Here I'll be documenting my exciting Disneyland Resort experience.
Friday and Saturday March 17 & 18
Flew down to the OC for a meeting with the Disneyland Resort big-wigs to work out a deal on me
returning to the company. I was there for their 35th birthday, so I see it fitting that I'm returning for the 50th! OK so
when I arrived in the OC it was pouring! I'd just left Sac-Town and it was fine. Oh well, it didn't matter because I wasn't
leaving the resort without snagging a job with the company. I love the ALL-NEW Casting Center they recently built. It's so
high tech! Anyways, first we saw a short video on the "Disneyland Experience" which basically said: OK, you will follow our
strict appearance guidelines and you will have to work when most people are out having fun! Then we took an online computer
test. Then we had a group interview in sets of 3. I felt I did the best out of all of them and I wore a brand new purple shirt
and tie I bought at A.J Wrights. (I love that store!) So I basically said to them that I felt like this was
the place I wanted to retire from and that I would be a tremendous asset to the company. After the group interview we had
to go outside and wait (again) to be called back one-on-one. My interviewer was nice and told me: "with your experience you
would be great working at our Disneyland Travel call center!" I almost laughed. I felt like saying: "Your kidding right?"
The last thing I want to do is work in yet another call center!! I said I wanted to work in the park on Attractions, and I
told her I would be perfect on the Jungle Cruise. She looked in her computer to see if there was an opening after suggesting
Disneyland's California Adventure which I almost laughed at again. Finally, she said: "I found a spot for you on the Jungle
Cruise." Just what I wanted to hear!! Left the casting center with paperwork to return with the following day. After, I had
to go get my haircut since she said I needed to. Ouch! Spent the rest of the night at the park.. (luckily the weather cleared!)
The next day I went back with my completed paperwork and chatted with a girl at the Casting Center, got my picture taken for
my badge and was scheduled for "Traditions 1" on Friday. An all day catered event where we discuss the Disneyland traditions!
FUN! I'm sure they will want me to start the following day. Stay tuned!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday March 24-26
So Friday came quickly and I was scheduled to be at the "traditions" training class early Friday
morning so I had to fly down on Thursday night. Made it to the class at 8am! (When was the last time I was up this early!?
Anyways, I got there and one of the trainers said my pants weren't acceptable to wear to the class. I was like "Excuse
me?" I wore really nice black cords but they said they "flared" out too much so I would either need to go home and change
or re-schedule to take the class. I was beyond pissed. I said I would change. So I left not knowing what to do, The only
other pants I had with me were green cargo pants! So I changed into those and ran all the way back to Casting. Luckliy
the said they were "better" For the first part of the class we watched all the usual videos on sexual harrassment, etc.. then
we went on a walking tour of the park. It was fun. They took a Class of 2006 photo on Main Street. We ate at a Cast Member
cafe in California Adventure. Then there was more class and Disney knowledge games. Soon we were transferred into a huge theatre
with a stage and curtain, a really fancy place. The trainers said the last thing we will give you is your name badge and ID
card. They acted like they forgot to pick them up and then the curtains opened, music started and there was Mickey Mouse carrying
a basket with our name tags. They also gave us a photo they had taken earlier on Main Street. Cute! We then met with our Adventureland
bosses and they gave us our on the job training schedule. I had to be back the next day at 6am!! The next day we met our Jungle
Cruise trainer and honestly he reminds me of Captain Kangaroo. First we went to the huge Costume Shop to pick up our Jungle
costumes. We changed and we headed backstage to the attraction. We were first taught how to load and unload guests, then we
learned the Enchanted Tiki Room which we will also be working at occassionly. The following day (Sunday) we started getting
boat training. It's pretty easy to guide the boat, the hardest part is at the dock when we are loading guests cause you have
to keep the boat in place and steady. So we took a boat on our own (me the trainer and the other trainee, Brittany, who is
really funny and cute) We started practicing the "spiel" but I hadn't yet memorized the script so I concentrated more of driving
and docking the boat. Everyone who worked on the ride was nice and some of them very HOT I might add. By next weekend I'll
be taking guests on the Adventure by myself.... I feel sorry for my first group!
Saturday, and Sunday April 1 & 2
Finished my last two days of training and I have been certified for the "Jungle Cruise" so now
I can start taking guests on my own beginning Friday April 7! I am really excited. How cool is it to be working at a job where
you drive a boat around a jungle. WOW! After work (midnight) on Friday night a bunch of us went "on a trip to find Elvis,"
is what the cool night lead at our ride. She gave us all flashlights and we walked around the park after closing and went
behind the river to look at all the animals up close. It was so fun. She said some other night we will go on a tour of the
Friday Saturday, and Sunday April 7, 8 & 9
Started taking guests on my own full time. It is so much fun! It is neat to see the expressions
on their faces. Some are totally cool and laugh at all the jokes, some are not. It may be because they don't understand English!
One day, a boat de-railed and I was stuck in the middle of the jungle with a group for about 10mins. Then I dropped them off
and had to go out and wait in the jungle with an empty boat for about 20mins. It was pretty cool!
Thursday thru Sunday April 13-16
My first long week of appearances since it's Spring Break was fun. I have been doing guest control
for the Fantasmic! nightly show. Basically I direct traffic and answer questions, but the best part is I can watch the show
too. As usual I've been getting night shifts because it's what I prefer. I would like to get more Jungle shifts since I'm
doing guest control all week! It doesn't matter though, I'm still at Disneyland!
Friday thru Sunday April 28-30
OK I admit it I already have a couple of crushes. Let me just say that Disneyland must
be the HOTTIE CAPITAL of the WORLD! Every time, Every where backstage, I pass by some of the MOST gorgeous guys you've
ever seen! Saturday night's Fantasmic! show was very HOT because I got to work with Alex who is a Lead, so cute,
with a smooth perfect face, nice smile, and very sweet. I'm sure he already knows I like him. Overall a great weekend
but still irritating! See My Blog for More!
Thursday thru Sunday May 18-21
Thursday night was my first Grad Night appearance and it was a lot of fun. I was at Club Buzz
and helped with guest control at the nightclub which was playing mostly rap music which was not really my cup of tea but the
scenery was HOT! Main Street was a virtual night club with lights flashing and music playing throughout the entire park. Plus
there were lots of give aways. Alex is still driving me crazy! He is so cute, sweet and cuddly. I know he knows I like
him and he likes to come around me when he sees I'm working. I worked with him on Saturday night too for Fantasmic! I never
get tired of looking at him!
Saturday May 27, 2006
Stuck on yet another Fantasmic shift! Today was absolutely crazy. I cannot believe how many people
were in the park! After the fireworks were over, we were all at the entrances of Frontierland were a slew of thousands rushed
over to get ready for Fantasmic! It was a madhouse, but I got to work with Alex so everything was fine. I love flirting with
him and he thinks I'm crazy for sure!
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