Saturday, September 26, 2009

The one with my trip back to Disney

With my lack of a job and my car at the shop, the timing couldn't have been more perfect for a quick trip back to Disney World to have some fun and pick up a few shifts at the Emporium so I can keep my status as a seasonal cast member! Jon and Shanelle had been planning this trip for a while and were very gracious to invite me along for the fun.

Saturday morning, I had my job interview (for real this time!) and it really couldn't have gone much better. I haven't heard anything back yet, but I'm hoping! After my interview, Shanelle and I ran some errands then we got on the road to Orlando! We stopped the first night in Atlanta to see Shanelle's college-friend Nancy and drop off Jon and Shanelle's cat, Moses, who nancy would be watching for the week. 

Sunday, we arrived in Orlando and the first thing we did was meet up with Michelle (Shanelle and I's roommate from the first half of my College Program) then we headed off to the Magic Kingdom! All I can say is that it was SO NICE to be back. Somehow the Magic Kingdom feels like home away from home, afterall, I did spend at least 40 hours a week there for several months. We didn't stay too long because we were tired from the 10 hour drive that day, but it was definitely fun. 

Monday I got my snazzy new red seasonal ID with my actual picture on it and not just a picture of Mickey's Face where mine should be (the CP id). Most of my emporium friends didn't know I was coming back so it was fun to see the surprised looks on everyone's faces when they saw me back at work! My co-workers at the Emporium are some of the nicest and most fun people EVER and it was so nice to see them! 

Tuesday night was Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom which is the BEST party of all the parties. A very nice manager may or may not have let me go outside to see the Halloween Fireworks too and it may or may not have made my night! ;)  

It was fun to see some of the new College Programmers at the Emporium. I didn't get to know many of them but they were all very nice and most thought I was a new CP and tried to be welcoming haha. That's why I love Disney- everyone is so nice! 

Wednesday was reserved just for fun- Jon, Shanelle and I all had the day off and we were determined to hit all four disney parks in one day. We started off by taking a chance on seeing if we could get into "Chef Mickey's" at the Contemporary. That restaurant is harder to get into than ANY  fancy-shmancy LA club I'm sure. While I was in Florida on my CP, I tried for months to get a reservation with no luck and Shanelle had been trying for 3 months to get a reservation for this trip with no luck so we just decided to show up there around 7:30am and see if we could get seated and to our surprise- it worked! 

"Chef Mickey's" is so cool because not only is it at the Contemporary (the resort the monorail drives through) but because you get to meet the "Fab 5" all while eating the most amazing breakfast ever. (For you non-disney folk, the fab 5 is Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald.) It was quite possibly the best breakfast ever and definitely gave us the sugar rush we needed to get started with energy on our 4-park quest! 

It was fun to see things that had changed in the parks since I was last there. Most of them were little changes (like the new Pixar Light that comes out and does a little dance at Hollywood Studios) but some were big changes (like the Hall of Presidents that now features Obama). I took A TON of pictures of Toon Town and Fantasy Land because eventually Toon Town is going away and being transformed into something entirely different. (I'm most excited for Beast's Castle which will have a dining experience, think along the lines of the song "Be Our Guest") 

A trip to Disney is exactly what the doctor ordered. While not having a job can seem like a relaxing vacation to some, it's actually more stressful for me than any stress a job ever brought. One of my favorite things to do is read books and I can't enjoy reading right now because I'm always thinking I should be looking for jobs. So it was kind of nice, especially with the fiasco that is my car, to just escape for a few days. But now it's back to "work" finding work! On the up-side, my car is FIXED and she drives so smooth, let's just pray for no more car problems! 

Bonus Features:
1) On the drive down and back, the 3 of us played the license plate game and I think we ended up finding all but 7 states' plates! It was fun but stupid North and South Dakota just refused to show themselves! 
2) We learned that lack of sleep mixed with lots of sugar and rides makes Shanelle and I very loopy lol
3) Stitch (from Lilo and Stitch) cannot be trusted not to randomly feed grown men their eggs at breakfast hahahahaha 
4) If you feed your kids gummy bears for breakfast and they insist on using their fork and knife as toys, Mickey will in fact take your silverware away! lol


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