Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Things to know before you go:

Taken at my CP graduation in January!

Have good walking shoes. You'll be walking miles every day.

Ask yourself if you really want to pay the extra money for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (in September, October and November on select nights), and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (in November and December on select nights).

Yes, there are special characters (Tarzan! Princes! The hag from Snow White!...to name a few), special fireworks, and a special parade. It's all very special. It's fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween party-but I don't think it's worth $40-some dollars per person.

At Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with the Mad Hatter

You can always see Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Polynesian, Contemporary, and Grand Floridian Resorts.
I loved going to the Polynesian, getting a giant self-serve pineapple vanilla from Captain Cooks, sitting in a hammock on the white sand beach, and watching Wishes (regular, Halloween, and Christmas) away from the crowds.

You can also see Epcot's Illuminations fireworks from the Boardwalk. It's still gorgeous, and much less crowded.

However, if you're in Magic Kingdom, Wishes was designed by Imagineers to be watched on Main Street.
To be exact, equidistant between Casey's Corner, where you buy hot dogs, and the ice cream shop. I also liked watching it from the Swiss Family Robinson tree house in Adventureland.

Do the full loop around the World Showcase. 
I like to start in Canada (well, really, I bypass Canada to start in the UK pavilion), and end in Mexico. The full loop is 1.2 miles, so you can get some exercise, and meet CPs from all sorts of continents and countries! On my college program, I would literally go into the UK pavilion and say "Hi, I'm Anna. I'm a CP too-do you want to hang out sometime?" It worked surprisingly well, and that's how I met my best friend Ruth.

Some definitions:
Cast Member:
Any person that works for Disney World. There's over 60,000 employees.

I was a Cast Member. The topiary Tigger in Crystal Palace is not.

Role: 
The cast member's job description.

Costume:
What we have to wear for my 'role'. For as attractions in Fantasyland, I wore this:
Green shorts with a jaunty red stripe, white embroidered shirt, red belt, and black shoes with white socks. Disney sizing is weird; I was a size 14 in shorts (real life size: 5). I had to button every shirt button except the top one. In my last month, I also got a straw fedora with a red stripe around the brim.

Guest:
What Cast Members call the the visitors to the park. That's why we have Guest Service Fanatic cards!

CP: College Program
It's a semester-long program for college students from all over the world. Disney guarantees you 30 hours a week (at least), gives you an apartment (you only pay rent, but you have to have 2 people per bedroom), and a bus system. I worked in Attractions, on the rides; but you could be anywhere from working in the restaurants, custodial, resorts, be a character...that sort of thing. More information is here.

Protein Spill:
Someone vomited. Ick. Custodial has to clean it up.

101:
The ride broke. Or, CM's say that "the ride's gone down". For how long, we don't know. Please stop asking. Go meet a Princess while you're waiting.
I hear Snow White is always welcoming and willing to debate over favorite dwarfs.

Fastpass:
Special tickets that you get out of machines that make your wait time less for certain rides. They're free, use your park ticket.
Disney Point:
Every cast member points with the index and middle fingers 'glued together'.
Disney point!

The 4 Disney Basics are:
I project a positive image and energy
I am courteous and respectful to all guests, including children
I stay in character and play the part
I go above and beyond

I hope you have a magical time, please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment! I promise I'll respond.
 Br'er Fox proposing!

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