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Saturday, September 26, 2009

THERE IT IS!!!

...the girl said breathlessly as she peeked through a little window in her school mailbox. What may have looked like an ordinary, obscure envelope shoved in a tin rectangle appeared to be a shining beacon of white light to her.

She was just looking through the hole, admiring it when her boyfriend brought her back to reality...

"Well open it then!"

The girl's fingers hurriedly twisted the dial to unlock her combination, un-scrunched the giant white envelope, and saw "Disney Worldwide Services, Inc."

She already had received her email. But it didn't matter. An enormous grin spread across her face and she hugged the envelope to her chest. It had finally arrived. Her purple folder. The item she had been waiting for years for...it was finally hers.

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I have a surprise coming up for you all in the next couple days. It involves not doing my homework tonight but embarking on a new project...keep checking back!

Regardless, tonight I checked my mail again (this week I had finally stopped obsessively checking it), and saw that I got my Purple Folder! It was like being accepted all over again and the same excitement was there, if not amplified.

Tonight I am going through all the logistical processes. I didn't accept and pay the money right away because I had a lot to think about. I was OBVIOUSLY going but "When?" and "How" were the questions.

The official verdict?

Check-in: January 20
Actual Arrival Date: January 19
Method of Arrival: Flying

Yay!

"Ashlie, you've just received your Purple Folder...what are you going to do now?"
"I'm going to DISNEY WORLD!!!"

ºoºAsh

Monday, September 21, 2009

Be Our Guest...

...be our guest, put our service to the test!"
A handsome man in Beauty and the Beast kitchen garb reached out his hand to the little girl, whose eyes were as wide as the plates on his rolling cart, inviting her into the Share a Dream Come True Parade. It was her first experience being a part of the magic. They were bringing one of her favorite fairy tales to life right in front of her.

When she grew up...she wanted to bring the magic to life too...
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I just got off the phone with the Disney College Program Recruiting Office. Jen, my recruiter, was SO incredibly kind. I told her that I just got accepted into attractions and she said: "Congratulations!"
I replied "Thank you! I never get tired of hearing about it because I am SO excited!...I just wanted to express my extreme gratitude because like I said I am SO excited and so thankful!"

Then I proceeded to tell her that "While I know there are no guarantees, I would like to make a request." She said "Ok" and asked for my first name, last name, and application number. (I LOVE how they ask for your name first, you are not just some number to them!)

"Ok, what ride would you like?"
"While I understand loading and unloading are an important part of making everything run smoothly for a great guest experience, I would like to work a ride that is more interactive with guests. I would like to bring the magic to life. That is why I would like to work the Great Movie Ride. Whenever we ride it I always like to sit in the front so I can be a part of it and I can see myself bringing it to life for other people as well!"
"Well, like you said, there are no guarantees, but I will definitely put that in your application."
"Thank you! I also have a few other questions if that is ok?"
"Certainly."

1) Roommates/preassigned roommates. You cannot ask for one. But if you want to live with someone specific, you should coordinate to arrive on the same date and stand in line together.

2) Benefits extending beyond the CP. "Say I end my College Program at the beginning of August but my family would like to take a vacation in the middle of August." No benefits extend once you are no longer a cast member but you may become seasonal or a campus rep.

3) How to become seasonal. It depends truly on your role and you would have to speak to your manager once you get there/toward the end of your program.

4) Junior/Senior status regarding the Professional Internship. I will be technically graduating in January but there would be perfect opportunities for me considering my major and things I would be able to bring to the company (or something like that). She said I could just apply during my CP because during that time we are considered "enrolled in college." YAY!

I thanked her very much again (remembering to say "Jen"!) and she said "Have a great day!" I said "Thanks, you too! Have a magical day!" She laughed a little before she hung up. It kinda made my day.

Yay for a great start to a great sunny day!

Sorry John, gotta steal your line today...

It's the truth
It's actual
It's a Zip-a-dee-do-dah day!

Quick Note...

Sorry to make a post without a memory or anything specifically Disney-related, but I wanted you all to know that I have now allowed comments for all users, even unregistered ones. For some reason some very nice people were not allowed to comment on my blog and I thank those who brought it to my attention! (Especially Ang and John! Thanks guys!)

So anyways, comment away Disney followers!

Oh, and so you don't think I've lost ALL spirit in a hurry to write this while I am mid-hw and stressing...
Here's one of my favorite MK parades ever made :)

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Friday, September 18, 2009

"I solemnly swear..."

"...to uphold the laws of Mickey Mouse.
To always have fun..."

The little girl was sitting outside the bridge to Dinoland, USA, eating Petry Fries when a CM approached her...
"I like your pins!"
"Thanks!"
"You sure have a lot of Tinkerbell there. That one is a rare one for the Year of a Million Dreams...and you have 3 of them! You must have done a lot of special things to be given those!"
"Well, truthfully I was given one, and traded for the other 2..."

He proceeded to tell her that he was a member of the Dream Squad, how it worked, and chatted for a very long time.

In the end, he gave each member of the family an "Honorary Citizen of Walt Disney World" pin. She recited the promise to uphold the laws of Mickey Mouse with her hand held up, solemnly swearing that she would always have fun and spread the magic.

She had always known that she belonged in Walt Disney World..
.but now...now she was an honorary citizen. Soon though...she would become a real citizen, a real member of the community...and it would happen on...

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2009!!!!!!
While I did received the email at 11:33AM, I did not check it until 5-something PM. I had this FEELING that today was the day. I woke up after having a dream about ALLISON receiving that EXACT email with HER name and ATTRACTIONS on it! STRANGE RIGHT??? The sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the sky. I felt eternally happy. I had been thinking that I was going home tonight to be with my family, but that didn't work out tonight, but NOW I am celebrating with my boyfriend and friends. It was odd because I spent the ENTIRE afternoon planning what Allison and I were going to do once we got down there - restaurants, attractions, plans, etc. etc. etc. I then went to a private dance "tutor," you could call her, to see if she will help me with the Entertainment auditions (still my first choice). When Allison and I left Panera the sky was dark and sad and I was thinking to myself...I guess today is NOT the day. But I secretly thought (rather dramatically) "Maybe the sun will be shining JUST on MY dorm." SURE ENOUGH...we got off the bus and the SUN WAS SHINING THE BLOCK OVER MY DORM!!!!!!! My heart accelerated and my stomach flipped as I headed to the mailboxes...EMPTY. "I guess today is not the day..." I said sadly.

I went to see my boyfriend in his room. He was going through and deleting his emails until finally I go "Can I please check my emails now before I BUST?!" Somehow, something magical inside of me knew that "Fate stepped in to see me through." I logged on with my heart beginning to race again...

"DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM: YOUR INVITATION"
"There it is!" I whispered loudly to myself.
I clicked.
"I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I screamed!
"You got accepted?"
"To attractions!"
I jumped up from the chair, started clapping my hands together, and jumped up and down like a child singing "I'm going to Disney World! I'm going to Disney World!!!"

I proceeded to call my mom, who is excited for me and knew that this has been my dream forever but definitely a little hesitant that I have a full college degree and am going to be running rides...but that's ok...I consider this a segway (haha, segway) into my professional career with Walt Disney World.
Then I ran upstairs to my room and banged on Allison's suite door (which is in the hallway and locked even though I could just come in through our suite mate's room with the key...hahahahaha, the dramatic effect was achieved)...
"Today WAS the day!!!!" I shouted.

Continue with phone calls, hugs all around, and then I finally sat down to read the packet. Seeing "Congratulations" and the beautiful purple color will never get old.

I cannot WAIT to get my Purple Folder in the mail.

Anyways, after reading the packet I sat down and clicked around to accept. Here is what happened...



I tried to make sure it was short because long Vlogs I stop watching after about 2 minutes...

Stay tuned for updates!

Now I have some serious thinking to do about scheduling, living arrangements, etc. I will be calling a recruiter on Monday with ETERNAL thanks and a few questions.

Until then...

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust to all you out there waiting!

When you wish upon a star...your dreams...come...true...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"We can take a cab if you want..."

"No, no, it's fine..." the girl said, now 20 years old, no longer a "little girl." Then why was she still dancing foot to foot, waiting for another day at Walt Disney World? Because the magic was still there. The fantasy element had not been ruined in the least over the last 13 years and 15 trips. Everything was still as perfect and wonderful as her little 7-year-old self saw it. Mickey was still Mickey and the princesses still stepped out of their fairy tales and into her lives. Today, she was going to see Mickey and his friends open the park for her. She had never seen it before. She was up so early with her aunt and now they were waiting for the bus.

The minutes passed, the bus arrived at the hotel (she wanted to tell the driver to please step on it! She didn't want to miss it!), and soon they were at the Magic Kingdom gates. But...behold...twas nearly empty! In fact...the park did not open until NINE AM, and there she was at 5 minutes to 8. So what did she do? She waited. She kept herself busy by hula hooping and imagining herself to be the little girl again.

She waited. And waited. And waited. The anticipation grew at the time grew nearer to Mickey's arrival. And in the end...it was worth it.
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I got a notification in my email yesterday that I had a package downstairs. I started screaming to my bf..."THIS COULD BE IT!!!!!!!!!!"
I then proceeded to SPRINT down the dorm hallway to get to the elevator, danced like I had to use the restroom while I was in there, power-walked to the mail room, opened my mailbox combo (my hands are shaking and my heart is beating a hundred miles an hour), I hand them my slip, they get a package................

..........and it's a big brown cardboard contraption holding my last book I needed for school. My bf catches up to me and goes "was it it!??!"

Me..."EPIC. FAIL."

Then I realized later that the next package notification I get will be it!

Until then...back to obsessively checking my emails...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"I saw you last night and you were amazing!"

The little girl was somewhere around 13 or 14 now. It was around 2pm at Disney's MGM Studeios (Now DHS). She was so excited when it was finally her turn to see Mickey. She told him that she had seen him the other night and he was fantastic!!! Mickey looked confused.
"You know...dah dah duh duh duuuh dum dum dum dum!" she started singing the Fantasmic! theme song and waving her arms around. Mickey still looked confused. She hugged him anyways, took a picture, and walked away.

Later that afternoon as she lay basking in the hot Florida sun by the Grand Floridian pool, she realized not once in her discourse had she said "Fantasmic!" and poor Mickey probably had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. She probably looked SO foolish dancing and singing in front of all those people at 13 years old. HOW EMBARRASSING!!!
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I'm starting to get nervous. I got my "Thank You for Interviewing" email on September 3 and still haven't heard back. A girl from the DIS interviewed on taht day and has already been accepted into "Photopass" - my first choice next to Character Performer. People are getting into Attractions and Merchandising left and right but I have yet to receive any emails, my Purple Folder, or a rejection letter. I told my family and friends that if I didn't get accepted I am requesting a week to lock myself in my room and mope, and then I would get on with life and figure out what I am going to do with it (because all my plans for life begin with doing the DCP, no lie). I got a little white envelope int he mail today from school telling me that my loans had been processed. I seriously felt my heart drop into my stomach when I saw the small white letter through the mailbox window as I thought it was that rejection letter.

I am having a hard time concentrating on school, homework, and staying in the present moment because I want this SO much. I have since I was seven years old.

Anyways....until I find out I guess I have to "Just keep swimming...just keep swimming...just keep swimming, swimming, swimming..."

Friday, September 11, 2009

"I promise to love you forever..."

...every single day of forever. Will you marry me?"
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Ok, so far all of my pre-posts have been true memories but I totally stole that from Twilight's Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. Edward says that to Bella and I think it is possibly the most well-chosen words of all proposals of all time.

But yes, why this ridiculous topic? Because my friend sent me this video this morning:



Yes, I realize it is a promo. But her genuine reaction you cannot fake. My theory: he is a CM doing this for a promo but in real life he is ALSO proposing to his real girlfriend.

So this sparks Allison and I to sit for an ENTIRE HOUR "YouTubing" Disneyland and Disney World proposals.

Which also sparks a list of "MUST HAVES" for our Disney proposal. (I wrote them in the order we thought of them - later went back and organized them according to categories.)

Disney Proposal Requirements

1) Setting: Cinderella Castle

2) Setting Specifications: Stage/Central Location in Front

3) Ambiance: Nice weather (a.k.a. sunny and warm)

4) Ambiance: Music must be somewhat synchronized with proposal and differ from the normal ambiance music of Cinderella Castle

5) Memories: Quality video taping

6) Memories: Different angles from video taping

7) Ambiance: Fireworks - may take place at night if appropriate

8) Details: Dancing must be involved

9) Details: Tux and/or top hat for him - Princess-ish dress for me (Good luck future boyfriend getting me to understand why you want us to dress like this without giving it away...special dinner ressies may help :D)

10) Content: Please, please, please surprise me!!! I am one of those people who LOVES surprises.

11) Content: A character MUST present the ring to you (preferably a favorite character - that would be none other than Mr. Mickey Mouse for me :) )

12) Content: No fighting between the couple 24 hours in advance. If fighting occurs, the proposal must be delayed.

13) Details: Perfect timing. Please don't rush it and please don't let it happen if I feel queasy after the Tea Cups. Thanks :)

14) Content: Please give me a decent speech. It doesn't have to be long, just heartfelt and nice. I'd like to know WHY you want to marry me instead of anyone else. And dear self: DO NOT JUMP THE GUN. Let him finish before you say the magic word "Yes."

15) Ambiance: Family must be present post-proposal...ok...even maybe during...(even if just my and your immediate families come out afterward for a day or so!)

Have a magical day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pirate and Princess Party!

...Hey rah rah rah Hey rah rah rah Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse! Hey rah rah rah Hey rah rah rah Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse! Well the whole world wants to wish you Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!
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Today is my 21st birthday. My boyfriend and one of my very best friends Allison planned THE most amazing Disney surprise EVER!

So I went to my boyfriend's room tonight just before midnight (we're in the same dorm a floor apart at Boston University's Myles Standish Hall), and he says "I have something for you chica."
He hands me a TREASURE MAP and a bandanna wrapping something up!

I open the bandanna and it's a pirate skull and cross bones pattern. I run to the mirror to tie it around my head. Wrapped inside is a note, written in DISNEY FONT that says:

Good morning Princess Ashlie, and Happy Birthday to you!
Pleasant dreams I hope you had (with Aurora in blue).
This morning you'll be treated to a birthday surprise.
You'll be given lots of clues, so keep open your eyes.
Three treasures you'll seek, hoping to loot.
(Much like those pirates who don't give a hoot).
Your hunt begins now, not a moment to spare!
For your first clue you must knock...if you dare!

A big mickey head is sitting at the bottom of the page.

So I am FREAKING out with excitement at this point and I go running out of the room and my boyfriend stops me and says 1)You should know Allison (my friend) had a LOT to do with this and 2)your first stop is here in the closet. Here, open it."
Inside is THE coolest princess bag you will EVER see...it's a pink CASTLE that has all the princesses on it and doors that OPEN (with none other than Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella inside). He left the sticker on it that says "Remove to Open Doors" so I could do it myself!!!
Attached to the bag is a blue Happy Birthday balloon with Mickey on it!!!

So I go running out the door again and he goes "You're going the wrong way chica!" (There's a million stairwells to get upstairs to my room where the treasure map said but he was RIGHT! I had to follow the map, of course!" So we get to my suite where Allison has her own little side door. X marks the spot, her door. So I take the note's dare and knock.

Allison opens the door. All smiles and looks so dressed up and pretty! And she hands me this amazing 3-D Disney cup (that my bf Charlie bought) and she goes "Um, shouldn't you be looking for the next clue?" and so I start looking all around the room and she coughs "Checkthecup." DUR, the clue is taped under the cup. So on a little piece of paper, in DISNEY writing again, it says:

We know that Snow White is the fairest of them all,
But what's behind the mirror on the wall?

Now the ONLY mirror you can look behind is the medicine cabinet in our bathroom so I go running to that and see this amazing little box wrapped in none other than PIRATE wrapping paper!!! The clue taped to it says:

Belle was delighted to be their guest,
But are you as curious to see what's in the chest?

So Allison says I can open the present from the cabinet. It's this GORGEOUS golden pin with a Mickey pendant hanging off. Looks JUST like me and is an AMAZING addition to my pin collection! So the only place with a CHEST is her room. She told me later that she wanted to make sure that when I went in her room the clue had to do with HER favorite princess, Belle. I immediately check the chest and get a SUPER cool Pirates gift bag that looks kinda like a chest. Inside is tons of crumpled up paper along with a Marie stuffed kitty from the Aristocats!!! Oh my Mickey Mouse, SO CUTE! So after a little guidance again I am unfolding half the papers in the bag to find the next clue. I finally find the one with MORE Disney writing on it that says:

Aurora was sent out, and told not to roam,
Than found a birthday surprise upon returning home!

Now MY home is clearly MY room in OUR suite (Allison and I live together with one other girl in a suite in case you didn't figure that out yet) and so I go running into my room and I SCREAMED because my ENTIRE room was COMPLETELY decorated.

My WHOLE HUGE FLOOR IS COVERED IN HOMEMADE MICKEY CONFETTI FROM A HOLE PUNCHER!

THERE ARE FIVE HUUUUGEEE DIFFERENT COLORED BALLOONS.

THERE IS A STREAMER GOING FROM ONE END OF MY ROOM TO THE OTHER WITH MICKEYS ALLLLL OVER IT TWISTED PERFECTLY!

ON MY BED IS A HUGE BOX WRAPPED IN PIRATE PAPER WITH A CARD AND PIRATE NAPKINS AND PLATES!!!

I was FREAKING...OUT. So I opened the card from Allison which was VERY sweet. Then I opened the gift, an Aurora snow globe to add to my snow globe collection. I...LOVE...IT.

Good gracious. Thennnn I opened my bf's present which was the princess bag (I was saving it). One awesome birthday card, and then another which was ARIEL SINGING PART OF YOUR WORLD which HAPPENED to be the song I sang at an AUDITION for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at school tonight!!! (Which was an epic fail, but whatevs, I'm too happy to dwell on that now). Inside were MORE balloons to blow up (mini ones this time), party poppers,Tangerine Altoids (I love those, haha), and a BU shot glass (it IS my 21st after all). It was the "Princess Party Bag."

SO
AMAZINGLY
COOL!

Then I turned on "Celebrate You" by Corbin Bleu and "Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it!" parade for the next hour or so and ran around enthusing about everything. I took pics and will take more tomorrow and try to put up a slide show at some point.

This was SO incredibly thoughtful and amazing of the two of them I cannot even BELIEVE it. Allison is a Disney COMPLETE fanatic like me so she was the one who wrote all the clues and made a huge majority of the magic happen. But my bf also bought the balloons and carried them through Yawkey Way (which is where Fenway Park is) DURING a Red Sox game so it was SO crowded.

I cannot enthuse enough nor thank them enough. I will never be a good enough friend to live up to this...but I will CERTAINLY TRY.

Thank you again, Allison and Charlie. I am SO grateful to you both and I love you guys.

Goodnight Disney followers! I'm off to Neverland!

PS - I forgot to mention that in February of 2008 I went to Walt Disney World and they had a Pirate and Princess Party and I didn't get to go and ALWAYS wanted to...then they got rid of that special night at the WDW parks. Tonight, I had my own completely magical Pirate AND Princess Party of my own with my friends. I am SO lucky.

PPS - Forgive the overly-excited nature of this post. It was just a magical moment I will never forget and I am writing it the same night everything happened.

Monday, September 7, 2009

"Quick! Quick! You have to..."

"...FIX MY HAIR!" the little girl bolted from the family room where Beauty and the Beast was on TV and into the kitchen.
"What? I'm making dinner," the little girl's mother said.
"But Mummy! Belle is going to turn into a princess now! I'm taking off my apron and putting on this dress! Can you please fix my hair so it's half up and half down so it looks like hers!? I'm pretending to be Belle!!!"
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Two days after my interview I got my email. The screen shot was as follows:

In case you can't read it...the big red letters say "You should hear from us again in about 4-6 weeks." YIKES!!!!! That's mid October!!! I sure don't want to wish my last semester at college away but wow, I want to know what I will be doing (IF I don't get Character Performer) soon!

The way it works this year is that if you apply, they will chose one of your roles (for me, it would be Photopass, Concierge, or Attractions) and place you in it. Then, you will go to auditions and if you make it, they will bump you up. If not, you already have a place reserved. This is NEW to this DCP college semester. Before, you forewent all options and if you didn't make it in the audition, you may not have made it at all because all the spots would have been filled up. I am incredibly grateful for this new option.

Regardless, my top priority is, and will always be, being a Disney Princess or performer.

Have a magical day...I know I will!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"I have to go to the bathroom!!!"...

...the little girl wailed as the big black figure lined in red lights materialized out of the darkness. "I have to go, c'mon mummy I HAVE TO GO!!!"
"Ashlie, do you really have to go?" her mother asked skeptically.
"YES!" the little girl cried frantically as she tugged on her mother's hand.
"Honey, she has to go, just take her" her father said to her mother.
"She doesn't have to go!" the mother whispered, "She's just afraid!"
"Mummyyy! I have to go to the bathroom! Hurry!!!"
So her mother took her by the hand and gently maneuvered her out of the thick parade crowd. The little girl escaped the yellow glowing eyes of the horrible chernabog devil-monster of Bald Mountain and felt relief that she was far from his wide open wings.
"Are you sure you still have to go?" her mother asked gently - slightly exasperated but mostly amused - as they finally broke their way out of the crowd. The little girl looked over her shoulder and saw that three little pigs were on their way, as well as Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs. The evil chernabog had moved down the street away from where they had stood just a few moments before, in perilous danger from his evil influence. The soft, sweet music had returned and the white lights lit up the once-scary darkness. She was safe.
"Mmmm...no, I guess I can wait," she looked up at her mother with huge, innocent green eyes. Her mother sighed and took her back to the parade.

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The anticipation waiting for today made me wish I could escape to the bathroom. Today was my interview and it was.....AMAZING! It was SO much fun and yet very nerve wracking at the same time.

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9/7/09
So school has gotten very busy already, but I didn't want to leave you readers without telling you all about my interview! This is a recollection of word-for-word as best as I can remember almost a week later...

At EXACTLY 4:45pm my phone rang. "Private Calling." I screamed, not going to lie.

My boyfriend was sitting on my bed at college and one of my best friends ran out of the room, closing my door behind her.

"Hello?" I answered. Immediately a I exhaled a huge breath of unexpected relief and smiled.
"Hello, is this Ashlie?"
"It is."
"Hi, this is Kristen with the Disney College Program. You listed now as a good time to interview. Is this still a good time for you?"
"Oh yes! To tell you the truth, I'd say I've been waiting for this interview for hours or days, but truly I've been waiting for years. I am so excited!"
*She laughs* "Well, we won't keep you waiting any longer then."

Then she proceeded to explain the interview process. She'd start off with some introductory questions. Then she'd ask me about specific roles. Then she'd ask me some yes or no questions.

"So first, let me ask you, why do you want to do the Disney College Program?"
"I want to do the Disney College Program because I've been going to Disney World since I was a little girl, and as I got older, I realized it wasn't just the rides or attractions, but the cast members that made it a special experience. And that's what I want to do, to make the magic for other families too."
"How do you see this program fitting into your future career goals?"
"Well, I am going to school for Broadcast Journalism and Spanish, so besides Spanish being very useful in the parks, my broadcast skills are transferable to the communications department. And I know that Disney owns ABC and ESPN so that's great too." (That was kinda a stupid ending I think...woops.)
"So you listed these roles as your options, are you interested in our Quick Service Food and Beverage, one of our most popular attractions which includes responsibilities such as.......[insert list off of the CP website]...?"
"I'm afraid not, just because it doesn't fit into my future career goals."
"Ok. So could you please tell me your top three role options?"
"Sure! My top three roles in order are Character Performer, Photopass Photographer, and Concierge."
"Ok, for character performer, what experience do you have?"
Then I listed my theater productions, modern/lyrical/ballet/jazz training, and ballroom dancing, which I told her comes more easily to me, which was cool.
"Why do you want to do character performing as your top choice?"
"Well besides the fact that dancing and acting are my passions, when I was a little girl and played make believe, all I ever pretending to be WAS a Disney character!"
[Not bad, but I should have added that I wanted to make fairy tales come true for children now myself.]
"If a child came up to you and was acting aggressive, kicking, hitting, and yelling, and you were in a fur costume where you couldn't communicate verbally, what would you do?"
"I would probably back a safe distance away and hang my head. I would cover my eyes and look embarrassed or ashamed until the child calmed down."
"So the next role you listed was Photopass Photographer. Tell me, what experience do you have with photography?"
I listed my photo class, how we did composition and the actual developing so I had a new appreciation for that (stupid, useless babbling), my photo being in our school newspaper, and how I am an avid photographer.
"I love taking pictures of people, I love taking pictures of Disney, so taking pictures of people at Disney would be amazing. When we go on vacation, I take a lot of pictures...I mean A LOT."
[Hahahahaha, blonde much?]
"If you were a Photopass photographer, how would you up-sell a package to a family."
[Insert mental FREAK-OUT. I have NO idea how to answer this.]
"I would probably explain a package and if they seemed interested I would check to see if the father was the type to carry a wallet with pictures and tell him about a package with that or I would tell them that packages with more pictures allows them to share their memories not just at home but with other family members as well."
[EPIC FAIL. I was dancing around the topic because I was super nervous and temporarily confused. I could think of MUCH better answers now...of course. My main answer NOW would involve "Bringing the magic home and experiencing it over and over again every day or in every day life." I'm an idiot.]
"So the next one you chose was concierge. What experience have you had with guest services?"
"Well all my jobs that I have had have mainly dealt with guest services."
I proceeded to explain my job at the Club Room at Agganis how the clientele is the same as those who stay at concierge.
"What would you do if a VIP guest came in and requested a specific room view, such as a room with a pool view, and you could not give it to him. How would you explain this to him?"
"Well first I would explain that it is probably a very busy time of year and I'd check again and if we still couldn't give him this room then I'd explain our other room options and let him pick from those. If he was still very unhappy I'd offer him a free [UGH...don't say FREE Ash, should have said COMPLEMENTARY] dinner or mini golf or something like that to make his experience more magical. If he still was not happy, I would offer a manager."
[Not bad right?]
Then she decided to ask about attractions. Which scares me, because she didn't ask my friend about her fourth choice. So did I totally flunk all the other questions!? Anyways...
I got the infamous Space Mountain too-short question. I had this answer prepared and memorized inside and out.
"Well, first I would bend down to his eye level, because you don't want to be intimidating, you know? Then I would tell him that this ride was maybe a little too big for him right now but I'm sure when he comes back next time he would be perfect. BUT, since he was so brave to want to try Space Mountain, maybe he would be brave enough to take a ride in Goofy's airplane on Barnstormer! Then I'd stand up and briefly explain what the ride is to his mother/parent."
[Only thing I left out is I shoulda' given the kid a sticker.]
Then she asked me about my best and worst job experiences.
I said the best was the Club Room and the worst was Elevator Duty but even then I still got some guest interaction and I gave them directions.
"Every little bit helps," I said.
Throughout the interview she kinda asked me the same questions about guest services and photo experience but I don't really remember in what order.
Then she asked me about how did I feel about confining, hot costumes and standing for a long period of time. "No problem; in fact, I love the heat."
Photopass, what about carrying heavy 10lbs of equipment and working in multiple locations for many hours.
"Multiple locations would probably be my favorite part and I worked in banquet events over the summer and I carried 30 pounds of a tray on my shoulder for 14 hours, so it would be no problem."
Then she asked me the yes/no questions which was basically the end of the application to make sure we understood the rules about the Disney Look, accommodations, pay, etc.
Oh yeah, at some point she asked me about living with roommates, I don't really remember when.
"I have lived in a double occupancy room before - my freshman year of college - and my roommate became one of my very best friends."
Then she asked me if I had any questions.
I did. I asked her about audition dates (which were not posted at the time - now it's Nov. 2nd...more on that in another entry) and that I really wanted this did she have any advice/insight?
So she explained a little about the process and basically said be animated as much as possible.
Then I just thanked her profusely and told her that it has been my dream so thank you so much for your time [I THINK I said "Thank you, KRISTEN." I HOPE I did.]
Then we hung up.
18 minutes and 21 seconds [which I just remembered off the top of my head, and won't ever forget] according to my phone.
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After telling my friend all about it and repeating it to my mom on the phone, I sat in this completely EUPHORIC phase. Literally sat on my floor, against the wall, and just smiled a huge, childish (slightly delirious) Disney smile. The interview of my life was over and I generally felt pretty awesome about it. [I am a little more nervous now because I have thought of many better answers since then, but it's ok.]

So there you have it...an interview play-by-play. Next blog entry...the email...