The nice thing about working at Disney are the relationships you create that truly last a lifetime. Katie was one of my wonderful seven roommates over at Chatham (28101!) during my CP days. We instantly hit it off because: we love Disney, we love food, and we love fun! We joked we were each other's "wifeys." (I forgot how that got started though, ha!) I was even there the night she met her fiance Nick, which is always a favorite story to retell. So you can imagine how ECSTATIC I was when Katie, Nick, and some of their closest pals stopped by sunny Orlando for some adventures!
For the first part of the trip, we visited Epcot's Flower and Garden. Katie and the gang then went on a cruise (so jealous!), and when they returned, it was time for MK adventures! I convinced them all to go to Hoop Dee Doo because they have never been and I feel like it is a Cast Member essential. Plus, it is SO fun and the food is SO good! I think they all liked this decision, especially when Mike was pulled on stage to act out the part as "Indian." (Seriously, soooo funny!)
Afterwards, we went to MK and did a ton: meet Anna and Elsa (they even recorded videos for Little Miss Katelyn!), rode Mine Train (twice!), classics like Space Mountain and the carousel, and watched Wishes! A highlight though was when Disney Magic was sprinkled my way and I pulled the elusive sword from the stone. Like from the movie: The Sword in the Stone! Although I crushed some dreams along the way (sorry Mike), it was a big and fun moment for me.
Trips like this make it so wonderful to be a Disney CM. It is nice to grow these connections and come back together (even if it has been months or years a part) to make magical and lasting memories. Here is to Katey's next trip...and her wedding to Nick next summer! <3
So much fun and exciting things occurred during the last week of my Professional Internship, AKA being a Wilderness Explorer Troop Leader. We wanted to go out with a bang and we certainly did! Here are the pictures to prove it =)
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Hoop-Dee-Doo is one of the things that I feel like every Cast Member wants and has to do. Much like eating at O'hana or "Drinking Around the World", it is on every CM's bucketlist. So when fellow Troop Leader Jonathon suggested we call go, I was immediately on board! All you can eat (and drink!) country fixins, sing-a-long style music, and there was a CM discount?! DUH, count me in!
However, I was not prepared for how much I would LOVE Hood-Dee-Doo! It was literally one of the best nights of my life. The food was delicious, the drinks were nonstop (probably because every time they said "Hoop Dee Doo!", we drank ha! =P), and the music and entertainers were so fun. But the best part was the company. I loved this night with my fellow Troop Leaders, and I will cherish it forever. (Also, if you are toying with the idea of going to Hoop-Dee-Doo, GO! I seriously may go again soon ha!)
Jellyrolls and Dance Hall
Our next Troop Leader adventure brought many of us over to the Boardwalk for some dancing, singing, and free popcorn! It was beyond fun to have so many of us there together all at once. And like a bird call, "WOOPS!" could be heard all throughout the area, signaling that yes, the Spring 2014 Troop Leaders had arrived and were having fun. You're welcome Boardwalk. =D
So. Many. Explorers! =D
One Last Team Builder
A Pancake Breakfast
Getting told you are getting free pancakes is always a wonderful feeling. However, being told you are getting PAID to eat free pancakes is probably one of the best feelings in the world! Our sweet team of leaders threw us a Pancake Breakfast, accompanied with a recap video, yearbook, graduation caps and diplomas, and hugs and tears. It was a mix of feeling happy, sad, proud, and full. It was nice. =)
Last Day Troop Leading (Boo!)
My last day being a Troop Leader was wonderful. I worked on the very last day of our internship, with the very last shift. I got to say goodbye to the orange ascot with many adorable Explorers, several of which wrote me kind, sweet, funny, and lasting messages in my Wilderness Explorer book. Many of us Troop Leaders had the idea to keep a book with us at all times. That way, during our last week exploring, we could have some of our favorite and most memorable Explorers accomplish the highest of honors and write down their autograph. It was a beyond cute idea, and I was so glad I hopped on that bandwagon. =)
Final Trip to Magic Kingdom
And this is where it got really tough. All that was left to do was go over to Magic Kingdom, to watch Wishes and have one last final fun night together. I will forever love our woops! echoing throughout the park that night. It was beyond bittersweet: we accomplished so much, grew together and loved one another deeply, were having a ball at MK taking over Splash Mountain and Space Mountain...but knew at midnight, when the park closed, it was time for us all to leave and start making our journey back "home."
"Core Team One By..."
As many of you know, my next adventure is still right here at DAK, as I am entering my second Professional Internship. It has been a busy, exciting few weeks since I left my Troop Leading duties and became a "Senior Troop Leader", and I have loved this new opportunity to grow myself professional, educationally, and personally. That being said, my time as Troop Leader Brittany will always be missed. It is hard to replace something where you not only talked to, but inspired thousands of people every day. It is truly incredible and so unique. I do not think I would have had such a fulfilling and life changing experience anywhere else. Plus, the friendships I have made and the changes in me as an educator are beyond priceless. I will forever, and ever, and EVER be thankful I was given the "honor and the privilege" to be apart of the Conservation Education team. And one last time, "Presenter Brittany clear." =)
A permanent believer that "Adventure is out there" and a DAK girl for life!