I’m here! I’m officially a Cast Member!
What a crazy couple of days it’s been. Brian, my niece Kylie and I drove up on Tuesday night, August 10th. By the time Brian got out of work, we packed the car up and got on the road, it was about 9 PM. By the time we got to our hotel (A Ramada on 192) it was nearing 1 AM. Got to the room, settled into bed around 1:30. I set the alarm for 5:45, planning to get to Vista around 6:30. Yeah, apparently I don’t know the difference between AM and PM because the alarm didn’t go off. Lucky for me, a good friend happens to go to the gym super early and called me. I ended up getting to Vista at about 6:45.
There were probably 40 or so people in front of my roommate, Marina and I. They let us in at about 7:55 and we walked around back. There was no one running, pushing or trying to get to the front of the group. It was all really orderly.
Once at the Welcome Center, we got sticker name tags and started the check in process. Marina waited for me while I went to get out apartment, and we got exactly what we wanted – a 1 bedroom at Patterson. We then got our keys and took our photos for our housing IDs.
From there, we did our parking permits. If you are bringing a car, be sure that your insurance has your name on it it else you will not get a permit issued to you.
After that, we got two stickers – one with our casting bus time and the other with our housing meeting time. I was on the 9AM casting bus and had the 2:45 PM housing meeting, which is held at The Commons.
Casting went really quickly, they took our onboard paperwork (be sure to have this filled out!!), did the background screening, fingerprints, found out our work location, checked for The Disney Look (and given a snack) and meet with a trainer from our location before heading back to Vista. The trainer gave us a schedule of our first couple days (for some people) or first day (for others, like me). My first day was today, Saturday at 8AM.
Marina and I then drove over to Patterson (we both have our cars) and unloaded. Our apartment is really nice. I’ll take some pictures soon and post them. We’re on the first floor which is awesome and near one of the laundry rooms, which is really nice.
After that I met up with Brian and Kylie for lunch before my housing meeting. After that, the three of us just kind of hung out and went to dinner.
Thursday was a free day, so Brian, Kylie and I went to Magic Kingdom. We had fun 🙂
Yesterday was traditions. I had the 2 PM class so the bus to get us was scheduled for 12:45. Since I had the morning free, I went grocery shopping and left Brian and Kylie to unpack me while I was at Traditions. Traditions was awesome, I got my Cast ID as well as my name tag and a couple of other surprises that I don’t want to ruin for others who haven’t arrived yet.
After getting back to the apartment as quickly as possible I had to bring Kylie and Brian to the airport. Luckily MCO is really close to the apartments, so they were there on time. That was a really hard goodbye.
This morning, I had to be at Epoct Cast Services Building at 8 AM. I decided to drive and with my friend’s help, got there with no problem. We started by clocking in and then we learned about the history of Epcot and then went on a walking tour. I was very glad that the trainer had told me sneakers were okay to wear with my business wear, since there was a lot of walking and I have nasty blisters from traditions yesterday.
After my Park Discovery, we were given our schedules for the upcoming week and we were brought to get our costumes. I’m a Park Greeter at Epcot, so mine is pretty simple – grayish-blue shorts with a purple top that has Spaceship Earth all over it. I have to wear white ankle socks and plain white sneakers.
I’m scheduled for 44.5 hours my first week – I’m working 6 days. Guess it’s into the deep end of the pool right off the bat!
I guess that’s it for now, I need to make a Wal-Mart run and go get shoes.
Oh and Amy – Kunglaoosh is a greeting from the now extinct Adventurer’s Club which was at the now extinct Pleasure Island.
Have a Magical Day!!!
I leave for Orlando in approximately 48 hours! I started packing last night – I think I have the clothes under control. Now to get the other “stuff” together. I think that’s the bigger portion to be packed. I need to run my campus to get my books. Of course, my Information Management Systems class has a book only available on campus.
I probably won’t post again until I check in on Wednesday.
It’s Friday. I leave on Tuesday. I have nothing packed.
I finished my Guest Services class yesterday, As much as I enjoyed the material, I’m very glad it’s done and over with.
Today I’m having lunch with a couple of my friends, Maevan and Jessica and tonight I’m crafting with Mae and Amy. I’m hoping to get a quilt done that I’ve been working on for my nephew Wyatt. It’s supposed to be his Christmas present.
Tomorrow is my going away party. We’re having it at Birch State Park and I think we have 15 or so supposed to be coming. It’s going to be a nice afternoon 🙂
Then, I must pack! I have a list, so at least if it’s a last minute packing job, as things usually are when I’m traveling, I have a list so I won’t forget anything, like my Crackberry charger.
I think that’s about it for now, I need to get packing and visiting. August 10th is getting here faster than I thought it would.
Welcome to my new location! I decided to move over to my domain so I have a little more control and so I can post from my Crackberry during my CP.
I was finally able to register for online classes for the fall. At my school, Florida Atlantic University, there is an online BBA program. My major, Hospitality, is within the school of business. Because there is a fully online program, non-online people couldn’t register until today.
I didn’t totally get what I wanted, but I got two classes, which is what I wanted. I’m taking Operations Management and Management Information Systems. I really wanted Marketing Management but there was a major issue with registration and I didn’t manage to get in. Oh well, I can always take that in the spring.
So, other than packing, I’m all done with the other “need to be done” stuff. My onboard paperwork is done, renter’s insurance is done, I have a roommate, going away party is this weekend. Suppose I should start packing soon huh? I do have a list. I’m also still undecided what to do about scrapping stuff. Brian says to leave it and grab anything I want at a later time. I’m sure he’s right, but for me, scrapping is my stress relief. Not having it available kinda stinks to me.
I head up to Orlando two weeks from tomorrow. Seeing as how it is 10:20 PM, I’m saying 2ish weeks.
The “big” topic in the last week has been Renter’s Insurance and what the new requirements mean for those of us arriving in the next 2ish+ weeks. Everyone is getting different answers. One thing everyone agrees on is that it is now required. Now, whether or not they’re checking when we check-in or not, well that’s a whole ‘nother story all together. The right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing in this situation it seems. Some people on the Facebook Group are being told that no, they’re not checking. Others are being told, yes they’re checking and you’ll be turned away if you don’t have it.
So to be on the safe side, I got it. I went with Geico. It was $25 down and is like $20/month for $7K in “stuff” coverage and whatever the typical liabilities are. I went with a $100 deductible. A lot of people are paying for the whole year (mine would have been $154) and then dealing with a refund when the program is over. I’m not doing this for a couple reasons. First and foremost is that I’m broke. I’ve been on unemployment for 9 months and homegirl is broke as broke can be so putting out $154 right now just isn’t going to happen. $25, doable; $154, not so much. Second, I don’t want to deal with trying to get a refund. Goodness knows what kind of mess that can turn into, so I’d rather pay the extra $2-3 a month for the convenience of not having to chase a refund for an unused portion.
And just a little mention for my scrapbooking followers who are planning on heading to Harry Potter land at IOA – Creative Imaginations is releasing a Harry Potter line. It’s being shown at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association). I haven’t seen the sneak peek on their blog yet, but a bunch of their other lines are there (including an awesome one by Marah Johnson – Wicked). I’m guessing it’ll be there soon (I hope!)
I drive up to Orlando in three weeks, check in 3 weeks from tomorrow.
I’ve started putting aside some stuff I’m going to bring, like my sheets, bed risers and stuff like that. I’m totally a last minute packer, so knowing me, I’ll be throwing stuff into bags this time in three weeks.
I checked in with my orthopedic today and got a cortisone injection in my ankle. I have some scar tissue in there that keeps getting irritated and swelling, causing pain, so this should calm it down. My ice pack is my best friend right now.
As I mentioned in my last post, August 11th arrivals are now in the Hub. I did find out where I may be working, which is Epcot Front Entrance Greeters. I’m pretty excited about that as Epcot was my second choice behind Magic Kingdom.
I guess that’s it for now, have a Magical Day!
I was on an e-mail list for those on the CP. I don’t think there are anymore events before fall, but if you’d like to grab a cup of coffee, I’m on campus a couple days a week. I’m all for meeting fellow CPers before we head up!
I can’t believe I’m 4 weeks away from check in. 28 days. Oh my.
I have what feels like 10,000 things to do. I have a bunch of crafting projects on my to do list before I go, including a super secret surprise for my step-mom. I need to get my lists of what to pack, what to bring and what I need to buy together. I love lists.
I do have an advantage over many CPers, I live a mere 3 hours away. If I really need stuff, I can run home. I don’t need to pack my “winter” clothes to bring with me in August, I can grab them later, or worse case, I can have my wonderful fiance bring them up for me.
I think my biggest challenge right now is what to bring for scrapbooking stuff. I have an entire room here at home, way more stuff than any one girl needs. It’s kinda hard to narrow down what I need. Do I need my Cricut? Grungeboard? Thickers? How much patterned paper? How much cardstock? Most people are probably shaking their heads at the craziness of this paragraph but other scrappers are laughing at me while nodding their heads. They get it 🙂
The arrival date just before mine has had their roles disappearing from the CP site. That means that they’re getting put into the Hub, which makes this all that much more real. Being in the Hub means that you have a job location assigned. Some want those with Hub access to look them up to see where they’re working. I’m up in the air if I want to know or not. I did request Magic Kingdom a few months back, it’ll be interesting to see if I get what I requested. Looking at the Fall Advantage people in the Facebook Group, it seems that most who put a request in didn’t get their location choice. I’m just hoping to not be stuck selling tickets at one of the water parks. I’d prefer to be located at one of the main theme parks. What job I get, I’m far less picky about.
Oh, and to my 22 followers – Hello! and Thank you! I’m hoping that there will be more updates once I actually make it up to Orlando.
Today is June 11th. This time in 2 months, I’ll probably be sitting in a housing meeting. I can’t believe how quickly time is going by.
I need to start making lists of what to bring with me. I have my old bed risers set aside and I got a couple sets of sheets on sale at Target. It’s hard to know what to bring – I have a feeling a large Wal-Mart run will be in the cards once I’m there and settled in.
On the facebook group, almost all of the Fall Advantage people have arrived. The last check in day for FA is on the 14th. After that, the next check is will be August 9th, the first group of us Fall people.
Disney actually sent out an e-mail the other day asking us if we’d be willing to change check-in dates, from whatever we have now to September 6th. Yeah, cause I’m not excited enough about August 11th, lets throw another month on top of that? No thanks! Besides, I’ve already booked Brian’s return flight home. He’s going to come up to check-in with me.
I’ve got two weeks left of my first summer class – Quantitative Methods of Business (QMB). So far so good, but I have one more test and a final left. From there I go right into my second summer class – Excellence in Guest Services. That should be fun and interesting, leading into the CP.