20 January 2010

Into the land of the future

Yes friends,
I'm working in Tomorrowland.
And as much as I hate the outfits
I'm gonna ROCK IT!
Plus after a little bit of time I can switch lands!
Fantasyland here I come!!

But here are some cool things about Tomorrowland:
We have a station called:
"Build-your-own-lightsaber"
(Oh yeah! I'm totally gonna make one peeps!)
We have a picture station where we put your face
onto a classic (or new) Star Wars characters.
It's way cool!
Plus in the Store Command
(after Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters)
we have tons of pins! And it's just fun!

Oh!
And fun fact #1 in Star Trader
(the store you have to exit Star Tours through)
look up the bins and the number on one of them is 07171955.
Anyone know that date??
Yeah that's the day the park opened ;)
Fun fact #2
On another bin in the same area has the number
07211969
This is the date of when the man walked on the moon!
Cool huh??
They actually had monitors set up outside the Star Trader
and broadcast Neil Armstrong walking on the moon! ;)

Just a little taste of some of what Tomorrowland holds
and I hope y'all come see me!

16 January 2010

Disneyland!

Here are just a few pictures of the past couple days
at the Happiest Place on Earth

Tower of Terror
In line at Toy Story Mania for the first time

It was AWESOME!

First time on Splash Mountain EVER.
Yes my face is amazing.

Luckily I had the poncho on ;)

Just talkin to the police in ToonTown

Calling Mickey ;)

MICKEY! Our new boss ;)

Catching the trolley

Arrgh mateys!

"Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion."

Just a few pictures to show the fun ;)

14 January 2010

First day as a Disneyland Cast Member/College Programmer!

So you would think that Disney is a pretty cool company to work for right?

Well IT IS!

For our first orientation we had an information fair
where we got lots of free stuff
like pens, pins, and such which is awesome!
Then they had a panel of former CP'ers
(College Programmers)
talking to us and answering questions which was helpful.
Then the coolest thing happened.

We got to tour part of the park AFTER HOURS!!!!!!

Yes friends, there was no one in the park but us and the custodial cast.

Oh my gosh!

It was the coolest experience I've ever had,
learning more about the history of Disneyland
and about the history of Walt
and Disney in general.

I don't know how many of you know that there is a clock in the castle.
If you have your back to the carousel,
and look straight at the castle above the chandelier
there it is.
No it doesn't work.
It's actually set to the time that Walt Disney died in 1966.
Which is super cool!

Oh and did you know that all the money
dropped into the wishing wells/fountains
is donated to charities
like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and others?
Yeah cool right?!
Make sure you stop by the fountains in any of the Disney parks
and donate your dreams and wishes
to make others come true. ;)

Today we had our "Traditions" class
which is our orientation into the Company as a whole.
It was chalked full of info and awesome videos of the magic
that we will be creating as a cast member.
(I'll admit I teared up multiple times)
Many times when Walt was talking it was like he was actually there.
After the morning we got to tour the park and learn all we wanted to know.
I now know some very interesting Disney magic
that of course I will not be telling you. ;)
It's all Pixie Dust ;)

After we were done with our class we were about to leave
when we remembered we needed our company IDs
and name tags before we left.
DUH.
The cast members were playing dumb about it
and said that there was someone special
here to give us our IDs and stuff.
Now we had been hearing this all day already
and it usually turned out to be a movie of Walt speaking
about us and the company.
Therefore that's what we thought.
But they had closed the curtains so we thought that it was
just a mistake and they were gonna open them to show a movie.
Then we heard
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
Lo and behold they opened it and there was MICKEY MOUSE!!
We screamed and jumped up in our seats clapping
and some of us were crying
(yes including me)
and it was then that we knew we were an official part of this thing
we call the Disney Magic!

After Mickey led us out of the class we got our IDs
and were able to go to the park!!
Did I mention for free?!
Yeah so me and my roommates spent the evening at Disneyland
and we had so much fun!

We had to get a picture in front of the castle

Space Mountain!! Heck yes!

Celebratory ice cream! ;)

Morgan's celebratory ice cream

Whitney's celebratory ice cream


So all in all, a very exciting first week! And we're off to the park today,
tomorrow, and Saturday ;)

11 January 2010

"When your heart is in your dream....."

Oh boy!
Guys I'm finally here in my apartment in California!
2 miles away from Disneyland,
with a grocery store/gas/food
all really close by!

This is like a dream come true.
Although I will say that I cried more today
than I have in a very long time.
I didn't want my daddy and mommy to leave me here.
It was one of those panicky moments
when you realize everything is gonna change
whether you like it or not.
But now it's just a get used to things being different
and going with the flow.
This is going to be great.
There are gonna be times when I wish I wasn't here
cuz I'm homesick or whatever
but I know this is the best thing for me right now.

No I don't know what store I'm in yet.......
should know soon though
(I think Tuesday they tell us)
So I will update again with pictures and where I'm at!

07 January 2010

"Kiss me goodbye I'm defying gravity!"

Ok so not literally.....
I can't fly BUT
I am flying the nest ;)

Yes people it's time for me to say goodbye for now to AZ
and journey on to California
(place of my birth)
and learn to live on my own ;)

I will continue posting on here it just might be as often as I want.
Thanks for all those who read this
(makes me feel like I'm not completely insane)
and please continue to read it and comment when you feel like it ;)

I'm very excited to leave the desert
for the beach.
Leave the "cool" temperatures
for actual cool temperatures.
Leave the old me behind
(not completely of course)
and emerge as someone that's confident and better than I was.
I'm excited to be a part of the magic for children of all ages
(including you grown-ups)
and seeing the happiness they show when they are there.
I'm excited to work closer with The Mouse ;)

Wish me luck and if you ever come to Disneyland
give me a heads-up and say hi to me ;)

P.S. This summer is the 55th anniversary of Disneyland opening,
therefore a big deal.
So even if you can't come to the park,
check out the vintage merchandise they are going to bring back ;)

All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

And for his employees:

You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality.

Walt Disney

05 January 2010

Sherlock Holmes: book vs movie


So I saw Sherlock week of Christmas
(pretty sure Christmas Eve, but that whole week is a blur)
and thought it was ok.
Honestly it's cuz I'm reading the books right now
and of course Hollywood takes it to a whole new level of
"Wha?!"

First off, in the books, Watson is not this great fighting machine.
He is a military man,
but he's a surgeon people!
A surgeon! Not a combat soldier.
Puh-lease!
(although I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed
watching Jude Law kick some major butt)
Watson is Holmes' friend and associate in helping chronicle the cases.
That's about it in the books.

Now as for Sherlock.
Robert Downing Jr does a great job of capturing his essence but again,
Holmes' is no cage fighter either.
He can box and has considerable strength
and he does shoot the walls in the middle of the night or whenever he pleases.
But he does not have an affair with Irene Adler.
I found that odd but it's all good.
Although I am very glad that they did not show Holmes'
addiction to cocaine, it's the saddest part about Sherlock.


So I liked the movie,
once I stopped thinking about the books at the same time
hahahahahahaha.
I want to see it again so that I have a better feel for the movie itself.
But if you ever are in need of humor and incredible wit,
pick up the books of Sherlock Holmes.
They are amazing ;)

P.S. I leave Saturday for Disneyland........holy dang!