Working for the Mouse!

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Here is a short story about my experiance working at Walt Disney World.

Submitted: December 06, 2011

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Growing up as a kid, you would always tell your parents that when you grew up you wanted to be a doctor, teacher, police officer, or some other random profession.  Well, that was me at the age of 18.  It was when we went to Walt Disney World for the first time when I was a senior in high school.  After spending the days at the park and watching the cast members interact with all of the guests coming into the park.  I remember telling my parents how cool would it be to work here.  Little did I know what my future was holding for me.
Two years later, I was walking to a class and  I passed a bulletin board that had a flyer on it that read: “Walt Disney World College Program”. So I went home that night and went on the website to check it out.  After reading everything, I was like this is it an opportunity of a life time.  So I talked to my parents about it, they told me I should totally go for it.  So I filled out the application online and went to the meeting at school.  At the meeting, the recruiters that were there talked about the experience that they had on the program.  That same night they did the interview process and we turned in all the paper work.  While we were taking turns for the interviews, I got a chance to talk to some of the people who had done the program.  They all said the same thing “It was the best experience of their lives and they would go back and do it all over again!”
Several weeks later I got a letter in the mail stating that I had been accepted into the program,  I was so excited. Once you got your letter of acceptance, you had to go online and accept and pick your date of arrival. So I went on and accepted everything and picked my arrival date which was January 8,2003.  I had chosen to do the spring advantage program which was eight months long.  Now that I have my arrival date picked out, it was time to start getting everything ready to go.  January was only a few months away and there was so much to do.
Now here it is January 8th, time to say good-bye to my family and board the plane.  Boarding the plane was hard but, exciting at the same time.  It was time to start a new journey all by myself, with out holding mommy or daddy’s hand.  Just thinking about doing this all by myself was kind of scary but exciting all at once.  I couldn’t wait for all the new adventures and all the new friends I would make down in Florida.  Once I  arrived in Florida, I thought “this is it, there is no turning back now.”
I took a taxi from the airport to Vista Way, where I was going to be living for the next eight months.  After getting dropped off, it was time to get checked in.  This was the exciting part, I would get to find out what park I was going to be working at, what I was going to be doing.  I was excited to find all this out.  I found out that I was going to be working at Island Merchentile at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  After spending a few hours in line after line and filling out all kinds of paper work it was time to go my apartment and meet my new roommates.  This was going to be the fun part.  Finding out where they were from, what jobs they were going to be doing and getting to know them.
The first week was very exhausting. It was spent going to different classes for Disney.  The first class was called “Traditions”, we learned about the Disney values, heritage and what Disney stands for.  The second class was called “Merchintainment”.  This class is for us to learn how to do things the Disney way when it comes to selling the merchandise.  The last class I had to take was called “DAKlamations”, this class was specific to Animal Kingdom.  We got to take a tour around the park and learn about the different areas of the park.  We also got to take a tour backstage, and get an idea of what goes on backstage.  Once we were done with classes, it was time to start training in our specific locations.  While training we got to interact with the guests, and create magical moments for little kids, we also got to watch the parade.  We met not only the cast members we would be working with on a daily bases, but we got to meet other cast members that worked in other areas that supported our work location.
After eight months of being in Florida, I made so many memories.  It was a great college experience.  I partied with my roommates just about every other night.  I spent countless hours at the parks with the girls that I worked with.  I knew that working at Disney was something I could see myself doing for awhile.


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