Thursday, February 25, 2010
Hey everyone! First off, I want to apologize for not doing my blog that often. I try to write a post once a week and even though I meet my goal, it's not as frequent as I'd like. I've been so busy with my school work, as I'm sure many of you have, and I'm only slightly obsessed with the Olympics :). That said, I can't wait for the semester to be over because then that means I'll be only that much closer to leaving for DISNEYWORLD!
I officially accepted my offer for QSFB last Friday and picked June 7th as my arrival date. It was a bittersweet moment however because I was planning on rooming with Abby, Jenn, Sara, Tracie, and Lyanne. Unfortunately this couldn't happen because the June 14th date wasn't available for me or Lyanne and that was the date the other four chose. So Lyanne and I have decided to room together (Yay!), hopefully in a 3-bedroom at Chatham, just like we were supposed to with the other four. Maybe we'll all end up being room neighbors! That would be so much fun!
Also, I got my beautiful purple folder in the mail Tuesday! It seems so much more real now that I have the tangible proof! In the folder was a lot of information about the living, earning, and learning aspects of the program as well as a more in-depth description of my role. I actually still haven't read it all. The reason for that is because I've become a little addicted to the online game I now have access to since I accepted my position in the college program. It's called the Timekeeper and the point is to save "Disney's Heritage" from the Evil Sidheron. Basically, all you do is go from planet to planet reading all these really cool facts about all things Disney and take little quizzes about the information you just uncovered. The faster you get the right answer, the higher your score. Last time I checked, I was rank 5 of all-time but that's probably changed by now. It is really fun though because I'm learning so many interesting facts about the company! So if you haven't tried it yet and you've already accepted, you should!
On another note, I've been trying my hand at making a vlog...and my camera insists on acting up every time. If not my camera then my microphone. Maybe it's better this way as I'm a terrible editor :P I promise I'll do one sometime, but I have NO idea when that will be.
Formspring Question #2 (Keep 'em coming!)
Where in Disney World would you like to work?
I don't have a specific place I want to work yet, more like a general area. I know I want to work in one of the four main parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. I'm leaning more toward Magic Kingdom though because it is my favorite park and is the most "magical" to me. Also, I think it would be really fun to work my own cart, like the ice-cream cart, though I don't really know why. I know it would be very hot during the summer and since the carts are outside....well you know what it must be like for the people who stand there all day. Still, it seems like a fun job. :)
Also, I'm not really sure what to talk about in my posts. I know you guys don't always want to read about me :P ! If you have any suggestions, please comment!
As always, congratulations to those that have recently been accepted and tons of pixie dust for those still waiting!
Until next time,
HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
YES! After nearly 3 weeks of waiting, I finally received my purple email at 4:09 this morning! I was accepted as a quick service food and beverage cast member and I could not be happier!
I was not expecting to hear today because I thought I finally knew the pattern that Disney had going with its acceptances, but I was wrong! Disney tricked me, but I am so glad to have it now! I got up really early this morning because I was having trouble sleeping so I thought I would go check my email, just for fun. My internet isn't the fastest at college so I saw that I had 3 unread emails before they actually popped up. I just froze in my seat when I saw inbox (3). Surely, one of them had to be for the program, right? I held my breath and my heart started POUNDING in my chest. As soon as the titles of the emails came up, my eyes fell upon "Disney College Program: Your Invitation". I'm not gonna lie, I burst into tears. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. I had never wanted anything as badly as I wanted this. I called my mom as soon as I regained my ability to speak and, after I bawled again, we were both squealing with joy. Also, everyone has been congratulating me all day and I just feel so loved to know all these wonderful people. I appreciate each and every one of you! I'm pretty much now in a state of permanent euphoria. I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, I still have my audition to look forward to! I can breathe easier now that I know I've gotten accepted, so I can actually begin to prepare for the audition. I'm not scared about the audition, more like excited! Although, that may be likely to change the closer I get to actually auditioning. I really just plan to have fun with it and put my whole heart into it. Even if I don't get entertainment, I'll still be satisfied knowing I did my best. Plus, I'll still have QSFB, which is awesome!
In others disney college program related news, I met with the education department at my college on Monday to see if they would allow me college credit for some of the classes in Disney. After a bit of reasoning and a dash of pixie dust, they did! I am really excited for these classes because they look like tons of fun, not I will hopefully be taking Creativity and Innovations and Experiential Learning, both of which will be transferred back as credits!
Now onto my first (of hopefully many!) formspring question!
Why do you want to do the CP?
I hoped I’d get this question! Most people, when I’d tell that I might be working for Disney soon, either stare at me blankly, or worse, wear this look on their face that says, “Are you serious? That is so childish.” Those people really don’t know what they’re missing! The Disney company is this grand fortune 100 business and, aside from looking amazing on a resume, it will truly be an honor to work there. I, first and foremost, absolutely love Disney. I love the characters, the concepts, the place, the magical feeling it gives you, and everything it stands for. For everyone who knows me at college, I am “the Disney girl.” My room is decked out in Disney; posters, figures, clothes, you name it, I probably have some form of it. I love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Aside from increasing my love for Disney, I believe the program would also help me grow more as a person. I haven’t had much work experience yet and I think this would be the perfect opportunity to gain that experience, while meeting tons of new people, encountering different cultures, improving my people skills and learning so much from such a highly esteemed company! The most important reason to me for doing the cp, however, would be the opportunity to make other people's lives as magical as Disney has already made mine. I've always wanted to be part of that magic!
I'm really sorry my post is all over the place and tons of things were just thrown together so I'll end this quickly. Congratulations to the many college program hopefuls who got in today! To all those others still waiting, please do not give up hope!
Remember: *~If you can dream it, you can do it!~*
And I must say, Walt Disney certainly knew what he was talking about!
Until next time,
HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It is the end of day 15 for me as I continue to wait for a certain purple email/folder. The third wave of acceptances was sent out this morning. I'm getting a little anxious now. The first week after my interview flew by for me. I foolishly thought the waiting game was a little overexaggerated...was I ever wrong. Once the second wave of acceptances came out, you know the ones that came at 3 am, I knew Disney had no boundaries for when they sent out these coveted emails. I was so sure I'd hear by or on Friday. I became a little more antsy. I even started to....gasp....doubt myself. Yes, I'm a terrible person. Others have probably second-guessed themselves, right? I really have no reason to though. I've barely passed the 2 week mark. I still have plenty of time to hear back.
It's really difficult to not think about the program, however, when you have an entire WEEK off of school because of the snow. I had to do something to keep myself busy. So, here is a small list of the some of the things that I look at to pass the time:
1. PF "Wait" Watchers If you haven't taken a look at this yet, please do! It has a bunch of great videos pertaining to Disney from tv specials about the parks to some of the original cartoons compiled by some of the upcoming fall hopefuls like myself! HOURS of fun to be had here!
2. Disney Pictures I absolutely LOVE looking at this site. These are some incredible pictures taken at different places in Disney World. Trey Ratcliff, the photographer, is brilliant. This is actually where I got my blog picture because I was so impressed by them. Here are a few of my favorites:
Also, be sure to check out his other photographs! He takes them all over the world!
3. 20 Questions: Disney Style! I actually have the handheld version of this. It's in the shape of mickey and so adorable! Seriously considering bringing it down with me to Florida, if I get accepted of course :). Anyway, it is so much fun! This isn't like your regular game of 20 questions, oh no, because it's all about Disney! Think of any disney character, place, or thing and it will ask you questions and do its best to guess what you're thinking! It's guessed Fox and the Hound, Test Track, Taran, and 50's Prime Time Cafe from me already! Just make sure you choose Disney at the top of the web page and then buckle your seat belts for some serious Disney fun!
So there you have it. These are just a few of the things I do to keep myself busy while I wait for a beloved purple email/folder. I'm really hoping I hear soon! Fingers crossed!
Until next time,
HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Contrary to what my title says, I am not actually at the House of Mouse, but I am indeed snowed in. Monster Blizzard 2010 has struck my neck of the woods, depositing an 18-inch fluffy white blanket of snow. Needless to say, I'm not going anywhere this weekend.
In other news, This post will entail something that many people are probably starting to think about in relation to the Walt Disney World College Program......classes! There are many different classes you can take in the Disney College Program. Some classes even offer credit that can be transferred back to your college when you return. I am having a meeting with the chair of my department on Monday the 15th to talk about which classes in Disney would be transferable to my major. It's difficult to match the classes at my current college with those from Disney though, especially since my major is Elementary Education and I've taken pretty much all my gen. ed. classes. I may be able to get an internship out of this experience though so fingers crossed!
-EXTRA LONG INFORMATIONAL POST AHEAD: PROCEED WITH CAUTION-
What types of Disney classes are there?
Great question! There are three different groups of Disney classes:
1. The Collegiate Courses
2. The Professional Development Studies
3. The Disney Exploration Series
And other wonderful learning opportunities.
THE COLLEGIATE COURSES (These are the courses recommended for credit by the American Council on Education)
Advanced Studies in Hospitality Management
Creativity & Innovation: Gaining the Edge <- I'm super interested in this one!
Experiential Learning <- This one too!
Human Resource Management Marketing You <- This one helps you build a great resume! Might try this one too.
THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (These are the major-specific courses)
Entertainment Show Production
THE DISNEY EXPLORATION SERIES (These classes are very interactive and take place in the parks I believe)
Exploring Communication Processes at the Walt Disney World Resort
Exploring Guest Service at the Walt Disney World Resort
Exploring Leadership at the Walt Disney World Resort
Exploring Marketing at the Walt Disney World Resort
Exploring People Management at the Walt Disney World Resort
*All of these classes can be found at http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com/ and in much greater detail including descriptions of classes and syllabi. It really is a goldmine of information!
A big plus to taking classes at Disney, besides learning valuable information, is the fact that the classes don't cost anything! The only things that you would have to pay for are the books and materials for classes. Most aren't that expensive. You may not even need a book for the class!
So if you want to take any of these lovely classes for credit, I definitely recommend reading over them thoroughly and gathering as much information as you can for your advisor so you can plead your case.
I really like the Creativity and Innovations and Experiential Learning classes and I'm hoping they can be taken for credit by my college. So I'll be taking my own advice and getting all the information on these courses and sending them to the chair of the education department.
I will probably do a second post about the classes when I learn more about them.
On another note, people have begun getting accepted in the program already! (Via PURPLE EMAIL, kudos to Disney for being green) Congratulations to all accepted and good luck to those still waiting. Plenty of pixie dust coming your way. I just passed the week mark myself so I might be getting my own email within the next week. Here's hoping!
Until next time,
HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!