Last time I worked for Disney, I created a bucket list for all the things I wanted to accomplish. Although I did check a lot of them off, I learned it was impossible to complete them all in four short months. Since I've been fortunate enough to head back to The Mouse, I decided to create a new bucket list: this time the PI edition! Also, be sure to check this bucket list's progress under the "Bucket List" tab (so creative, eh?!) =P
Before I created this blog, I wrote for my momma's website - Saving Every Day. I come by my love for Disney honest. My mom, and entire family, joke that we have, "Disney running through our veins." Although her website is geared to teaching her readers savvy money saving tips, there is also this random element of Disney...and that is where I came in.
I've been writing Disney related posts for Saving Every Day since 2011. Topics ranged from restaurant reviews, to insider secrets, to my personal favorite snack/movie/ride/etc. After my internship, I started a series called "What Disney Taught Me." As you can guess, Disney taught me a lot, ha!
Considering that I'm going back to "work for The Mouse" again, I thought I would share some of this new found knowledge with you. Each of them are listed under the "WDTM" tab. Now, these are abbreviated versions of my lessons. For full details, you can check out each of them at www.savingeveryday.net. Also, I plan to add more to the list, so be sure to check them out more than once! =)
For a perfect explanation of what my role will be like, check out this video! IT MAKES ME SO EXCITED!! =D
If there is one thing I learned while working at Disney, is that it is a company that LOVES using acronyms. Sometimes they are used to discuss important information in front of guests without them knowing; other times because it is faster and catchier. But whatever the reasoning is, being a Cast Member means knowing, understanding, and using hundreds of acronyms. Like a solider who only reads the clock in "military time", it is now an automatic response for me to say an acronym when explaining the many facets within Disney World. To help, here are some I use the most! =)
Let me first explain that at Disney, you don't wear a uniform. No, it is a costume. That is because everything that is done and seen at Disney is a part of the greater "show." Naturally then, cast members (or employees, as they are called everywhere else in the job world) are too integral parts of this ongoing show and must play the part. Hence where the costume comes in, and the very strict dress code that follows it!
I remember how at the beginning of my college program (CP for short), I was so eager to find out what my costume would look like. Now, I had done some prior research, and knew that some were definitely more attractive than others. I kept my fingers crossed and hoped for the best.
And I got lucky because at The Wildlife Express Train, I got TWO costumes to chose from! That is a rarity at Disney. One was a white and blue combo with a nod towards a pilot uniform, while the other featured striped, frayed shorts + striped vest + maroon shirt. In the normal world, I would never be so excited to wear clothes that resembled my costumes. But at Disney, they were perfect!
However, there was one sad part. When I found out that my role was located in Disney's Animal Kingdom (DAK for short. Disney loves their acronyms), I got so pumped because I thought that meant I got to wear hiking boots! But I quickly (and sadly) found out I had to wear black shoes only, boo!
But life has a funny way of working itself out and bringing you what you most want. Of course, when I found out I got a Professional Internship (PI) I was insanely excited. Then, I found out it was through the Conservation Education program at DAK, and I got even more excited. But the cherry on top was when I researched my costume and discovered that, yes, I get to don those beloved hiking boots!! =P
I am so in love with my costume. It is so cute and perfect, and I cannot wait to wear it! Now, to find the perfect pair of hiking boots for my six and half month journey... =D
A permanent believer that "Adventure is out there" and a DAK girl for life!