Saturday, January 23, 2010

Exhaustion. The best kind of exhaustion.

Sorry for the lack of update about my park orientation yesterday. I ended up going to Magic Kingdom with my roommates yesterday night and we had just enough time to ride Space Mountain and watch Wishes. Then I had to go to Walmart and buy my shoes (where I also bought a Lunchable) and then I was just tired. 

Yesterday was DAKlimation which I found without incident (which is a miracle because the directions they give you to Cast Services are non-existent and it is NOT somewhere you can just wander around and find). We had some help from experienced cast members and it was just fine. Which brings me to an important CP tip- DON'T be afraid to ask anyone anything. At all. Seriously. No one is going to think you're stupid. They'll understand that you're new and that things are confusing and they'll help you get where you need to be. DAKlimation consists of a LOT of information about the park, its history, and Disney's conservation efforts. It also consists of a LOT of walking. In case you were unaware, DAK is HUGE. We didn't go into anything super specific to our jobs, it was all mostly a general overview and a lot of learning the story about different areas of the park. It was very fun but another tip- for park orientation (especially if you're at DAK!) make sure you wear shoes that you're comfortable walking for a looooooong time in. :) 

Today was far more specific as it was my first day of on the job training. After clocking in at Cast Services and doing some online learning, we split with our trainers. I was the only one with my trainer (the coolest trainer ever), Cheryl. She was amazing and helpful and friendly and encouraging and fun and everything that I would expect a Disney trainer to be. She helped me learn my way around all of the fabulous places in Dinoland and gave me several helpful tips along the way. What's exciting is that not only am I in the Chester and Hester store and the Dinosaur photo store, I could also be at any of the Dinoland carts and I also get to be trained to work the carnival games which is awwwwwwwwwwesome. I also got to be a part of a Magical Moment today and made friends with a couple of really sweet four and five year olds. :)

I'm ridiculously tired so I'm going to probably watch a movie or watch The Biggest Loser online and go to bed.


P.S. If you haven't had them already, good luck with your interviews Fall 2010-ers! 


  1. I got to be there for the Dino Walk and hand out the certificates to the guests who participated. :)

  2. Woooooooot that's awesome! I FRACKING MISS YOU.

    That's pretty much all I had to say. And that I'm glad you like your job so far. :)

  3. Dearrrr Katie,

    We better meet up soon...I mean it :P