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Old 07-29-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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The Everything Happens for a Reason TR--Last Trip as a WDW CM*ONE MORE SLEEP! pg 25

HI DIS!!!!

Some of you might remember me from my TR/Blog from my adventures as a WDW CM. Well, I'm back!!!! If not, my name is Megan from Pittsburgh, then Cinderella's Castle, then AK, then back to the Castle and now Cincinnati.

Brief History for newbies!!

I have been a WDW fan since I could remember. My parents first took me to WDW when I was 2, DL when I was almost 3. We took day trips to WDW from when I was 2-6 when visiting my g-parents in southern FL in the winters.

The first week long WDW vacation we took was back in 1992. My brother had just turned 5 and I had just turned 7 and we stayed at POFQ which became our home for our next 2 trips in '94 and '96. In '98 we did a split stay at Poly and POR and were supposed to stay at POFQ in 2000 for our LAST DISNEY TRIP EVER (according to dad) but he surprised us and we stayed at WL. When you're 15 and 13 and had been to WDW, you know that when you drive under the MK sign you aren't going to POFQ-minus the back road. We pulled up to WL and dad told us we were just "checking it out" and when the guard told us to enjoy our stay my brother and I were so surprised! WL then became our "home" in '03, '05, and '07 when we were NEVER GOING BACK lol.

After college in 2007 + student teaching that fall, I decided that I wanted to take a chance and build my resume instead of living at home and subbing from day to day at schools and so I applied for the College Program (CP). I interviewed and was accepted a week later for BBB-MK. I was a CP from Jan '08-June '08 and then applied for a Professional Internship (PI) and was accepted at AK-Education Presenter from June '08-Jan '09. Out of 20 interns I was chosen as one of five to be given seasonal status to continue working at WDW for AK and then back to BBB.

With the failing economy right now, WDW is not hiring and with my work being "cut" by Sept, I began looking for other jobs in March and stumbled upon a teaching job in Cincinnati, interviewed in May and was hired on the spot!!! I'm currently teaching for 5 year olds at a private children's academy!!


COMING UP:
-MY TITLE
-MY TRIP
-MY PICTURES!!!


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Old 07-29-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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So you might be wondering, what's with the title?!

A little bit about WDW seasonal status for those who don't know. Some CPs, PI's, and retired people often apply for seasonal status at WDW. Why you ask? You only have to work at WDW for 40 hours a year and you get to keep all of your discounts, getting in for free, and special tours and CM experiences (IE: BLT tour before it opens to DVC members).

The status is not meant for you to work year after year at 40 hours a week but if you attempt it, they will cut you off working after 9 months. I had worked full-time hours from Jan-May and was told that I could be "cut" by Sept. and would not be allowed to work again until January. I was super lucky in that I landed my teaching job yet still have my status!!!

Sadly though with my current job, it does not provide vacation time until after a year. I get a few days off paid until then so we can't take a week long vacation which would be nice!! Since I still have my CM status and it will most likely expire since I don't have vacation time to work my 40 hours we have to get one last trip in before it expires in Jan!!!!!


WHO WILL BE GOING?????

CAST OF TRIP:

Me: Favorite of anything WDW related and have discovered podcasts which I LOVE!!!

DDad: Says every trip we will never go back and we do! He swore he would NEVER go to WDW in Dec and after going last year, he has decided it is the only time he'll go now. HAHA.

DMOM: Loves beach vacations and cherishes our WDW days off at the pool, spa, or DTD shopping.

DBro: Just as big of WDW fan as me. Has every book, podcast, dvd, you name it. His dream would be to work at Disney in some sort of communications related field. He's getting there after being accepted to grad school for the fall!!


A picture of us at Dbro's college graduation in May:




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-MY LAST DAYS AT DISNEY





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TRIP DETAILS:

When thinking of a time to go to WDW between now and Jan for my dad it was a no brainer, his choice was December.

Dbro: October because he has never been to WDW for MNSSHP or F&W.

Dmom: Didn't care except not Sept because of the school year starting.

Me: Didn't care but it would have to be over a long weekend with me using 2 of my 3 paid days off and one not paid day off.

What did we come up with???????

DECEMBER!!!

Why? Reasons include:
1. Dad is paying so he gets to pick
2. We can escape the snow (fyi: I have not seen snow in 2 years!)
3. We can celebrate and early Xmas
4. Dbro will be done with his semester of grad school...hopefully
5. Did I mention Dad is paying??????
6. Celebrate moving. Dad is currently working a new job in Cincinnati. Mom and Bro are still living in Pittsburgh until the house sells and then will relocate to OH.
7. And well Dad is paying so ya...


I mention Dbro's school because he is going to an Ohio grad school and they have finals until 18 but he is toying with the idea of doing online school and living at home in Pittsburgh or Cincinnati.

So we were clueless on what dates to book but came up with 2 dates:

DEC: 10-15
AND
DEC: 16-21


RESORT INFO:

Between our trips in the past and me being a CM with discounts we have stayed at almost all the WDW resorts except: GF, YB club, BW, and FW.

Of course dads choice is WL. He believes it is magical at xmas and with us booking this early we should get it and at a good deal and we did!!

WL Dec 10-15
Courtyard View Bunk Bed
$200.00 a night
-not including a DDP but CMs are usually offered it a month before and will add it at $20 a person

We were VERY tempted at Poly which was an extra $20 a night but since dad believes WL is magical at Xmas that won.

Thinking we'd book the same resort for the following week and then cancel based on Bro's finals schedule but when I went to book it, I discovered that WL was an extra $50 a night for the room and AKL-Pool Bunk Bed was $50 cheaper.

Sadly we ended up booking AKL for the second week

AKL-Dec 16-21
Pool View with Bunk Bed
$200.00 a night
-not including a DDP

Last Dec we stayed at AKL and ended up upgrading from a standard to savannah view a few days before the trip. AKL was nice at Xmas but we all agreed it's not home like WL and I ended up with food poisoning at the end of the trip so I did not have fond memories lol!!!!

We're hoping we can cancel one of the ressies ASAP based on when Bro starts school the end of Aug!!!!!


PICTURES!!!!:

Mom, Dad, and I at Teppan Edo in April:




Myself and roomie Elyse at Epcot on my Bday in March:




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Old 07-30-2009, 07:41 PM   #4
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My Last Days at WDW

Well Geez! I figured I'd have some viewers by now!? Oh well! In time maybe??!! Until then I will continue!!


MY LAST DAYS AT WDW:

As said before, I had left WDW back in May to start a new job. I had been home the 2nd week of May and had gone to Cincinnati on a whim for the interview and had it on May 11 and was offered the job. I flew back to WDW on the 14 and moved on May 24 and started work on the 26th.

When I had gotten back to WDW I had spent the next week 1/2 working as I had already agreed to take shifts from FGITs at BBB. When off work I tried my hardest to make it to something WDW but between working 12 hour shifts, saying bye to friends, cleaning, packing, and shipping boxes, I didn't get to do a whole lot!!

My parents thought about taking a long weekend and flying down for one last visit but seeing as I had 10 days left before the move, they decided to fly Dbro down and help me drive.

On May 22, I checked into POP and met up with my college roomie who bought DVC in Jan. She just so happened to be there at SSR for the holiday weekend to celebrate an early masters graduation/bf's first time at WDW. Here she is opening her gifts from me:



The next day May 23, myself, roomie, roomie bf, roomie mom, and roomie dad went to DHS for EMH before I had to go to MCO to pick up Dbro. Late morning I headed out to MCO to pick up my Dbro. After getting him, we went back to POP for him to settle in and headed back to DHS. Here he is excited about SWW.



We also went to Epcot and ate at Biergarten for one last time





During our meal in Germany, I got a text from roomie saying that roomie bf had proposed to her in front of the castle!!!!!!!!!! But during our meal the flood gates opened to a major storm and in route to MK to see roomie, she and roomie bf had left to go back to SSR (I was lucky to meet up with roomie and fam at AK the following morning before the long drive to OH).

This is my last monorail ride Sadly it was monorail pink, my favorite one



After doing some rides and saying we weren't going to watch Spectro, we ended up watching it, I mean how could we not?! After that it was Wishes. I had always gotten those WDW chills when seeing FW shows but let me tell you..during the WHOLE show I cried like a baby and after it was over I stood in the middle of main street and cried for about 10 mins and after that my brother put his arm around my shoulder and we headed off to Jungle Cruise.

As we walked out one last time I took this picture..while crying again!



It only took a month away from WDW that I began to get Disney Homesick!!!!


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Congratulations on your new job! I hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed reading your trip reports (even if I mostly lurked). I'm glad you're getting to go back to WDW in December. I hope everything works out and you get to stay at WL.

I bet your kids will enjoy hearing your stories about working at Disney. I think it's so cool you got to work at AK. Good luck with everything!
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Congratulations on your new job! I hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed reading your trip reports (even if I mostly lurked). I'm glad you're getting to go back to WDW in December. I hope everything works out and you get to stay at WL.

I bet your kids will enjoy hearing your stories about working at Disney. I think it's so cool you got to work at AK. Good luck with everything!
WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I only have one view Unless there are a bunch of lurkers!!!

..I saw the Nov hours are out so I just gotta make it to Septemeber until they open up Dec and then the real planning will begin!!!
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Copngrats on the new job! Can't wait to read the rest of your report! I'll bet it will be great!!

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Megan I am a big lurker and have always enjoyed your reports!

I am originally from Cincinnati myself and all I can say is -- I miss LaRosa's and am jealous you can eat there!!!

I'm looking forward to reading your report!

Thanks for reading!! I live in the Fairfield area (for the moment until my apt in Hamilton opens up) and I live within walking distance of LaRosa's. It's pretty good pizza!!!


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I hope you enjoy teaching this fall! It will make you love Disney even more...as a parent, I love knowing when teachers have a love of something specific, as it makes appreciation gifts easier!!!

Enjoy planning your trip!
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just had to drop in and say hi- i used to follow you on your CP and then your AK internship, but dropped off when life got in the way and i got too busy! so great to find you again. I am a former WDWCP too (but way back in 1996!).

Anyhow- we are going aroudn the same time- 12/10-12/20. I'll have to spend some time reading through your report tonight- can't wait!!!
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Single digits...WOO HOO!!

That is too funny about one of your kiddos saying you just got back from there.
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just had to drop in and say hi- i used to follow you on your CP and then your AK internship, but dropped off when life got in the way and i got too busy! so great to find you again. I am a former WDWCP too (but way back in 1996!).

Anyhow- we are going aroudn the same time- 12/10-12/20. I'll have to spend some time reading through your report tonight- can't wait!!!
Ya I saw that on your sig from another TR. We will be at WL as well!!!!!
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7 days!!!!

7 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JUST 7 BOUNCIES LEFT!!!!!

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Not much to report on for today...

Lets just say after the 3 days I've had this week, I can't tell you how much I'm ready to leave

I won't go into major details but the director at my school is on vacation, FL, believe it or not! Monday went pretty smooth. There is another lady at the front who is more or less an asst. director but without the title..more like a up-front helper who deals with food orders and event planning.
Monday went pretty smooth and I even agreed to stay super late to help her out by cleaning rooms and helping with the kids before parents came to pick up.

Tues on the other hand was just a NIGHTMARE. Licensing came back in June when my g-ma had passed away so I was not there for the visit but they did a "surprise" visit yesterday (were supposed to come mid month) and my room did fine but not so well in other rooms and it felt like a day of pins and needles Thankfully we bribed the kids enough to be quiet when she entered the room to inspect it and told the kids she was santa's helper and they need to be good...
well...that worked for yesterday

..not so much today when she wasn't here!!!

I was supposed to have my 1st Aid class last night after the horrid licensing visit and we could not get the DVD to work in the school player so we had to cancel the class and reschedule it for tomorrow night from 6:30pm-11pm I guess it's a sign of the times when you can't even teach a class without having to deviate from a DVD

After I had the mole on my arm removed last weekend, I have to cover it with a bandaid and put aquaphor (sp?) on it twice a day. Well, the area around the bandaids had been getting dry so I thought heck, why not put the aquaphor on the dry area to make it better since it's used for dry skin as well...bad idea...totally broke out from it, my arm is now bright red and sooo itchy!!! It's funny how it's find on the incision

We also are having a lady shadow our room for when S goes on maternity leave and they need a FT teacher. S and I have already said it takes a "special young person" to deal with the kids in our room. Needless to say this lady was nice but I don't know. S and I are on the fence about it. Hopefully tomorrow she will be more interested in the kids and ask us questions.

So after the past 2 days I'm more than ready to trade in my teaching binder for a week of fun at WDW. I was considering just staying down there and dealing with finding a job but I just spent $50 getting license plates so I guess I'm stuck for awhile!!!

As far as WDW news goes....

All the ressies have been set
Rental Car is booked
I checked flight status today and it was still all the same! Our flight going home has 3 seats left and our flight going down has about 50+ seats left. The times and flight #s are all the same so that is good
I was on the fence about ordering a cake from YC bakery and pretty much decided against it. I thought about calling and if it was $30 or less I would get one and it just got put on list after list and finally erased tonight and if I have time to deal with it this weekend (prolly not) than oh well....

I'm on the fence about clothing packing to and not feeling like I have no control over it since I have to leave my suitcase with Dm on Sunday and we leave Thurs. I'm going to leave her a list of pack A and B and update her Wed nite/Thurs morning on what list to pack. On accuweather it's saying the coldest it could be is 69 and the highest 80. Id rather the 80 than 70

Well that is it for now...I'm off to get some sleep as I will not get a whole lot tmw now bc of the class and I have to drive home to PA on Friday alone for the Rockettes show on Saturday....

STAY TUNED!!!!!!!

What packing list will it be???
Making my list and checking it twice!!!!!



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Well all have weeks like that sometimes--sorry yours was this week. But look at it this way: you will appreciate your time in WDW so much more!
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