As I begin this journey, I realize there is a lot to take in. This is the first time that I will be away from home for such a long time. I left for Florida with my dad and grandma on Friday, January 23, and we made it to my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Jenni’s house in North Carolina to spend the night. We spent the day with them on Saturday and left Sunday morning, and we arrived in Florida at our hotel around 6 p.m. My dad and grandma took me out to dinner and prepared me for a long day on Monday.
Monday, January 26: Check-In Day
Monday was probably the hardest day. There were several components to complete for a smooth and easy check in. I was happy to receive my work location; I will be working in Magic Kingdom on the east side: Tomorrowland! I believe I am a floater and will be wearing four different costumes. However, I do not have training until Friday. I also filled out all of my I-9, direct deposit, and housing documentation. I received my housing ID and my apartment key. I live in Chatham Square in a 1 bedroom, 3 person apartment. It’s only been a short time that I’ve spent with my new roommates, and I’m already making friends!
I also had my casting on Monday right after I checked in (keep that momentum going!). While at casting, I finished more documentation, a background check, and got my training schedule. That night, my grandma and dad took me out for dinner for the last time, making it bittersweet to say goodbye.
Tuesday, January 27: Welcome to Housing Meeting
Tuesday was a lighter day, and I only had a housing meeting at 1 p.m. At the meeting we learned more about Disney’s housing rules, similar to residence hall living. To my surprise, we are allowed to have mace or pepper spray, as long as it is 3 oz or less.
I also went out with my roommates when they came back from dinner. We went to the Universal Citywalk with three of our neighbors that live a few doors down from us. We walked the “boardwalk” and really started to get to know each other.
Wednesday, January 28: FREE DAY!!
Today I have a free day! I am able to catch up on homework, learn how the laundry works, and check out the club house and the beautiful area I am living in. I cannot wait to share all the fun and learning that will ensue!! As Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Days at Disney: Three
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