“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”

After a full two weeks here at the most magical place on Earth, I’m thinking that I don’t want to leave!! Everyone here is so nice and welcoming. Some people that have started as college program students (CPs) prefer working full time because CPs only close. I am used to closing from my previous job, but working a 10 or 11 hour shift  is a different story. There is still a lot to learn and adjust to!

Disney University

Where I took all of my training classes

The one thing that I don’t think I will ever get used to while I’m here is seeing all of the princesses back stage! I met Anna and Elsa for the first time (I won’t say where or what they were wearing because I don’t want to ruin the magic) and Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger stopped us in the cafeteria and hugged and kissed us.

Thursday, January 29-Wednesday, February 4: Training!

From Thursday, January 29 to Wednesday, February 4, I have had nothing but back-to-back classroom and onsite training. I have so much to learn in that short amount of time!

TV screen that says "Welcome to Operations"

One of my training classes

I’ve been learning how to master the art of preparing food at Disney’s different restaurants. In Tomorrowland I have learned how to run the cash register and make crazy flavored hot dogs at the Lunching Pad, and I mastered the two cone-one hand ice cream maneuver at Auntie Gravity’s.

In Fantasyland, I’ve learned how to make LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern. It is a delicious concoction of frozen apple juice, marshmallow syrup, and mango-passion fruit foam! I highly recommend getting it. I also learned how to make specialty macaroni and cheese at The Friar’s Nook, like bacon cheeseburger mac and cheese, and roasted pork mac and cheese.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

The one thing that scares me is finding my way through Mickey’s Magical Mouse Tunnels and getting to where I need to go after I am done with my training. Everyone here is so helpful and nice though, that I am not that worried!

Several prints with scenes from Disney movies

The halls of Disney University. I love working here.

Hidden Mickeys

A red box with a box on it

This is what we see when we walk into Traditions. The best surprise is inside.

Who loves Hidden Mickeys? I know I do! I don’t know how many of you have been to Disney since they added the Storybook Circus attractions with Beauty and the Beast’s Castle. I saw all of the attractions on my first day of training in my Traditions class, including a Hidden Mickey! If you ever go and want to find a Hidden Mickey, go right to Gaston’s Tavern. In the front of the shop, there is a fountain with Gaston and LeFou. If you look at the front of the statue, on the right side toward the crack in the base, there are three indents. That’s your Hidden Mickey!!

Days at Disney: 13

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About the author

Claudia Neu

My name is Claudia Neu, and I live in Cuba, NY. I'm studying early childhood education here at Jamestown Community College, and I'm going to be an intern in the Disney College Program. I first found out about the program in high school, when my family and I went on our first Disney vacation in 2011 and I talked with one of the workers. Fast forward to my second week of the fall 2014 semester at JCC: I saw the poster to contact Felix Muzza if you were interested in an internship with Disney. It was fate! I believe everything happens for a reason. The reason for my attendance at JCC: Disney! I'm ready to delve into Disney's role in my life, as well as the role I'm about to play. I also really want to share what I do day-to-day, how I work behind the scenes for such a large company, and to just have fun. Stay tuned to learn more about all the fun and work I will be doing! Enjoy yourself and learn something new with me as we explore the most magical place on Earth: Disney!