TRAINING & SETTLING IN | DCP SPRING 2019

The last few weeks have been an AH-MAZING whirlwind. Where to even begin! The magic of Disney has infected every corner of my life, and the joy I’ve felt is truly indescribable. Yes, there have been times that have been hard. I’ve felt homesickness hit missing my friends and family back home, feeling like I’m missing out. I’ve also been sick for about a week now with a runny nose, sore throat, and congestion. I was starting to feel better, but then had to work a whole day in the cold rain so I’m kind of back to square one. Thankfully, I’m off today and tomorrow and taking time to rest and re-charge to get back to normal.

On the exciting side, I have finished my training! I officially earned my ears. I had five tiers of training, which was A LOT of learning. So much information was thrown our way over the course of several days. It was a lot to do, but so much fun! My trainers made the experience so much more enjoyable. I learned registers, stock, mobility, and everything that comes with my new job. I worked my first solo shift (without a trainer) yesterday, and it seemed to go well. I’m excited to get to know my co-workers more and make magic for our guests.

When I’m not working, I’ve had the chance to visit each of the four parks. I spent my first trip to a park in Hollywood Studios, went to Magic Kingdom to ride the people mover and take all the casting door pictures, ate around the world at Epcot for one of my roommates’ birthday, and spent a day working towards earning my wilderness explore status with my roommate in DAK followed by a trip to Magic Kingdom to watch the firework show, Happily Ever After. It’s been so much fun to get to explore the parks whenever I want. Now that I officially have my main entrance pass, I can’t wait to start making fast passes to ride some of the bigger attractions that I have yet to experience (I’m talking about YOU rides in Pandora).

I’m also starting to learn my way around Orlando a little bit. I can find the nearest Target (which I’ve now visited three times in two weeks), Chick-Fil-A, and Starbucks, so I’m pretty much set. I’m still heavily relying on Waze to get me where I need to be, but I’m starting to recognize the roads it’s taking me on. Orlando is starting to feel like home and like I’ve been here forever. I’m definitely starting to get settled in here.

I’m excited to continue to learn and grow throghout my time here in Orlando. I know I’ll have some trying days (hello, 11 hour shift coming next week) but I’m ready to see the ways I power through it that will make me stronger. I’m also thrilled for all of the adventures to come up as I have more time to explore the parks.

I hope you all have had a fun January and are expetant and ready to grow in February.

❤ / Bailey

I TRULY AM HOME | DCP SPRING 2019

HELLO! Happy start to a new week. As I am writing this, it is Sunday night and I have just completed my first week of the Disney College Program. It has been a whirlwind of a week, filled with emotions and things to do. I moved into my apartment, said goodbye to my parents (didn’t think that would be as hard as it was, but I sobbed like a baby), got to know my roommates, went through Disney’s Traditions to become an official Cast Members, had my first training, and went to two of the parks! Like I said, there’s been a lot going on.

I’ve definitely had my fair share of emotions this week. As I mentioned, when my parents left it hit me HARD. I thought I was ready to move out, and I am, but I didn’t really fully grasp the fact that I’d be completely on my own. They’re literally 10 hours away. I can’t force my mom to go to Target with me anymore, and that made me really sad.

I honestly let my anxiety get the better of me for a minute. It always rears its ugly voice right when I try to fall asleep, and on my first night, it said, “you shouldn’t be here. You should have stayed at home, with your family, on ETSU’s campus, working the same job. You’re going to fail.” Talk about a mood killer. I know it was just my anxiety speaking, but it got to me. I was laying in my twin size bed (downgraded from my full and that’s also been an adjustment) letting the fear consume me.

That’s when God showed up. I was in need of some reassurance, and boy did God provide it. I was sitting in my Traditions class, which is a five hour long class about working for Disney and what that means when they told us about our motto. We create happiness. I almost cried. It hit me right in the heart that this motto is what I’ve always wanted to do, and always been meant to do. I love seeing people happy! I love having a positive outlook to help someone feel better about a situation, listening to my friends for hours on end about what they’re going through to make them feel happier, and just, in general, making people smile. That was what God wanted me to hear. I’m where I’m supposed to be, doing what I need to be doing for this season of my life. I’m here to create happiness through shining God’s light that has been given to me to the guests of Walt Disney World, my coworker, my roommates, and everyone I’ll meet. What an amazing opportunity!

There were several other things that happened in Traditions to almost make me cry, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else contemplating doing the program that may be reading this. The realization I had, however, was definitely the thing that got me the most. At the end of that day, I was given my Walt Disney World ID and official nametag and became a true Cast Member.

The following days have been full of visiting parks, spending time with my roommates (who I ADORE), and another day of classroom training. Tomorrow I begin y first day in Animal Kingdom, which I am so stoked for. I can’t wait to see the ways God is going to use me throughout the program and the opportunities that I’ll have to create happiness for others.

Talk to y’all real soon!

❤ / Bailey

THE FINAL STRETCH

One week, 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes. That’s how much time I have until I uproot my life for one of the biggest adventures thus far. I’m packing up boxes of my belongings into my Chevy Malibu and driving to my new apartment in Orlando! Well, sort of. We’ve decided to split the trip. Saturday we will be driving to Savannah, GA (a town I do love to visit) and spending the night to get up Sunday and head into Orlando. Then, Monday is when all of the fun begins! I’ll check in to my apartment and begin the journey of a Walt Disney World Cast Member. It’s so crazy how fast time has gone by from the day I received my acceptance to now one week until I leave. Something tells me I should start packing!

In all seriousness, this is about to be a really weird week for me. I haven’t moved anywhere since I was 5 years old, so it’s going to be really strange to have to say goodbye to my hometown and all of the friends who make this city home. I’m really not thrilled about it, but I keep reminding myself that what I’m leaving for is worth saying a temporary goodbye. I’ll be back in about four months, which I’m sure will go by in the blink of an eye with how busy I’ll find myself being. Still, in this final week, it’s continuously on the back of my mind.

I’m also realizing all the last minute things I need to get taken care of. I need to have my car looked at to make sure it can survive the drive, get a new fob for my car, dye my hair (shoutout to Disney Look), PACK without forgetting any of the necessities, get twin size bed sheets, find all the apartment necessities left to get, spend time with family and friends, and somehow manage to sleep. It’s gonna be a long week!

All of the craziness and the goodbyes will be worth it when I’m fulfilling a dream to work for the Disney company. I still have a hard time grasping that this is real life, although I’m sure it will hit me when the journey begins. Here’s to the next four months! May they be filled with joy, magic making, laughter, growth, and light.

Itineraries come out soon which means I’ll get my work location! Where do you think I’ll be placed: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, or a resort? Comment below!!

❤ / Bailey