Saturday - Traditions Class 10.31.09
Got to the casting center at 7:30, dressed to the nines, high heels, skirt, and all. Jes dropped me off since she was going to the park with her mom and aunt who came down to bring Jes some things. Hung out in a room for a while and started talking to a nice girl named Megyn and she's working at Pizza Port. We were together with custodial, food service, guest service and attractions. So there were a bunch of us. We went into a theater and they started talking to us and we had to stand up and say our name where we were working and our favorite Disney movie. I said Beauty and the Beast. :) Then we had to get into groups and name as many Disney character as possible. So Megyn and myself, plus 2 others sitting next to us made a group and we had 90 seconds. We just kept spouting them out and didn't really even stop. By the end of the time I didn't think we had that many, but we had 40. But we ended up winning and got a little toy. Then talked some more and then went upstairs to another room and went over some slides and played some matching games with things related to the resort. Then we went out into the park and did some touring around behind the scenes. It was neat! Except for the fact that I was wearing those heels and by the time we get out into the park my feet were killing me! What really upset me is that they have a standard for what we were supposed to be wearing. Like dressed up in business attire because when we are on stage we need to look professional or be in our costumes, adhering to the Disney look, or they would send us home. So why am I the only woman not in tennis shoes or shoes that aren't professional looking?? One girl (who looked 16) was in Uggs! So needless to say, me and one other girl that I didn't notice in the beginning were suffering walking around in the heat and attempting to not fall over in our shoes. Lunch couldn't come quick enough. A nice guy bought my lunch and was had a half hour lunch the the little cafeteria thing usually it has a full Kitchen going but since it was the weekend they didn't have it open. After lunch we went back up for more talking and what not, then they brought us down to the theater thing again where we were going to be getting our IDs and our name tags! I was very excited about this part. We sat down and they showed us another video... then they closed the curtains and opened them again and the mouse himself Mickey came out holding 2 baskets with all of our name tags and IDs! So they called us up one by one and Mickey gave me a hug and a kiss and we all stood up there and clapped and it was really cool. We were outta there by 3:00 so a pretty good day. I was anxious to see what ride I was going to be on. But Jes didn't get off work until after 4. Megyn actually ended up giving me a ride back to the apartment so I was able to get off my feet and get outta those shoes! Here's my name tag!
After that Jes's mom and aunt came over, we brought in her stuff and then we went out to dinner to Olive garden then to Downtown Disney and walked around and watched the fireworks and people watched all the crazy Halloween people. Really lame Halloween other than the fact that I started working at Disneyland.
Sunday - Park Operations 11.1.09
Class started at 9 on Sunday and I wasn't too sure what to expect but we met in the same area and a lot of the people that I met from the day before were there too, plus some new faces. I was running late due to the fact that my pants were too long because I needed to wear flats because I knew were we going to be walking around the park even more today. I had to buy a stapler at Walgreens on the way into work and make the best of what I had. I felt uncomfortable though. Again not everyone was dressed to the Disney look and it just frustrates me when people get away with slacking off. So we went upstairs and went and watched videos and learned about safety and all sorts of other things. This time it was a little boring. But I stayed alert and took notes while others decided they might fall asleep and not pay attention. Time seemed to be going backwards, also it was daylight savings so I was all thrown off. They put us into 2 groups and we went for another tour and were able to hear from everyone in all the different positions so that was really interesting and they let us ride Buzz Lightyear! So that was fun! And we saw Adam Sandler who was riding at the same time we were! So after that we went back to the building had lunch and then back up for more videos and presentations. Long long day. Finally at the end the schedulers came in and gave us a little overview of how scheduling works and how you want to make your scheduler your new best friend. Then they passed out our assignment papers that included our schedule. I was assigned to Autopia...the one I was hoping I would not get. Ugh, oh well, I will make the best of it. Plus it's an original Disneyland ride, so that's nostalgic :) We were out of there by about 6 or so. But we were able to clock in and out using our ids and everything so that was neat. Came home after that and changed and Jes had to work Fantasmic so I drove us over there and I hung out in the park alone watching Autopia and watching the Halloween fireworks since it was the last night they were doing them. Christmas has already begun in the park! They will be filming for the Christmas Parade this weekend too and Jes is actually going to be working that too.
So overall a cool couple of first days... I start my first on the job training day on Thursday and working through Sunday. Dad and Judy and Miranda plus all the skating teams are coming down this weekend and will be in the park on Friday! The training that I have on Friday will be over by 330 so I will be able to hang out with them in the park. Miranda is skating at 1ish on Sunday so I will be working then but I will be going to their rehearsal in the morning before I head to my shift. This weekend should be awesome, I am really anxious to start working and am a little nervous about the whole costuming thing. We are allowed up to 3 costumes out at a time and they launder them for you :) I'm excited about that. They want them to be pressed and in good condition at all times.
Alright need to get some stuff together to have Dad and Judy take home to store for me. My hoarder self doesn't have enough room here to keep everything that I would like to.