Saturday, February 23, 2013

DCP Phone Interview Study Guide

So a lot of people have been asking where I found the list of questions I used to practice for my phone interview for the DCP, and I've been regrettingly telling them I searched them on Tumblr..but the list is no longer available. I recently discovered that I have the list still saved to my computer, so I now can point you to exactly what I used to help prepare myself! (I actually removed a lot of questions that didn't pertain to me, since I wasn't applying for Character Attendent or Transportation or roles like that as my top three, but these are pretty much the most common questions that get asked.)
  1. Why do you want to work with Disney?
  2. Why do you want to participate in the program?
  3. What does it mean to you to be a Disney Cast Member?
  4. What makes you a good candidate for DCP?
  5. What can you offer the Company?
  6. What does Disney mean to you?
  7. Have you been to Disney World? What did you like about it? What’s your favorite memory there and why? Describe a magic moment you’ve had in the Disney parks.
  8. Are you familiar with the Disney parks and other parks in the area?
  9. What does being in Florida mean to you?
  10. Do you think it would be a big adjustment to move this far from home?
  11. Share an experience you’ve had with excellent guest service.
  12. What do you want to get out of this internship?
  13. Why did you choose to apply to this internship at this moment in your college career?
  14. How do you think the program will help you professionally?
  15. Rank your top three-five roles. Why?
  16. Would you be open to working _____ role?
  17. At which park or resort would you prefer to work? (Tip: take a look at the location’s hours, attractions, restaurants, shops, etc. before you make your selection.)
  18. What would you do if you were working an attraction and a guest was too short to ride?
  19. What would you do if you were working merchandise and the store didn’t have the specific Tinkerbell shirt a girl was looking for?
  20. What would you do if your apartment roommates weren’t cleaning up after themselves?
  21. How do you feel about living with 1-7 roommates?
  22. What part of the housing situation are you most looking forward to?
  23. What do you think would be the worst part about the Disney-provided housing and why?
  24. What would you do if a roommate wouldn’t cooperate with your sleep schedule?
  25. Previous work experience?
  26. If you’ve had a job before, what did you like and dislike about it?
  27. Talk about an experience you’ve had with good customer service.
  28. Have you ever had to give a presentation for a lot of people, especially with the use of a microphone? How did you feel doing so?
  29. Let’s say you were selling pretzels that cost $1.50 each. A guest wants to buy three and gives you a $10 bill. How much change do you give them?
  30. (BBB) What would you do if you were working at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and had a timid princess who wasn’t very receptive to getting her hair and makeup done?
  31. If you were working merchandise or QSFB and you had a guest in front of you while the phone is ringing, what would you do?
  32. In what ways would you provide excellent guest service?
  33. Name 3 positive qualities about yourself.
  34. What are some words your employer, coworker, or professor would use to describe you?
  35. Describe a situation where you had to work with a difficult person. (Boss, coworker, professor, customer, etc.)
  36. How would you handle an emergency at the parks?
  37. What are you most looking forward to in the program?
  38. Have you ever handled money?
  39. How would you greet guests?
  40. How would you manage getting tasks completed while being interrupted by guests, etc?
  41. How would you feel about working outdoors?
  42. Do you prefer to work as a team or individually?
  43. At what pace do you prefer to work?
  44. How would you handle a guest who needs help but doesn't speak your language?
  45. Describe a time at your previous job in which you made someone happy.
  46. (Photopass) What experience do you have working with cameras?
  47. (Attractions) Have you ever had to memorize a presentation and then deliver it in front of a group of people?
  48. (Attractions) What experience have you had speaking in front of crowds? Are you comfortable doing so?
  49. (Attractions) What would you do if you messed up your spiel?
  50. (Main Gate/Transportation) How would you maintain the magic in main gate operations?
  51. (MG/T) Why do you think transportation is so important at Disney?
  52. (Hospitality/Concierge) What would you do if you were working the front desk and a guest wanted a specific type of room but none were available?
  53. (H/C) How comfortable would you be being trained on and working with a computer reservation system?
  54. (H/C) How would you make a guest feel special as they are just starting their Disney vacation?
  55. (H/C) What do you think the duties of a concierge are?
  56. (H/C) How are you experienced for this role?
These were the ones I used to practice, remember my top three roles were merchandise, attractions, and concierge, so that's why most of those questions are on this list. To see all of the questions I had specifically, click here.

My best advice is to make sure you know yourself. Sounds weird, but if you haven't noticed, the majority of these questions are about YOU. Express your love for Disney, show your passion for why you want to do the program, and stay professional. Smile when you talk! It really does make a difference. Ask questions at the end if you have any! I did, I've heard it's a really good way to make a good impression. It shows you're more interested in things other than just trying to get accepted.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Vlogger Party at Magic Kingdom!

A few weeks ago, I met up with a few other fellow video bloggers at Magic Kingdom to hang out after watching Wishes! We went on Space Mountain, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, and just hung out and walked around enjoying the amazing-ness that is Disney.

My phone was about to die, so I couldn't film anything that day. Luckily my friend Mitch (from Mitch and Trey's Disney Days) had his phone and was filming this lovely adventure. He finally edited the video and uploaded it, so now all of you can see what we did!


The three vloggers besides myself in this video:

Mitch: "Mitch and Trey's Disney Days"
Ri: "Walt Disney World College Program"
Ryan: "Ryan O's Disney Show"

Like what Ryan said in this video...vlogging is actually really hard to keep up with once you're down here and completely involved with working and enjoying your time off. However, I do have a vlog planned to share with you guys at some point hopefully soon. The other Sara has been sick pretty much this whole month so it's been hard to get a day where she's been well enough to vlog AND that we both aren't working.

Besides that, working at the Grand Floridian is actually really cool! I might even like it more than the Poly...buuut tomorrow is my last day at the Grand and then I'm back at Captain Cook's! I'll give you a full report about life at Gasparilla Grill some point soon!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentines Day With Family!

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent my first day off (Valentines Day) with my grandparents! They were in Florida visiting my grandpa's brother in Daytona, so they drove to visit the first day I had off since I had stuff already planned on my birthday the next day. Unfortunately, this was the first time it was cold and rainy the ENTIRE day. It put a little bit of a damper on the trip, but it was still fun!

I woke up early to take the bus at around 8:15 to get to Animal Kingdom right before it opened. My grandparents were supposed to meet me around nine, but there was heavy traffic thanks to an overturned semi. I took the time to do one of my favorite things I like doing at Disney when I'm at a park alone: people watch. Right before I went into the park I went up to one of the ticket booths and asked if I could get a cast member discount on park hoppers for other people, but the lady said unfortunately the only way I could do that was through Company D or online on The Hub (which is kind of stupid, but whatever). Then I hopped into the park and started to walk around, admiring the plants and animals and excited families. There must have been a school field trip that day or something because I saw a lot of tour groups of teenagers and tour guides quizzing the students about certain things. It started to drizzle a little bit so I decided to sit under the giant rock formation near the entrance that has benches underneath. Two little girls and her mom were also under there to get out of the rain, and one of the girls kept repeating this song lyric she was making up and almost shouting the entire time...and the mom wasn't doing anything about it. Gotta love parenting at Disney World. A photopass cast member brought his camera under the rock to clean it off from the rain, which was pleasant because they whole time he was whistling a random tune and have a jolly ol' time.

Around 9:30 I got a call from my grandma being notified that they were at the gate ready to come in. I walked back to the entrance and met them at the bag check, went to pay for my grandpa's park hopper ticket (birthday present to him), and then head on back inside the park. The very first thing I had them do was walk to Everest to get fast passes since the wait was already up to 30 minutes. We started to walk to Kilimanjaro Safaris, but on the way we saw that the Flights of Wonder show was about to start, and I had never seen that show before. We took a detour and decided to watch the show, which was pretty cool and funny. I love the messages that Animal Kingdom gives out to guests during their rides like Safari and their shows like this one, that we need to protect our wildlife and our environment.

Baby Simba!
(Side note: Why is it FREEZING in my apartment right now?! I'm so cold!!!! WHY is it so cold?! Okay, back to blogging...)

After Flights of Wonder we discovered that we could already use our fast passes by the time we walked all the way back to Asia, so we went back and hopped in line right on the ride! I was excited because I adore this ride, and my grandparents have never been on it. Did I ever mention that they've never been to Disney World since Studios and DAK were built? No? Well now you know.

The yeti on Everest was like completely hidden this round. The strobe light barely flashed and all you could see were his red eyes. Honestly if I had never been on it, I wouldn't have even noticed. I hate that. Disney needs to get its act together and fix that thing. It's so frustrating how they haven't. I don't care how much money that would cost, Disney can afford it. Okay, done ranting.

Besides my internal disco yeti frustration, my grandparents enjoyed the ride! We headed over to Dinoland to ride Dinosaur afterwards. It was kind of funny because the last time I went on that ride was when they were calling me to talk about this exact trip we were planning at the time. Gosh I love that ride, in a very sickening way. I love how much it terrifies me, no matter how many times I go on it. That last dino right before you go back to present day just gets me every time.

At this point, we were getting hungry for lunch, so we decided to eat at Yak and Yeti (the sit down restaurant). It was really good! I had the Mediterranean chicken salad, which was bigger than my own face. Definitely filled me up! My grandparents also decided to take this time to give me my birthday gifts, which consisted of a beautiful pink watch, headband and keychain.

When we finished our lunch, we finally made our way to Safaris, which had around a 35 minute wait time. This was kind of amazing because the park was busy enough for Everest to have a 65 minute wait time. But anyway, we went on the ride and for the first time I got to see some awesome views of hippos, which hadn't happened yet even though I've been on the ride around three times already. Near the end of the ride when we were about to drive up to the departure dock, I saw my roommate Sarah walk across the roadway. By the time we got off the truck I thought she was long gone, but surprise! She was working the fast pass lane! My grandparents got to meet her, but we couldn't chat much because the line for fast passes seemed to be never-ending (uncharacteristically, might I add), so we went to the Tree of Life and took a few pictures. After this it was time to head to Hollywood Studios, so we got in their car and head on over.
My grandparents and me in front of the Tree of Life!
By the time we got to Studios, it was around 3 o'clock, and it was cold and WET. It wasn't raining too much to make it uncomfortable to be outside, but by the time we walked on Sunset Blvd to see if Rockin' had any fast passes available (it didn't), the rain was starting to get a little worse. Since it was close to 3 o'clock, we found a little overhanging in front of the shops to watch the parade. I was a little disappointed because the dancers didn't have any choreography today, they just walked around and waved at people with the characters. It's always fun to see the characters, but I kind of missed the dance they did to the song.

Right after the parade, I tried to think of attractions that required staying indoors during the wait and the ride, so we headed to the Great Movie Ride. The wait said 20 minutes, but goodness I was there for at least 35. Which is ridiculous for GMR if you've ridden it before. We had the gangster this time, and honestly I think I like the cowboy better. But it was still enjoyable! When the ride ended, we needed to find more indoor attractions, so I quickly lead them to the Walt Disney exhibit, "One Man's Dream." I adore this exhibit so much. We watched the little video they had at the end of the exhibit for the first time, and it made me just love the place even more. I love Walt, oh so very much.

We hopped onto Voyage of the Little Mermaid for a little bit because I had never seen the show, but it was kind of annoying because it kind of rained on the inside to simulate being underwater...when our goal was to be out of the wet and rain. By the time we watched the show (which was pretty good, in my opinion), it was time for dinner. We quickly ran over to ABC Commissary, said hi to one of my friends who works there, and then managed to get a table at Syfy. Sadly, it wasn't one of the nifty car tables because it was really busy that night, but it was still a really cool experience. I had a turkey club with sweet potato fries, which was really delicious. Our dinner marked the end of our Disney journey for the night, so my grandparents took me home and we said our goodbyes before they headed back to Daytona for the rest of their vacation.

Ack! I start working at the Grand Floridian tomorrow!! Kinda nervous but excited to try something new! Wish me luck!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Eventful Nine Days

Since I requested to have my birthday off this week, I ended up having nine days of work in a row starting Tuesday last week and ending the day before Valentines Day. Not gonna lie, it was a little brutal at some points. After the first three or four days though it ended up becoming a routine to just get up, get dressed in my costume, and walk to the bus stop to work without really thinking twice about it. Near the last few days guests started to notice that I had been working every day without a day off, and some of them actually sounded concerned for me (one asked if I was an animated character because I seem to never leave the restaurant). All of the guests that recognized me were really nice, and one actually happened to grow up in the same town as my mom! He even knew where I was from! (Which is rare, since people don't usually know Northern California above Sacramento.) A lot of people are starting to ask where my college is from, which leads to why I'm working all the way over in Florida and explaining what the DCP is. It's fun telling people about my adventure and this opportunity that not very many people actually know about.

Besides the guests who recognized me, I had some very interesting and eventful situations on the Sunday I worked in the morning. This was the first time I had worked in the morning since I had training about a month ago, so I was a little nervous. I wanted to have dining room because I didn't remember the food all that much or the dining plan for breakfast (it's a little different for lunch and dinner), but I got put on cashier and my manager helped remind me about everything. I learned I actually like doing cashier for breakfast more than dinner since it's a much smaller and simpler menu and the dining plan is just an entre and a drink (lunch/dinner is a drink and a dessert). I'm really starting to get the flow and handle of cashier, even though it can be one of the more stressful positions when it gets busy. My location's system for cashier isn't very efficient sometimes when there's a large group of guests. There are two cashiers in the center of the room, and there are lines on both sides of the register, so we have to alternate which line we go with. Sometimes guests can get mad because they'll be next for me on one side, but I'd have to take someone farther back on the other side to make sure the flow of both lines is consistent. On this particular Sunday morning, I asked for the next person in line on my right side. The woman to my right told me the man on my left should go ahead because he's been waiting longer. The man rolled his eyes and said, "No, let her go. She's been whining enough about waiting anyway." The woman started to get offended and next thing you know her husband is standing behind the man to my left staring him down. "What did you just say to my wife? Where are you from?" The woman piped in, "Obviously not from the South." (She had a Southern accent.) The husband added, "Boston? New York? You're a Yankees fan aren't you?" (I don't find this comment relevant..)

The man turned to me and kept saying, "Call security." He wouldn't respond two these southerners' words, all he kept telling me to do was call security. I picked up the phone and tried to find the number, but there wasn't one. My coworker in the register in front of me called my manager and then I managed to get the line going again before anything serious happened. Not gonna lie, I started freaking out a little on the inside. I've never had a situation like that...two guests yelling at each other almost starting a fight right in front of me. Luckily nothing happened and my manager talked to the couple once she arrived and heard about the situation (the random man had left already).

Earlier that morning another rather eventful situation happened while I was on cashier. A little girl walked up to me and asked if I remembered my customers. I asked why and she asked if I remembered a woman with her mom's name (I forget what it was). I immediately got worried and asked her if she was lost. She nodded her head and I noticed her eyes were swelled from crying. I told my coworker in front of me that I had a lost child and I needed to take care of it, so someone hopped on my register while I took the young girl to the front desk.  Luckily the little girl had her mom's cell phone number memorized, so the front desk coordinator kept calling until she finally picked up. She happened to be on the patio at my restaurant in an area the little girl couldn't see. The coordinator told the mom that I would meet her at the pool outside to make sure her daughter gets back to her safely. On the way to the pool, I talked to the little girl and she said she was in town for her cousin who was participating in the cheerleading competition that was going on at Hollywood Studios that weekend. She asked me where I was from and why I wasn't living in California right now, and I told her I came here to work. She asked if I could go into the parks whenever I wanted, and I said yes, and she said she was jealous (who wouldn't be?). As soon as we got to the pool we found her mom waving and running to hug her daughter. She thanked me and I left as soon as I knew the situation was safe. I went back to my work location and told my coworkers the girl had found her mom. I was definitely relieved.

One thing about my work location that I kind of wish would restaurant doesn't really do anything for magic moments for guests. I was told they used to give away free cupcakes with lit candles to celebrate guests' birthdays, but as soon as they changed the cupcakes to gourmet they couldn't give them out for free so they stopped. Sara's location has stickers and crazy straws that they give guests to make their experience a little more special. Just this past week, I was on cashier and I found a bunch of Mickey stickers hiding behind the cash register! I put a few in my pocket, and became more aware of possible situations to give them to people.

One day when I was on dining room, a little boy with two older siblings (all very young) walked in with their parents. Their parents had a balloon, everyone had a "I'm Celebrating" button, and the youngest boy had a birthday pin on his shirt. I waited for the perfect moment, and while the little boy was standing a little bit on his own I knelt down to his level and asked if it was his birthday. He just stood there and stared at me in silence. I asked again gently, trying not to scare him or anything, and he still wouldn't answer. His dad saw me and answered for him, saying yes it was his birthday. I pulled out a sticker and asked if he wanted one, and the boy wouldn't take it. However, I turned to his older brother and sister and asked if they wanted stickers too, and they got really excited. I gave the little boy's sticker to his dad so he could have it when he wanted it, and his dad seemed super thankful and gracious to the whole situation. Even though the boy was a little shy, I still felt really happy to go a the extra mile and finally make a little magic to a guest :)

Otherwise, most of those nine days consisted of working hard and making sure I survived without being totally sleep deprived and/or exhausted. The first day I had off I went to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios with my grandparents, and it was unfortunately cold and pouring rain for the first time since I've moved here. I'll talk about this trip more in another post probably since we did quite a bit during that day. I also celebrated my birthday in Magic Kingdom on Friday, which like I said before I'll make a video blog about the whole experience since there'd be way too much to type!

Oh, about the face character audition, I wasn't chosen, and neither were any of my roommates or friends. It was a really short process after waiting in line for nearly two hours, and nearly 700 girls went to audition. They took us in rounds of 50 and took only five people at most per group, and they took none out of mine. It's all good though!

I was wondering, what would you guys like me to share with you? What do you want to know about that I haven't talked about yet? I know some of you asked about Sara and how she's doing at the Wilderness Lodge, but that requires her sitting down and telling me what to write for you or having her write it haha. I'll probably just have a video blog and have her explain how she likes it on there, since it'll be easier for her that way. We'll see!

Still, let me know what you want to hear! This coming week I'm being deployed (temporarily moved) to Gasparilla Grill in the Grand Floridian, which is such a fancy hotel! I'm pretty excited to try something new outside of my resort, even though I love the Polynesian. I'll let you know how it goes!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Plot Twist

At literally the very last second I decided I'm going to go to a face character audition for CPs tomorrow.

I'm technically an inch too tall for the requirement, but I've slouched most of my life and aggravated my chiropractor dad for never standing up straight so that's gotta help me out somehow in that department.

After the auditions (if/when I don't get picked), I'll be heading straight towards Hollywood Studios for my birthday brunch at 50s Prime Time Cafe! I've never eaten there before so I'm excited!

Sorry I haven't been posting much about work lately. I know it's what you guys want to hear about but I literally just had my first day off today after working nine straight days in a row. Today was my first day off and I wasn't home all day because my grandparents came and visited me for the day, so we went to some of the parks (even though it was raining the whole time).

It's officially been a little over a month being here, and I can tell you I am seriously in love with my life. I finally don't feel like I need to be somewhere else. I don't feel like something more important is waiting for me. I'm finally where I want to be and it just makes me so happy!

I'll definitely let you guys know more about these past nine days of working, because they were certainly eventful. I'll also vlog about my birthday tomorrow because it's time for a new Sara Squared vlog! :)

Until then, see you around!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hello There, Hogwarts!

Liz, Meriem and I had Monday off this week, so we took advantage of our coinciding non-work days and finally took a trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure!

I missed Hogwarts so much. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of my favorite places to be (next to Disney of course). Universal really stepped up their game with that whole section of the park. The animatronics on The Forbidden Journey are so in your face it's great.

When we first arrived, we made a bee-line to the ticket booth and managed to get Florida resident annual passes, as well as a little discount for having a Coke product with us! (It was a Dasani water bottle...but hey it says 'Coca-Cola' on the side!) As soon as we had our passes we ran straight to Wizarding World, took a pit stop in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom, and then went to ride The Forbidden Journey! Meriem and I had already been to the park before at some point in the past (it's been three years for me) but it was Liz's first time. It was so much fun to be inside the castle again, seeing all the props and decorations that look like they're exactly from the movie. The wait time was only 15 minutes! Last time I had gone it was the summer the park actually opened, so all of the lines and crowds were ridiculous. It was so nice to basically walk on most of these rides! Anyway, when we finally went on The Forbidden Journey, we were locked in our seats ready to go...and the ride stopped. Of course it breaks down when we finally get on the ride. Thankfully, it was only temporary and before we knew it, we were off flying!

Fun fact about me: I am easily scared by animatronics. Especially the ones that look like they want to eat me. (Hence my love-hate relationship with Dinosaur.) So all throughout the ride I would start screaming when the dragons and dementors come up on the video screen, just because I knew what was going to happen after we got done with the simulator portions. After the ride Meriem asked if Liz was the one screaming since she had never been on it...when really all the screaming was from me.

After Journey, we decided to quickly hop on Flight of the Hippogriff for giggles, then Meriem and I went on Dragon Challenge while Liz looked around the merchandise shops. Dragon Challenge is fun, but it was a lot more low key than I remembered it from three years ago. Maybe I've just gone on so many big rides since then it seems a lot more chill than the others. Anyway, after the ride we met back up with Liz at Honeydukes, looked around and finally decided to eat at the Three Broomsicks. There, I finally had butterbeer!!! I also had a grilled chicken salad, which was super yummy!
Butterbeer with my roomie, Liz!
Of course, I posted a picture of my lunch on Instagram. Little did I know that my friends who live in the same apartment building as me saw that picture and texted me saying they were in the park too! Unfortunately due to bad timing, we never actually met up at the park. We did however go to their apartment after the parks to watch Chamber of Secrets. Anyway, back to Hogwarts!

We finished our lovely lunch and went to watch the Durmstrang and Beauxbaton show, which was pretty neat. We decided that we had done basically everything in the Wizarding World, so we headed towards the Marvel section of Islands of Adventure!

I wasn't a huge Marvel person the last time I went to this park, but since then I've fallen in love with Iron Man and The Avengers so I was nerding out pretty hard. Right before we went on the Spiderman ride, we saw a bunch of people gathering on the sidewalks to see the heros ride in on their motorcycles to meet with the guests. While we were waiting, I all of a sudden see a green face peer over my shoulder and look at me. For a second I thought it was just someone with a mask on, but then I realized it was the Green Goblin from Spiderman! We had quite the conversation:

Goblin: "Are you waiting for Captain America? He's such a dream boat."
Me: "You know, I'm more of an Iron Man girl myself."
Goblin: "Ooh Tony Stark, I like that guy's attitude."
Me: "Yup, definitely my favorite."
Goblin: "He might have a bit of a drinking problem, on the verge of being an alcoholic."

Then he just skips away! It was really random but pretty hilarious. Characters never really interact with me like that so it was fun to have one of those random encounters.

My encounter with the Green Goblin
We then went on Spiderman ride and The Hulk roller coaster (my favorite!) to finish up our Marvel adventure before heading to Universal Studios quickly before it closed. We experienced the Minion Mayhem attraction and then rode The Mummy twice (I screamed a lot the first time...). Afterwards, we headed back to Wizarding World to ride Forbidden Journey one last time, and buy some butterbeer to go! On our way back we had Chick-Fil-A for the first time, and then hung out at our neighbor's apartment to watch the second Harry Potter.

Overall, it was definitely an amazing day!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

All By Myself

About a week ago I finally took my assessment to fully earn my ears! It was super easy. One of my managers pulled me aside during work and had me sign a few papers to finish off my training folder. After that was all complete, she asked me a few questions such as, "What's in our Polynesian salad?" and "What time do we change from breakfast to lunch?" There were really only a handful of questions and she asked if I had any questions about something that might have not been fully explained to me during training. Then I was done! Boom! Officially earned my ears!!

Since then I've been completely on my own at work, and really it's not difficult. The first day was kind of a handful because it was one of the busiest days we've seen in a while and I was on counter. My manager came out to help a little and reminded me that I needed to take care of the bakery area and make sure it was stocked (which I had done on stocking day..not counter, so I didn't know this was part of my role that day). When I get really busy and try to be fast and efficient, I guess I have a really stressed out look on my face because the chefs kept asking me if I was okay. Which I was a little frazzled from the immense amount of people on my first day on my own, but overall I was fine. I forgot that you had to tell the person in charge of stocking when we ran out of cupcakes so he could go up and get more from the main kitchen, but now I know!

For the past week I've mainly been on counter, with only one day as a breaker. As a breaker I was in charge of taking over certain people's positions for an hour or so while they go on their break. That day I was breaker for two of the cashiers and then one of the people on counter. I successfully went through two hours of cashier without forgetting a single pager!! *happy dance* When I wasn't breaking someone, I was basically on dining room making sure everything was stocked and clean for the guests. Basically, I did every position that day (besides the main stocker, which I won't really ever be doing anyway).

The rest of the week I've been counter, which makes me happy because I really like the fast paced nature of it and there aren't any pagers I need to remember to assign ;). I actually have been impressing one of my managers with how fast I handle everything in the kitchen, and then another day with how well I keep the bakery stocked even though I'm busy. Yesterday a guest told me I have a nice smile! Made me feel warm and fuzzy.

On my days off I've been mainly hanging in the parks. I'm usually a really big ride person when I visit Disney, but since I'm living here for five months I've been keeping everything relaxed and just enjoying the magic each time I visit. I'll throw in a few rides here and there, but I've mainly been exploring areas of the parks I've never seen, watching parades, or even watching children smile when they meet characters. I still need to go character hunting soon. I've met Ariel, The Incredibles, Wreck It Ralph and Vanellope, Duffy, Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger. I still need to meet Mickey! I've been here for almost a month and that still hasn't happened. That needs to change, pronto.

OH! I haven't shown you guys my costume yet! Here it is, in all it's beauty:

There's also a hat that goes with it, but it's just a baseball cap that's the same color as my pants and has "The Polynesian" written on the front.

That's all for now!