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Earning my Ears

Posted by Christina on August 20, 2010 in Misc. |

What a crazy, busy week this has been! I started my training on Sunday. Now during my aforementioned Discovery day, I did not get the information sheet I was supposed to. For some reason, the three of us who were Park Greeters did not have a sheet. This sheet held great information about costumes, our trainers name and the most important piece of information – where to meet on your first day.

So, since I didn’t have this sheet, I got to Epcot Cast Services at 12:45 for my 1:15 start. I asked someone who told me to hang out in the break room and a trainer would come for me. There were a bunch of other CPs there (mostly attractions) who were grabbed by their trainers and at 1:15 I was the only CP left. That’s not a good feeling at all. I went and asked a different person who made a couple phone calls and found out I was supposed to be in the Main Entrance break room…. OOPS!

One quick bus ride later and I was were I was supposed to be meeting my trainer Kafey. Come to find out, by getting let go from Discovery day early, I also missed out on a bunch of e-learning I was supposed to do. My first couple of days were chaos because of this.

First thing we did was get my a temporary locker to drop my stuff in and do a quick walking tour of Epcot, and the areas surrounding the turnstiles. I also got a cheat sheet of commands, which would come in handy later.

I started working on the turnstile with the guidance of Kafey and then handled closing with a lot of waving with a Mickey hand.

This pretty much continued for the next couple days with early mornings (need to clock in at 7 AM) and lots of learning of how to open.

Wednesday was my assessment which was done by Joan.  I spent most of the morning on a turnstile, both regular and cast entrance. Then I did a written test (got a 100%) and had a manager assessment. At that time, I had earned my ears and am now a full fledged Cast Member.

Last night, I worked my first shift after earning my ears and was waving goodnight for most of it. I thought my shoulder was going to fall off by the end of the night. I’m right back at it tonight, closing up front.

The majority of next week I’m at the International Gateway, so if you’re back there at closing time, say hello!!

1 Comment

  • Dave says:

    Long time WDW fan, love your blog. A very insightful look at learning to be a cast member.

    Good luck!!

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