Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Magical Engagement 9/12/11

Dreams really do come true in Disney!!

Hey there everyone!! So on Monday September 12 2011, my boyfriend of six and a half years, PROPOSED!!! Okay so grab some popcorn and get comfy because im about to tell the story of a princess and the day her prince charming asked her to marry him. :) ahhhhhh!!!! 

Once upon a time... JUST KIDDING....So earlier in the week Brett had asked me if I wanted to spend our day off at EPCOT. Of course I agreed, so Monday morning found us waking up early and heading off to epcot. We arrived around 11 and began walking around. Brett asked if I wanted to go walk around the World Showcase first. (For those of you non-disney people, the world showcase is the part of epcot that has the countries). So anyway, we head in the direction of Canada and eventually end up by the International Gateway (once again, for those who dont know, this is the back entrance of epcot that connects to Disney's Boardwalk). Brett asked me if I wanted to leave and go walk around the boardwalk for a bit. So I agreed. We start walking toward the Beach Club resort which is a gorgeous resort with a little beach in front of it. So as were walking, Brett asked what I wanted to do...I told him that I didnt really care but we should sit down and figure it out. (that's actually exactly what he wanted.) So we sat on one of those bench swings on the beach facing the lake and were trying to figure out what to do.....
Back Story
3 Hours earlier...
As I was getting ready for the day at epcot, I decided to wear a dress. (I rarely wear dresses so it was sooo cool that I actually looked nice for such a special day.) Anyway, I was looking everywhere for my Pandora bracelet because I wanted to wear it and was freaking out that I couldnt find it. I asked Brett if he had seen it, and he told  me not to worry about it because we needed to get going. So annoyed and frustrated I couldnt find it, we left the house.
FFWD back to the bench swing on the beach...
Okay so were sitting there and Brett tells me that he found my bracelet on the way out of the apt today...I was like oh.. okay.... where was it? he told me it was next to the bed and he pulls it out of his bag and hands it to me..I look at it and go to put it on.. and OMG!!! he put the ring on the bracelet! The minute I realized it, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!! AHHH it was amazing!! So after the smiles, hugs, kisses and screams I told him I needed to call my mom. He said I HAD to call my friend Jordan first because she helped him plan it. So, I called her and she was like AHH CONGRATS, now come say hi to me.....what...So I turn around and there she is!! She was stationed on the lawn chairs taking pictures!! PERFECTION!! So she took some pics of us on the beach and went on her way!! She is amazing! 
So if that werent enough of a surprise in itself, we walked around the rest of the boardwalk while calling the rest of our families and ended up over by the Boardwalk Inn. Brett said we were going in to get Just Engaged buttons, when really... we were checking in! He booked us a night at the Boardwalk with a view of the lake. It was amazing. So we checked in and got our room then ended up going over to Magic Kingdom to take pictures in front of the castle and to tell everyone at work the good news!! :) 
After that, we changed and went to surprise #3.. Dinner at Les Chefs De France at Epcot. Complete with a 10$ glass of wine, french bread, salad, some delicious french version of baked mac n cheese, and creme brulee for dessert. Best part? we had a window seat so we got to watch Illuminations (Epcot's Firework and light show) from the dinner table!!!! :) I know right????
So we made our way back to the room and ended the night at the pool/hot tub. Needless to say it was a perfect day. We had perfect sunny 85 degree weather all day. With NO RAIN! It was so much fun and I was so surprised! We checked out of the hotel this morning and had breakfast at the bakery on the boardwalk. Now begins the fun part of planning our dream wedding! We thank everyone for the wonderful support and congratulatory messages you have sent our way. Get excited for the most EPIC wedding ever!!!! 
And they lived happily ever after..
The End

Sunday, August 21, 2011

where did the summer go?

So, before ANYONE begins to tell me about how I have been completely neglecting my blog, let me go into as much detail as I can about what I have been up to all summer. So the last time I posted, well for real, I had really just started my job. Now, I have been here over three months and it has been a crazy roller coaster ride. So before I really get started I am going to tell you all a few things about what I really do and some fun experiences I have had.
So a normal shift for me is about 7-10 hours and usually is from about 3-5 pm to anywhere from 11-3 am. The summer was crazy bcs 2x a week we had extra magic hours for resort guests from 12-3 am so I would be there til 4am a few times a week. That was exhausting. My paychecks are pretty decent but most of it seems to go to rent and other stuff. People think that working 10 hours is really terrible but its nice because we rotate every 45 mins or so to different positions (theres about 20 different positions we could be at). And then we get a break every 2-3 hours. So it goes by really fast. The shifts go by even faster when you get to work Wishes. Wishes is currently the night time fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. Back in June I was trained to work wishes, which is basically just being trained on what to do in case debris falls or if a guest runs into a restricted area. So I get to work wishes a few nights a week, which is from 8-1045pm. There are like 8 different positions we could be at. My favorite is the one at the front of the castle where you get to watch the parade, the Magic, Memories and You, and Wishes. The magic, memories and you is a projection show on the castle, which is AMAZING!! Oh another fun thing about working is sometimes if we are over staffed, we are assigned a task, which includes things like, go blow bubbles for 15 mins, go hand out stickers, go move strollers, etc. so that is a sort of extra break/ something fun to do. 
Another great part of this is making things called Magical Moments. I think I might have mentioned this before but it is when you decide to do something over the top to make a guest or guests happy. This can be anything from offering extra information that would help make their experience better, to giving them fast passes for space mountain, or walking them onto an attraction in Fantasy Land, and basically anything else you can think of. I have 2 favorite magical moments that are worth mentioning. 
The first one was early June, and there was this little boy named christopher and it was his 3rd bday. He was about to go on small world and started screaming. He seemed to think that Small world was snow white (which is really scary for kids), and he refused to ride. So I had gotten into a conversation with his mom and grandmas so I offered to make some magic and walk them onto peter pan. (Thats a big deal, bcs peter pans line is usually 40-70 min wait. ) So we get up to Peter pan, and he starts screamming again!! Ohh no, now he thinks this is snow white. So i put the grandmas on the ride and the mom and Christoper exit the ride. So now hes confused so i got down on his level and explained to him that the scary one was snow white and finally convinced him that small world was fun and pretty etc. So I walked the 2 of them down the cast member entrance at small world. He thought it was the most amazing thing ever bcs he got to go in the special person enterance. So I put them in the front row and ran up to tower to wave goodbye to him. I waited for themm to get off and met him at the end of the ride and he was all smiles. I proceeded to tell him that while he was on the ride, someone called for him and left him a message. So I walked him over to the phone, where he proceeds to hold my hand, and gave him the phone. There was GOOFY on the phone wishing him a happy birthday!!!! I then let his family listen to the message as well and they all thought it was the most amazing thing in the whole world.
The second one was early August and this little girl had ridden small world like 4 times in a row right at the end of the night. So the second last time around, she asked if i could ride with her, and i couldnt because we were still open! So as she was about to go on here last ride the ride had just closed for the night and my job as closer was to do the ride through. So I was going to HAVE to ride the ride in the boat behind the guests anyway, so I figured, why not ride WITH the guests and make the little girl happy. So thats what I did. She thought it was the coolest thing ever and the whole time kept talking to me and holding my hand and calling me her disney friend. It was amazing.
So theres tons more of those moments but I would be here all day trying to tell all of them. So now onto what my summer has entailed. 
June was filled with many days just playing in the parkss and having fun with new friends. I met tons of people the first few weeks I was here, so I hung out with them alot. The end of june, my dad, his girlfriend Angie and her kids Erin and Ryan came down and stayed at the Royal Plaza and we did 3 days of disney. We got through almost everything at Magic Kingdom and they were able to come visit me at work that night. We had lots of fun at animal kingdom and hollywood studios the following day and ended the disney part of their vacation at epcot drinking margaritas and watching illuminations. They left the next day to go to visit my grandparents and then headed to daytona.. I was able to join them in daytona for a day and enjoyed laying on the beach, relaxing and ended our visit with a great seafood dinner at a little place on the water. It was a great visit. 

July seemed to fly by. we celebrated the 4th by having a cookout at Mike's friends house and then we watched fireworks at magic kingdom. That was CRAZYYY! Mid-July brought my best friend Kayla down to visit. She was staying in clearwater with her family, and I got to go spend some time out there with her and spend a whole day on the boat out on the gulf. It was a perfect day and it was so great to be able to catch up with her. It was a short visit but we ended the great day with dinner at frenchies on the water, where I tried mussles, grouper, and other seafood.!! GO ME! Bretts mom was here for a few days mid-july as well. We had a few nice lunches and spent some quality time together, but it was hard bcs we were working crazy hours that week. July also consisted of many late night meals at Ihop with the fantasyland family after our 3 or 4 am closings. And July ended just as quickly as it baegan just to start our EXCITING month of August!
This month started off on the right foot, and I knew it would lead to a great month. On the 2nd, me and 4 of my closest friends, Jordan (my bf down here), Zoe, Stephanie, and Caitlin, from fantasy land had breakfast at Cinderellas Royal Table, in the castle. It was sort of a celebration of friendship and the last big hurrah before 2 of the girls had to go back home. We had a great meal where we were visited by cinderella, belle, ariel, aurora, and snow white and ate pastries, fresh fruit, stuffed french toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, etc. It was fabulous. We then went on to spend the day being treated as princesses, pixie dust and all. We laughed, we cried, we ate, we danced, and we had a memorable day. The highlight of the day was dancing with Chip in the Move it Shake it Celebrate it parade. SO MUCH FUN. Brett's family arrived the morning of the 5th. This included brett's parents, sister and brother and law and their three kids, Alex, Jacob and Gianna. That night, our 2 friends from home, Zak and Cameron arrived. The week was spent swimming in the pool, staying at animal kingdom lodge and saratoga springs, eating lots of food at places like wilderness lodge, trails end and chef mickey, playing in the parks, and much more. The kids didnt know they were coming down here so when their parents told them at the airport, they were so surprised. Tuesday night, my mom, brother and sister arrived. They ended up surprising me in the cast parking lot at work when I was leaving. They stayed with us that night and then we started off at DHS early wed morning. We checked into our hotel, ate lunch then went to epcot the rest of the night. We had a great dinner at garden grille where my sister (whos 18 btw) met mickey for the first time!) Thursday we did some running around and shopping and then had dinner at Chef Mickey with all of bretts family and our friends too. There were 15 of us!! it was so much funn!! We then all watched wishes from the roof of contemporary then headed back to swim. Friday, we all did magic kingdom together and I worked for a few hours that night. I worked wishes so I got to watch it with my family from the front of the castle!! I ended up getting an Early Release (ER) that night so I got to have some fun playing in the parks with everyone. It was a sad end to a fun week, as I had to say bye to Margie, Don, bretts parents, and "my" niece and nephews. I forgot how hard goodbyes were. :( Saturday morning mom, adam alayna and I headed to clearwater where we spent time with  our cousins and aunt and uncles. We had dinner, swam and had a disney movie marathon! Haha. Sunday we went to the beach and then had to head back to orlando so i could work. Monday brett, my fammily and I went to my grandparents house for more swimming and dinner with them and my aunt and uncle. Thenn once again the goodbyes hit me hard. We had a great week full of fun and exciting memories that we will never forget. I was off tuesday which was a nice recovery day then was right back to work again on wed. Wed held yet another goodbye. I trained with a girl from Scotland, named Zoe and her program was only 3 months so wed was her last day. Her, jordan and caitllin and I had gotten so close this summer and it was a devastating goodbye watching her leave. We ended the night at Ihop and then said our goodbyes :(  I had a surprise visit by some old friends, the Yerses this week which was awesome and now I am on day on day 5 of a 12 day straight work week. I am attempting to make up for lost hours this month due to visitors.
Needless to say, life down here is anything but boring. Brett and I are doing great, the different work schedules take a toll on us, but we manage to make it work. He was actually just promoted to trainer, so i am very proud of him for that. So basically, thats been my summer and I cant wait to see what september has in store for us!! Until next time!

PS> ill try to add some pics later!! :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Hey everyone sorry its been awhile....again lol . I have been working tons of crazy hours the past few weeks. Usually Fridays and Sundays are my late nights (most likely I work like 5-330am.) Then theres usually at least 1 if not two more nights later than 1 am lol. It's quite exhausting. Last week I spent some time with friends and magic kingdom and epcot. It was a lot of fun.
We've had a lot of rain lately!! But I'm told that's normal for summer down here. I haven't really gone out at all or done anything crazy exciting but I have plenty of time. It was super exciting for me because a family from home, who my family has known for years, the arcaros are down here on vacation and I randomly saw them on like Thursday. I was sooo excited because they were the first people that I saw down here from home!! Speaking of home...today is one of the first days that I am reallllllyy missing home and that's because its my little sisters grad party and I can't be there to celebrate with her, my family and our closest friend. It's absolutely killing me!!. I miss everyone a lot.:(

Anyway, I am just relaxing by the pool, which u haven't done for a while because of work lol. But its back inside I go to make some lunch andd once again get ready for work. Until next time..
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Earning my ears, Magical Moments, and Long hours.. OH my!

Hey everyone! First off let me appologize for being MIA for so long. Its been crazy down here. With working most nights from about 5 pm til any time between 1145 and 3 am.... I have been exhausted. But still am managing to have a great time on my days off. As stated previously I enjoyed memorial day weekend by spending some quality time with my grandparents and uncle and his gf over in longwood. I went to Animal Kingdom one day last week with my friend Kelly who I met at check in! Its sort of nice having the whole day off before work because I get to enjoy the sun a little bit. So another day last week I went and relaxed at the Polynesian. I went for some dole whip, it is a pineapple ice cream that is only found in 4 places in the US, and ended up relaxing on the beach for a few hrs before work! Perfect. 
June 4th was an exciting day for me! I Earned my Ears!! This means that I passed my assessment and am now able to work by my self!!
Brett and I have not seen eachother alot. :( its usually in passing when we see eachother or at like 4 am. lol So that is sort of frustrating but we have been having at least 1 day off a week together which is nice.On monday this week brett and I were both off so we went to Magic Kingdom for a bit to just have some fun. We got ice cream from mainstreet and were able to hop right on Peter Pan (see long hours do have perks!) lol on tuesday I went to Hollywood Studios (DHS) to have some more fun with my friend Jordan who I work with and her roommates. Turns out we had a GREAT time. We had lunch at Pizza Planet, rode Rockin Rollercoaster finallyy, and got our pictures with a ton of characters. After DHS we went to Magic Kingdom and were there for a bit. We rode big thunder mountain and a bunch of other rides. Needless to say we were exhausted and decided to leave around 11. Wow my life soounds pretty exciting when I actually write it down. Oh we also took Izzi to get groomed at the Disney's Best Friends Resort. Yet it is a puppy hotel on disney property. But with my cast discount we paid just as much as we have ever paid at petsmart. So it was a good deal. 
I worked that night from 3:45-1:45 and actually the night went really fast. Then yesterday I woke up and decided I wanted to visit Brett at work. Cast Members get into the waterparks free until june 12th so I figured Id check out Typhoon Lagoon since i had never been there. It was fun to see brett working! He does merchandise at this shop called Singapore Sals. Its a really cute store. So I went down some slides, waited for the HUGE wave in the wavepool and spent most of my time in the lazy river. Eventually it was time for me to go to work so over to MK I went.
Normally I wouldnt tell you all about a shift a work but there was something special about yesterday.. So Peterpan has the Fastpass option. For those of you that dont know what this is... just ask me. Anyway, so sometimes we get some extra ones to hand out to make Magical Moments. So there have been times before where I have done this, and people arent very excited about it like I would hope they would be. So I had these 2 fast passes last night and wanted to find the right people to give it to. So eventually this couple is walking by and the girl says to the guy, "I dont want to wait 45 mins, weve been here all day and I am tired." So I asked them, have you guys ever been on this before, and they said yes, they had but it was the girls favorite ride since she was 3 lol. So I ask them if they'd like to go, and they got big smiles on their faces and said yes. So I was happy that they were so appreciative and went on my way to continue working. A few mins later I am sweeping, near the exit of the ride and I see the couple talking to my manager. They saw me and said "You made our entire vacation worthwhile and we wanted someone to know!!" So they specifically told my manager and they filled out a paper for me saying that I made an amazing magical moment!! This is what makes these long hours and the hot hot heat, TOTALLY worth it!! :) it was the perfect way to end the night! 

Well sorry for the lonnngg post but hope yall are all caught up on my life now! lol miss you all back home! Byeee!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

memorial day weekend.

Aloha! Just boarded the monorail at polynesian resort to take it to the transportation and ticket center so we can go to epcot. I haven't been there yet since I've been down here so I am excited!! So I had training on Sunday and Monday both days was from 7am-330 pm.
Sunday was training on how to open peter pan!! It was really fun and not too difficult. Oh and I got to actually walk on the ride set, talk about creepy. All the animatronic characters were moving and everything... crazy. So I got to try out all the different positions and interact with guests a lot. I really like it. It's like impossible not to be in a good mood when working there. It was a long day so I was glad to get home. My feet were killingggg me. We just relaxed that night went to Walmart and went to bed early.
Tuesday (yesterday) I arrived bright and early and got to do small world open. It was wayy creepier than peter pan was but it was still fun. It's a small world requires a lot more thinking and attention than peter pan does but its not too bad. I worked til 330 then went home and changed and drove to my uncles for a lookout. We went swimming a.d just hug out for a bit so it was nice.

Today I got to sleep in!! Finally! We went to costuming to get more uniforms. Ps. Costuming is crazy! It is a huge warehouse full of costumes for different areas of the park. All you have to do is go in, grab your costumes, swipe your card lay the clothes on the counter and it automatically registers the items that toy have and that's it!!! So cool, all shopping needs to be that easy.
Oh and to anyone who is looking to live off property for a college program or something, check out where we live. Its called abaco key and it literally takes me 7 mins to get to work at the magic kingdom. I'm actually closer than I would have been if I lived in the cp housing. Annndd I get to take back roads and avoid all the traffic that other cps have to wait in. Amazing.

Oh and to future cps, utilize the stores called company D and cast connection and property control. We get really cheap fresh produce (limited amts), and Disney merchandise for literally 75-90 % off park prices. Example. Mickey ears- 20$ in stores, I can get them for .25 lol insane!
Well that's about it for now. Were at epcot finally and just grabbed a small dinner in Japan!! Now were gonna walk around a bit then watch illumunations! Oh and this is my schedule for the next 2 weeks!! Just to give you a sense of how my schedules will be lol please note the hours of these shifts lol

june 3-11

1 Thurs 6/2 3pm-11:30pm
2 Fri 6/3 6:30pm-3am
3 Sat 6/4 11am-7:30pm
4 Sun 6/5 6:15pm-3am
5 Wed 6/8 3:45pm-1:45am
6 Thurs 6.9 5pm-12:45am
7 Fri 6/10 5:15pm-2:30 am
8 Sat 6/11 5/45-11:45

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

may the force be with you.

Blogging from the 45 min wait line for star tours at Hollywood studios. Just figured I'd drop by and say that I am loving this new life of mine!! Lol I had the day off today so I woke up and had breakfast by the pool then went back, got ready and Brett and I and our friend Andrew went to animal kingdom. It was very hot and packed so we only got on dinosaur but also walked the 2 jungle trails. We left and went to grab some cheap food from burger king off property and then came to dhs (disney Hollywood studios). It's crazy busy here too. So yeah its been a long day and I have to be at magic kingdom for training BY 7am tomorrow. Well that's all for now! :)
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Friday, May 27, 2011

let the rain rain rain come down down down...

Name that movie!! Lol
Hiya pals! Haha I'm blogging from the boardwalk bar lounge while were waiting out the crazy rain storm/monsoon that has ensued in the past hour or so! We came here to pin trade, explore, get ice cream and look for hidden mickeys.
So anyway the past 2 days have been totally crazyy! I am so exhausted! Just to give everyone an idea of training and what its like here's what my schedule has been this week!

Wednesday: Traditions 2-6pm
Thursday: once upon a dream is now class and orientation 715am-5pm
Friday: 8am-430pm training
Saturday: off

So yesterday was once upon a dream is now, this was an orientation to magic kingdom! We got to learn a lot of the history of the park and all about Walt's dream. We also got to ride haunted mansion and people mover while on the clock!! It was awesome! We had some classes, did some online learning exercises and ate lunch! Our breakroom has a subway, a grill, ice cream and so much stuff. It was so cool to eat there, a little pricey tho but that's expected! After lunch we got a tour of our area (mines fantasyland) and got our specific positions! I'm gonna be working peter pan and its a small world! The last thing we did was go to costuming and get our adorable(Haha ya right) costumes. Actually, as unattractive as they are, they could be much worse! At least I get to wear shorts and tennis shoes! So yeah, it was a long day but when I got off I still went to Hollywood studios with Brett and a few of our friends! We went on star tours, puppets and saw Fantasmic ! It was a great day!
Today I had training at 8am and we went straight to fantasy land! We learned how to do fastpass distribution which was standing by the peter pan fastpasses and answering questions, assisting guests with fastpasses, and reloading the actual passes into the machine! We then moved to the fastpass return line and learned what to do there. Very basic. We got plenty of time to practice and surprisingly I felt really comfortable right away! We also got to ride peter pan, winnie the pooh, its a small world and snow white!! Amazingg! We did like 2 hours of online e learning which was quite boring but was all necessary. So basically that was our day leading up to this crazy storm which is surprisingly finally over!! so now its home to watch a movie, maybe play a board game or something then go to sleep! Thank god I get to sleep in tomorrow!! Okay well that's all for now!!
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