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Old 11-02-2012, 05:44 AM   #76
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Oh, it sounds like you are having a blast. What a great experience! So how did the entertainment auditions go? We want to know if we're going to "see" you up in front of the castle or somewhere and we can jump up and down and point and yell "I (don't) know that girl!!"
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Sounds so great down there!

No Lightsabers?? That is so strange/sad/hilarious all at once!

I have never tried to eat one of those candy apples for that exact reason, where on earth do you start? Also they are usually so darn cute you don't want to eat them anyway!
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:09 PM   #78
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:17 PM   #79
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Hello everyone, I am currently sitting at work with nothing to do so I figured I would give you all a little bit of an update!!! Sorry for the lack of pictures but like I said I'm at work

My first program is officially over, soooooo there is a lot to catch you all up on. I'll probably save that for when I have pictures.

For those of you who aren't a twitter/Instagram follower of mine (if you want to be... Find me!!! @leasha_burns but be warned. I have some random silly outbursts) you probably have no idea if I moved home after my program or not. Well, I am happy to inform you that I did stick around!!! But let's be honest, did you expect anything less? However, I am no longer in costuming. If you recall I went to an audition in early October WELL, it took me FOREVER to hear back I officially heard back on November 19!!! I am currently a part of the Disney Entertainment team (: I have made a bunch of "new friends" over the past few weeks some furry and one of royal blood, with a few more to come my way at a later date. So if you are ever in the world between now and May be sure to let me know, you may have an extra special friend waiting to me you!!!

So far, my new job is PERFECT. I can't even describe what it's like because its just too magical (most of the time).

As for my run in costuming, it was a great time, I met some amazing people and made tons of memories. For the last few months of my program I was picked to be on the Christmas parade team which took up A LOT of my time 12 hour shifts 6 days a week. Tons of over time, tons of sleepless nights but most importantly lots of fun!!! I wouldn't trade my time in costuming for the world because it showed me the kind of person I never want to become, one of those performers who think they are better than everyone and gets fed up with their job too easily.

My roommates, well they were interesting... At various points I was friends with all of them. Towards the end we were divided right down the middle and we ended up leaving without even saying goodbye to one another. They made parts of my program a living hell and there was tons of conflict but I lucked out. I had Ryan with me and he made everything that much better. I ended up befriending all of his roommates and spending most of my time over at their place. I miss them more than I miss most of my actual roommates. If there is one thing that I learned from this aspect of the program it is: not everyone is what they seem. I met my room,ages online MONTHS before we moved to Florida and we got along just fine but living with 6 people in one little apartment is hard when people don't do their share and think that you are there to be the mother. This program I opted for a 2 bedroom and so far all is well, I am allowed to sit on the couch in the living room with out being threatened and the place is always so clean. I wish I would have went with a two bedroom to begin with.

Another thing that I learned: just because people work for disney doesn't mean they have a love for it, care about it or want to be there. For the amount of happy peppy cast members you see onstage you see 10 times more unhappy people behind the scenes. It is important to remember why you are here and why you love what you do. It's easy for those type of people to get you down but you have to keep your head up and keep smiling!

Disney is a family, it has it moments of happiness and disaster but you work through it all. If you ever decide to do the program it will be the most amazing, fabulous, magical experience of your life while at the same time making you want to pull your hair out. There will be moments when you are ready to quit. God knows I had plenty of those between missing thanksgiving and Christmas and all my new friends moving home on me. But deep down you will know in your heart if this is where you are meant to be. Maybe you're meant to work here forever, a few hears, only for a program, or maybe you find out Disney vacations is where it ends for you but anyway that it ends up for you, you are sure to come out with a whole new and bigger love and appreciation for this place that so many people call home.

If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask!!! I am going to try to update more with my life this time around but with my current role I don't know how possible that will be. But I do have a lot more free time due to NO MORE CHRISTMAS!!! so I will do my best. Thank you all for reading a long, I hope I can give you a little more taste of what my first program was like and that I can keep you a little more up to date on my current program. Thanks as always for the love and support, you are all just too good to me!!!
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Hi! I know I'm really late to this TR but it's so fascinating! My biggest regret in life is not doing the DCP when I was in college, so I love reading about people's experiences now! I just followed you on twitter yesterday too, it's SO amazing that you are friends with all of these characters (I'm minnie_ears on twitter )!
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Yay, you're back! I've been following along on Instagram and you make a GORGEOUS princess. Can't wait to hear more!
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Congrats on being "friends" with some characters. I follow you on instagram (I'm bruinz442 btw lol) and I've seen the pictures. How amazing! What an incredible experience. I'm going to be in the world February 4-8. Maybe I'll see you on my character hunt
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So happy for you! I have been following this report, as well as your YOLO tr. Also, I just requested to follow you on twitter and Instagram. Enjoy your new role!
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #84
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Hey Alicia!

I follow you on twitter too (@kristina7901) and am so glad you updated! I agree with everyone else, following your experiences is fascinating haha! Can't wait to see what else is in store for you, and congrats on all that you've accomplished so far!
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:15 AM   #85
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Hey Alicia!

I'm a Fall 2013 College Program hopeful. It's crazy how much we have in common! I'm also 22 and will (keeping my fingers crossed) also be doing my CP after I graduate college! My friends would also describe me as a kid at heart, free spirited, and a Disney Addict. As I'm approaching the "g-word" (graduation), I've been saying "Adventure is out there!"

Up is such an awesome movie and I think that it perfectly fits with life after graduation. I've dreamed of doing the college program since I was like 8, but I could never get away. Now that I'm about to graduate, I'm finally able to pursue my dreams of working for Disney.

Do you have any advice for someone about to begin the whole application/ WBI/ interview process journey? Rumors are applications will come out sometime in these next two weeks.

I also followed you on twitter (a_huss). Can't wait to read more about your magical adventures!
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Hi! I know I'm really late to this TR but it's so fascinating! My biggest regret in life is not doing the DCP when I was in college, so I love reading about people's experiences now! I just followed you on twitter yesterday too, it's SO amazing that you are friends with all of these characters (I'm minnie_ears on twitter )!

It's never too late to join in!!! Unfortunately I haven't updated as much as I would have like to begin with so you are here just in time for my fresh new start!!! Thanks for joining in!!! Thanks for being so active and interested in my DCP life it's nice to be able to make so new friends


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Yay, you're back! I've been following along on Instagram and you make a GORGEOUS princess. Can't wait to hear more!

I AM BACKKKKK!!!! Thanks for sticking around and thanks so much, I'll be sure to tell my princess friends you think so!!! They will be thrilled to hear it


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Congrats on being "friends" with some characters. I follow you on instagram (I'm bruinz442 btw lol) and I've seen the pictures. How amazing! What an incredible experience. I'm going to be in the world February 4-8. Maybe I'll see you on my character hunt

It is THE BEST EXPERIENCE of my life!!! I couldn't be more grateful to be given such an amazing opportunity. It seems as though your trip is close to an end. I hope that you have enjoyed it!!! Maybe perchance you saw one of my new friends? Possibly Pocahontas? If not there's always the possibility of future trips, I don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon


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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For following along in all aspects of everything!!! I really appreciate it


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Hey Alicia!

I follow you on twitter too (@kristina7901) and am so glad you updated! I agree with everyone else, following your experiences is fascinating haha! Can't wait to see what else is in store for you, and congrats on all that you've accomplished so far!

Thank you so much!!! It's wonderful to know that there are some people interested in what I get to do!!! I hope you continue to enjoy thanks again for following along


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Hey Alicia!

I'm a Fall 2013 College Program hopeful. It's crazy how much we have in common! I'm also 22 and will (keeping my fingers crossed) also be doing my CP after I graduate college! My friends would also describe me as a kid at heart, free spirited, and a Disney Addict. As I'm approaching the "g-word" (graduation), I've been saying "Adventure is out there!"

Up is such an awesome movie and I think that it perfectly fits with life after graduation. I've dreamed of doing the college program since I was like 8, but I could never get away. Now that I'm about to graduate, I'm finally able to pursue my dreams of working for Disney.

Do you have any advice for someone about to begin the whole application/ WBI/ interview process journey? Rumors are applications will come out sometime in these next two weeks.

I also followed you on twitter (a_huss). Can't wait to read more about your magical adventures!

Wonderful!!! Ahhhhhhh, that's so exciting!!! If you have any questions PLEASE feel free to ask I would be more than happy to share any information possible

In my honest opinion I think the best thing that you could have done for yourself was wait until your graduated!!! I was in the same boat and having been down here working for over 6 months I can be the first to tell you that it would have been almost impossible for you to go back. Everyone that I met on my first program who did have to go back to school is less than enthusiastic about life back home now. So good for you for having the will power to wait it out, I promise that it will make it all the more worth it!!!

Be honest!!! Let your love for Disney shine through but don't overwhelm them , remember that it is a professional company but the just happen to specialize in magic. Be sure to let them know that you have been interested in doing the program for a while and can really see yourself staying with the company long term (if that is the case). Disney is all about people who are willing to start at the bottom and work their way up. Don't be afraid to let them know about you!!! I hope it's not too late and that you haven't gotten to far into the application process, it can be a little overwhelming at times BUT if you need help at any point feel free to comment or even just message me, I'd be super happy to help out a fellow DCP hopeful!!!

Thanks so much for reading along and please please please keep me up to date on how your interview process is going!!!
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The Grand Reveal!!! (My New Friends)


HELLLLLOOOOOOOO EVERYONEEEEEEEEEE (or no one beucase I might have lost anyone with the slightest bit of interest in this thread due to my lack of updating)

As I think I mentioned in my last post I ended up staying in Disney for another “semester” and I just wanted to fill you all in on how it’s going for me so far.

Let’s start off with a little bit about the end of my last program: It was an amazing whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire five months. I am so grateful that I was able to talk my best friend Ryan into moving here with me!!! I honestly don’t know how I would have survived my first program without him. We both did costuming, something that was VERY different from the type of costuming that we were use to back home BUT we learned a lot and met a bunch of new friends. I worked in MK doing Day Parade/Christmas parade and he worked over in Hollywood Studios at Fantasmic, we both had splendid times, luckily I was able to stay and keep living the dream but he had to return back to school, he stayed seasonal and also became a Campus Representative for the DCP!!! We are going through a little separation anxiety right now, mainly me because he isn’t my neighbor anymore and him because he misses Disney (and I guess a little bit of me) SO MUCH!!! It’s really crazy how this place can just suck you into it’s magic. I can’t imagine trying to go home after. Like, it just wouldn’t have been possible for me.

So here is a picture of us from our graduation ceremony!!! It was a blast and a great time, I just cannot stress how grateful I am that he up and moved to Florida with me!!!



Our entire program we had talked about getting tattoos to commemorate the time that we just packed up and moved to Florida in search of adventure. It was an idea that we had toyed with for a while before actually going and getting them done. We both settled on simple dialogue from a Disney movie. We knew that we wanted it to be Disney themed but we didn’t want it to be obnoxious or tacky. We figured that catch phrases or sayings from some of our favorite movies would be the perfect about of subtly. I decided on…



I got in on the middle of my back so It can easily be covered. Up is one of my favorite movies and after seeing it I kind of adapted this as my personal catch phrase after graduation. I think it has to do with the fact that I lead a very kind of sheltered life before moving to Florida, I had never really left my family or been on my own before moving here and but no that I am here I keep discovering more and more things that made me so glad that I took the chance, stepped out of my comfort zone and just took that leap.

The major thing that I have been hurled into and loving every second of since my second program started is my new role in entertainment. Unfortunately I can’t talk all that in depth about my new role but I can tell you a little bit about all my new friends!!!


I have already done so much in the less than a month I have been an entertainment cast member: One of my friends opened the Magic Kingdom twice, Cinderella invited a friend of mine to dine in her castle and made a surprise appearance in Town Square Theatre and so much more!!! Not to mention I have met SO MANY people: guests, colleagues, characters and most importantly friends. Going through training they tell you about how as a performer you can make or break someone’s vacation and that you can never really understand the impact that you will have on a child. Let me be the first to say that a guest never has any idea the impact that they make on the performer. I have a journal FULL of amazing, quirky, caring, special individuals that I have met in the very short amount of time that I have been in my new role.

Percurser!!! The photos you are about to see are photos of my friends, if you wish to address the photos I have of them please leave the comments to the specific pup or princess and I will b sure to relay the message to them as soon as I see them next!!! Thank you all so much (:

I started around the second week of January. Like everyone else I was introduced to some furry friends before starting my royal adventures.

May I just start out by saying that Pluto has ALWAYS been one of my favorite characters. I adore him so much, hence why I had to have the Pluto pillow pet as soon as he came out!!!



So when I found out that Pluto was going to b my new furry friend I was ecstatic!!! Training with him was so much fun, he’s such a good puppy. So energetic, loving and loyal. I can see why Mickey keeps him around. Who doesn’t love Pluto?!



During my first few weeks I was also introduced to a certain fumbling pirate… Mr. Smee, what an underrated character!!! To me he is a whole lot of fun although sometimes a nervous nelly and a bit of a clutz all he really wants to do is please people!!!



From there I was introduced to some very special and in my honest opinion totally underrated royal members of the Disney family.

First was Princess Jasmine, what a feisty little sass pot she is!!! She has been a lot of fun to get to know.







Jasmine even got to Journey out of Agrahba for a little while to meet up with her friends Rapunzel and Cinderella!!!



More recently I have been introduced to an AMAZING princess. Pocahontas, to me she is so incredibly inspirational and everything that I stand for in life. She is caring, inquisitive compassionate everything a good princess should be and in my experience people just generally love her beucase she is just such a beautiful human being. I couldn’t be more honored to call her one of my very best friends.





I mean, her father’s nickname for her was “little mischief” as soon as I found that out I knew we would be great friends





I never, in a million years, would have believed you if you 10 years ago if you had told me that this would be my job. I can’t even begin to describe how blessed I feel to be friends with such amazing people. I can’t even believe that I get paid to hang out with Disney celebrities all day!!! I truly am the luckiest girl in the world. It wasn’t an easy road to get her but boy was it worth it. That’s a basic over view of where I am right now in life, so with that being said I hope you understand that I can’t really talk all that much about my work role here but I am hoping to keep this thread going as an on going log of all of the adventures I take while I am off duty and enjoying life!!! But if you are ever in the world between now and May feel free to let me know, I will be sure to let my new friends you will be around, I’m sure they would love to meet some new faces because they all seem to love making new friends!!! I hope that you will all keep reading and enjoying, as always much thanks for your continuous support and encouragement!!!
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Hi Alicia, glad your back posting updates, I really enjoy reading about your DCP experiences. Loved your YOLO trip report, its so much fun to read about Disney when I am really wishing I was there. Being friends with the princesses must be a blast. Looking forward to more updates (I keep telling my daughter to read too, she wants to do DCP)
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Mom of 2 little princesses here and jealous of your experience! Hope you are loving your experience as it sounds like you are. We must have just missed you as we were there until January 10th. We met some of your new friends but I just checked our pics and it doesn't look like you were with them that day!

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