So as all of you will know by now, I landed in Orlando, Florida to start an experience of a lifetime working for Disney World last Monday. I’m going to put up weekly posts hopefully on what I’ve been up to and this is the very first of many. They’re to give you all not only a little insight to the program itself, but also to show you the things I’ve been doing and the fun I’ve been having. It has been ridiculously hectic so if I have missed out anything, just leave me a comment and ask.The first couple of days we had a few meetings in regard to immigration, housing rules and just general info about our complexes. I’m living on Vista Way which is the original housing for the college programs. We had to fill in several long and boring forms but it has to be done with the type of visas that we have. Within the first few days, you meet so many people! We arrived on the same day as some of the French CPs so I’m living with four girls from Paris and my room mate is Leah who I had already met at one of the meet ups beforehand.
We didn’t get our passes until our first day of Traditions so until then, we spent an evening at ‘Ohana, a Polynesian themed restaurant where Leah worked last year. It was really lively and was ‘eat as much as you want’ but everything was brought to your table. There was pineapple bread, dumplings, noodles, salad, pork, steak, shrimp, chicken but the best had to be the pineapple bread and butter pudding for dessert. It was an amazing experience, and I felt rather plump afterwards! I was slightly embarrassed at one point as my friends thought it would be funny to get the server to announce to the restaurant that I was celebrating being on Jeremy Kyle and finding my baby daddy! Shouting birthday/celebration/anniversary celebrations to the restaurant is the norm there. It’s all on video unfortunately so I’m sure those that have me on Facebook will soon see it! I got two celebration cupcakes though so there was an up side!!.
Wednesday was the day we found out where we would be working. I actually found out the day before but I can proudly say that I shall be working at Prime Time at Hollywood Studios! It’s a 50s style restaurant that’s themed like ‘mom’s kitchen’. There’s no elbows on tables, you’ve got to eat your veg and also lay the table yourself. I cannot wait to start, the themed restaurants at Disney are the best, like ‘Ohana was the night before.
We spent most the day lounging by the pool and I didn’t get burnt for the first time ever! In the evening we decided to go to Downtown Disney because we still couldn’t get in the parks. We ate at Paradiso 37 which sold burgers and fajitas and a mixture of other things. It was super busy and most places didn’t have any walk in tables left but it was still good. And they do a margarita the size of a fish bowl, I need to head back there just for that!!
So Thursday brought us our Traditions class which was held at Disney University and is all about the values that Disney holds. I didn’t feel very well through the whole thing so after heading back, I had a nap. Later on in the day, I met up with Mari, Shelby and Charlotte in Magic Kingdom for a few rides then met up with Leah and Sophie with their friends for Wishes. This has to be one of my favourite firework shows and I’m hoping to go back with my SLR to get a good seat super early and take some nice photos.
Leah and I had Friday off so we took full advantage and headed to Golden Corral for breakfast. They have literally everything on the buffet from the usual cooked breakfast and pancakes to fried chicken and a chocolate fountain! I could get used to eating strawberries dipped in chocolate for breakfast. We headed over to the outlets that were further away on the i-Ride trolley for a bit of shopping in Victoria’s Secret and Forever 21. It took just short of an hour to get there because it stops everywhere but only cost $1.50 each way. In the evening we headed over to Hollywood Studios. We went on Star Tours which was a simulation rides and was so much fun, I’ve never been on it before! We went to Pizza Planet to eat which is based on the Toy Story restaurant and then went to watch Fantasmic for 9. It was so busy!! It’s an amazing firework and projection show with lots of the characters you wouldn’t always see around the parks. The projections were really spectacular and rather than being on a wall, they were shown on a mist of water and smoke. It was beautiful!
Saturday drilled in safety codes to us back at Disney University and after finishing some computer based training I headed back to the apartment. We wanted to go to Beaches and Cream at the Boardwalk to do the Kitchen Sink (a mini sink filled with ice cream, toppings and a whole can of whipped cream – “a whole can?!”) but there was only four of us so it probably would have defeated us! We still went but just got some dinner and I had a really yummy grilled turkey sandwich.
My park orientation was on Sunday which involved taking a 2.5 hour tour of Hollywood Studios and finding out some interesting facts along the way that we can tell guests. We went through some paperwork and I was shown around Prime Time briefly so that I would knew where I had to come for training the next day.
This is as much as I’m putting in this post as it is really long and fairly picture heavy!! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and hopefully the next few wont be so long as I’ll be working more. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. If any of you are considering doing the program, I can wholeheartedly say, even after only being here a week or so, just apply. It’s so much fun and an amazing experience and I am so unbelievably happy that I am here.