Friday, August 29, 2014

A Musical Journey Through Magic Kingdom

I'm the kind of Disney fan who's obsessed with soundtracks and music from the parks. Various park music loops playing in the background can actually create a neat atmosphere (and cure some nostalgia) as I either do homework, write, or just kind of hang around my apartment.

Sometimes it's hard to find decent videos or audio tracks of the theme park music online, but I recently found a playlist on Tumblr that literally walks you through an entire experience in Magic Kingdom.

It's perfect.


The user who created this beautiful playlist included a series of songs that take you through Magic Kingdom from the moment you board the monorail, to the last few moments of park closing. It's 17 tracks last a total of two hours and 43 minutes. You'll definitely have plenty of Disney magic to listen to whenever you please!

Track List:

  1. Walt Disney World Monorail Spiel
  2. Main Street USA Area
  3. Tomorrowland Music
  4. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Spiel
  5. Space Mountain Star Tunnel
  6. Journey of the Little Mermaid Ride Through
  7. Be Our Guest Area Music
  8. Walt Disney World Carousel Marry Poppins Medley
  9. Cinderella Castle Area Music
  10. Festival of Fantasy Parade
  11. Liberty Square Area Music
  12. Haunted Mansion Ride Through
  13. Frontierland Area Music
  14. Big Thunder Mountain Area Loop
  15. Adventureland Area Music
  16. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular
  17. The Kiss Goodnight
I explored and noticed that some other users created similar playlists for other Disney parks. I'll definitely share with you the perfect ones once I explore each list a bit more!

Which is your favorite track from Magic Kingdom? I've always had a soft spot for Tomorrowland Music and the Space Mountain Star Tunnel.

Have a magical & musical day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Oswald is Coming to DCA!

Many sources are reporting that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will be joining the Disney family for meet and greets on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure on September 14th!

I'm pretty excited. So far, guests can only meet Oswald in Tokyo Disney Sea. It only makes sense that he's finally making his way to Buena Vista Street; he has his own gas station right next to Chamber of Commerce already!

I walk down Buena Vista Street every time I work at Soarin, so I'm looking forward to see him mingling with Mickey, Pluto and the gang. I wonder if he'll have his own special outfit, similar to the adorable dapper clothes the other characters wear on Buena Vista Street. That'd be so cute!

Are you excited to see Oswald in DCA?

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DCP: Advice for Choosing Roommates

If you've officially been accepted into the Disney College Program, you're probably wondering about where you're going to live and who you're going to live with throughout your internship. In my latest video, I explained the process I went through and options you can choose to find your own roommates and decide where you want to live.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!

Have a magical day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

5 Things You Didn't Know About Working in Disneyland Attractions

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I've had many friends, family members, and even guests ask me what it's like to be an attractions cast member in the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland runs their attractions department a little differently from Walt Disney World, so I thought I'd explain what exactly is involved when working in this department at the Disneyland Resort.
  1. You Start With One Attraction: Every attractions cast member will have one attraction under their belt when they begin their career in this department. It's important to note that I say "attractions" instead of "rides", because not every attractions cast member works a push button ride. My home attraction is the dark ride Monsters Inc, Mike & Sulley to the Rescue, but I was actually almost placed in the Animation building as my first attraction, which is an area filled with shows and activities for guests. I have friends that work the Hyperion Theater (The Aladdin Musical Spectacular), Disney Junior: Live On Stage, and Muppet Vision. These all are filed under the "attractions" category, along with rides such as Tower of Terror.
  2. You Can Cross Train to Other Attractions: After four months of working at your home attraction, you can have the opportunity to learn and work a second attraction. You can't necessarily choose where you would like to work next, but you're more than welcome to submit cross training interest forms to management and talk to your leaders about where you would like to go. For example, I requested either Tower of Terror or Soarin' Over California, and I ended up learning Soarin' (which I absolutely love). Learning a third and possibly fourth attraction comes later, on depending availability.
  3. You Also Work Guest Control: After training at your home attraction, you'll have Guest Show Operations training (GSO for short). This is where you learn about how to work "guest control" shifts, such as the parade or a large show such as World of Color or the fireworks. These kinds of shifts will be mixed in with working at your home attraction, and honestly will be a more prevalent feature in the first few months of your career. I have so many wonderful memories and friendships from GSO shifts, especially World of Color. It's a great way to connect and meet with cast members that work other attractions and other sections/lands in the park.
  4. You're Asked...Interesting Questions: You have no idea how many times I've had some guests walk up to me and ask some very interesting and well...shocking questions. I was once asked if Soarin' Over California was a water ride. (That one threw me off guard, beings that it's clearly about flying and it's inside a giant warehouse...) I've also stood right in front of Monsters, which is very decorated and themed to the movie with doors and characters all over the place in bright colors, and been asked, "Is there a Monsters Inc. ride in this park?" Just remember that what might seem obvious to you, is a very honest and sincere question to them. Don't respond rudely or with a sarcastic tone, because they really do want to know the answer to these kinds of questions (most of the time).
  5. You Will Meet Amazing People: Between working GSO shifts and both of my attractions, I've met some really incredible coworkers and guests in the past year. My coworkers have become my second family since moving down to Southern California; I really couldn't ask for better people to work with all the time. I've met so many adorable princesses, given countless high fives to guests young and old, and witnessed dreams come true for guests from all over the country. Whether it's someone enthusiastically exclaiming their love for Soarin' after riding for the first time, or a tear-jerking proposal during World of Color, there will be those people that remind you just how blessed you are to have your job, and that you're job is literally to help make magic and put a smile on someone's face every day.
Next month marks my one year as an attractions cast member in Disneyland, and I can honestly say I still absolutely love my job. I still really enjoy working both of my attractions, with the occasional GSO shift every once in a while. If you're ever considering applying for attractions, I highly recommend it. 

If you have any more questions that I can answer about attractions, feel free to ask!

Otherwise, have a magical day!