 8th, 2013 (Part 2) - The Day in Which Our Lives Were Perfect. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857232&postcount=3099)
July 8th, 2013 (Part 3) - The Day in Which Our Lives Were Perfect. (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857243&postcount=3100)
July 9th-10th, 2013 - The Seas Aqua Tour/Magic Kingdom (Again!) (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49857255&postcount=3102)
July 11th- 13th, 2013 - 50's Prime Time with Melissa!/DAK DAY! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49876038&postcount=3143)
July 14th-17th, 2013 - Starfish Hugs from Ariel!/Magic Kingdom Life/Monsters U Round Two! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49876069&postcount=3144)
July 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - Long Lost Friends Celebrate a Dream Come True! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49880901&postcount=3150)
July 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - Long Lost Friends Celebrate a Dream Come True! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881090&postcount=3151)
July 19th-21st, 2013 - Keys to the Kingdom/Eating with Courtney and Megan at The Plaza! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881169&postcount=3152)
July 22nd-23rd, 2013 - Eating with Lauren in Mexico!/Eating at Mama Melrose with my Mom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881205&postcount=3153)
July 24th, 2013 (Part 1) - Garden Grill! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881235&postcount=3155)
July 24th, 2013 (Part 2) - Garden Grill! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881287&postcount=3156)
July 25th-27th, 2013 - Beaches & Cream and Enchanted Tales!/Polynesian Day! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881386&postcount=3157)
July 28th, 2013 (Part 1) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881449&postcount=3159)
July 28th, 2013 (Part 2) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881527&postcount=3160)
July 28th, 2013 (Part 3) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881610&postcount=3161)
July 28th, 2013 (Part 4) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49881646&postcount=3162)
July 29th, 2013 - San Angel Inn and the Disney Store! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49899923&postcount=3190)
July 30th, 2013 - My Disney College Program Graduation (disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49899953&postcount=3191)
July 31st, 2013 - The Departures Begin... (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49900027&postcount=3192)

August 1st-5th, 2013 - Things Are Starting to Wrap Up! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49918584&postcount=3218)
August 6th, 2013 (Part 1) - "MR. PONY, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND THE TRAGEDY!?" (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49918631&postcount=3219)
August 6th, 2013 (Part 2) - Last Roomie Day at Magic Kingdom and France for Dinner! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49918669&postcount=3220)
August 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Graduation Ears in the Magic Kingdom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50038748&postcount=3249)
August 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Graduation Ears in the Magic Kingdom! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50038781&postcount=3250)
August 8th, 2013 - Moving Out of Patterson Court (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50115836&postcount=3272)
August 9th, 2013 - See Ya Real Soon! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50115856&postcount=3273)

Final Thoughts... (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50115900&postcount=3274)

01-20-2013, 02:44 AM

There are going to be SO MANY people that I come in contact with over the course of my Disney College Program. To keep everything straight, I will continually update this post with little descriptions of my most important people! This will be your cast key!




Mark was my travel buddy for my Disney College Program! We go to school together and he is majoring in Theatre Performance. He is hilarious, sassy, and we have been really good friends since the day I transferred to our school. When I applied for my DCP, my excitement convinced him to apply and we got to take on the adventure of a lifetime together! I am SO HAPPY that he came along with me! Mark's role during the DCP was in entertainment. Mark's twitter/disboards name is mjp935 and his instagram name is @markjamesp, where he was famous for the "character selfie!" Mark had the time of his life and unfortunately his spring program ended on May 24th, so I had to go through the last few months without him. But we had the most INCREDIBLE time and I am sure we will always cherish the memories we made together in Disney!



Sergio was one of Mark's roommates who we hung out with quite a lot. He's from Texas and he is a Film and Television studies major. His role during the DCP was Photopass at Disney's Hollywood Studios and he loved it! Since he was Mark's roommate, he lived next door to me until May 24th. Then when he extended his program until August he and Shane had to move to another building. Surge is a great friend and I'm really glad we got to meet each other during our DCP!



Shane was another one of Mark's roommates who hung out with us a lot! Our little group was usually me, Mark, Shane and Surge. Shane is from Michigan and his role in the DCP was Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside as a lifeguard. Shane hopes to be a police officer in the future, so he's very good at dealing with emergency situations. That skill was definitely helpful when it came to being a lifeguard. When he extended his program into the summer he transferred over to Photopass at Hollywood Studios! Shane's so much fun to be around and I'm glad Mark ended up rooming with him so we had the chance to become friends!



Lindsay is the roommate that I was closest to throughout my program. She is from Utah, she is studying animation in school, and she used to work at the Disney Store back at home. Her role for the DCP is Frontierland Merchandise in the Magic Kingdom! We have a lot of crazy similarities such as playing VMK in the past, loving theatre, and HAVING THE SAME BIRTHDAY. No big deal. Her favorite princess is Ariel since they obviously totally look alike. Lindsay is always an amazing friend, and even if our schedules don't line up for long amounts of time, we always end up having awesome life chats in after some of our longest work days. I'm so glad we randomly got placed to live together because she was one of the absolute best friendships that I made during my DCP!



Alex and Lindsay became best friends on our program, so naturally Alex and I became wonderful friends as well! Lindsay and her live very close to each other back in Utah but didn't meet until their CPs. Alex is such a sweetheart. She is a beautiful person inside and out. We started hanging out together in June, and I wish we would have sooner, but I absolutely loved all of times we spent together! They were always magical!



Russell was Mark's immediate roommate! We hung out with him mostly during the beginning of our program. He is from San Fransisco, California and he worked stroller rental at the Magic Kingdom! His program ended on May 24th just like Mark's did.



Lauren is my friend from Middle School. We hadn't seen each other in about 4 or 5 years, and then our Disney College Programs reunited us! We only got to hang out 2 or 3 times throughout the entire program but those were some of the most fun nights I had! Lauren is crazy hilarious and I'm so glad we finally were able to hang out again. Her role was Food and Beverage in Epcot in Future World, so she was a professional Mickey Bar seller! YAY MICKEY BARS!! Her program ended at the end of May as well.



I met Miranda spring semester freshman year at college when we worked on wardrobe crew for the musical together. We found out that we both loved Disney and we INSTANTLY became friends. She did the Fall Advantage 2012 Disney College Program in Food and Beverage Services at Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios. After her DCP, she decided to permanently move to Florida! She was SO excited that I moved down to Florida so we could keep each other company!



Ryan and I have been friends since November 2011 when we met at my first college at a DCP information booth. We've hung out/ran into each other in Disney a several times over the past two years. Ryan moved down to Orlando permanently in May during my College Program so we met up and started hanging out for the remainder of my program. We were together from mid-July until the end of September, but now we are back to just being friends.




I met Rachelle at Coronado Springs when we both worked at the Front Desk! She just graduated college (she studied theatre!) and this was her second DCP! Her first role was Fantasyland Attractions, specifically the Carrousel and Mickey's PhilharMagic! Rachelle is a born and raised Floridian so she knows her way around down here! She's the one who finally got me to go to Universal for the first time ever. She had to leave her role at Coronado in June because she got a Professional Internship at Port Orleans Riverside! I am so happy for her and meeting her was so wonderful! She truly is one of the nicest and most fun people I have ever met and I really do hope we keep in touch.

Meredith and Tara


These two lovely girls did the Disney College Program with me at Coronado Springs! Meredith is from New Jersey and we met during our Saludos Amigos orientation!

Tara is actually from the same city as me, we both had roles at Coronado, and we lived in the same exact apartment building! We had so many crazy similarities. These girls were always so nice and I loved spending time with them!

Kelsey and Emma


Kelsey was the first CP that I met at Coronado Springs. She's very friendly, peppy, and always has something to talk about. We had the same exact role so we got to spend a lot of time together. She's always such a great listener, she thinks that the fact that I keep this trip report is so cool, and she knows how important food is to me!

Emma is from Australia and I absolutely love her. Her role placed her at front desk and curbside and working with her always made my day. She was very homesick during her program but we were able to relate well when I got homesick. She gave very good advice! I'm really sad because I didn't get to say goodbye to her because I went home during the week of her end date, but I will never forget my favorite Australian!


Mom, Dad, and Jonathan


This is my family. They are the most supportive and amazing team of people you will ever meet in your life. The hardest part about going away for my DCP was knowing that we would be apart for months. However, they were there for me every step of the way while I lived out my dream and I couldn't be more thankful for that!

My Mom is my best friend. We have always traveled to WDW as a family and we have taken several mother daughter trips, so my Mom has seen me grow up with a passion for Disney. She is such a faithful and kind person and I couldn't ask for a more wonderful Mother. She was always a phone call away even during the roughest times of my program and I am so blessed to have her in my life!

My Dad is one of the kindest, funniest, and greatest guys that I know. He is a businessman and he is very glad that I took this opportunity to be apart of a strong corporation. Knowing that I have my Dad's support and love while I'm doing my program makes me even more motivated to go out there and be the best I can be! I always love to make him proud!

My brother Jonathan is about 3 years younger than me. He's currently a junior in high school, and we have definitely never been apart for this long of a stretch before! I will miss him a lot, but he has seen me grow up with a love for Disney and I'm sure he knows it's where I want to be!

I love my family so much and I love telling them about everything that happens while I'm at the happiest place on earth!

Nana and Dea


Nana is my Mom's Mom and Dea (pronounced day-a) is my 12 year old cousin. They both came to visit me, along with my Mom, on February 11th-19th. I have been to Disney with my Nana 3 times in the past and this was basically Dea's first time to WDW! She went once when she was three but she didn't remember anything! It was so much fun showing her everything for the first time.



I dated Preston from February 2012 - April 2013. We went to school together up north and he is actually from Georgia. We did long distance last summer for three months, so we tried out the long distance during my college program. He was able to visit over spring break from March 2nd-8th and it was such a great week! However, around mid-April we had to break things off. We had two different life paths, with mine including living in Disney, but the time we did spend together was a lot of fun!

Karen, Alexander, and Matt


When Preston visited for spring break in March, he was accompanied by Karen, Alexander, and Matt! They are all freshman at our school in the theatre department.

Karen and Alexander have been dating since high school and they are actually from the town that I grew up in! They are both such cool, nice, and Disney-loving people. It was so much fun spending time in the World with them, especially because they decided a couple weeks before the trip that they were actually coming!

Matt lives about an hour and a half away from our school and he is also a big Disney lover. His family is in love with the Yacht Club and they have been coming to WDW since he was little! We were super excited about our trip since the fall semester, and we were so glad that it actually happened!

Lia and Lee-Anne


You all may know Lia from disboards (__disneygirl) and if you don't, you probably should. She is the blondie in the above picture and she came down to WDW for two whole weeks in May! I "met" her (aka read her trip reports) on disboards about a year and a half ago, and we did a DIS-Meet back in December 2011 when we watched IllumiNations in the freezing cold and were the last people in Epcot. Since then, we have stayed super close and we FINALLY got to be in Disney together again. During her trip we stayed at three different resorts and ate an INSANE amount of food. We had such a blast and it really is amazing how our friendship grew just from having a passion for Disney and writing trip reports!

The other girl in the above picture is Lia's friend Lee-Anne! If you read Lia's #StuckInDisney trip report, you may remember her from there! Lee-Anne was only with us for the Port Orleans portion of the trip, but it was so much fun hanging out with her. She doesn't do thrill rides and she has a much more relaxed touring strategy than Lia, but you can tell she absolutely loves Disney!

Lia and Gina


Gina and Lia have been friends since they were very little girls when they used to live in the same town. Gina moved a few times since then and she currently resides in Florida, but she had never been to Disney World! Lia and her had been wanting to make a trip happen for SO long, and the dream finally came true! Gina was such an awesome person! She's a big 90's fan and she had a TON of cool retro Disney trinkets, she was BEYOND excited to be in Disney World, and I could tell that the trip really meant a lot to her! I hope it was everything she hoped for and more!

Kristen, Vickie, Natalie, Alicia, and Maggie


These five girls came down to visit me at the end of May/beginning of June during my Disney College Program. We were all good friends in high school. Kristen and I were the ones who coined the term "frump" so this whole trip was titled "The Frumps Take Over Disney."

Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47245834&postcount=5)

01-20-2013, 02:45 AM
DCP Cast 2013 - Part 2

This post is saved in case I need more room for the cast list. There is a 25 image limit per post after all. :laughing:

01-20-2013, 02:49 AM
Jess' Trip Report Collection

For those of you who haven't followed me in before, I just wanted to give you the option of reading my past trip reports. There are tidbits of information that all lead up to my DCP in each and every one, but you aren't obligated to read them to understand the story. :thumbsup2

January 2011:
The Port Report: Frumpin Around the World with the Bathrobe Princesses (: (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2641037)

February 2011:
"She's Looking at Food Pictures Again!" A February Family Vacation! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2700505)

April 2011:
ITS OUR MOTHER DAUGHTER TRIP! Our Spontaneous Getaway - April 2011 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2757430)

August 2011:
"Theres NO Sleeping in Disney! SURPRISE - The Frumps Are Back Again! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2800055)

December 2011/January 2012:
Your ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE to Disney World at Christmas Time! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2855462)

May 2012:
The Frumps Have Hit the Wall... And No One's Mad. "FART SHOES." (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2940494)

October 2012:
The Most MAGICAL Trip Of Them All! "EVERYTHING'S PERFECT!" (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3010778)

December 2012/January 2013:
If the Yacht Club was a Person, I Would Marry It. NYE TRIP 2012-2013! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3043495)

The two most recent ones have the most DCP information... and the ones with "Frump" in the title are friend trips with Kristen... and the Ultimate Survival Guide at Christmas time is just a Christmas masterpiece... AH so many memories.

Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47247491&postcount=22)

01-20-2013, 05:35 AM
I am a big fan of mother/daughter trips, and we have had several. Only with us, it's now mother/daughter/grandaughters. We have written quite a few trips reports, as well. :)

I will be in WDW in March. Let me know where you are working, and I will try to come by for a DIS hello. Or you can find a group of us (possibly in Epcot) on March 23rd. Do you know Brookelizabeth here on DIS, or wigdoutdismom? They will be there then. Brook became a Disney travel agent a while back, so she doesn't have time to DIS much any more, but she is still around for meets and on FB. We can touch base closer to March.

A friend who we have known since she was about 6-7 years old just finished a CP this month. She worked arcades at CBR, Art of Animation, and Pop. She met so many new friends and had a blast. She was not Disney savvy when she went down there. It really opened her eyes to how big and diverse WDW was. She didn't know about all the resorts and activities outside the parks, so she asked what she should do and see. She had a great time, and I know you will, as well. Have fun making the magic!

01-20-2013, 06:01 AM
Ahhhhh today!!!!!!

Seriously so excited for you, as I have said many many times before :goodvibes

Super excited to read about your time down there and seeing as you capture things so perfectly with your words and your pictures, it will be like we are all down there with you! YAY!!!

01-20-2013, 06:37 AM
So exciting! Add me to the list of DISers who has been following your journey to the DCP for the last year. Can't wait to read about it...and I'm still planning to keep an eye out for you on our trip in just FOUR MORE DAYS!

Have a great time!

01-20-2013, 06:38 AM
Good luck for today!! Looking forward to hearing about all of your adventures on the DCP :)

01-20-2013, 07:20 AM
Yay!!! I'm so excited to follow along with you and your DCP adventures! Good luck with everything, I hope you have a magical experience! You are living out my dream, you know! I was too scared to do this in college, even though I REALLY wanted to, and now it's probably the biggest regret of my life! I admire anyone who is that brave and can move so far away from home to live out their dreams! :cloud9: I can't wait to find out where you are working!

01-20-2013, 07:22 AM
Subbing in early this time!

Safe travels to Disney, I look forward to hearing your tales and hopefully this will just be the start of a very long Disney career :tink:

01-20-2013, 07:38 AM
I'm so excited for you and that your Disney Dreams are finally coming true!!! I'm really happy you decided to do a trip report and I can't wait to read more about your magical adventures!!!! :goodvibes

01-20-2013, 07:47 AM
What an exciting opportunity. I'll be following along and look forward to your perspective. Enjoy the experience.:goodvibes

01-20-2013, 07:50 AM
Yay! So excited I found this link! I can't wait to keep up with your adventure. Safe travels to Disney and have a magical time!!!:woohoo:

01-20-2013, 08:01 AM
Yay!!!! I'm in! Can't wait to here about all your adventures. Good luck! :)

01-20-2013, 08:08 AM
I've lurked your reports over the years and followed your journey and I am very excited to follow this new and exciting experience! My family will be in WDW for the first time this September so we will miss you by just a few weeks. Congratulations and I can't wait to see "your whole new world!"

01-20-2013, 08:17 AM
Ahhhhh! Today!! So exciting!! Looking forward to seeing all of your updates here, on Twitter and on Instagram!!! It's going to be fabulous!

01-20-2013, 08:29 AM
Ahhh it's so exciting! :cool1: I'm following long- you'll be perfect for the DCP :goodvibes

01-20-2013, 08:45 AM
I love reading your trip reports, I am heading to the world at the end of this month, For my first mom and daughter trip with my mom who is celebrating her 70 th birthday. who know maybe you'll be at the resort we are staying at... Well no matter, I wish you a wonderful adventure and lots of excitment along the way. Congrat's again.

01-20-2013, 09:04 AM
Oh Jess I am SO, SO unbelievably excited for you. I am looking forward to hearing about your experience so much.

Have a safe journey to your new home!

01-20-2013, 09:33 AM
Jess! I am really looking forward to your adventure. You are about to have the most amazing time!:cool1:

01-20-2013, 09:34 AM
The Application Process
September - October 2012

The Disney College Program application process is an adventure in itself. I wrote a few tumblr posts about it, so I thought I would share them to give you all the appropriate background information.

September 21st, 2012:
My (Not So) Impulsive Decision to Apply for the DCP!

I have been waiting for this moment for years.

Literally. Years.

I have wanted to do the Disney College program since I was about 9 years old. The moment I found out about its existence it became my number one life goal. It has all I’ve been dreaming about since. I’ve been wondering what role I’m going to get placed in, who my roommates are going to be, what people I’m going to meet...

Oh my God. I can’t even.

I am currently enrolled in college and I’m a double major. Theatre Performance and Communications. Unfortunately, my theatre department isn’t big on people leaving for a semester. I understand their side of the story… but still.

I came into this semester with the mindset of waiting until after I graduated to go do the DCP. Yup that’s right… just three more YEARS of waiting.

That mindset lasted about a week.

After talking to a friend who works down in WDW right now, he gave me a little guidance. He said that it’s a MUCH better idea to get your foot in the door before you get out of college so you can get a professional internship immediately after school.

So after thinking about it, I decided that he was right. I want to work at WDW someday and I will do anything to get there. I love my college and my friends… but I felt torn ALL the time. My heart is there. I wasn’t going to be able to wait.

My friend Sean and I talked to our friends Alicia and Ryan on skype a few nights ago who are currently on the DCP. We fell IN LOVE with the idea of the college program. Hearing about it from their point of view just made us want to go so bad.

Then it was a matter of when. Again. THAT’S ALWAYS THE DANG QUESTION.

So, in Jazz yesterday I asked Sean, “so when are we going to move to Disney!?”

He looked at me and was like, “Can I be honest? I applied already!”

I really was thinking about going in Fall 2013… but the Spring 2013 sounded better and better by the second.

All the sudden, I found myself on the phone with my Mom asking her, “Should I just apply? Just to see what happens?” She said yes, of course. I think she was just as excited as I was.

Once I justified it with myself and got my mother’s consent… the application was filled out IMMEDIATELY.

My top roles were Concierge, BBB hostess, Vacation Planner, Costuming, and Entertainment.

My moderate choices were Photo Pass, Merchandise, Character Attendant, and Recreation.

I finished, went downstairs and found Sean, and we both FREAKED OUT.

All the sudden, he got an email saying he got a web-based interview! And the results? HE GOT A PHONE INTERVIEW!!! He scheduled it for September 27th!

Then about 10 minutes after he finished…. I got my web based interview!! OH MY GOD. I filled it out… and it’s so funny because I’m SUCH a Disney person. I could just tell by the questions.

After completing the 25 minute interview… I GOT ACCEPTED FOR A PHONE INTERVIEW!!!!!

I made an appointment at 8:30 pm on October 1st, 2012.

Is this real life? I physically cannot comprehend that I FINALLY have my DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM PHONE INTERVIEW in 10 DAYS!!!!!!!!!

And not to mention, I’m going to WDW in 13 days for Columbus Day weekend. LIFE IS GOOD, PEOPLE.

After we applied, my friend Mark let the idea get into his head. He has to ask his Mom if he can apply... but OH MY GOD THAT WOULD BE SO FUN IF WE COULD GO TOGETHER!

So now the waiting begins. I am having the hardest time EVER deciding what role I want. I want BBB Hostess and Concierge SO BAD. I wish I could do both! They’re both perfect for me. If I get accepted as either of those, I’m so outta here.

For now I’m doing a TON of research on phone interview questions so I can be prepared! I feel like I have so much to offer Disney, so I hope I can market myself to make them realize how dedicated I am! I seriously can’t wait! This month is going to drag on like nothing else… but I am beyond excited to see the results!

Overall, it was an impulsive (yet not so impulsive) decision to apply. On top of that, it all happened so fast! Maybe it was meant to be. Only time will tell…… :) I just hope that my dreams are in the process of coming true!

Ahh looking back on that now it's funny because my friend Sean is the one who got me to apply! He was accepted for lifeguard but he unfortunately denied the offer. Thankfully Mark was able to apply (obviously) and now we are moving to Disney World TODAY.

October 1st, 2012
It’s Phone Interview Day!
First off, HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY TO EPCOT! As well as 41st Birthday to the Magic Kingdom!

This is a big day in Disney history.

And a big day in my own history!

Today is the day of my phone interview for the Disney College Program. I can’t even believe it!

I spent all weekend thoroughly examining my answers and I feel very prepared for this interview. There is still a bit of nervousness running throughout my body… but I am excited as ever to take this big step in my life!

I’m praying really hard that I will get accepted for my top two roles of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Concierge! Any extra prayers would be greatly appreciated!

The waiting period is going to be an experience, but I am ready to submit my stuff! I hope that this dream will come true!


October 1st, 2012
DCP Phone Interview - COMPLETE :)

Alright, so everyone keeps asking how the heck my interview went! For your reference and mine, I’m just going to type out the whole story. :)

Around 7:30 pm I finally finished all of my classes and meetings for the day. At that point I just put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign on my door and went into my room. I called my Mom, read over my questions/answers, went on twitter, and disboards.

I listened to some Epcot music, started saying a little prayer for my interview, and then at 8:22 pm I got a Blocked call. IT WAS TIME.

I answered the phone and I was greeted by Tiffany.

She started off by asking, “So you have worked for the Disney Company in the past, correct?”

Hahaha ummmm no, I have not. I feel like I have at this point! But I haven’t, no.

I WOULD get mistaken for a cast member. My life.

So we got more into the interview. She asked the ever famous “Why Disney?” question which I was very prepared for!

Then right away she asked about my past work experience, which really gave her a feel for what I could do. I’m glad I had a lot to include because I feel like this section helped me a great deal!

Then she asked me a bunch of general work questions.

“Do you prefer to work at a slow or a fast pace?”

“If you were overwhelmed and knew that you were unable to complete your tasks, what would you do?”

“Do you prefer working indoors or out?”

“Do you work better as an individual or a team player?”

I was all prepared for those, thanks to doing some research ahead of time. :)

Then we got into the roles. She told me to explain my top two. That was strange to me because usually they ask top three. However, I was banking on explaining my top two so this worked out well.

I started off with BBB Hostess, which went well. After that, she asked if I had been to Disney World before. I told her that I had been there about 25 times, and that was impressive to her. Then I explained my second role, Concierge.

I didn’t get any feedback from her for either of these roles. She didn’t ask me any questions about them. I don’t know whether or not to take that as a good or a bad thing.

I put interest on a lot of different roles, which I sort of regret doing. Even if you put LOW interest, you will still be considered for something. So if you really don’t want to do a certain job, PUT NO INTEREST.

She talked to me a great deal about Vacation Planner. She asked me “what do you think guests expect from a Vacation Planner?” as well as if I have dealt with sales in the past. She told me that Disney needed people for this role who were familiar with the ticketing system and had a great deal of knowledge about Disney.

She also mentioned Merchandise and said it seemed like I had a pretty good amount of experience in a setting like that. I told her that I have never worked in retail, although I have worked a cash register before.

She briefly mentioned that I put down attractions (as low interest, mind you) but didn’t ask any further questions.

She didn’t even mention costuming, photopass, or character attendant, which I believe I put as either high or moderate interests. Hmm!

So at the end of the interview, she asked if I had any questions. I asked her how she started working for Disney. She said that she started 14 years ago, and that she began at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. She worked there for 10 years and then went into casting. She said that she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else and that Disney was a great company to work for.

I told her that I wanted to work for Disney in the long run and that it has always been my passion. She said that she could tell I was very passionate and knowledgeable about Disney, so that’s a WONDERFUL sign! That’s exactly what I wanted my interviewer to notice.

Lastly, I thanked her for her time. It’s difficult for someone to get to know you over the phone and in such a short period of time, but I hope I did a decent job!

I thanked her again by name we said our goodbyes.

Phone Interview Time: 23 minutes. Solid.

And now the waiting game begins!!!! :) I have done all that I can! It is time to leave it in God (and Disney’s) hands

So about 4 days later, my Mom and I were headed down to WDW for Columbus Day weekend. You can read about that trip HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3010778).

On the very last day of our vacation and exactly ONE WEEK after my phone interview, I was accepted for my Disney College Program!

October 8th, 2012:
October 8th, 2012

I slept in until 8:30 am this morning. We had to leave today. ): It's always so sad when you have to pack up the room.

Bell services came to pick us up and they took us to Old Port Royale.

Our driver was awesome. We told him I applied for the DCP and he told my Mom, "once she moves down here, she's not coming back!" Hahaha so true. Someday I'm moving there and never leaving. How did he know!? He says he always looks forward to coming to work and his wife doesn't because she doesn't work there. It's the Disney difference!

We dropped off our bags and Miranda came to pick us up for breakfast! We were so sad it was our last day but we had such a fun trip.

We had a breakfast reservation at 1900 Park Fare to wrap up our girls trip!

We were just chatting away and then all of the sudden I felt one single vibrate on my phone.


I mean, at that point I didn't think it would actually be Disney, but I was in constant email checking mode. It was probably just my school or something, right?

So I unlocked my phone and an email flashed across the top of the screen saying "wdw.college.recruiting@dis..." and under that it said "CONGRATULATIONS!"

I SCREAMED!!! Mom and Miranda were in the middle of a conversation and I was just like, "OH MY GOD, I GOT MY ACCEPTANCE LETTER!! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

They immediately switched their focus and we all started FREAKING OUT!!

I opened he email and I was so excited that I had quite a hard time finding out where my job offer was!

I had to scroll down to the bottom and click on a link.

It was the moment of truth. I was about to find out what I had been wondering for 10 years - what role would I be placed in for my DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM?!

I clicked open the link and saw the bolded word:


I just SCREAMED, told my Mom and Miranda, and started crying. All three of us were crying!! I absolutely couldn't believe I was offered my dream job!! I have been working so hard towards a position like this my ENTIRE life and now I have the chance to perform it. ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

Not to mention, we were driving to the Grand Floridian UNDER the Magic Kingdom gates when I received my letter.

If that's not a Disney welcome, I don't know what is! The whole thing was absolutely unreal. It felt like a movie!!

I was just crying. I was SO happy! I called my Dad, Preston, Mark, Kristen, and my Nana. I just had to tell them all the news! Everyone was absolutely thrilled!!!

I was beside myself. That was probably the most magical moment of my ENTIRE life. It couldn't have happened any better!

Miranda kept saying "I bet you're going to find out on your last day here!" and I just brushed it off being like "I wish!!" I couldn't believe it actually happened!

Also, I got accepted for my program while I was IN DISNEY. My life. I wouldn't expect anything else from myself.
I went home that day knowing that I would be moving back to WDW in only a few months!

Mark got accepted for Costuming a few days later, but then he went to an audition with his friend Andrea in Columbus, Ohio. He ended up getting all the way through... and we found out soon after that he was accepted for Entertainment!

We spent the entire rest of the semester counting down and making preparations. Neither of us could even wait!!!!!

Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47248045&postcount=28)

01-20-2013, 09:44 AM
I am totally here and following along - I have been waiting forever for you to start this! Yaya! We will be there this summer - but unfortunately, it will be after you leave. :(

Super excited for you.... Now to go back and catch up! :)


01-20-2013, 09:56 AM
I can just tell this is gonna be frump-tastic! Can't wait to see what happens!

01-20-2013, 10:06 AM
I am almost as excited as you.. if that is possible:yay:

01-20-2013, 10:11 AM
I only found your trip reports last week, and I have to tell you I absolutely LOVE readiing them! I can truly feel how excited you are about every little thing at Disney! I totally understand that feeling, and when I talk about it with people at home they look at me like I have two heads half the time!! :rotfl2:

Definitely subscribing, and encouraging my kids to read your reports too!! They LOVE Disney as well...and DCP might be something they will consider in the future!!

01-20-2013, 10:30 AM
My step daughter is planning on going down the same path. She is going off to college next year. She is currently applying to schools and want so bad to work at Disney some day (we had completely forgot about DCP). I will be following your journey and reporting to her.

We are no strangers to Disney.

My niece moved to Orlando for school and worked for Disney while she attended school. Due to money issues she was not able to stay in school full time. She work for Disney, Universal and Pirates Diner Show (she was the Bride of Frankenstein at Universal's Beetlejuice Revue, the Princes at Pirates and you name it at Disney, including Peter Pan at Wishes). She convinced my daughter it was a great life! So she too moved to Orlando. My daughter worked at Disney for a couple of years. That was 12 years ago. My daughter has a family now and lives in the Orlando area. My niece moved to California and went back to school. She is now working again for Disney as a game developer. Enough back story. They both had the time of their lifes, great memories and great friends.

The Application Process
September - October 2012

The Disney College Program application process is an adventure in itself. I wrote a few tumblr posts about it, so I thought I would share them to give you all the appropriate background information.

September 21st, 2012:

Ahh looking back on that now it's funny because my friend Sean is the one who got me to apply! He was accepted for lifeguard but he unfortunately denied the offer. Thankfully Mark was able to apply (obviously) and now we are moving to Disney World TODAY.

October 1st, 2012

October 1st, 2012

So about 4 days later, my Mom and I were headed down to WDW for Columbus Day weekend. You can read about that trip HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3010778).

On the very last day of our vacation and exactly ONE WEEK after my phone interview, I was accepted for my Disney College Program!

October 8th, 2012:

I went home that day knowing that I would be moving back to WDW in only a few months!

Mark got accepted for Costuming a few days later, but then he went to a Character Performer audition with his friend Andrea in Columbus, Ohio. He ended up getting all the way through... and we found out soon after that he was accepted for Character Performer!

We spent the entire rest of the semester counting down and making preparations. Neither of us could even wait!!!!!

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01-20-2013, 10:31 AM
Jess' Pre-College Program Life
October 2012 - January 2013

The Fall 2012 semester was THE LONGEST semester of my life. Mark and I counted down every single day... starting with over 100 days to go. NOW IT'S FINALLY HERE!

We had a ton of paperwork to get situated and meetings to go to. We had homework and essays and tests to get through. Mark and Preston were in the musical Urinetown and I was on wardrobe crew. After going 5 million miles an hour... the semester FINALLY ended.

Preston spent a few days at my house before he went home to Georgia. I was getting really sad because I knew that soon we were going to have to say goodbye for much longer than just a couple weeks.

Then we had the holidays! Christmas Eve was nice. I spent it at my Nana's house and hung out with all of my little cousins.

Thankfully, on December 26th, we left for our trip to Disney! We wanted to drive my car down for the Disney College Program ahead of time, so we just made a vacation out of it! You can read about that trip HERE (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3043495).

5 days after I got back, Preston came up before school to stay with us again for a few nights before school started. We had SUCH a wonderful time together. Even though we were running lots of errands to get things situated before my DCP we were just so happy to be together.

When we went to the mall, I got my Disney Princess Build-A-Bear the day it came out. I AM SUCH A CHILD!


We also went bowling with my family and Preston got 5 STRIKES IN A ROW. If you read my YaCHt Club trip report, you will remember how much my Dad loves bowling. I think my Dad was impressed with Preston's bowling skills.


FART SHOES! But really.


We also had our own little Christmas together. Preston got me this BEAUTIFUL necklace. I wear it every day. He did such a fantastic job picking out a present. :thumbsup2


Also, Preston is letting me take his stuffed dog Muffin to Disney. He has had this dog since he was 4 or 8 (he doesn't remember) and it holds a ton of sentimental value. I couldn't believe he was actually letting me take her with me but I am BEYOND thankful. Now I have someone to cuddle with when I get sad and miss him.


For Preston's Christmas present, I got him the "I'll Be Your Mickey/I'll Be Your Minnie" shirts, Oswald ears, and I made him an Adventure Book from Up! He was THRILLED. I don't know if I'll ever be able to top that present. It was just perfect!


I took Preston up to school on January 13th and stayed up there so I could see him, my friend Josie, and my friend Matt. We went on some crazy adventures to Wegman's and just had a ton of fun being together. I was only going to spend Sunday night, but after getting some cavities filled on Monday, I went back up for another night because I didn't have anything better to do at home. :laughing:

Then on Tuesday I got lunch with my friend Vickie. We were so sad to say goodbye, but she was really happy for me to go live out my dream!

Then on Wednesday night, I went to Cheesecake Factory with Kristen, and my friends Nat and Alicia. We had a little going away dinner at our favorite place.





Then Kristen and Alicia slept over at my house that night. It was good to have one last heart to heart talk with them before I was off on my journey! Thankfully all of them are coming to visit so I will be seeing them soonish!

On Thursday I went back up to school and stayed until Saturday. On Thursday night, Josie, Matt, Preston, and I watched the Muppet Movie/played truth or dare in Matt's room. Then on Friday, Preston and Matt had their short plays at night and we all went out to dinner afterwards.

On Saturday morning, Preston and I went to get Tim Horton's bagels. After breakfast, I packed up my stuff and he walked me to my car to say goodbye. It was literally the SADDEST thing I have ever had to do. Preston and I are really close and we're not only dating but he is my best friend. We love each other and it is going to be really hard to be apart. After some tears, we said our "see you soons." He will be coming down to WDW in either 42 or 43 days... so that's comforting. It's still a long time from now, but the next time I see him I will be fully immersed in my DCP!

(Please excuse the fact that I'm crying in this picture)


I drove home and just took a nap for over 2 hours. Saying goodbye is EXHAUSTING! I woke up and we had our last family dinner until August. That is INSANE. We had steak tips, mashed potatoes, and fruit salad - my favorites! My Dad also got Jonathan a cake for his birthday (on January 26th) so we could all celebrate it together before I left.

After that my Mom and I finished packing up the rest of my stuff. I finished organizing my iTunes playlists because I had to restore my computer a few days ago. I stayed up until 4 in the morning writing this trip report!

Now it's about 11:30 am on January 20th. I'm laying in bed, listening to Disney music, and writing this entry for my trip report. I had my last batch of my Mother's DELICIOUS blueberry pancakes for the next 6 1/2 months. AHHH how sad.


I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED but it still doesn't feel real. I can't wait to get to the airport and see Mark!

Our flight is at 4:15 pm so prayers for a safe flight would be appreciated! The much anticipated adventure is beginning TODAY. I CAN'T EVEN WAIT!!!!!!!!! :wizard:

Continued in Next Post (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47251412&postcount=58)

01-20-2013, 10:35 AM
Oh wow! I read one of your reports and loved it, so I'm definitely in for this story. I can't wait to hear all about it!

tinkerbells mum
01-20-2013, 10:42 AM
Oh I am so excited for you. My DD is 12 and is already talking about doing the International College Programme with her two best friends who are totally Disney fans too. My DD and I will be back at WDW at Easter to 14 nights and we can't wait. I'm really looking forward to hearing all about your time on the CP can't wait to hear where you'll actually be xx

01-20-2013, 11:02 AM
Hey Jess,
I teach at a community college and was researching information on the dcp and found your report. I just had two of my students return from a seven month dcp tour. (One worked at casey's corner & the other at mission space)It looks to me that you 'll be a great fit for Disney.They said there were some long hours, but wouldn't trade their experinces for the world. Best of luck in your new role and take care. :wave2:

01-20-2013, 11:13 AM
Jess, I have been a lurker through all your trip reports. Just want to say Congrats on DCP! I know you will excel! I will be there at the end of February with my roommate from college ( we are proof that friendships do last!). I have the same necklace that Preston gave you. My husband (of 30 plus years) bought it for me when we were vacationing in September. Follow you dreams, girl!

01-20-2013, 11:14 AM
Joining in! :) Good luck with the move and getting settled in Florida! I know you are going to love it! You're right about the never wanting to leave part. My sister seemed ready to come home last time (she did the Fall program first and was there for the craziness of the holiday season) but once she got home she couldn't wait to go back. I know you haven't even started yet, but have you thought about extending?

Yay!!! I'm so excited to follow along with you and your DCP adventures! Good luck with everything, I hope you have a magical experience! You are living out my dream, you know! I was too scared to do this in college, even though I REALLY wanted to, and now it's probably the biggest regret of my life! I admire anyone who is that brave and can move so far away from home to live out their dreams! :cloud9: I can't wait to find out where you are working!

Ahh Jen, I am right there with you! Especially knowing how much Emma loved it now I really regret not doing it. We should both go back to college and do it together. ;)

01-20-2013, 11:27 AM
So excited to live vicariously through you!

You are such an amazing person with an awesome personality so I am excited for you because you deserve it. I can't wait to see your pics on IG!

Good luck on your trip down and hope your first week goes great!

01-20-2013, 11:32 AM

I can't wait to know where you are a concierge ! Is it possible to the Yacht Club ?

So excited !

01-20-2013, 11:33 AM
Joining in - can't wait to come along for the ride!:drive:

Sending prayers for safe travels and some pixie dust your way.pixiedust:

01-20-2013, 11:37 AM
Hi there! I am just beginning to research the DCP for my niece who is a college sophomore. We are both wondering if you can earn college credits by taking classes while participating in the DCP and if so would know which university is used? Also how does the housing work? Thanks for all of your help!! By the way, she and i have been reading your trip reports since last night and are thoroghly enjoying them! We share your love of Disney and just adore your enthusiam!!! ;)

01-20-2013, 11:45 AM
Definitely subbing into this one!! I love that you were up at 3am starting your report! Can't wait to hear what resort you get for concierge!!

01-20-2013, 11:49 AM
I'm in :) can't wait to hear about it!!!!

01-20-2013, 11:54 AM
I'm also a long time lurker but I love reading all your trip reports. They keep me sane between trips. I'm subscribing and can't wait to read about your DCP.

Congratulations! It's so exciting to see your dreams coming true!

01-20-2013, 12:03 PM
It's finally time for you to spread your wings,fly high and TAKE OVER The Walt Disney World Resort!:)

To quote and paraphrase the late,great Ronnie van Zant:

"Won't You Fly High Free Frump Yea!"

01-20-2013, 12:10 PM
Subbing in. Can't wait to read more. Best of luck on your new endeavor!

MI mom of 3
01-20-2013, 12:12 PM
How exciting for you! I just finished reading your trip report where you found out you were accepted. My son is down there right now doing the DCP! He checked in on the 7th He's in custodial in the MK. He seems to be loving it and I'm sure you will too!!

Can't wait to hear all about your adventures

01-20-2013, 12:36 PM
I am very excited to hear about your college program! I think you will be great at Disney, and I bet you will make many magical moments for guests!! I follow you on twitter, so Im excited to hear updates! Have a great time! pixiedust:

01-20-2013, 12:42 PM
Wow, already on the third page in less than 12 hours!


01-20-2013, 01:12 PM
I'm here and reading along :yay: I'll be there at the end of May and I'll definitely text you so we can meet up at some point! Sadly I leave the day Alicia and Kristen get there :(

01-20-2013, 01:17 PM
Wishing you all the best, Jess! I'll definitely be following along on Twitter and Instagram. Have a blast :cool1:

01-20-2013, 01:45 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to hear about all your adventures!!! So...does the DCP cost money? Do you take classes when there...or just add on another semester to college?

01-20-2013, 01:48 PM
Hey princess! This is basically my post to say I'm here AND that I finished up your other trip reports... I obviously loved them. YAY. I'm so very excited for you to begin your journey! And I have to say that Preston letting you take his little puppy was the sweetest thing ever. Yall have such a sweet relationship.

ALSO, please don't feel bad for not replying to comments. It can be SO time consuming, I totally get it! ANDDDD... your flight takes off in about an hour and a half I guess! WOW!!!!!!!

You know I'll be all up on twitter and instagram and all that good stuff, and I'm fairly confident that I'll be down there sometime soon to meet you in person! And thus ends this comment. HOORAY! So happy for you, Jess! :cutie:

01-20-2013, 02:16 PM
Lurker, just marking my spot.
I know You are gonna have fun! ~:)

01-20-2013, 02:27 PM
Jess it is so nice to see someone your age so focused on your goals! It's ok that you don't know exactly what you want to do. What is important is that you are achieving your dreams and having thee experience of a lifetime! I have a feeling that whatever it is you do end up setting your sights on will surely happen for you!
My DD and I will be there 4/27 to 5/3 so I'll keep my eyes open for you! I can't wait to read about where you will be working. Do you have a favorite spot you are hoping for?

01-20-2013, 02:55 PM
wooooooooooo hoooooooooooooo!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-20-2013, 03:17 PM
Hi Jess,
I'm basically a big lurker on the boards. Even though I don't post often, I feel compelled to send you best wishes!
I have read every trip report and am thrilled to follow you on this adventure.
I have twin daughters who also read every one of your reports. They also aspire to be part of the college program.
Best of luck on the newest chapter of your life. Enjoy every minute!


01-20-2013, 03:21 PM
So, so, so happy for you!!!!! :banana:

And I'm happy you're doing this TR!

01-20-2013, 03:36 PM
This is so exciting!! We will be at WL in 60 days...maybe that will be your resort!! :thumbsup2

Enjoy every minute! Can't wait to read about your adventures!!

01-20-2013, 03:45 PM
I've been a lurker on all your TRs and loved them. Just wanted to wish you luck and tell you how happy I am for you!! My next trip is in August and I'm sad I will miss you by a week! Enjoy and I can't wait to read all about your experiences!! :)

01-20-2013, 03:51 PM
Congrats on your DCP. My daughter and I are your biggest fans. We love all your trip reports, and also follow you on Twitter and instagram. My daughter hopes to do the college program. We will be coming down for a Mother/daughter's trip April 5-14, 2013 to celebrate her Sweet 16 and we will keep our eyes open for you. We can't wait to read more about your adventures.

01-20-2013, 04:15 PM
January 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Flying to Disney!

I’m writing to you directly from my flight down to DISNEY WORLD. Not only does Southwest have reasonable/direct flights to Orlando and let you check two bags for free… but they also have $5 all day wifi! WOOHOO BEST AIRLINE EVER!


This is a huge deal.

I posted on twitter this morning:
I'M MOVING TO DISNEY TODAY, I'M MOVING TO DISNEY TODAY!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for this moment my entire! AHHHHHH!!

So I already told you about my morning involving trip report writing and blueberry pancakes. Not a bad start.

After that I took a shower and got ready. Jon was heading off to his SAT class at school so I said a quick goodbye and we had one last family hug! I’m gonna miss that guy!

I decided to wear the crew neck that I bought on the January 2011 frump trip for sentimental reasons. That’s the trip that started it all and look where I’m going now!

I also had to say goodbye to my pets. I took this picture last night but Tink clearly did not want me to leave...


Bye bye, Pep. :( I love my puppy and I'm going to miss him so much!



I said goodbye to Tigger too but he was eating. So I didn't get a picture. My cat is a FRUMP.

Dad loaded up the car and then we were off to the airport! The ride there was SO fast.

I posted on twitter:
Arriving at the airport. THIS IS REAL LIFE, PEOPLE. OH MY GOD.

We checked my bags at the outside kiosk in the FREEZING cold. I couldn’t wait to get to Florida.

ALL OF MY SUITCASES WERE UNDER 50 POUNDS!!! WOOHOO!!!! I was so proud of us. My Mom and I are expert packers.

We went inside the airport and I said goodbye to my Dad. He said he is really proud of me for starting off my career even though it’s a little early! I think he’s just sad to see his little girl go. :p


We had one last hug and he was off! Then Mom and I went through security with no trouble at all. After reorganizing our lives we went down to Gate 18!


We found some seats and waited for Mark. I was starving so I just got up to go get my food. Then all of the sudden Mark and his Mom appeared! I ran over and gave him a huge hug! WE WERE MOVING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!

Mark went with me to get food and we both ordered beef on weck. I got a side of sweet potato fries too! The worker there was so funny. She called us "sugar lumps" when she brought us our food and when I asked for extra honey for my sweet potato fries, she was like “here’s some honey for the honey!” Bahaha what a frumpy way to begin.

I ate absolutely EVERYTHING that I ordered. I was starving. I think the excitement and the goodbyes were so draining that I just needed to eat.


Mark and I chatted and then all the sudden it was time to board! DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Like I said, we are flying Southwest and we were in boarding group B. Mark and his Mom sat in front of my Mom and I.

Preston called me around 4 o’clock so I got to talk to him right before we took off at 4:15 pm. He was super happy because his last short play went AWESOME. He was also freaking out for me because I AM MOVING TO DISNEY! He was so supportive and super happy for me. I’M SO SO SO EXCITED AHHHH!



After saying goodbye to Preston it was time to fly! We left the gloomy weather, flew above the clouds and saw SUNSHINE! WE ARE DISNEY BOUND!

Continued in Next Post (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47260850&postcount=105)

01-20-2013, 04:21 PM
I'm in and so excited you're on your way! I'm along for the ride! :yay: We fly Southwest too, and have never found better deals. It's great to see your deams come true in such wonderful ways. :woohoo::woohoo: Your journey just gets better and better! Imagine the hidden gems you still have yet to discover. Disney has a new adventures around every corner.:hyper: Enjoy every wonderful moment. You'll be super busy, but thanks for pixie dusting "Real Life Land" and sharing your amazing adventures!

01-20-2013, 04:30 PM
Yay! It's actually happening! I'm super excited for you, but probably nowhere near as excited as you.

01-20-2013, 04:30 PM
If its even possible, I'm just as excited as you are. I'm mostly a lurker but I've followed along with all your trip reports! How wonderful you are following your dreams. I hope the DCP is everything you've been dreaming about all these years. Please know all the hours you've devoted to writing about your trips have brought pleasure to many! Best of luck to you. Can't wait to hear all about it!!

01-20-2013, 04:38 PM
Subbing :)

01-20-2013, 04:39 PM
I am a big fan of mother/daughter trips, and we have had several. Only with us, it's now mother/daughter/grandaughters. We have written quite a few trips reports, as well. :)

I will be in WDW in March. Let me know where you are working, and I will try to come by for a DIS hello. Or you can find a group of us (possibly in Epcot) on March 23rd. Do you know Brookelizabeth here on DIS, or wigdoutdismom? They will be there then. Brook became a Disney travel agent a while back, so she doesn't have time to DIS much any more, but she is still around for meets and on FB. We can touch base closer to March.

A friend who we have known since she was about 6-7 years old just finished a CP this month. She worked arcades at CBR, Art of Animation, and Pop. She met so many new friends and had a blast. She was not Disney savvy when she went down there. It really opened her eyes to how big and diverse WDW was. She didn't know about all the resorts and activities outside the parks, so she asked what she should do and see. She had a great time, and I know you will, as well. Have fun making the magic!

I have read Brookeelizabeth's trip reports before! I loved her Disneyland one! :goodvibes I hope you guys have a great trip!
I'm glad that your friend had a good experience too! That's awesome! I bet it was fun working at those resorts!

I love reading your trip reports, I am heading to the world at the end of this month, For my first mom and daughter trip with my mom who is celebrating her 70 th birthday. who know maybe you'll be at the resort we are staying at... Well no matter, I wish you a wonderful adventure and lots of excitment along the way. Congrat's again.

I hope you guys have a wonderful trip! Where are you guys staying?

Joining in! :) Good luck with the move and getting settled in Florida! I know you are going to love it! You're right about the never wanting to leave part. My sister seemed ready to come home last time (she did the Fall program first and was there for the craziness of the holiday season) but once she got home she couldn't wait to go back. I know you haven't even started yet, but have you thought about extending?

Ahh Jen, I am right there with you! Especially knowing how much Emma loved it now I really regret not doing it. We should both go back to college and do it together. ;)

The only reason I will extend is if I get hired as a character performer. If not, I am going to go back to school and finish up college. I'm going to keep auditioning for character performer, too, and if I ever get it, I'm going back to Disney. If I don't get it, then the semester after I graduate, I am moving right back to Florida and either doing a second CP or a professional internship! :)

And haha you guys could totally do it! My friend Mark started talking to this woman from the facebook page and she's doing her CP at the age of 58! Better late than never, right!? :)


I can't wait to know where you are a concierge ! Is it possible to the Yacht Club ?

So excited !

Unfortunately it is not the YaCHt Club :( But I hope to pick up shifts there!!

Hi there! I am just beginning to research the DCP for my niece who is a college sophomore. We are both wondering if you can earn college credits by taking classes while participating in the DCP and if so would know which university is used? Also how does the housing work? Thanks for all of your help!! By the way, she and i have been reading your trip reports since last night and are thoroghly enjoying them! We share your love of Disney and just adore your enthusiam!!! ;)

Yes you can earn college credits! It depends on the school - just talk to your advisors and see how your particular school handles the situation.

I am getting a Theatre Co-Op as well as some elective credits for my program.

Also, hospitality majors oftentimes can get internship credit for the CP! It really just depends on the school.

Another option is that you can take online classes through your school while you are at Disney. You are not obligated to take Disney classes. Disney allows you to block out time for your online classes so you have time to work on them, too!

I hope that helps! And thank you so much! I'm glad you're here!

I'm in! Can't wait to hear about all your adventures!!! So...does the DCP cost money? Do you take classes when there...or just add on another semester to college?

The DCP costs $300 for a down payment, but that basically covers your first couple weeks of rent.

It is a paid internship so you are making money the whole time. Not a whole lot, but enough to get by! If you choose to live in Disney housing, they take your money right out of your paycheck for your apartment, so you never have to worry about paying rent!

It depends on the school situation as far as classes go. I am taking two Disney classes in the spring and one in the summer. I am getting a theatre co-op credit and some elective credits. It is going to set me behind a little bit, but taking classes over the summer will help me get back on track! You just have to plan it out and you can avoid getting behind.

wooooooooooo hoooooooooooooo!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the best comment. :rotfl2:

This is so exciting!! We will be at WL in 60 days...maybe that will be your resort!! :thumbsup2

Enjoy every minute! Can't wait to read about your adventures!!

Unfortunately it is not :( I would have loved to work there!! Enjoy your stay though! Thank you!

01-20-2013, 05:07 PM

01-20-2013, 05:12 PM
I am so excited for you to start your DCP! I have been keeping up with you on twitter and on here and can't wait to hear all about it! I am totally regretting not doing the DCP when I had the chance :( Good luck to you!!! I know you will do great!!! :)

01-20-2013, 05:19 PM
SO unbelievably excited for you!! :cheer2:::cool1::cool1: I can't wait to read your adventures on here, as well as twitter/instagram! Concierge is definitely my dream DCP role!

Can't wait to meet you when we're down there in July! :)

01-20-2013, 05:26 PM
I've lurked on your trip reports for the past few months with just a couple of comments here or there. I'm really excited to read about your experience with the DCP! It's something I always wanted to do but unfortunately I was unable to make it work. I hope you have a magical time!!!

01-20-2013, 05:31 PM
This is great! I love it when people turn their dreams into reality, especially when it involves education!! I am a teacher so I would advocate the college program to many of my high school students who will be college students one day! Nothing prepares you for the real world like...well...the REAL WORLD. Good for you!

I also sell Disney Travel, so, like you, am able to do a DREAM job that keeps me thinking DISNEY all year!

I can't wait to hear about your CL assignment!! I have stayed in a few, Sugarloaf being one, and have a trip planned in September for...get ready....


One of the CL CM's at GF (good grief!! say that 10 times!!) says that, honestly, as far as CL goes, it's the GF and the YC all the way so we are booking on his advice to compare the two!!

There is NOTHING like CL.

I had a friend staying CL in a separate room. She was running a race and wanted a Minnie themed costume. She had white running shoes. She asked the concierge CM where she might be able to go off property to buy some yellow duct tape to "make" Minnie themed shoes...(this was in Sugarloaf)

low and behold....

some time later, an ENGINEER knocked on her door with YELLOW DUCT TAPE and MADE her Minnie shoes FOR HER!!!!! (From her white ones, of course!)

The engineer said it was actually one of her more interesting challenges!!! :rotfl2:


01-20-2013, 05:31 PM
subbing!:goodvibes been a long time follower of ur reports and ur twitter :thumbsup2 Hope you have an amazing adventure and looking forward to reading :)

01-20-2013, 05:35 PM
I'm so excited for you Jess! I can't wait to follow your adventures here and on Twitter (I'm MrsY21). You are living my dream!

01-20-2013, 05:46 PM
I can't wait to read along and hear about this awesome journey you are about to embark.
I'm so excited for you Jess! I know you are gonna be a fabulous cast member. You are meant to do this & I hope all you hope for comes true in the coming months!
I'll admit I teared up reading your posts today!
I've been telling my 15 year old son about DCP and I think it's becoming a possibility in his mind for later. *fingers crossed*
Good Luck!:thumbsup2

01-20-2013, 05:58 PM

I am very excited to follow along because I am DYING to do the DCP when I’m in college. so reading about your experiences is going to be great!

Good luck with everything Jess, and I can’t wait for more! :goodvibes

01-20-2013, 06:00 PM

01-20-2013, 06:09 PM
Coming out of hiding to say how excited I am for you! I haven't been able to comment on your recent reports as much as I'd like but I have read and followed along with every one! You are absolutely the most perfect person to be a cast member. WDW is going to be forever changed for you and they are lucky to have you. :)

Have an amazing time! :goodvibes

01-20-2013, 06:14 PM
Subbing! I am so excited for you!!! :hyper:

01-20-2013, 06:36 PM
I am so excited for you! I cant wait to hear where you will be working. I have a trip planned for Feb 24- Mar 5 so it would be great to stop by and say hi! BTW- where do you get all your Disney music??

01-20-2013, 06:44 PM
your life is so exciting. and wow you were so super busy leading up to this moment.
i love you cat!! she just looks very sweet.
and your mom looks so extremely proud in the pic of you two at the airport. that is just fabulous.
Prestons plushie puppy is adorable! he will add some cozy sweetness to your room at DCP.
i bet your mom (and your whole family) absolutely love these trip reports. Does your mom read them without commenting or does she comment and i just don't know what name she uses on DIS? If she likes staying annonymous, i understand.

Im happy that Mark is a character! Im excited to hear about what that is like too. Concierge and Character are some amazing jobs.

Be happy and have tons of fun.

01-20-2013, 07:35 PM
I am so so so so excited for you Jess!! It is going to be so much fun for all of us with "regular" "boring" jobs to follow along on your adventure! :cool1: I really enjoyed your introductory posts. I was actually glad to read that you won't be responding to everyone's individual posts so you can spend more time on updates - Great plan! :goodvibes I will be following your posts on twitter for sure. Best wishes & have an amazing time. I can't wait for more.

01-20-2013, 07:57 PM
Yay!!! Such an exciting day!! You are going to have such a wonderful time in Disney! I was at a party today and spent the whole time chatting with a girl who had just finished her DCP in August and she said it was amazing and can't wait to get back!! I'm excited to follow along with your experience and live vicariously thru you :cool1: Maybe we will see you in May!! :goodvibes

01-20-2013, 08:05 PM
OMg Congrats Girl!!!,you'll have to say what building you get My friend Courtney is there doing her DCP right now too and shes at Chatham.I'm going down in May to see her and some of my other disney friends.If i know where u are by then I'll come say hi too :D

01-20-2013, 08:22 PM
So excited for you. Can't wait to hear all about it. Your going to be great.

01-20-2013, 08:30 PM
Hi Jess

Have lurked on many of your reports. Joiing in for this one!! I have 2 little girls and 1 or both WILL DO the DCP!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

01-20-2013, 08:32 PM
Subscribing and following you on twitter. I can't wait to read all about your adventures working at Disney.

01-20-2013, 08:58 PM
Can't wait to read more! I am in great anticipation to find out what resort your placement will be! I will be at the Pop Century for one night on Jan. 30th before my Disney Dream cruise! Maybe you will be there? Enjoy every moment of it! Yippeeeeee!

01-20-2013, 09:35 PM
Wishing you all the best as you start this exciting chapter of your lifepixiedust: thank you for sharing with us! Subscribing because A) I enjoy following your trip reports because you have a fun writing style and are full of good information and B) I always wanted to do the CP but when I was in college they only took hospitality/restaurant management people or you could audition for performance :( so... Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures! And who knows maybe when I retire from teaching I can convince the DH to move to FL and work for Disney! ;)

01-20-2013, 10:14 PM
All I can say is "WOW" ! :wizard:

You are totally living the Disney Dream for all us fanatics !
I keep getting choked up reading about this amazing experience, that you are about to venture on.

I wish you all the best, in the experience of a LIFETIME !

Thank you so much for allowing us to go along on this Disney adventure, I cannot wait to hear all about your Disney life ! :thumbsup2

And, I am also following along on Instagram, so keep those pics coming ! :goodvibes

michael's mom
01-20-2013, 10:24 PM
Congratulations Jess! I'm so happy for you that today has finally come. I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures.

Wishing you the very best of luck!pixiedust:

01-20-2013, 10:35 PM
I saw you post the link for this on Twitter earlier and just now got a chance to catch up.

Cant wait to hear about all your DCP journeys!

01-20-2013, 11:19 PM
:cool1: I'm In I always read all of your Tr and I will be there for the experience of your life

01-20-2013, 11:47 PM
I'm super excited to hear about your adventures. I think all of your readers, like me, who regret not having done the college program ourselves are so looking forward to living it vicariously through your DCP! Best of luck with everything :)

01-21-2013, 12:04 AM
JESS! Can't believe it is really happening- all your hard work, dedication, and dreaming is paying off!! So proud and excited for you! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us- YAY! I will be thinking about you and hoping everything goes well and that you enjoy every minute! Wishing you all the best!!!:wave2:

01-21-2013, 04:56 AM
Eeee! Its really happening for you! I can just tell that this is going to be the start of something amazing for you. Good luck and I can't wait to hear more.

01-21-2013, 05:49 AM
So exciting!!!! :goodvibes Thank you for sharing your journey with us Jess..cant wait to read on..enjoy this time in your life :goodvibes

01-21-2013, 05:57 AM
I'm so excited that you're going to have this TR up and running so I can get those background stories behind all the Twitter and Instagram updates! I think it's a brilliant idea to forego replying to comments. It really does take up a ton of time, and I'd rather you spend that 15-60 mins writing updates about all of your adventures! I'm so happy for you that the people you love will be making visits to see you while you're away. It'll be nice that they're coming a little bit later on in your DCP so that you can spend this time adjusting to your new life before sharing all the new things you've learned with them! I have to say though that I'm already sad in anticipation of the update about saying goodbye to your mom!

01-21-2013, 06:07 AM
We are here now....I will be on the look out for you if you get to get out and "play!" I cannot wait to follow along! Have you found out which resort they gave you?

01-21-2013, 07:32 AM
I have read ALL of your trip reports...they are wonderful! I am so very happy for you! Wishing you a great experience and I look forward to going on this journey with you....Enjoy the warm weather!

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01-21-2013, 07:59 AM
Good luck with this awesome new chapter in your life! I'm excited to follow along....and possibly meet you in the spring if we actually end up going. Have a fantastic time!

Grumpy's Wife
01-21-2013, 09:25 AM
Good luck Jess! You are making memories that you will have with you for a life time. What an awesome experience this is.

01-21-2013, 09:50 AM
Good luck with the start of your program! It sounds like this is really a dream come true for you. I can't wait to follow along!

01-21-2013, 10:12 AM
This is so exciting, Jess! :goodvibes I can't wait to hear what resort you will be working in.

We check in AKL ~ Kidani on February 3rd... so hopefully we can meet up at some point during the week that we are there! :thumbsup2

01-21-2013, 10:14 AM
SO happy for you!! :goodvibes Hope you get AKL- we'll see you in May if you do! :)

01-21-2013, 10:27 AM
So excited for you!! I have followed your other trip reports and I'm so happy you are doing a report about your upcoming adventures with DCP!!!!

Thanks for sharing your adventure with this...I will definitely be following along!

01-21-2013, 10:34 AM
Best of luck to you

RI Disney Star
01-21-2013, 12:20 PM
January 20th, 2013


Hi Jess. :wave:

Congratulations and Good Luck. What an exciting adventure you are embarking on.

I love your cat. Looks like she wants to stow away in your suitcase and go with you.

Have a great time!

01-21-2013, 12:37 PM
January 20th, 2013 (Part 2) – I’M HOME! FOR REAL THIS TIME!

The flight was really smooth and we all agreed that it went by super fast! I utilized that free wifi and before I knew it we were making our descent!

The entire flight the sky was absolutely GORGEOUS. By the time we were landing there was a sunset!


We arrived in Orlando about 15 minutes early! I WAS HOME AND IT SMELLED SO GOOD!

We walked right over to the FAKEORAIL!!!!


We left the plane and went to baggage claim! Our bags took quite a while to get to us, but after about 15-20 minutes of waiting, all of our suitcases were accounted for! WOOHOO!

From there we split up! Mark and his Mom took the Magical Express to Coronado.


Mom and I took a little shuttle to long-term parking. Mom found Brooke, we loaded her up, and we made our way to DISNEY WORLD!

We were soon approaching THESE PURPLE SIGNS. And finally I come here with the comfort knowing that I DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE ANY TIME SOON. Life is just too good.


We drove right to Coronado Springs. Mark and his Mom only beat us there by a little bit, and once they were done checking in they went to their room. They were in Cabanas 9B!



I walked into the Coronado Springs lobby and I just got tears in my eyes. It's SO BEAUTIFUL THERE. It was such an emotional moment for me. I was hit with a wave of excitement and disbelief and OH MY GOD DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY!!!!!!




The line at check-in was very long because the Magical Express just arrived. However, they filed us through and we got our room information.


We were placed in Casitas 5! WOOHOO I LOVE CASITAS!!!!

From there we drove over to Cabanas and we met up with Mark and his Mom at Bus Stop 4 so we could go to dinner!

The Downtown Disney bus picked us up and dropped us off at the Marketplace! We went right to Wolfgang Puck for dinner! It was food time!


We ordered and got a nice half table/half booth. It wasn’t very crowded which was SUCH a relief. Usually when I’m in there it’s packed!

I ordered the 4-cheese pesto pizza, which is one of my Wolfgang Puck FAVORITES. It was just as good as I remembered and I was so happy to be reunited.


Mark ordered the Mac and Cheese which is my other WPE favorite. He let me have a bite and I was SO HAPPY. I need to make sure I go back to get that again. YUM. He inhaled it so he definitely loved it!


Mark also got some Cheesecake that he LOVED. He said it was really good.


My Mom got the butternut squash soup, which is what she always gets at WPE. As well as a beet salad!



Mark’s Mom got a salad and a brownie.

Miranda texted me and told me to come visit her. She was working over in Apricot Lane over at Downtown Disney! It was open till 11 pm so we had 45 minutes to visit with her! We got all caught up and looked around the store. I had never been in there before and it was really cute!

We talked to Miranda about our CP’s, her jobs, our school, and lots of other stuff. YAY FOR US ALL LIVING IN FLORIDA!

We stayed until store closing and then it was time to leave! I’m so glad we were able to see her on our first night. It was so fun!

Downtown Disney West Side is so unfamiliar to me, so we had to find the bus stops. Once we did, we headed back to Coronado.

I sent my Dad the link to this trip report so he could read it if he ever has time and he sent me the most beautiful email back. I am going to save this forever so that's why I'm going to include it in here. (this is like a diary, remember? ;)) I can't believe how lucky I am to have such a supportive and loving Dad. I'm so glad he's so happy for me!


We said good night to Mark and his Mom. Then Mom and I drove over to Casitas! We were on the 4th floor and we have a BEAUTIFUL view. I can’t wait to see it in the daylight.

Our room is so incredibly gorgeous. It is so spacious and decorated so beautifully.




LOVE IT! There are so many hidden mickeys in this room!


Towel Mickey!


I took some pictures, changed into my pajamas, and watched STACEY! Welcome back into my life!




I wrote this update and then it was time for bed!

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01-21-2013, 12:44 PM
Yeah! The suspense is killing me so I can't imagine what it is doing to you! DO you have a hotel wish list to be assigned to?:lovestruc

01-21-2013, 01:03 PM
Yay for arriving safely! Good luck with check-in tomorrow. It's probably going to be a long, but exciting day. My sister Emma is off having fun at the parks today before she starts her training tomorrow. This time next week that'll be you. :)

01-21-2013, 01:26 PM
That email from your dad was gorgeous! I got teary.

01-21-2013, 01:49 PM
OMG! Can't wait to read all of your updates!

01-21-2013, 02:02 PM
Oh My Goodness you must be so excited! I am so excited for you! I read the email from your dad and got a little emotional, what a great family you have! My daughter is going to France and Italy with school over spring break and I am so excited that she has this opportunity! I feel like your second mom wishing that you have a truly magical time while you are there! By the way I am from up north near your home town and we have gotten about 12 inches of snow today!!!!:lmao: Good time to be in Disney! I think that is why I have planned our last two trips in early Feb, so we can escape the cold!!!:earboy2:

01-21-2013, 02:18 PM
OMG Jess! :goodvibes I am so excited for you and I CAN"T WAIT to read all about your experience. I have been following on Instagram and your Coronado pics are awesome. I want to stay there now! SO, where are you going to be concierge at?? Any ideas? -Amanda

tinkerbells mum
01-21-2013, 02:34 PM
Glad you had a good flight there. Coronado looks lovely looking forward to seeing the view. I can't wait to hear which hotel you'll be working at. I loved the email from your dad xx

01-21-2013, 02:38 PM
what a magical first night- a beautiful resort, yummy dinner, good friends & family- everything you need!

Your dad's sweet email made me cry! You have wonderful parents, and they have raised you right! :) I am also fortunate enough to have awesome, supportive parents but I have learned that most people are not so lucky.

Can't wait to here more as your program progresses!! Good luck tomorrow!!

01-21-2013, 02:49 PM
An update already?! pixiedust: YAY!

Wow I can't even imagine that feeling of "I'm here and I don't have to leave!" AHH!

That message from your dad is really something to treasure. What a sweet father. You are so blessed!

I just continue to be so so so so so SO happy for you and I can't wait to see what the future brings :D I also think I'm pretty solid on the time I want to come down there but we will talk about it when you are all settled in and have time! EEEE!!!!!

p.s. I would just like to reiterate my previous comment of WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

01-21-2013, 02:56 PM
Loving the updates . . . you are going to have such a wonderful time. Love the email your dad sent back. I must say I got a little teary eyed. You can feel how proud he is of you. Just wonderful. Keep smiling.

01-21-2013, 02:58 PM
Your dads email made me tear up! It was so sweet! Nothing beats a fathers love and support! Loving you adventures so far, can't wait to hear what resort you get!

01-21-2013, 03:04 PM
I just wanted to comment on your comment that you aren't going to comment when a reader makes a comment and comment that this no comment on a comment plan is genius and if you don't comment on this comment about you no longer making a comment to every comment,I want to comment that I will totally understand why you cannot comment on this comment.;):)

01-21-2013, 03:24 PM
I just wanted to comment on your comment that you aren't going to comment when a reader makes a comment and comment that this no comment on a comment plan is genius and if you don't comment on this comment about you no longer making a comment to every comment,I want to comment that I will totally understand why you cannot comment on this comment.;):)


Princess Marsha
01-21-2013, 03:45 PM
I am a lurker on all of the Frump trip reports and love reading about all of your Frump Adventures. I also follow you on Twitter and Instagram. I am MarshaLynn24 on Twitter and was the one who let you know how long the holiday sandwich was at Earl of Sandwich for. I cried reading your email from your Dad, I wish I had things like that to remember my Dad by. I am trying to get a trip planed for June, maybe I will get to meet you. Good luck and enjoy your time here in Florida and make a lot of magical memories. :cheer2:

01-21-2013, 03:54 PM
Ahhhh this is all so exciting! I really need to try Wolfgang Puck Express, it looks so goood :love:
Can't wait to hear what hotel you're placed at! asdfghjkl I'm seriously so exctied for you! Good luck!:thumbsup2 :goodvibes

01-21-2013, 04:43 PM
So joining in. Can't wait to read all about your adventures

01-21-2013, 04:59 PM
The college program sounds so fun! Enjoy the fantastic experience.

Coronado is gorgeous. Last time we stayed there we kept seeing a baby gator in the lake. DS8 loved it but me not so much!

Btw, we share the same fave pizza. That's one of my must haves along with a creme brûlée for dessert. WPE is awesome!

01-21-2013, 06:23 PM
Hi! Ahhhh! I'm so excited to follow along with your DCP trip report, I just started following your trip reports about 6 months ago and I'm trying to catch up on them. :surfweb: slowly but surely. Anyway I'm so excited to follow this one because I'm a college freshmen and stongly considering doing DCP if I can manage (my major makes it hard).

I started following your on twitter and instagram (I'm Judy_Judy94, just so you know i'm not a creeper). I can't wait to hear more. Thanks for sharing. :)

01-21-2013, 06:24 PM
P.S. I hope you have an awesome time.

01-21-2013, 06:39 PM

I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your college program experience. I have read all your TR's and have totally enjoyed them but this is really going to be something different and special. It's going to give so much more insight into Disney.
I fell in love with Disney on my first trip back in 1976 for the Bicentennial when I was 13 and have loved it ever since. I am hoping to make a quick trip down in the Fall since I turn 50 this year. I am a huge Belle fan and really want to eat in Be Our Guest.
I envy you your experience. I only wish I had known about the DCP when I was your age. No computers or DISboards back then:goodvibes
Good luck and enjoy your wonderful experience!!!!

01-21-2013, 07:22 PM
So excited to follow along, thanks for sharing! You are going to be great. We are staying at Kidani in March, would love to see you working at AKL!

01-21-2013, 07:27 PM
I love reading your updates!!! AHHH I am so jealous of your life right now!!!!! Can't wait to hear more.

Bear and Honey
01-21-2013, 07:41 PM
I'm so excited for you. Good Luck and thank you for sharing.

01-21-2013, 08:17 PM
So excited to follow along!!! I hope you have the best time ever!

01-21-2013, 08:51 PM
I am so happy for you! I can't wait to read about this and I'll be down there in march so I hope to see you :)

01-21-2013, 08:57 PM
Excited to read all about your college program!! Have the time of your life!

01-21-2013, 09:49 PM
Eeeeeeek!!!!! I am so excited for you!!! I'm new to DISboards and just stumbled across your TR and fell in love!! I feel like I've known you forever!! The letter from your dad was sooooo sweet! I will be living vicariously through you for the next 6 months (or longer ;)). It's truly awesome that so many of your dreams are coming true at such a young age! You are truly blessed! Good luck & Best Wishes ;)

01-21-2013, 09:59 PM
Oh that email from your dad. Words can't describe how precious that is.

I love the idea of a live TR! Can't wait to read all about it!

01-21-2013, 10:05 PM
I have followed your last two trip reports. I signed up on the DIS while I was planning my last trip in 2011 but have hardly posted. I hate the term "lurker" and certainly don't want to BE one, so I just wanted to say hi. I am super excited for you and also a little (a lot) jealous! My absolute love of all things Disney (but especially Disney World) came later in life for me in 2009 when we took our "once in a lifetime" trip - and immediately began planning our next one. Can't wait to follow along!

01-21-2013, 10:13 PM
I am so excited for you!!!!

My husband and I were long distance from the very beginning of our relationship for about 4 years. If you need any advice, ask! in December, we will have been together or 10 years! You and Preston seem really made for each other, so I know there's no worries! :) I was loling at the stuffed dog he gave you because when my hubby (then bf) gave me his Falcons jersey to keep, I knew it was serious!! :lmao:

Have a great time and I can't wait for all the updates!!

01-21-2013, 10:21 PM
January 21st, 2013 (Part 1)  The Day of the Fruit Salad

Today I woke up WHENEVER THE HECK I WANTED TO because it was a relaxing day. Tomorrow is check-in for the DCP so we took this day to just hang out and be well rested.

My first twitter thoughts when waking up this morning:

You better believe it.

I woke up around 9-9:15 am, got ready, and then Mom and I headed to El Centro.





I posted on twitter:




We got to El Centro and met up with Mark and his Mom. Marks Mom is going home today because she has to go back to work tomorrow.

Mom and I had to take care of some complications at the front desk.

Long story short, we booked tonight with DVC points and paid the rest of the nights out of pocket. When you use points you have to stay in specific rooms, so my Mom had to make a room switch. Thankfully we were in the same building and exactly TWO FLOORS below our old room. Same ending digits and everything!

They would text us when our room was ready!

When Mark and his Mom were waiting for us, Mark discovered a hidden mickey in the lighting! You cant really see it in person, but when you take a picture its very obvious!


Mark and his Mom brought their luggage over to bell services so they could hold it. Then we went to Pepper Market for lunch!


I LOVE this quick service. I just feel like there are so many options and the theming is so bright!

I ordered a turkey sandwich on a croissant for my lunch. It was SO FRESH. It's amazing how many healthy Disney food options you can find across property!


My Mom, Marks Mom, and Mark all got a bowl of clam chowder. It was the soup of the day!


Mark got a fresh fruit SAAALAD.


He also got a Ham and Cheese croissant!


After that Mom went back to the room to pack up. Mark, his Mom, and I went to go get their bags. Then we met up with Mom and went to our new room!

Once we moved down we realized we FORGOT THE FRUIT SALAD IN THE FRIDGE!!!! (my Mom brought it from home as a little snack.) So I had to RUN up there to get it!

All we could think about was if new guests checked in and they discovered the ol fruit salad in their fridge. They would just be like WOW DISNEY THINKS OF EVERYTHING!! FREE FRUIT SALAD!!!!

Thank God I saved them from that confusion.

We hung out in the room for a while and the Moms just chatted away. So I posted my update from last night!

Then we decided we wanted to take a walk around Coronado and enjoy the weather! There was a winter weather advisory at home so THANK GOD FOR FLORIDA.



We walked from Casitas to Ranchos to Cabanas on our little journey!





I love how Coronado has the lake in the center that really connects everything. Its not a far walk to get to El Centro from anywhere, really! It maybe takes like 5-10 minutes from Ranchos. Plus its just SO BEAUTIFUL. Its so worth walking around anyway.





More pictures because I JUST CANT GET ENOUGH.






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01-21-2013, 10:31 PM
I just subscribed! Yay for your DCP - I'm so excited for you! I'm sure you're going to have a delightful experience :) I'm looking forward to hearing which resort you wind up at and really just everything!

01-21-2013, 10:56 PM
January 21st, 2013 (Part 2)  THIS RESORT IS BEAUTIFUL.

Coronado is definitely in the running for the most aesthetically pleasing resort.







I love this place.




The flowers here are SO gorgeous, too!




We circled all the way around and approached El Centro again.




Mom went to Café Rix to get a latte and I remembered THEY HAVE GELATO! So I got strawberry cheesecake, Mark got strawberry, and Mom got vanilla bean.




We found a little table by the water to sit at. We relaxed, our Moms chatted, and we ate our gelato. It was nice and peaceful for a long time.

Then the blue shirt convention let out and they started taking over!


We sat there for a LONG time. Our Moms love to talk. Mark played Wheres My Perry and I posted all of my new instagram photos.

Then Mark and I went to PanCHItos!




What a bunch of Goofs.


I asked if they had a pin book in that gift shop. They didnt have a book but they had a PIÑ-ata. AHH I LOVE PIN PUNS!

Between the CM, the PIÑ-ata, and the Concierge desk, I got a REALLY good assortment of pins! I was very pleased! And the funny thing is that they all have the same color schemes!




We went back to our little table, and around 4 we went back up to the room. Mark said goodbye to his Mom and my Mom drove her to the airport. The Magical Express was going to take her but they only had a bus at 2 pm for her 7 pm flight! No sense wasting Disney time! Thankfully my Mom was kind enough to drive her.

Mark and I stayed behind at the resort. I looked up flight information for Prestons flight! Then Mark and I decided that we wanted to eat at Grand Floridian Café for dinner! However the new reservation system was not working for me.

So we went down to the hammocks and took a seat. I called WDW Dining and made an ADR for 6:50 pm!


Once I got off the phone I decided I wanted to lay down on the hammock. So we both got on. Then I climbed on the hammock first and I FELL OFF RIGHT INTO THE SAND. I am SUCH a frump!!!

So then we had Mark climb on first and I joined him after. Then we laid there and relaxed for a minute&



And then THE BUSHES STARTED RUSTLING!!! So we freaked out and fell off of the hammock AGAIN!!! I am convinced it was a killer squirrel!!!!!

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01-21-2013, 10:59 PM
January 21st, 2013 (Part 3) - GLORIA THE MOUSEKEEPER

Then we decided to take a little walk over to some different hammocks that would be safer. We made our way to the Cabanas section.



We had been trying to get ahold of our friends from school all day and FINALLY Preston answered our FaceTime call! So we talked to him and our friend Matt.


My Mom texted us saying that she was back so we said goodbye to everyone. We got back to Casitas and then drove to Grand Floridian Café!

It was Mark's first time ever going to the Grand Floridian! He has actually only been to Disney twice: once when he was 7 and this past May. So a lot of this stuff is going to be new to him!

We checked in at the restaurant and there was barely anyone there! We were seated in the back room and our waitress' name was Debra from Orlando. We told her we were moving here for our DCPs. She said if we ever needed anything just let her know! What a sweetheart.


I was absolutely STARVING. We started off with sourdough and currant multigrain bread. I tried the multigrain one and it was so soft and SO GOOD.


I got the Grand Floridian Burger for my meal. I don't order burgers a lot but like... hello! THIS ONE HAS LOBSTER ON IT. It had such great flavor.


Mark got the Orecchiette Pasta. He LOVED it and ate the entire portion. He kept saying we should go back so I can get it next time!


Mom got the sustainable fish of the day. I don't know what kind of fish it was but it was a white fish. She said it was great!


For dessert I got the fondue! I have been craving it since the last time I got it at Grand Floridian Cafe when I was 13. It was just as good as I expected and remembered! Everything was fresh!


Mom and Mark both got the lemon cheesecake, which they LOVED. We made some awesome choices tonight!


As we left, I posted on twitter:

We headed back to the car. We kept talking about how we needed to psych ourselves into thinking it was much later than it was because we have to get up for check-in at 3:30 am tomorrow!

Pretty much our conversation went as follows:


I told you this would get frumpy.

So we got back to the room and watched Stacey. Then we watched Duffy's bedtime stories, which were supposed to make us tired, but they definitely woke us up! They played the one that was the actual story of Duffy and it was SO CUTE.

Then Preston called and we decided on his flights so I could give him the information!! He's going to book them soon I think! Seriously, you guys don't know how relieved I am going to be when we finally get his trip situated!!!

So then I typed up my trip report entry for tonight. Then safari froze and I lost the update. So I retyped THE WHOLE THING. And I have to get up at 3:30 am tomorrow morning so byeeeeeeeee! (:

Good night to one and all. Pray that check-in goes smoothly! This time tomorrow I will be moved into my DCP APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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michael's mom
01-21-2013, 11:28 PM
How do you have the attention to post 3 updates...and you're getting up in 3 hours for your check-in? True Disney commando!

Can't wait to hear where you'll be working. I hope tomorrow is more magical than you could possibly imagine!

Oh...and I was attacked by a killer bird in Disney (just like your squirrel) so have no shame...I would have fallen out of the hammock too!

01-22-2013, 12:17 AM
Jess! First of all, I apologize for falling so behind on your reports. I've been spending a lot less time on this site, but your reports are still awesome! It's so exciting seeing those gorgeous pics of CSR - I stayed there for the first time last month and thought it was really beautiful (with my favorite 'detail' being the pineapple fountains). :goodvibes

Good luck with your DCP experience! I'll definitely be following along (even if I don't get to comment a lot) :)

By the way, I last had that Grand Floridian Cafe fondue over 2 years ago, and I've been craving it ever since. :laughing: Your entire meal there looks amazing!

tinkerbells mum
01-22-2013, 01:13 AM
Great update. The resort photos are amazing, it sounds like you've had a brilliant day. I'm so excited for you to move to your DCP apartment and find out where you'll be working, can't wait to "tune in" for the next update xx

01-22-2013, 06:21 AM
LOVED all of the updates!!!

We are just so excited for you, and can't wait to hear which resort you get to report to!!!

D~ <--- My dds are following you on Instagram - so, by "we", I mean the three of us. :)

01-22-2013, 06:28 AM
I love Duffy, but I have a two year old...who am I kidding, that story is so cute of how Mickey got Duffy! I hope today is full of magic! Wishing you the perfect resort to work in and fabulous roommates!

When I grow up I want to stay at the GF too! In the meantime I may just have to check out CSR as we've never stayed there!

01-22-2013, 07:03 AM
Great photos of Coronado Springs. I have never stayed there, and the only time I really ever saw it was on a bus. I might have to go visit sometime because it does look really pretty.

01-22-2013, 07:53 AM
Great updates Jess!! You have sold me on Coronado..I like Port Orleans as a moderate but we might just have to give this place a try..
By the way just started following you on instagram..great pics!!
Good luck today!!

01-22-2013, 08:38 AM
Your resort pics are gorgeous.

Good luck with move in day!!!

01-22-2013, 08:41 AM
Hi Jess! Long time lurker of your trip reports and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Finally posting because I cannot get over how similar your story is to mine. I was a long-time Disney fanatic and finally decided to apply for the program my senior year of college. I was hired for front desk at the Y&B club during Fall Advantage ‘06. My boyfriend and I were together for about as long as you and Preston when I left for Disney. It was so hard being separated but he visited a few times which made everything easier. Since my program ended we’ve returned annually, got engaged at the GF on my birthday and married at Disney a year later. Now we’re DVC owners! :goodvibes

Be sure to enjoy every second of your program. It will be hard work but you’ll meet some great friends and have some incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences you’ll never forget.

While I decided not to stay at Disney (I was pretty homesick by the time my program ended) it really set me up on a nice career path. My current boss was more impressed with my Disney internship than anything else on my resume.

Have a magical time! :thumbsup2

01-22-2013, 08:53 AM
Hi Jess

So happy everything is ok for you !

Do you think it's possible to grab some french maps parks ? Could you send me them or scan ?

Thank you very much :wave2:

01-22-2013, 09:19 AM
I think Coronado is one of the most beautiful resorts. I really want to stay there one day!

I LOVE your panoramic shots of the resort. They are so pretty!

Your Alice shirt is awesome. Did you get it at Forever 21?

THEY HAVE GELATO?! Why didn’t I know this?

That Friendship boat pin is the best thing ever.

EEEEE I love your tweets and pictures and I am just so incredibly happy for you!!!! I hope check in goes well!

01-22-2013, 10:22 AM
You took some great resort photos! We have visited there a few times to eat. The Pepper Market is a hidden gem, I think!

Okay, that burger looks delicious! I might have to try it.

Good luck today! :wave2:

01-22-2013, 10:48 AM
So excited for you we r going in September just my husband and I for our ten year anniv. And we are taking lots of ur dinning reviews grandfloridan cafe is on the list food looked great. Can,t wait to see where u get placed good luck!

01-22-2013, 11:50 AM
Jess I am normally a lurker on your "frump" reports - I find them seriously GREAT reading and I am super excited you are doing the DCP.. I just wanted to say that the note from your Dad is awesome - made me cry at my desk here at work.. You are an amazing young lady and have a wonderful family (and friends) Thank you for sharing them with us, Michelle :thumbsup2

01-22-2013, 12:36 PM
Hello! Long time lurker, first time actually commenting! I just wanted to send you my best wishes in your new adventure with the DCP. :goodvibes

My DH and I had our first baby in October and we can't WAIT to get her to Disney...you've gotta start them early!:rotfl:

Take care and all the best! I'll be lurking along with your DCP adventures!:thumbsup2

01-22-2013, 02:26 PM
Can't wait to hear more about your journey.

01-22-2013, 03:08 PM
Congrats on your program! I pretty much did the same thing as you last year (Spring Adv. 2012)! It's such a great opportunity. A word to the wise...make sure you don't spend ALL your money you make in the parks. You still need to buy food for your apartment! (says the one that lived on easy mac for pretty much all of last February because of the CM holiday discounts...oops lol) Have a fantastic time! pixiedust:

01-22-2013, 03:48 PM
We are staying at POR this year but my DD8 already told me that next year it's Coronado Springs!

01-22-2013, 04:22 PM

So glad I found this and I am so HAPPY for you. I followed along from lurkdom mostly on that Yacht Club TR a few years ago. It was great. I just booked our August trip at the Yacht Club and was thinking I have to go find that Frumpy Bathrobe something or other TR where the girls were dancing and singing in bathrobes and low and behold I saw this.

I don't you at all, but I know this is so perfect for you, enjoy every moment and make a zillion magical memories! And when you have a few minutes, come share them with us!!!

01-22-2013, 05:12 PM
Would love to have one of my boys do the DCP someday! Can't wait to hear more :thumbsup2

01-22-2013, 05:16 PM
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.

That's going on your tombstone. I also recommend getting it tattooed.

P.s. I love that you are keeping up with the updates despite all the chaos of MOVING TO DISNEY. You're nothing if not diligent, my friend!

01-22-2013, 05:43 PM
Luvin your updates. Luv all the pics and the food hmmm. I need Disney food

01-22-2013, 08:11 PM
I am so excited for you! I hope we can meet sometime while we are both on our CPs. I hope check in went well!

01-22-2013, 08:12 PM
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.

That's going on your tombstone. I also recommend getting it tattooed.

P.s. I love that you are keeping up with the updates despite all the chaos of MOVING TO DISNEY. You're nothing if not diligent, my friend!

I am now going to do BOTH of these things. I wish I were as diligent as she...

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01-22-2013, 09:23 PM
Jess! I'm so excited for your DCP, it's going to be the most awesome experience of your life!! I can't wait to hear all about it!

01-22-2013, 09:43 PM
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.
I told you this would get frumpy.

That's going on your tombstone. I also recommend getting it tattooed.

P.s. I love that you are keeping up with the updates despite all the chaos of MOVING TO DISNEY. You're nothing if not diligent, my friend!

I also think the tag fairy around here should hook this up! :rotfl:

01-22-2013, 10:58 PM
I am totally here and following along - I have been waiting forever for you to start this! Yaya! We will be there this summer - but unfortunately, it will be after you leave. :(

Super excited for you.... Now to go back and catch up! :)


I was just thinking the same thing D! Oh cool maybe Jess will be at POR and then I saw your dates. Total let down. I get there about a week after you leave.

Can't wait to hear what you got. Enjoy every moment of your DCP

01-23-2013, 07:20 AM
I love your reports. It make me smile to see someone so happy over the simply joys of life. I am sure you will bring a smile to many face while you are there and people will talk about you as the great CM that made their day. Looking forward to your updates and hope to see you on our next trip. Enjoy. pixiedust:

01-23-2013, 08:25 AM
So happy for you! And so happy that you will be keeping a TR.... I was going to ask if you were going to blog about it :)! Prayers coming your way.... good luck !

01-23-2013, 08:29 AM

After reading all your TR, I must confess, I teared up a bit knowing that you were starting this new chapter in your life.

Your Dad, this made my cry. He loves his little girl.

Good Luck & Best Wishes! I will be reading along. I am so excited for you.


01-23-2013, 11:27 AM
I've been a lurker on your reports for a couple years now. I just wanted to come out of lurkdom to congratulate you on following your dreams! It takes a lot of courage. I can't wait to read about all your adventures.

01-23-2013, 02:02 PM
So excited to hear all about your DCP adventures. Tried to follow you on twitter, but I'm blocked?!?! Good luck and I can't wait to read more!

01-23-2013, 02:52 PM
That's wonderful that you get to live out your dream in the DCP! Enjoy every minute of it, you are so fortunate to be able to experience it. I tried to follow you on twitter and its blocked, my daughter is so wanting to work in DCP in a couple of years so seeing all that you go through will be a learning experience for her. Love the updates you do

01-23-2013, 03:37 PM
Coronado is our FAVORITE resort! Can't imagine staying anywhere else.

Loved all your photo's and hearing about everything from the flight to going to bed the night before your orientation.

I can't wait to read what resort will be lucky enough to have you as a concierge! :surfweb:

01-23-2013, 05:00 PM
This is such a good idea! I have a feeling I'm going to be all over this trip report. I can't wait to hear what your experience is like. I'm think of applying maybe next year.

01-23-2013, 05:08 PM
Congratulations on your new adventure! I promise you it will be memories that last a life time and, you'll have friends for the rest of your life. I still talk to all my room mates from my DCP and that was 8 years ago.

01-23-2013, 08:11 PM
oh my gosh so exciting!!!!! Yayyyy!!!! Hopefully in the next few updates you'll let us know where you are n then I can look for you in May :)

01-23-2013, 09:13 PM
Loved reading your trip report so far!! Hope you have an awesome time in the DCP. My cousin was in the DCP during the Fall 2012 semester and loved it!!

01-23-2013, 10:01 PM
I just CANNOT wait to hear how that first day went!

I am sure you are on a Disney high ! :wizard:

01-23-2013, 10:03 PM
Soooo excited to see this TR Jess! LOVE all of your TRs and can't wait to hear about your concierge adventures. Congratulations on living your dream and I can't wait to read all about it!!!!

01-23-2013, 10:40 PM
January 22nd, 2013 (Part 1) - CHECK-IN AND CASTING

Okay so I tossed and turned for a couple HOURS. My mind was racing. It was like that too excited to sleep commercial but like& time 5,000. I get excited when I go to Disney for a vacation but I can usually fall asleep. This time& there was just no hope.

I finally drifted off around 2:30 pm. Next thing I knew, all three of our alarms went off at 3:30 am. TIME TO GET UP, RE, RE,RE!

I posted on twitter:

At that point I was just like OHHKAY LITTLE NAP, LETS GO, LETS GO, LETS GO! If you remember Kristens sleep deprivation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFqSjkApagI&list=PL06D1AA46C8CF2CF4&index=7) at Space Mountain on the first night of our August 2011 trip& thats EXACTLY how I was acting. But probably worse. I was very spastic and jittery and CRAZAY. "Frumpin it up& love that frumpin&" (I hope you all sang that like the Stacey song)

I threw on a little bit of make-up and some clothes, we got the stuff we needed, and we were out the door a little after 4 am.


We drove over to Vista Way because thats where check-in was! It was SO DARK outside! There was already a pretty long line. I would guess 75-100 people were there already!


My Mom dropped us off and then went to go find something to eat. We got in line and just hung out.

Time passed and then Mom finally came back. Nothing was open yet (shocker) but she got us some yogurt parfaits from 7-11! Perfect.



We waited a bit and then the line started moving up. They just moved the entire group into the Vista complex instead of us waiting outside of the gates and near the street. LUCKILY we were stopped right in this section where there were seats. So that was perfect.


They brought us little sticker name tags. YAY!



After a while my roommate came and found us in line! Her name is Maria and shes from Arizona. She has done the DCP before and last time her role was All Star Sports Quick Service Food and Beverage. For this program she was placed in Tomorrowland attractions!

She flew in from Arizona last night and got here at 6 pm. She stayed at her friends house and then she came to meet up with us! She seems really nice!

At this point, Mark started having to pee. He drank that whole bottle of water and it was started to hit him. He was in the musical "Urinetown" this past semester, so he said, SO THIS IS WHAT URINETOWN FEELS LIKE!!!! Poor Mark& we still had such a long way to go.


So we pretty much waited from 4:15 am - 7 am in the cold. I mean, it wasnt 9 degrees or anything but it was CHILLY. Some people didnt even bring sweatshirts!

Around 6 something it suddenly started getting light out. HOORAY!


The last hour flew pretty fast and they started moving us up again a little after 7 am.

We got up to the welcome center and had to file through the line. Thank GOD we got there when we did!






We inched closer and closer!






So after waiting for a bit we were given our BEAUTIFUL program guides, which are our lifelines during our DCP. They include all of the rules, policies, addresses, phone numbers, and informational stuff that we will need during our program. Also, theres a nice little agenda in there! YAY YAY YAY! I cant wait to use it. The best part about it is that it includes the characters birthdays and opening dates for things at WDW. LOVE IT!


Now begins the journey of a lifetime. FINALLY MY DREAM IS COMING TRUE!!!



We got through and they gave us labels for our mandatory housing meeting for tomorrow morning. They put the labels on the back of our program guide.

Then we went through the line some more and got inside! YAY WARMTH. There they gave us the labels with our location assignments for our roles!





I swear to God, we booked our nights at CSR for this trip BEFORE we knew I was placed there! I guess there's no such thing as a coincidence!

It was such an honor to be placed there. Plus its SO BEAUTIFUL. Im really looking forward to it!

After that we had to fill out some fun paperwork and all of that informational stuff that needs to get done.

All throughout this whole time Mark STILL has to pee. I literally thought he was going to burst. It was so bad hahaha

Then we went into the next room and it was the room assignments room!


Then& he saw it.


He asked this cast member, Ed, if he could use it. Ed said yes and Mark RAN to the bathroom. FRUMPY FRUMP.

He was back in like 20 seconds but he was SO HAPPY.

I posted on twitter:

We waited for the next available CM for our housing and we chatted with Ed. He LOVED us. He thought Mark and I were just hilarious. He asked me, so you and Maria are going to be together, and Mark wants to be next door so you can look at each other through the hole in the wall because you love each other and youre going to get married. So obviously being the goofballs that we are, we totally went along with it and I told Ed that Mark was going to propose to me in front of Cinderellas Caste. And Ed was like, well why dont I just make this happen right now? You guys can get married in the housing waiting room for your DCP! Bahaha it was the funniest conversation ever.

So after all of that, Ed let Mark come up with Maria and me to the CM who was assigning us our room. Maria and I ended up getting a 3-bedroom room in Patterson.

How it works is that there are 2 girls per room, so we would have 6 girls total. We would be rooming with 4 others we didnt know yet!

So then the CM looked for Mark& and she said, "Okay Jess is in ###02, so for Mark how does ###01 sound?" She found an opening in THE ROOM DIRECTLY NEXT TO OURS!!!!

So Mark and I are neighbors. This is literally the most perfect thing that could have ever happened ever.

We were SO excited!!!

From there we got more documentation. Then we kept filing through and THEY HAD TO TAKE PICTURES OF US FOR OUR PATTERSON IDS.

I was pullin a major frump day and was not prepared for this picture.

Thankfully it came out way better than I thought, but I was so mad that I didnt realize I was going to be photographed for this important form of identification!

So then we went outside to a table where they explained more stuff to us. Then we went to a booth with educational information. The CM gave us papers on our Disney classes as well as NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES. They literally have networking sessions set up that you can go to. I NEED to make sure I go to these.

Then we moved over to the Safe-D station where they talked about safety. They gave us a "Safe-D beings with me" pin! Then we got DCP reusable bags and they had granola bars and fruit for us if we wanted!

Next thing was going to Casting! We were all on the 9:30 am bus. So after waiting in the cold, we finally started loading on around 9 am. Snow White and the 7 Dwarves was playing on the bus so it was super precious.

The cast member talking to us on the way to Casting was super nice! His name was Kevin and he was on the opening crew for Disneys Animal Kingdom back in 1998 on his own college program. They did some Disney trivia and handed out prizes.

Then we got to the Casting building and it was SO EXCITING. This was such a monumental moment of my life. I was freakin out.


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01-23-2013, 10:51 PM
January 22nd, 2013 (Part 2) - CHECK-IN AND CASTING

We waited in the first room and got Mickey stickers! Then we were brought into another room and waited in a line. We got a little checklist of places we had to go.


It was SO AMAZING in there. The artwork was beautiful and I was just soaking it all in. It was so incredibly exciting. I wish my future home could own half of the artwork that is in the casting building.

While we were at Casting we got a lot of information. I found out that my first day of training was not until January 29th, which was one whole week from that day! Then my resort orientation is not until February 12th!

All of the CM’s were impressed when I told them what role I got. It’s apparently a rare to get a Concierge role as a CP. More difficult than I thought!

I made friends with this girl who is actually rooming with some girls from my school. But she’s from Indiana and she’s working at Wide World of Sports! Very fun.

After that I was DONE! I met back up with Maria and Mark. I took these pictures of THE CUTEST DOORKNOBS EVER on the way out:


Then we went to go catch the bus to get back to Vista. It felt like 5 o’clock in the afternoon and it was only 10:48 am. WEIRDEST AND LONGEST DAY EVER.

We made friends with this girl Halie from Mississippi. She’s working Frontierland merchandise! She thought Mark and I were HILARIOUS. We were just a big bundle of entertainment today because we were so tired. And I mean, normally we’re super outgoing and fun anyways. Sooo that happened. All day.

We got back on the bus and THERE WAS A BEE IN THE BUS. It really is funny how much girls freak out about bugs. This big African American kid from the back of the bus came up and killed it for everyone and was the hero. It was so funny.

We got back to Vista and my Mom was there! She drove Mark, Maria, and I over to Patterson. WE LIVE IN A GATED COMMUNITY! (that’s Mark’s favorite thing to say)

We found our building and went up to our rooms! Our other roommates already had their stuff in the rooms but there was only one girl in there at the time. Her name is Lindsay and she’s SO CUTE. We just talked and talked right away! She’s around 5'2 and she has red hair. Her favorite character is Ariel so we bonded immediately. Her role is Frontierland merchandise which is really cool!

I brought some stuff up to my room and then we went over to Chick-Fil-A to eat! We were STARVING!!!!


I got a chargrilled chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a strawberry milkshake. I scarfed it all down. That was the longest day EVER.


I forgot to take food pictures and I devoured half of my meal before I remembered.


After Chick-Fil-A, we went back to Coronado. I was crashing so hard. I needed to take a nap. So I laid down and Mark and my Mom went back to Patterson to drop off all of Mark’s luggage.

I slept from 1:30-4:30 pm. It was WONDERFUL. Then I woke up and figured I should make my way back over to move in.

Mom and I went back to Patterson and brought all of the stuff up. No one was in the apartment, which was kind of nice. I brought all of my luggage up and we unpacked. The girls eventually came back from grocery shopping and I met the other three girls. Sammy Jo, Liz, and Jana!

Everyone was REALLY nice. We seriously lucked out! I hope that everything continues to go smoothly!

We unpacked most of the stuff and then decided it was time for dinner. The girls cooked spaghetti here but since my Mom was still in town, we wanted to go out to eat at Disney! We deserved it after that long day, ya know?

I LIVE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!


Mark made us a reservation at KONA!


So we went over to the Polynesian and checked in for our 8:15 pm. We only waited a couple minutes and we were seated in a cozy booth.

Mark was BLOWN AWAY by THE BREAD. But who’s surprised?! It’s the best bread in the entire WORLD.


I got the Teriyaki Style Steak for my entrée, which was DELICIOUS. That’s such a good meal.


Mom got the pan-seared Asian noodles with tofu and Mark got the pan-seared Asian noodles with chicken. He just kept going on and on about how good it was! He loved all of the flavors and the vegetables that were included. I love that we’re able to show him all of these easily overlooked/hidden gem places!


For dessert Mark and I both got the pineapple upside down cake, which was DELICIOUS!! Mark loves all things pineapple.


Then Mom got the Jasmine infused cheesecake.


After that we left the Poly. Our GPS took us some really weird way back to Patterson, but we found it! We got back, said goodbye to Mom, and went up to our apartments! Time for bed!

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01-23-2013, 11:01 PM
Oh WOWSA!I am so glad I had insomnia tonight and caught this update!:)

This is so exciting for those of us who did not/will never get to do the CP to actually "experience" it through your eyes!You are SO nice to do this DCP TR!:)

I bet you feel like you are in a DREAM!:)

That is too funny how you and Mark are going to be NEIGHBORS!:)

Oh my the Casting building must give anyone who enters it chills!:)

I am so glad Mark finally got to urinate!That was painful to read!:)

Sounds like you got some good roomies-maybe even some lifelong friends!

I think you will be too busy to stay very sad,so keep your chin up and hang in there!

Thanks again for sharing your adventure with The DIS as "all your WISHES come true"!:)

01-23-2013, 11:05 PM
So frumpy! Where was that one picture of the teacup outside taken? I don't remember seeing that boo! Btw this is Mark! So happy to be on this DCP with Jess :D

01-23-2013, 11:10 PM
Hello!!! I have enjoyed many of your trip reports from afar. This is so exciting and I cannot wait to follow you on this journey. Csr is my fav resort and I will be on the lookout for you if we happen to return this spring. :cool1:

01-23-2013, 11:13 PM
So frumpy! Where was that one picture of the teacup outside taken? I don't remember seeing that boo! Btw this is Mark! So happy to be on this DCP with Jess :D

Please allow me to CONGRATULATE you on your DCP!:)

I hope it is SO Magical for you!:)

I bet Patterson is going to be HAPPENING with you fun people there!:)

Best wishes again and if you will excuse me,I HAVE TO GO PEE!;):)

01-23-2013, 11:44 PM
So frumpy! Where was that one picture of the teacup outside taken? I don't remember seeing that boo! Btw this is Mark! So happy to be on this DCP with Jess :D

Congrats to you, too!! I'm going to be following you and Jess' every word living vicariously through you youngins! lol (Not that I'm OLD old, but you know lol)

01-23-2013, 11:46 PM
January 23rd, 2013 - Shopping Day!

This morning I got up around 9:15 am and got ready for our housing event. It started at 11 but Mark, Maria, and some of Mark's roommates left at 10:15 am. We had to walk to the Commons.

We got there, lined up, and were brought into the clubhouse room. There were strobe lights, fog, and upbeat music playing to welcome us in.

We took our seats and the meeting started at 11. The CM who was doing the presentation was Sarah. She was SUPER perky. She was like "my name is Sarah but you can call me Sarah Smiles because everyone else does!" She was so funny. She seriously smiled the ENTIRE time. I loved her energy.

This housing meeting only lasted an hour long, but it was mandatory. We went through important stuff like safety, visitors policies, networking/future opportunities, apartment cleanliness, etc.

I posted on twitter:
Housing meeting - complete (: #dcp now I have nothing until traditions on Friday! Woohoo!

So I have a day off tomorrow! YAY YAY!

After that was all over, we walked back to Mark's apartment.

I posted on twitter:
I like to play the game "guess where the cast member costume is from" when walking around the apartments. #dcp

I'm not as good at it as I thought! I need some practice.

I also posted on twitter:
The "Disney point" is just a subconscious action. #mliwdw

We got back to the apartment and Mark wanted to order a Magical Ribbons bowtie (because she was actually open today!) and I had to call the education office to make sure I was enrolled in my classes. I wasn't getting the emails for my classes but I am on the list! Thank goodness.

My Mom went to church that morning at the national shrine and then she came to come pick us up! We had to do some shopping!

First, though, we went to T-Rex for lunch! I love that I can just be like "hmmm I feel like going to (insert Disney restaurant here)" and I CAN. Life is perfect.

We were seated immediately in the coral reef room.


All three of us ordered grilled cheese for lunch!


It was a really fun experience! I just love that restaurant and the atmosphere!



After T-Rex, we headed out and went to Walmart.



And seriously. There is just Disney stuff EVERYWHERE. I belong in Florida.


We needed to get stuff for our apartment. I got some extra storage shelves, some school supplies for my classes, some medicine, toiletries, etc.

Mark judges me because I use color catcher sheets instead of separating my darks and lights. SORRY I'M LAZY.


Drivin' aroooound town. Preston sent me a picture of him all bundled up because it's literally 9 degrees at home. So I sent this in response. Sorry about the cold weather, but I'm also sorry you didn't move to Florida. :lmao:


We went to the outlet mall after and found me some shoes! Those were going to be necessary for my upcoming shifts!

Then we went to Publix and Mark and I did some shopping! We have Wegman's at home that we are VERY attached to, but we really liked Publix! They had some great deals and we got a ton of good stuff! Also, the ladies who cashed us out were really cute! They crammed all of our stuff into 3 paper bags because we had limited car space. How nice!


We went back to the apartment and unpacked everything. It FINALLY was piecing together and looking like a real apartment!

After getting it to an okay state, we realized we were STARVING! So we went over to Art of Animation for dinner! YAYAYAYAY! We got to the gate and we told the security guy we were gonna eat there. He asked for my ID and he saw that it was from Patterson. He was like "Oh YOU are all set! GO RIGHT AHEAD."

I'm official.

I posted on twitter:
Being waved right in by the security guard at AoA because I showed him for my Patterson ID. #win #vip @Mjp935



I was so excited to go back there! AoA is one of my FAVORITES.



I posted on twitter:
Just RAN into Art of Animation because I'm 5.

We went to Landscape of Flavors and I saw some lady with Disney pizza. It just looked SO GOOD that I had to get it. I don't regret that decision AT ALL. It was literally some of the best Disney pizza that I've ever had. It was SO GOOD.


Mom got the make your own pasta. It had pesto and chicken on it. She REALLY loved it!


Mark ended up getting a burger! Yummy classic.


He also got the cheesecake sampler for dessert!


Then we left AoA. Mark and I will have to come back and explore in the daylight so he can see it!



After that, we left and drove back to Patterson. I went up to my room, packed up my backpack, and went back to Coronado Springs with my Mom. She's leaving me tomorrow so I wanted to spend the night with her before we are apart. :(

I posted on twitter:
Sleepover with Mommy at Coronado before she leaves me </3

I have just been writing updates and listening to Stacey in the background. It is beautiful.




Seriously, this is a dream come true. A week after we started dating he told me he wanted to go to Disney with me so he could see me experience it. Now a year later, it's finally happening!


We are currently on FaceTime freaking out about it because WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!

I posted on twitter:
@PrestoVision IS OFFICIALLY COMING TO VISIT ME IN DISNEY WORLD! #happiestgirlalive #dreamcometrue d

So alright, I'm gonna go to sleep in a little while. Thanks for reading everybody!

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01-24-2013, 12:47 AM
Glad I caught this thread early, spent the night catching up. Thank you for posting, it's been great hearing about it and I look forward to seeing how great the rest of your time at Disney goes!

tinkerbells mum
01-24-2013, 01:23 AM
It sounds like you are having the best time ever, I'm so pleased for you. I've been following you on twitter as well as here ( tried to tweet you yesterday but it didn't seem to work) how lucky that you'll be working in such a lovely resort. Really looking forward to hear the rest of your adventures xx

01-24-2013, 05:32 AM
So frumpy! Where was that one picture of the teacup outside taken? I don't remember seeing that boo! Btw this is Mark! So happy to be on this DCP with Jess :D

Hey Mark! Congratulations on your DCP, following along and so happy for you. I know, I just love that picture. Maybe you can use your clout (currently in the form of Patterson ID) to make them sell it in the parks. :scratchin Oh! If you manage to be friends with Tigger at some point, watch that tail. I stumbled across another DCP report where he managed to knock over some tableware, a bunch of strollers and lose the tail all together! :rotfl2: :lmao: Have fun making wonderful memories of your own!

01-24-2013, 05:59 AM
Thanks for the glimpse into Casting! The exterior is gorgeous and the entrance is breathtaking. I have just the place for that Castle/tea cup picture! Now hear this Disney :mic: - release the artwork! (sorry-I just wanted and excuse to use that emoticon) :sad2:

Your mom is amazing to help you settle in. Having sent two wonderful kids off to college already, I can imagine how she must be feeling. Her tweets are so sweet. And your dad's message, well I've finally gotten myself together enough to write about it without crying. My dad brought me up with the same sentiments; I still hear his words gently pushing me forward with assurance of his love and giving me great confidence in what I pursue. It's so wonderful to have that kind of support in your life and helping you fulfill your dreams. Those words will live on for a long time.......

Your roomies sound great, not to mention the neighbors, especially since you can't pick either. It was nice of the CM to let you pick rooms at the same time though! :yay:

Sorry about the Chef Mickey ressie. It's frustrating :headache:, but I'm sure it will work out.

I love Preston's countdown picture - it's soooo you! :yay: Stay happy and healthy. Waiting to hear more! :hourglass

01-24-2013, 06:21 AM
What an amazing update Jess - thanks so much for letting all of us follow along in your dream... It's a dream, I am sure, most of us would love to live. It's just so exciting!

I can't wait to hear about how everything comes together!


01-24-2013, 06:35 AM
Aww Jess! :hug: Your first day with the DCP sounds like it went off without a hitch! I'm so excited for you to start your classes and begin your job with Concierge at Coronado Springs! :thumbsup2

01-24-2013, 06:45 AM
congrats on CSR!!! that is a big deal ;) this is very exciting to be able to experience this with you so to speak lol... thanks for sharing!!! I have a few years to convince my DD she should think about this in her future (I just allowed her to get instagram she is following you I think)

Hope the roommate situation continues to go well.

01-24-2013, 06:51 AM
Wow, this all sounds so interesting! What a great day, and I'm so happy for you that Preston is coming to visit. Love his countdown! Hope you get the ADR you want!

01-24-2013, 07:13 AM
Glad you got all checked in! My sister might have known her work location before she actually got there too...:rolleyes1 She is also living in Patterson!

Have fun at Traditions tomorrow!

01-24-2013, 07:52 AM
I am loving reading about your DCP experiences! Thank you for letting us all come along for the ride! I'm also thrilled Preston gets to come and experience Disney with you! My first time with my DBF was so truly magical, yay for you both!

01-24-2013, 08:45 AM
You are bringing some memories back for me girl! I will say that the subs, cookies, and chicken from publix are the best! And chick fil a is ok. I live down here so we eat it alot but for some reason i only always crave it on Sundays!! Casting looks so fun, we did all that fun finger print stuff at vista. Safe D begins with me! Ha! I remember that but that disney point they teach you, i still do that, it became a habit. Aww i miss Disney!

01-24-2013, 09:35 AM
I am literally so jealous right now. Can't wait to hear about all the stuff you get to do! I'm thinking about doing the international programme to work in the UK pavilion in Epcot, and this report is making me want to do it even more! I hope you have a brilliant time, very lucky!

01-24-2013, 09:40 AM
:banana: Yay for getting Coronado Springs! :banana: You already know that you love the resort so that's awesome!

01-24-2013, 12:17 PM
I will watch out! I should find my friends out on saturday! i am sure it will make it into the report! Thanks for tuning in!

01-24-2013, 12:20 PM

I think that the reservation system is only all messed up right now because it's new... I trust that Disney knows what they are doing! The new site is weird though, I'm really not liking it so far but I guess I just have to get used to it. Anyway, you still have a couple months to secure the reservation and you have the best luck ever when it comes to Disney so I really wouldn't worry about it! Even if you didn't get the ADR, the important part is that Preston is coming and you two could literally eat ANYWHERE and have an awesome, frumpy beyond frumpy time!!!! So either way... it's a bingo. :cool1:

01-24-2013, 12:23 PM
haha i'm five too!! I got just as excoited with you in this post and it's not even my experience but thats ok .I'm so happy for you that you get to do this and share it with us I can't wait to hear EVERYTHING about it :D

01-24-2013, 12:24 PM
Wowaweewawa, that is some carazy first couple of days!! There's so much to do for the introductions into the program hey? Wow, I'm impressed at all the early hours (then again, I'm sure some of your working hours could be crazy, though concierge is probably a little less crazy? :confused3)

I'm so excited to hear all about this, reading the TR is making me so excited, I really hope I'll get to be a CM someday!

You definitely need to go to that look alike audition!! I'm rooting for ya! Are there specific ones that you need to go to? I feel like on the website it's all "cp's not to attend this one" even though the ones I've been to there've been cp's there...hmm...

Ah!! So exciting that Preston's all booked in to come and see you, that's so great!! Also funny fact, he'll be there the week after we're there! Hahaha!!

Hope you're having a great time!! <3

01-24-2013, 03:42 PM
There's so much to comment on, so I'm going to sum it up: I am loving that you are sharing your experience with us. I really wish I would have done the DCP!

01-24-2013, 03:54 PM
Oh man, you are going to have SO much Disney food! How exciting! Getting to try so many new things! I always go with a list of things I want to have, but there are only so many times one can eat in a day. I think I also hit my wall fairly early, so I have to pace myself. I STILL have yet to try the waffle sandwich with the chicken even though it has been on my list for the past 2 trips. We keep going over there, but it's too early! We did get to go to AoA. We had the surf and surf burger, which was delicious (the crab cake with the popcorn shrimp on top). Such a different choice!

Haha, I love the picture on the countdown to your trip with Preston. How exciting that it's really so soon! Not only will you finally be reunited after some time apart, but you'll get to be in DISNEY! When my parents asked Howard to come to Florida with us when we were still just dating, I was ecstatic! Greatest thing ever.

01-24-2013, 04:38 PM
Im loving every detail. For some reason I just need to know what it is like to work for Disney.
I loved the door knobs at the Casting building! I just watched Alice in Wonderland the other day. Its cool to see the decorations and themeing in buildings that just don't end up in many of the typical trip reports.
I hope you are having fun in Patterson!
I am now wanting to go to Chick-fil-a for dinner.

Ms. Belle
01-24-2013, 04:49 PM
I'm really enjoying this "trip report"! Your enthusiasm is amazing and you're going to be a great castmember!

Looking forward to reading more :)

01-24-2013, 06:41 PM
Ugh, I love those Mickey crocs and I'm kicking myself for not buying them when I saw them at Port Orlenas Roverside as we were leaving the World in Dec! I need these shoes! I also totally bought my kids knock off Disney shirts at Wal Mart for the Christmas party when it was 85 degrees in December and they couldn't wear the long sleeved ones I made...unless I wanted them to melt!

Fabulous updates so far! Twitter is fun, but just not enough info! ;) Glad you loved Art of Animation! We enjoyed staying there. The Surf & Turf burger is fabulous! I can't wait for more updates! Hope you enjoyed your sleepover with your mom!

01-24-2013, 07:13 PM
I am also jealous of all the Disney Food you get to eat!! I don't even know what I would do! For sure would come out of there with a few extra lbs though...haha. :rotfl:

01-24-2013, 07:13 PM
luvin all your updates. I want to be living in Disney. I also want the cheesecake sampler :)

michael's mom
01-24-2013, 07:59 PM
Jess, sounds like you're having a great time! I know it'll be tough to not see your family and Preston for such long periods of time, but your time down there will fly by! It already sounds like you're having a great time. Now to find a reason to head over to Coronado for a DISmeet ;)

I hope your meeting tomorrow is exciting!

01-24-2013, 08:11 PM
Soooo exciting!!!! What a dream come true for you and being at Coronado.......eeeeeeeek! Thank you for taking the time to share with us:)

01-24-2013, 08:16 PM
You are literally going to have like 5 threads for your DCP! Haha. You are already at 15 pages and you haven't started your program yet! Lol.

I want to go back to college and do DCP. Do they accept students in their masters? Maybe I can get my masters. lol! That would be soo fun to just go wherever in Disney! I want to move there!!

01-24-2013, 09:19 PM
Hello! I am a fellow Concierge DCP Spring Advantage participant. I don't check in until February 4th but I am looking forward to your updates to let me know what to expect! Good luck!!!!

01-24-2013, 10:09 PM
Yay for CSR! That was my first favorite mod, but now I like POR more (still haven't managed to stay at POFQ though). And yay for Preston being able to visit soon! Good luck getting that CM's ADR. I'm sure if you keep on checking, you'll succeed :)

I hope one of your goals is to try every Disney restaurant by the end of your DCP. You already have a pretty good start, after all :) I'm glad you liked Publix - it's my favorite grocery store. They're always so clean, and they have great BOGO deals, and their birthday cake is seriously delicious. Oh, and you need to try a Publix sub soon! They have the best subs. Not to make this entire paragraph about food, but the PP who said they always crave Chickfila on Sundays has it right, that happens to everyone, especially during college football season. Chickfila supports the SEC, and so they play a lot of commercials during the games, and you always want it the next day. If you've never been there for breakfast, you should try it sometime. The chicken-minis are so good.

01-24-2013, 10:25 PM
You are literally going to have like 5 threads for your DCP! Haha. You are already at 15 pages and you haven't started your program yet! Lol.

I want to go back to college and do DCP. Do they accept students in their masters? Maybe I can get my masters. lol! That would be soo fun to just go wherever in Disney! I want to move there!!

hahahahaha I thought the exact same thing! DCP at 30 years old??? Why not!!!! :banana:

01-24-2013, 10:44 PM
Hey! Sounds like you are doing a great job so far!:cool1: Got the rules down!

Hope you enjoyed your day off today- I know it was probably an emotional day for you with your Mom leaving. It is great that Preston is coming to visit you soon- I'm sure that once you start you will be so busy that time flies by! You guys will have so much fun!! Try not to worry about the Chef Mickey reservation- something will probably open up between now and then, although I totally get your frustration with the website- I have been trying to make our ressies for May and it has been a struggle.

Have a good time- soak it all in! Thanks again for sharing it all with us- it is so much fun to read!:thumbsup2

Disney Bubbles
01-24-2013, 11:19 PM
Jess, I know that you are having a magical time right now. I'm sure you're sad and missing your family and Preston. Keep your chin up and hang on. It will get better really soon, and once work starts, the time will fly by.

I want to thank you so much for writing this report. Its my dream to do DCP this coming fall semester, and this report has already helped me so much more than any Q&A forum online. Thank you so much!!!

01-25-2013, 07:53 AM
I agree with what has been said already. Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us. Its as if we are right there with you. Best of luck and keep the updates coming!!!

01-25-2013, 08:21 AM
hahahahaha I thought the exact same thing! DCP at 30 years old??? Why not!!!! :banana:

Hahaha! I feel that same exact way! Seriously, Disney should start something for people who want to switch careers!

01-25-2013, 08:33 AM
glad you are doing a report on your CP. Good luck I am sure you will have a great time:yay:

01-25-2013, 09:38 AM
I'm so glad you're doing a report to tell everyone about your CP! Before finding the DISboards I didn't even know a program like that existed - I wish I'd known when I was in college! Sorry to hear you have to be away from Preston for so long though - my husband and I had to spend 3 years in separate states when he started a new job and I was finishing graduate school, so I know how hard it is. The two of you obviously have a great relationship, so I'm sure you'll get through it!

(Also, I'm glad you mentioned your twitter account! I sent you a message over there (I'm eldareth) about following you - it would be really fun to get day-to-day updates on your DCP to cheer me up at my more boring job!)

01-25-2013, 09:59 AM
Hahaha! I feel that same exact way! Seriously, Disney should start something for people who want to switch careers!

They should!!! I bet it would be super popular!

Seriously though, if I ever get my act together and decide to get my masters, I would look into Florida schools and consider doing the DCP! I'm going to be a CM someday, no matter how I have to go about it!! :thumbsup2

01-25-2013, 10:19 AM
They should!!! I bet it would be super popular!

Seriously though, if I ever get my act together and decide to get my masters, I would look into Florida schools and consider doing the DCP! I'm going to be a CM someday, no matter how I have to go about it!! :thumbsup2

Same! I really want to work in a professional capacity there... Now, to figure out how to do it...

01-25-2013, 10:24 AM
Hey Jess. We will be at CSR in Feb, 9th-16th. I will look you up if you are there to say HI! If not I hope you have a great time during the CP. I know you will be great at what you will do. You seem like a VERY fun woman and enjoy having a great time. Good Luck again. :wave2:

01-25-2013, 01:33 PM
Hahaha! I feel that same exact way! Seriously, Disney should start something for people who want to switch careers!

that would be great!! I so regret not knowing about/doing the dcp when I was in college! They need an "escape from reality" program lol.

01-25-2013, 01:56 PM
January 24th, 2013 - Apartment Pictures/Splitsville!

I woke up and Mom was packing up her stuff to leave. She was so sad, poor Mommy. But she will be back in 18 days so its all good! Its just hard to see her little girl move.

Mom and I went to Pepper Market for breakfast!

She got some oatmeal:


I got some Cinnamon French toast. It was REALLY good. It was so soft and it was absolutely delicious. That was some high quality French toast, let me tell you.


We went back to Concierge after and Mom had to get some magical express stuff figured out. Her bus was leaving very soon so we had to rush to the bus stop!

I waited with Mom for a little bit, but then it was time to say goodbye. We didn't drag out the goodbye too much because we knew she was coming back down in less than a month! We were both sad though. I'm going to miss her. :(

I left and drove to get gas. Driving around here in the sun just made me so happy. I NEED to live in Florida. There is nowhere else I want to live when I'm older.

I got back to Patterson and went to my room. I put stuff away and FINALLY took pictures of my apartment to show you guys!

This is my room! I'm on the left side with the Ariel comforter, and my roommate, Maria, has the Rapunzel comforter on the right.


We are actually lacking bulletin boards. Maria doesn't even have one and mine fell off the wall the other day. (thankfully I was NOT in my bed. That could've been bad! :lmao:)


I'm kind of in love with my comforter.


Here is our bathroom! Every bedroom has a bathroom so you only have to share it with one other person. It's wonderful.


This is our closet that we share too! Maria's stuff is on the left and mine is along the back wall.


Then this is our common area! Two of the bedrooms are connected to this part of the apartment. You can see we have a little dining room back there too, and the kitchen is right to the left.


Lindsay (from Utah) and Sammy Jo (from South Carolina) live in the room on the left, and Maria and I live in the room on the right.


Then here is the kitchen! The third bedroom is connected to the kitchen. It's probably a good thing I don't live in that room - too close to the fridge! Jana and Liz (the girls from Michigan) live in that room.


ALRIGHT! So I hope you enjoyed the little tour of the apartment.

Mark and his roommates came back from the pool area where they were playing ping-pong about 20 minutes after I got back. I went over to his apartment.

I was on the Disney dining website and found a Chef Mickey's reservation on March 2nd (the night Preston flies in) for 8:45 pm. His plane lands at 5:15 pm so that actually would work out perfectly!!! I called the WDW DINE line and got one all booked! I also found a Crystal Palace one for our first morning!

I'm telling you, I literally have the best line-up of reservations in the entire world for this trip. :thumbsup2

So after that, I just hung out in Marks room. His roommates were watching the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

We all left the room around 4 pm and headed over to DTD! The boys took the bus and Maria, Mark, and I drove over.

We walked to Downtown Disney and got to Splitsville! We were afraid there would be a line, but there was hardly anybody there! So we just wandered around for a bit while we waited for people to get there.



CHARACTERS IN FLIGHT IS ON OUR BUCKET LIST. Or to quote the queen, "it's a must-do!"


The boys showed up around 4:30 pm and we were still waiting for my roommates. Marks roommates are Shane, Russell, Raymond, and Sergio. They're all really cool!

So we just took a walk over to the Marketplace while we waited. I traded for a chip pin and a transportation pin that I've been looking for forever! I was so excited!!


We made our way to Ghiradelli and they had the free chocolate samples! And they had CARAMEL today. Ahh my favorite kind. We got them and they tasted so good.

Then we went back to Splitsville and everybody was there! We went in and got 2 lanes up on the second floor. We all ordered food and had an hour and a half to bowl!

I got the California Roll. YUM. I randomly sometimes like sushi. It used to scare me and now I just think it's REALLY good. The only thing is that I wish they were colder, but its because I'm used to the overly refrigerated ones at Wegmans.


Mark got the Chicken Parmesan. It had grilled chicken, instead of fried, and he said it was really good! Mark is loving all of this Disney food.


None of us can really bowl well at all. Its quite humorous, actually. I did alright though - I got three strikes!!


After Splitsville, we went back to Ghiradelli because everyone wanted chocolate. Mark and I decided to get ice cream.

I got a 1 scoop strawberry cone in a chocolate dipped waffle cone. YUM.


Mark got the brownie sundae! DELICIOUS!


We drove back to Patterson and went back to our room. The girls decided to make some "about me" pages for our bulletin board! So we sat around and made our little signs. It was such a cute bonding activity because we haven't had a lot of time to spend together since our schedules have been so busy.

After that was over, Lindsay and I just stayed back and started talking Disney. I swear, she is my red head TWIN. We LOVE Disney, love theatre, she watches Once Upon a Time, and SHE USED TO PLAY VMK. Oh my God. I don't think that could have worked out better.

Also, I showed the girls Magical Ribbons and they all FLIPPED OUT. The site was open tonight for the last night this month, so we all put our orders in! I ordered Spaceship Earth, Ever After Rapunzel, and Steamboat Willie. SO CUTE.

Then I went back to Mark's room and I finished writing my trip report update!

I have Traditions early tomorrow morning! So I better get to bed soon! Sweet dreams!

Continued in Next Post (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47306217&postcount=231)

01-25-2013, 02:19 PM
I think Stacey—well the dude that sings her song—should do a rendition of Livin’ it up. Frumpin’ it up just sounds amazing.

I can’t believe there were already like 100 people waiting already! That’s crazy!

That is awesome that you’ll be working at Coronado!

CAST MEMBER THURSDAYS AT CHICK FIL A. OMG. I am going to become FAT when I do my DCP because I’ll be there 24/7. And then you add all of the Disney food on top of that… awesome!


WOW. The food at Kona looks amazing!

I am just a little jealous you love in Florida. This morning the temp was -10…just like it has been for the past week. UGH I HATE IT.

I’m craving Disney pizza right now and that picture didn’t help. Noms.

That is AWESOME Preston is coming to visit you!!!!! SO happy for you!

Your comforter is perfect. And so is Maria’s.

Your apartment looks really nice!

I’m glad you got the ADR for Chef Mickey’s! The ADR site is awful lately! They need to do something about it.

The California Rolls looks so good. I have had the ones at Wegmans before and they are awesome.

01-25-2013, 03:02 PM
I'm subscribing!

I wish I had known about the college program when I was in college, lo, these many years ago...;)

I do have a friend that went on the CP in 2009 and is still there working. He started as a character performer and now he's a stiltwalker in the FoLK show.

Thanks for taking the time to tell us all about it. Looking forward to more.

01-25-2013, 03:07 PM
January 25th, 2013 (Part 1) - Traditions

This morning I heard the strumming ringtone on my iPhone at 5 am. It was still dark out but it was TIME TO GET UP!

I posted on twitter:
I have an easier time getting up at absurd hours of the morning rather than like 7, 8, or 9 am.

Now time to get dressed and look like a business person! #traditions #dcp

I took a shower, got in my business casual garb, and headed down to the bus stop! Two of my roommates and three of Marks roommates had the early traditions time, so we met up at 6:30 am and caught the 6:45 am bus.

We walked over to Chatham (because Patterson doesn
t have a bus stop) and caught our Traditions bus. I sat with Marks immediate roommate, Russell, on the bus. We just chatted Disney the whole time and before we knew it we were passing under the Magic Kingdom gates!


We arrived at Traditions!

We sat at our table and watched a video of other people's Disney stories. A lot of the little tidbits were about their experience, what advice they would give to newcomers, etc. I was tearing up during the ENTIRE thing. It was so amazing to see so many people really dedicate themselves to this company. It further showed me the amazing opportunity I have in front of me right now.

I don't want to give too much away, but during Traditions we went on a field trip, learned a lot about the company and the "traditions," (hah! what a clever name!) and we even had a special visitor!

I posted on twitter:
I have been close to tears this entire time.




Oh my God. It's just a lot to take in.

For answering trivia questions, we got little critters! I ended up getting FOUR! (which is a lot haha. I answered everything. My enthusiasm level this morning was nuts.) I got Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, and Pluto!


Traditions lasted from 8 am 12:30 pm. I have to say that it was literally THE most inspiring 4 and a half hours of my entire life. I was sitting there the entire time close to tears. Everything they were saying and everything that was being presented to me was EXACTLY what I have been waiting for my entire life. I KNOW that I am in the right place. I KNOW this is where I want to spend the rest of my life. I have complete faith in this company and their success really proves to me that, even though the world can be a very dark place, Disney will still try to make everyone happy that walks through their gates.

As Walt said, "to all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land."

At the end of Traditions, we got to get up and go get our name tags. It is my honor to say that I am now officially part of the Disney family.


(I blocked out my school on my name tag for security reasons. I'm sure you all understand. I have a big following here and I don't want my personal information to get into the wrong hands!)



From here my journey only begins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I posted on twitter:
Traditions was the most incredible experience of my life.

Being part of the Disney family is the biggest honor in the world!!!

January 25th, 2013 is officially the day that my life is beginning!

Continued in Next Post (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47310258&postcount=254)

01-25-2013, 03:44 PM

Congratulations on everything and thank you for all of your great trip reports. I have loved reading them as I've planned family trips. Your enthusiasm for all things Disney is contagious and I'm so glad that they saw that in you during your interview process and put you in Concierge.

I'm not sure if you've addressed this b/c I haven't read through all of the comments on this thread - but please make sure that you talk to one of your mentors in DCP about this thread. You are now writing about YOUR EMPLOYER and they may have some very specific opinions about what you should or should not write.

As much as I want to see you continue this thread, I would hate for you to get in trouble over it.

Take care and have fun!:cheer2:

01-25-2013, 04:01 PM
What an amazing update... I just check every time I log on to see if there's another update!

This last one - I just had tears in my eyes too - I can't imagine how many feelings must have been going through your mind... Amazing, just amazing.


01-25-2013, 04:01 PM

Congratulations on everything and thank you for all of your great trip reports. I have loved reading them as I've planned family trips. Your enthusiasm for all things Disney is contagious and I'm so glad that they saw that in you during your interview process and put you in Concierge.

I'm not sure if you've addressed this b/c I haven't read through all of the comments on this thread - but please make sure that you talk to one of your mentors in DCP about this thread. You are now writing about YOUR EMPLOYER and they may have some very specific opinions about what you should or should not write.

As much as I want to see you continue this thread, I would hate for you to get in trouble over it.

Take care and have fun!:cheer2:

This trip report is about my personal experience, not about my employer. It is a diary to keep track of my adventures as a college program participant.

01-25-2013, 04:09 PM
BEST update EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-25-2013, 04:23 PM
OMG, I would lose my ENTIRE paycheck if I had the opportunity to shop at CM stores. I don't know that I'd be able to have the self-control! What fun! Disney gifts for all family and friends, haha.

Aww, I'm super happy that you still get to see your mom again so soon. I love your relationship with each other :hug:

01-25-2013, 04:24 PM
Wow- just wow!

01-25-2013, 04:31 PM
Wow!! I honestly cannot wait for Traditions now :D It sounds amazing!! I love the CM only Disney pins! I hope you enjoy using your CM ID for park entry as well ;) lol
Hopefully you can keep up the amazing updates :D

01-25-2013, 04:34 PM
im cast toooo!:worried:

01-25-2013, 04:54 PM
Jess no-one deserve their place on the CP more than you. It is a pleasure sharing it with you. I am so, so excited for you. It is so weird seeing someone's dream come true. I bet you feel like you're going to wake up from a dream at any moment.

You are so perfect for concierge. I've only just discovered how difficult a role it is to get! You're going to have a blast.

Your apartment looks fantastic. It's great that you only have to share a bathroom with your roommate.

So excited to see you getting your badge.

Can't wait to see your pin collection explode now that you LIVE AT DISNEY.

01-25-2013, 05:09 PM
I LOVE all of your updates so far! What a magical time you had at TRADITIONS! I was almost in tears when I was reading that post! You gave me goosebumps! I am so jealous! I am kicking myself for not doing this when I was in college. You are so perfect for this position! Congrats again!

01-25-2013, 05:50 PM
What an incredible update! I was tearing up reading it.

I unfortunately never got to do the program when I was in college and I really regret not applying. So thank you again for sharing your DCP experience with us- I love reading about it :goodvibes

01-25-2013, 05:59 PM
BEST update EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!


01-25-2013, 06:03 PM
Sounds like a great start to your DCP. Congrats and thanks for sharing it. Don't let the negative stuff get you down.

01-25-2013, 06:04 PM
Congratulations on your CM pin!!!! You wear it well! Why do I have the feeling you're just going to be handing your paycheck over to the CM only store? :lmao:

Traditions sounds so inspiring. You'll have no problem fulfilling that motto! pixiedust:

01-25-2013, 06:11 PM
Thank you so much for the "behind the scenes" updates! "Traditions" sounds like absolute heaven, I would pay a ridiculous amount for the chance to be able to do that class on one of my trips, just for the experience and information.

I'm so jealous that you get to experience all this wonderful Disney magic! I wish I'd known about the DCP when I was young enough to take part...I'm ejoying living the dream through your posts and tweets!

01-25-2013, 06:38 PM
Great updates.
its wonderful that they make it magical for the new people. Having Mickey come to welcome you and give the nametags. It makes me feel very good that the magic extends to places that the guests don't even realize exists.
You looked so sweet and very businesslike in your business clothes with your new nametag.
Congrats on being a cast member.
You may be a concierge, but i still think you are a princess too.
Thanks a million for shareing.

01-25-2013, 07:01 PM
I'm glad your mom is coming back so soon to visit you, yay!

Omg you work at Coronado and you can eat that food every day if you want. I would be so fat within, like, a week.

I'm so glad you got the ADR but seriously what a mess with the reservations system! They better work this out before we make our ADRs for when I come to visit! I need flawless ADRs, Disney!

I love that Mark's roommates were watching Hunchback. I wish I lived in a community of Disney fans. Then maybe I would actually be friends with my neighbors, lol.

I'm honestly dying @ all of this traditions stuff, I don't even know what to say... like obviously the whole thing would have made me cry but when you said Mickey came out to say hi.... LIKE NO. STOP. I would have just fallen down.

Those stories are so touching. It is 100% true that guests need CMs and they are so important in creating the magic! I sacrifice so much so that I can get down to Disney and have my magic week or so there and I truly appreciate every CM I come across who is not only nice but goes above and beyond to make my experience all the more magical. If I became a CM, that is what I would do because I truly understand how much it can mean to someone to be in Disney. You're SO lucky you get to make the magic now, Jess!!! Ahhh I can't wait to come visit and see you in action!






01-25-2013, 07:04 PM
I love your updates. I want to get into that CM store lol. Love the little critters as well. OMG i need to work for Disney

01-25-2013, 07:57 PM

I think this momentous occasion deserves a CELEBRATORY DANCE!:)

Here we go everybody-Let's dance....FRUMPNAM STYLE!!!!:)

Lookin' good!:)

Everybody join in-we're dancin' FRUMPNAM STYLE!:)