DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM - A Spring 2013 Adventure! *COMPLETE* 11/20
"I DON'T KNOW WHEN, I DON'T KNOW HOW,
BUT I KNOW SOMETHING'S STARTING RIGHT NOW..."
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
Alright. Let's get this show on the road. MY DREAM IS COMING TRUE RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES. LET THE MOST MAGICAL ADVENTURE OF MY LIFE BEGIN! :wizard:
**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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Table of Contents
"I DON'T KNOW WHEN, I DON'T KNOW HOW..."
DCP CAST 2013
Jess' Trip Report Collection
The Application Process
Jess' Pre-College Program Life
January 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Flying to Disney!
January 20th, 2013 (Part 2) I'M HOME! FOR REAL THIS TIME!
January 21st, 2013 (Part 1) The Day of the Fruit Salad
January 21st, 2013 (Part 2) THIS RESORT IS BEAUTIFUL.
January 21st, 2013 (Part 3) - GLORIA THE MOUSEKEEPER
January 22nd, 2013 (Part 1) - CHECK-IN AND CASTING
January 22nd, 2013 (Part 2) - CHECK-IN AND CASTING
January 23rd, 2013 - Shopping Day!
January 24th, 2013 - Apartment Pictures/Splitsville!
January 25th, 2013 (Part 1) - TRADITIONS
January 25th, 2013 (Part 2) - MY FIRST TIME AT MAGIC KINGDOM! (as a CP!)
January 26th, 2013 (Part 1) - DAK/DHS with the Roomies!
January 26th, 2013 (Part 2) - CHEERLEADERS.
January 27th, 2013 (Part 1) Long Lost Friends!
January 27th, 2013 (Part 2) - BE OUR GUEST LUNCH
January 27th, 2013 (Part 3) - IT'S CHARACTER DAY!
January 27th, 2013 (Part 4) - CELEBRATE A DREAM COME TRUE!
January 27th, 2013 (Part 5) - MORE OF CHARACTER DAY!
January 28th, 2013 - Dis-Meet and Olivia's Cafe
January 29th, 2013 - Front Desk Training Day 1
January 30th, 2013 - Front Desk Training Day 2/January 31st, 2013 - Front Desk Training Day 3
February 1st, 2013 (Part 1) - 1900 Park Fare!
February 1st, 2013 (Part 2) - 1900 Park Fare!
February 2nd, 2013 (Part 1) - 4 PARKS IN ONE DAY!
February 2nd, 2013 (Part 2) - 4 PARKS IN ONE DAY!
February 2nd, 2013 (Part 3) - 4 PARKS IN ONE DAY!
February 3rd, 2013 - Coronado Training Day 1 and Via Napoli/February 4th, 2013 - Coronado Training Day 2
February 5th, 2013 - Going to Class and The Magic Kingdom
February 6th, 2013 - Coronado Training Day 3
February 7-10th, 2013 - Magic Kingdom till Midnight!/I Earned My Ears!
February 11th, 2013 - Mom, Nana, and Dea Arrive!
February 12th, 2013 (Part 1) - Beach Club Photo Shoot!
February 12th, 2013 (Part 2) - Tutto Italia
February 13th, 2013 (Part 1) - DHS and San Angel Inn
February 13th, 2013 (Part 2) - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
February 14th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Akershus Valentine's Day Breakfast!
February 14th, 2013 (Part 2) - Valentine's Day in the Magic Kingdom!
February 14th, 2013 (Part 3) - Be Our Guest
February 14th, 2013 (Part 4) - True Love Week!
February 15th, 2013 (Part 1) - Disney's Animal Kingdom!
February 15th, 2013 (Part 2) - The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show!
February 15th, 2013 (Part 3) - Wilderness Lodge!
February 16th, 2013 - The Plaza
February 17th, 2013 (Part 1) - Magic Kingdom with the Girls!
February 17th, 2013 (Part 2) - Magic Kingdom with the Girls!
February 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Last Full Day Spent in Hollywood!
February 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - Fort Wilderness!
February 18th, 2013 (Part 3) - YAHOO! HOOP DEE DOO!
February 18th, 2013 (Part 4) - YAHOO! HOOP DEE DOO!
February 19th, 2013 - Back to Normal CP Life!
February 20th, 2013 - Typhoon Lagoon
February 21st, 2013 - February 24th, 2013 - I'm a Working Girl!
February 25th, 2013 - I'M GONNA WRECK IT!
February 26th, 2013 - Hollywood Studios and Kona!
February 27th-28th, 2013 - The Most Productive Day EVER.
March 1st, 2013 - OH MY GOD, TOMORROW.
March 2nd, 2013 (Part 1) - DisneyQuest
March 2nd, 2013 (Part 2) - OUR LION KING ROOM!!!!
March 2nd, 2013 (Part 3) - Chef Mickey's!
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 1) - Good Morning, GOOD MORNING!
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 2) - Crystal Palace
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 3) - DAWM
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 4) - The Frozen Kingdom
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 5) - Extra Magical Magic Hours!
March 3rd, 2013 (Part 6) - Extra Magical Magic Hours
March 4th, 2013 (Part 1) - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater!
March 4th, 2013 (Part 2) - 50's Prime Time Cafe!
March 4th, 2013 (Part 3) - Fantasmic and Extra Magic Hours Date!
March 5th, 2013 (Part 1) - FOTLK and Pizzafari! (Or Safaritzza?)
March 5th, 2013 (Part 2) - Kilimanjaro Safaris and Finding Nemo!
March 5th, 2013 (Part 3) - Looping Everest Like Champs.
March 5th, 2013 (Part 4) - The Beauty Which is Ohana.
March 6th, 2013 (Part 1) - Seeing Fish and Soaring to New Heights!
March 6th, 2013 (Part 2) - F&G Festival
March 6th, 2013 (Part 3) - BE OUR GUEST, BE OUR GUEST!!!!!
March 6th, 2013 (Part 4) - BE OUR GUEST, BE OUR GUEST!!!!!
March 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Traveling the World With Duffy!
March 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Traveling Around the World With Duffy!
March 7th, 2013 (Part 3) - THE GARDEN GRILL
March 7th, 2013 (Part 4) - "Well... It's been Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse."
March 8th, 2013 - Preston Goes Home ):
March 9th, 2013 - Post Disney Depression in Disney/March 10th, 2013 - Sanaa with Miranda!
March 11, 2013/March 12th, 2013 - Kona/The Great and Powerful Oz
March 13th, 2013 (Part 1) - Eating Around the World F&G Style!
March 13th, 2013 (Part 2) - TANGLED BATHROOMS!
March 13th, 2013 (Part 3) - Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Madness!
March 14th-16th, 2013 - Meeting Victoria and Nicole!
March 17th-19th, 2013 - Tony's Town Square
March 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt!
March 20th, 2013 (Part 2) - THE BEST PIN TRADE EVER/SPLASH MOUNTAIN IS OPEN AGAIN!!!
March 20th, 2013 (Part 3) - SPLASH MOUNTAIN.
March 21st, 2013 - The Four Amigos Go To Crystal Palace
March 22, 2013 - Les Chefs de France!
March 23rd-26th, 2013 - Le Cellier
March 27th, 2013 - Jess and Mark's Garden Grill Night!
March 28th, 2013 - Going to DAK and Work!
March 29th, 2013 - Tortuga Tavern and Epcot!
March 30th, 2013 - Jess and Rachelle's Adventure Day!
March 31st, 2013 (Part 1) - Easter Lunch at Mama Melrose and Countdown to Fun!
March 31st, 2013 (Part 2) - Easter Dinner at Whispering Canyon!
April 1st - 4th, 2013 - Work-Life-Disney Balance
April 5th, 2013 (Part 1) - UNIVERSAL!
April 5th, 2013 (Part 2) - UNIVERSAL!
April 5th, 2013 (Part 3) - UNIVERSAL!
April 6th, 2013 (Part 1) - San Angel Inn and Both Port Orleans!
April 6th, 2013 (Part 2) - OKW, SSR, and Coronado Springs!
April 6th, 2013 (Part 3) - AoA and The Beach Club!
April 6th, 2013 (Part 4) - YaCHt Club and Boardwalk!
April 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Checking in at the Poly for our Father Daughter Trip!
April 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Introducing the King Kamehameha Club!
April 7th, 2013 (Part 3) - Club Level Offerings and Taking a Monorail to Epcot!
April 7th, 2013 (Part 4) - Via Napoli and Toy Story Mania!
April 8th, 2013 (Part 1) - The Polynesian is Paradise
April 8th, 2013 (Part 2) - Coronado Springs, Club Level Food, and DHS!
April 9th, 2013 (Part 1) - Father Daughter Fishing Trip and Le Cellier!
April 9th, 2013 (Part 2) - Our Father Daughter Magic Kingdom Night!
April 10th, 2013 (Part 1) - Polynesian Perfection
April 10th, 2013 (Part 2) - Father Daughter Dinner at Citricos!
April 11th-15th, 2013 - Visiting Home.
April 16th, 2013 - Back to Disney and Be Our Guest!
April 17th, 2013 - Downtown Disney with Mark!
April 18th-22nd, 2013 - Normal Routine
April 23rd, 2013 (Part 1) - DinoLand Dance Party!
April 23rd, 2013 (Part 2) - Yak & Yeti and Camp Minnie-Mickey!
April 24th, 2013 - Earl of Sandwich and Hollywood Studios
April 25th, 2013 (Part 1) - Celebrating Mark's Birthday at the Tusker House!
April 25th, 2013 (Part 2) - The Kitchen Sink!
April 26th-28th, 2013 - When I Was Sick ):
April 29th-30th, 2013 - Girls Night at Splitsville!
May 1st, 2013 (Part 1) - "WE HAVE STUFF TO DO!"
May 1st, 2013 (Part 2) - Our Walk-Up Breakfast at CRT and Starlit Splash!
May 2nd-3rd, 2013 - Carrabas!/Dream Along With Mickey Makes Me Emotional.
May 4th, 2013 - May the Fourth be With You!
May 5th, 2013 (Part 1) - MY MOM IS HERE!!!!!!!
May 5th, 2013 (Part 2) - A Perfect Princess Dinner at Akershus!
May 6th, 2013 - Sanaa
May 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Garden Suite at Boardwalk!
May 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Garden Suite Continued!
May 7th, 2013 (Part 3) - Boardwalk Bakery and Laying by the Pool!
May 7th, 2013 (Part 4) - Big River Grille and La Nouba!
May 8th, 2013 (Part 1) - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
May 8th, 2013 (Part 2) - Happy Birthday, Princess!
May 8th, 2013 (Part 3) - Birthday Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern!
May 8th, 2013 (Part 4) - Meeting Peter Pan, Aladdin, Jasmine, and Ariel!
May 8th, 2013 (Part 5) - My Birthday Balloon and Going to Narcoossee's!
May 8th, 2013 (Part 6) - Birthday Dinner at Narcoossee's!
May 9th, 2013 (Part 1) - Meeting Tiana and Naveen and Another Birthday Balloon!
May 9th, 2013 (Part 2) - "Once Upon a Time, in a Faraway Land..."
May 9th, 2013 (Part 3) - Having the Ballroom All to Ourselves!
May 10th, 2013 - Monsieur Paul
May 11th, 2013 (Part 1) - Merida's Coronation
May 11th, 2013 (Part 2) - Hollywood Studios Activities!
May 12th, 2013 - Mother's Day
May 13th, 2013 (Part 1) - LIA'S HERE!!!!!
May 13th, 2013 (Part 2) - Our Tangled Obsession and Chef Mickey's for Dinner!
May 13th, 2013 (Part 3) - "CELEBRATE! EVERY DAY'S A PARTY!"
May 13th, 2013 (Part 4) - "CELEBRATE WITH MICKEY MOUSE!"
May 14th, 2013 - Class and Work
May 15th, 2013 - A Dinner in France!
May 16th (Part 1) - "Can I Call Ya Al? Or Maybe Just Din."
May 16th, 2013 (Part 2) - CASTLE SPAM!
May 16th, 2013 (Part 3) - Splashing our Way out of MK and Over to Sci-Fi!
May 16th, 2013 (Part 4) - "Come On You Astro Boys, Come On You Astro Girls!"
May 16th, 2013 (Part 5) - Hollywood, 1939.
May 16th, 2013 (Part 6) - "See it in Your Mind and You Will Find, in Your Imagination..."
May 17th, 2013 (Part 1) - Checking in at Pop!
May 17th, 2013 (Part 2) - A Quick Stop at the Magic Kingdom!
Post-College Program Check-in Update!
May 17th, 2013 (Part 3) - Artist Point
May 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - Jess and Lia Day!
May 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - San Angel Inn and Being the Last People in Epcot!
May 19th, 2013 (Part 1) - Gina's Here!
May 19th, 2013 (Part 2) - 1900 Park Fare with Lia and Gina!
May 20th, 2013 (Part 1) - Garden Grill with Lia and Gina!
May 20th, 2013 (Part 2) - Beautiful Skies, Pooh Bear, and Tigger!
May 21st, 2013 (Part 1) - Via Napoli
May 21st, 2013 (Part 2) - World Showcase and Downtown Disney!
May 22nd, 2013 - Ralph, Prime Time, and Goodbyes
May 23rd, 2013 (Part 1) - Moving over to All-Star Movies!
May 23rd, 2013 (Part 2) - Wolfgang Puck, Wilderness Lodge, and Whispering Canyon!
May 24th, 2013 (Part 1) - Universal and Characters in Flight!
May 24th, 2013 (Part 2) - Saying Goodbye to Mark and Monstrous Summer!
May 25th, 2013 - Resort Exploring!
May 26th-28th, 2013 - In Between Trips!
May 29th, 2013 (Part 1) - The Frumps Arrive and the Tour of our Cars Suite!
May 29th, 2013 (Part 2) - Starting off in Magic Kingdom!
May 29th, 2013 (Part 3) - Making Our Way to Fort Wilderness!
May 29th, 2013 (Part 4) - FRUMP DEE DOO!
May 29th, 2013 (Part 5) - The One in Which I Get to be the Can-Can Dancer!!!!
May 30th, 2013 (Part 1) - Typhoon Lagoon and Downtown Disney!
May 30th, 2013 (Part 2) - Ohana Means Frump!
May 30th, 2013 (Part 3) - "ONE MORE BOAT!"
May 31st, 2013 (Part 1) - The Frumps Go to Hollywood!
May 31st, 2013 (Part 2) - Park Hopping!
May 31st, 2013 (Part 3) - Be Our Guest!
June 1st, 2013 (Part 1) - The Frumps Hit Epcot!
June 1st, 2013 (Part 2) - Cinderella's Royal Table!
June 1st, 2013 (Part 3) - THE PRINCESSES!!!
June 2nd, 2013 (Part 1) - Chef Mickey's!
June 2nd, 2013 (Part 2) - Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours!
June 3rd, 2013 - Our Night at Hollywood Studios!
June 4th, 2013 (Part 1) - Our Last Frump Morning!
June 4th, 2013 (Part 2) - Finishing Off the Trip with Via Napoli!
June 5th 7th, 2013 - The Frumps Go Home and A Few Days of Work!
June 8th - June 16th, 2013 - MY REJUVENATING TRIP HOME!
June 17th, 2013 - Back to the Disney World!
June 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - WELCOME, STARBUCKS!
June 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - TAKIN' IT IN!!
June 18th, 2013 (Part 3) - Fantasyland Photo Shoot
June 18th, 2013 (Part 4) - Magic Kingdom Festivities!
June 20th-24th, 2013 (Part 1) - My Family Visits!
June 20th-24th, 2013 (Part 2) - My Family Visits!
June 25th, 2013 - Hidden Mickey Hunt!
June 26th, 2013 - YOLO TO COCOA
June 27th- July 1st, 2013 - Studios!/Magic Kingdom!/Fourth of July Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom!
July 2nd, 2013 - Epcot Character Hunting with Lindsay!
July 4th, 2013 (Part 1) - FOURTH OF JULY.
July 4th, 2013 (Part 2) - FOURTH OF JULY!
July 5th, 2013 - Princess Breakfast with Victoria!
July 6th-7th, 2013 - Magic Kingdom. All Day Every Day.
July 8th, 2013 (Part 1) - The Day in Which Our Lives Were Perfect.
July 8th, 2013 (Part 2) - The Day in Which Our Lives Were Perfect.
July 8th, 2013 (Part 3) - The Day in Which Our Lives Were Perfect.
July 9th-10th, 2013 - The Seas Aqua Tour/Magic Kingdom (Again!)
July 11th- 13th, 2013 - 50's Prime Time with Melissa!/DAK DAY!
July 14th-17th, 2013 - Starfish Hugs from Ariel!/Magic Kingdom Life/Monsters U Round Two!
July 18th, 2013 (Part 1) - Long Lost Friends Celebrate a Dream Come True!
July 18th, 2013 (Part 2) - Long Lost Friends Celebrate a Dream Come True!
July 19th-21st, 2013 - Keys to the Kingdom/Eating with Courtney and Megan at The Plaza!
July 22nd-23rd, 2013 - Eating with Lauren in Mexico!/Eating at Mama Melrose with my Mom!
July 24th, 2013 (Part 1) - Garden Grill!
July 24th, 2013 (Part 2) - Garden Grill!
July 25th-27th, 2013 - Beaches & Cream and Enchanted Tales!/Polynesian Day!
July 28th, 2013 (Part 1) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY
July 28th, 2013 (Part 2) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY
July 28th, 2013 (Part 3) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY
July 28th, 2013 (Part 4) - UNDER-APPRECIATED ATTRACTION DAY
July 29th, 2013 - San Angel Inn and the Disney Store!
July 30th, 2013 - My Disney College Program Graduation
July 31st, 2013 - The Departures Begin...
August 1st-5th, 2013 - Things Are Starting to Wrap Up!
August 6th, 2013 (Part 1) - "MR. PONY, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND THE TRAGEDY!?"
August 6th, 2013 (Part 2) - Last Roomie Day at Magic Kingdom and France for Dinner!
August 7th, 2013 (Part 1) - Graduation Ears in the Magic Kingdom!
August 7th, 2013 (Part 2) - Graduation Ears in the Magic Kingdom!
August 8th, 2013 - Moving Out of Patterson Court
August 9th, 2013 - See Ya Real Soon!
DCP CAST 2013
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!
COLLEGE PROGRAM FRIENDS:
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."
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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:
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
The Port Report: Frumpin Around the World with the Bathrobe Princesses (:
"She's Looking at Food Pictures Again!" A February Family Vacation!
ITS OUR MOTHER DAUGHTER TRIP! Our Spontaneous Getaway - April 2011
"Theres NO Sleeping in Disney! SURPRISE - The Frumps Are Back Again!
December 2011/January 2012:
Your ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE to Disney World at Christmas Time!
The Frumps Have Hit the Wall... And No One's Mad. "FART SHOES."
The Most MAGICAL Trip Of Them All! "EVERYTHING'S PERFECT!"
December 2012/January 2013:
If the Yacht Club was a Person, I Would Marry It. NYE TRIP 2012-2013!
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.
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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!
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!!!
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!
Good luck for today!! Looking forward to hearing about all of your adventures on the DCP :)
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!
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:
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
What an exciting opportunity. I'll be following along and look forward to your perspective. Enjoy the experience.:goodvibes
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:
Yay!!!! I'm in! Can't wait to here about all your adventures. Good luck! :)
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