Friday, December 31, 2010

10 Days!

10 Restaurants I Want To Eat At (In No Particular Order)

1. Pecos Bills
2. Sci-Fi Dine-In
3. Les Chefs de France
4. Pizzafari
5. Crystal Palace
6. Main Street Bakery
7. Via Napoli
8. Casey's Corner
9. La Hacienda de San Angel
10. Pinocchio Village Haus
Monday, December 27, 2010

Packing List (By Numbers)

A few days ago, I began packing for my upcoming trip down to Orlando. I soon realized that there were some problems arising: a) it was over 2 weeks until I was leaving and b) since I was planning on bringing my favorite clothes, if they were packed away, I would not have access to them. Therefore, since I'm INSANE, I decided to write down every single item of clothing that I was bringing so that I could do the work ahead of time and "check out" an item from the reserves if I wanted to wear it. Yeah, insane. Who does that? People who are excited to go to Disney, that's who.

Anyways, if you saw my previous post about my mathematical formula for packing, it actually worked pretty well. By calculating out a specific number rather than throwing out a random amount of clothes to bring with me, I was able to start conservatively and give myself concessions in special cases (like super cute shirts).

Using my calculations as a guide, I built a wardrobe that I am very happy to be bringing with me. I feel it has enough versatility to last all semester but enough unique items to work for specific situations. I am proud to say that I set a number for each category and stuck to it. Most of the time : ) It might seem like a lot of items, but considering that this is less than half of what I normally have with me at school, I'd say that it's an accomplishment. Haven't gotten to shoes yet, but I think I'm going to set that around 10. Man, I promise I'm not this mathematical or nerdy in person. I hate math. But I love packing!

THE LIST:

15 T-shirts
25 Cute tops
10 Cute tank-tops
3 Cardigans
2 Professional button-up shirts
2 Professional skirts
2 Professional pants
2 Professional blazers
4 Dresses
5 Skirts
5 Shorts
4 Pants
2 Sweatpants
5 Athletic shorts
3 Sweatshirts
3 Light Jackets
1 Anorak (light raincoat)
2 Coats
8 Purses

M-I-C... See Ya Real Soon!

I got an email today from the College Program with some last minute tips reminders. Although I pretty much already had all of these things in mind, it was good to have it all listed out for me and it was a nice shout out that I'll be down in Orlando soon (14 days!!!).

The tips were:
   -Bring your Employment Eligibility verification paperwork
   -Bring a computer (if you have one)
   -You may want some start up cash. We won't get our first paychecks for two weeks or so, and even then it probably won't consist of much, so it's smart to bring $350-400 for the first few weeks.
   -You will probably want your car
   -Hints on what to pack
   -Review the Disney Look. This is wayyy important and will have bad consequences if not followed!
   -Prepare if you need religious or medical accommodation
   -Don't forget where you're going! If you need directions, look them up BEFORE you leave : )

Sooo close!! : )
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Date Change Opportunity

Today I received an email asking if I would kindly offer to change my arrival date from January 10 to February 21. Thanks, but no way, Jose. Although the offer comes with two park hopper tickets and would keep me down there longer, I don't think I could stand tacking on an additional 42 days to my wait. Not to mention that it would mean having to give up my incredible and awesome roommates! Some other poor unfortunate soul will have to take Disney up on it.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve, everyone!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

20 Days!

20 Goals For Next Semester
  1. Eat the entire Kitchen Sink... with help!
  2. Conquer all four Mountains back to back
  3. Complete a triple play - seeing Wishes, Fantasmic!, AND Illuminations in one night
  4. Around the World Showcase in 80 minutes
  5. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  6. Ride every rides and see every show and all the parades in the world at least once
  7. Ride Space Mountain with the lights on
  8. Do a backstage tour
  9. Use extra spots on my main gate pass to let someone in for free
  10. Have the dessert trio (Pineapple soft serve from Adventureland, Mickey Dilly Bar from MK, and Chocolate Banana from AK... family tradition)
  11. Pick a pearl in the Japan pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase --> my mom told me when I was 8 that one day she would buy me a pearl. Hasn't happened yet, so I'm taking things into my own hands. 
  12. Eat in each of the World Showcase countries
  13. Get a new autograph book and fill it up!
  14. Ride the monorail
  15. Have an ice cream cone on the Boardwalk... and this time I won't leave my wallet behind! 
  16. Visit Disney Quest
  17. Buy a photo from one of the rides
  18. Get a picture with Mickey
  19. Save some money to walk away from the program with 
  20. Ride something back to back without having to wait in line
Monday, December 13, 2010

Wordle

For those of you who don't know what Wordle is, find out. It's amazing and incredibly addictive. : ) This is a wordle of this blog, and it's just fun to look at the different key words and remember where they came from. And if you think the colors are a little random, they're actually the official colors of Disney World: Mint Green, Lagoon Blue, Lavender, and Pumpkin Orange. 
Saturday, December 11, 2010

30 Days! And Roomie Responsibilities

Ahhhh!! Under a month until I am checking in at Vista Way!! I am so excited to get down there and hang out with my awesome roomies and all the other fabulous people I have yet to meet : )

Speaking of roommates, in any living situation, it is so important to nail down what the rules, or lack thereof, are going to be in the apartment. I've lived with micro managers and people who don't care at all and people who need a clean apartment and people who would drown in dirty dishes before they scrubbed a plate.

Generally, most big issues fall under three categories:

-Cleaning: 
-Food: 
-Guests

Personally, I'm cool with the "take care of your own stuff" way of living, but I'm also okay with chore wheels and the like, because I've done both. I also don't mind if you eat my food, as long as the feelings are mutual. It's okay to say "this is off limits" but to have an apartment gallon of milk. Come on, guys, we're big kids now. (Granted, we are all going to play at Disney World for a couple of months). And in terms of guests, as long as they don't steal or break my things  or keep me up at night with their hooligan antics, I'm cool with having people over. I like company. : )

Additionally, since we'll all be very far from home, it's important to make sure there isn't overlap on some key items that you don't need four of for each apartment. These include:

  • printer
  • over the door towel/coat rack
  • tv (both for the living room and the bedroom)
  • DVD player
  • kitchen appliances (most are provided, but extra things you might want to buy)
  • wireless router
  • shower curtain



Before you figure all this out, though, you need people to live with! When you first meet or talk to your future roommates, it's really good to get to know what their living habits and preferences are. There are a lot of questionnaires floating out there, but the one my roommates and I used is:

1. I usually go to bed between the hours of ___ and ____.
2. I usually wake up between the hours of ____ and ____.
3. I sleep best when the room is…
   •Noise level:
   •Temperature:
   •Light & Darkness:
4. I would like to have private time in the room:
5. The time of day I prefer to study is:
6. The atmosphere best conducive for my studying is
   • in complete silence.
   • with the stereo or TV on.
   • alone.
   • with others.
   • outside of the room.
7. Regarding appearance of the room, I prefer that it be
   • usually orderly and clean.
   • sometimes orderly and clean.
   • disorderly
8. When cleaning the room, I feel that
   • my roommate and I should take turns cleaning the entire room.
   • my roommate and I should each clean up our own mess.
   • my roommate and I should clean the room together. (Both of these things would be nice.)
9. In regard to my personal property, I prefer
   • to share everything.
   • to let my roommate use specific items without permission. List:__________________________________________
   • to let my roommate use items after asking for my permission.
   • not to share anything.
10. If someone wants to borrow my property, I would prefer that my roommate…
   • lend it to the person.
   • lend it only if I gave prior permission to that specific person.
   • never lend out anything of mine.
Note: Be sure to discuss food, clothes/toiletries & appliances.
11. In regard to my computer, printer, and other personal elec-tronic devices (i.e., iPods, cell phones, CD players, etc., I pre-fer:.
   • to share everything.
   • to let my roommate use specific items without permission. List:__________________________________________
   • to let my roommate use items after asking for my permission.
   • to not share anything.
Note: Be sure to discuss returning items, logging out of computers, and potential access to personal information on these devices.
13. I would prefer that guests
   • be welcome anytime.
   • leave when I sleep.
   • leave when I sleep, unless I give prior consent to stay.
   • leave when I am in the room.
14. I believe that guests
   • should not be left alone in the room.
   • can be left in the room without me or my roommate present.
15. For safety and security reason, I would prefer that the room
   • be locked at all times.
   • be locked when we are not in the room.
   • be locked only when we are not in the room.
   • be locked when I go to bed or am asleep.
16. When I am upset, I need…
   • to talk about things.
   • space and time to deal with it on my own.
   • space unless the feelings are directed toward my roommate.
17. If I were going to be gone for a weekend or longer, I would
   • want my roommate to know where I am.
   • let my roommate know when I will return.
   • want my roommate to know where I am and let my roommate know when I would return.
   • prefer not to let my roommate know my whereabouts.
18. When I receive mail, I would prefer that my roommate
   • leave it in the mailbox for me to pick up.
   • bring the mail to the room if s/he checks the box first, (and leave it______ ).
19. When I am not present to receive a telephone call, I would prefer my roommate to
   • look for me on the floor.
   • write down a message for me (and leave it _____________ ).
   • give my cell phone number to the caller
   • simply tell the caller I am not home and to call back later.
   • do nothing and not answer.
20. Have you had a roomate before? What bothered you?
21. What kind of music do you like? How loud or how often do you play it?
22. Do you have allergies?
23. how do you feel about sharing household chores? Any that you don't like?
24. Do you watch a lot of television?
25. Do you snore/ make noise when you sleep?
26. Do you have ADD/ADHD/OCD?
27. What kind of food do you like?
28. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs?
29. Do you party often?
30. Anything else we should know?

No one wants to have a negative experience with their roommates, so it's better to figure out these things ahead of time, before something that could be avoided turns into a problem, and someone has to pay the $50 to change apartments. I am so lucky to have found some awesome girls to live with, and cannot wait to move in together! Here's hoping you all will, too! : )
Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a sweet little girl who loved Disney. She had her heart set on living there one day with Mickey and Minnie and all the princesses. One day, she was visiting the Magic Kingdom with her family when they encountered an autographing meet-n-greet session with Aladdin and friends. Although this girl loved Aladdin's movie, she wasn't so keen on meeting him in person. He was big and scary, and worst of all, a boy. Boys had cooties. Therefore, although her family begged the little girl to go down and meet Aladdin, she refused and insisted on hiding behind the bushes where he couldn't find her.

Unfortunately, this little girl had a mean, cruel family who told Aladdin not only that she was afraid of him, but also where she was hiding! As a completely unbiased spectator, I cannot help but comment on how traumatizing this must have been for said little girl. Anyways, Aladdin sought out the little girl where she was hiding and said "Lisa, are you really afraid of me?" The little girl, mortified, managed to mumble out that no she was not, thankyouverymuch, and noted to herself to never talk to her family again. Her so called loving family took a picture to immortalize the incident amongst laughter and jeers. And that's why I... I mean, whoever this person is...will never be able to take a picture with a male face character. Traumatized. Forever.

Check out that sweet sweatshirt/legging combo

Thinking Mathematically (To Pack)

This post, like most of this blog, is largely for my own benefit. I have to get things out of my head and onto a list of some sort or else they just bounce around and muddle my thoughts. However, anyone reading it is completely welcome to use my delusional mathematical ramblings for their own benefit.

I will be in Florida for 124 days. Day 1 and day 124 will both be driving days (from and to home), so that leaves me with 122 days in between.

As far as I know, here is how my first week will go:
   Pre Check-in: drive down, have dinner with other CP's (Comfortable outfit and cute dinner outfit for Downtown Disney!)
   Check-in (Disney look appropriate)
   Day Off (Casual clothes)
   Traditions (Professional attire)
   Training (First day will be professional attire, every day afterwards will be costumed)

In addition, I'll be taking a class (which is professional attire), which meets for 10 days out of the program, and let's go ahead and assume that I'll I work an average of 5 days per week while I'm there. Under this theory, for the 119 days that are currently unaccounted for, 5/7 of them will be working. 5/7 = 0.71428571428571428571428571428571, and multiply that by 119, and you get 85 days of work and 34 non-work days.

After classes, that leaves me 24 days of completely free time to wear whatever I want, be it pajamas or stilettos. Or both (not recommended). This gives me a good idea of about how much I should be packing.

Breaking it down further, I will be there January-May. This encompasses a wide variety of temperatures, and I will want to pack accordingly.


Month
January
February
March
April
May
Total
Total Days in Disney
18
28
31
30
12
119
Free Days
5
8
9
9
3
34
Average Temps:
72/ 50
74/51
79/56
83/60
88/66
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I don't know where my classes will be scattered within those months, and this is all operating under the idea that I won't have any days with class and work on the same day, not to mention days where I'll be changing outfits. Egad! Haha but at least I do have an overall idea of what my time distribution will be like while I'm there!

**Please, no one correct me on my math or work assumptions. This is just a way to get an idea of what I need to pack so I don't bring my whole closet. I'm a girl, so I need a good reason to restrain me from bringing every wool sweater I own. : )          
Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Very Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the man who started it all. Walt Disney was born on this day, back in 1901, and it's amazing to think of all that's been accomplished because of him in the past 109 years. He lived an incredibly interesting life, and so much good and happiness has been created because of him. Happy Birthday, Walt!

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible" ~ Walt Disney
Saturday, December 4, 2010

Disney Offer Party

Last night, I went to the "offer party" hosted by the campus reps at my school. It was really fun, just basically hanging around and listening to them talk. Not only did I get to meet our reps, but I also met some of the people going down in the spring from my school, including a really nice guy named Wendall who is going down the same day as me! I was the only FSFB person there, including the reps, so there weren't a whole lot of role related topics that related to me (e.g. checking out coats for when it's cold outside, pin trading, etc.). Because I'm someone who likes to do their research (or just scour through other peoples' blogs), I already knew most of what they told us. However, it was definitely worth it to go because
   A) It made it all the more real. It's like I'm actually going down now; it's not just some fantasy!
   B) There were some questions that other people asked that I would have never thought of
   C) It was great to hear some real live feedback and testimonials
   D) I got to connect with people from my school who are going down
   E) The reps debunked some of the myths and reinforced some of the rules I had heard

If there is a party hosted by your campus reps, go! It's definitely worth it. Plus, I got a sticker and a cute CP notepad!

On a side note, if any of y'all have a blog, feel free to post it in the comments! I love reading other people's stuff and I need some more blogs to read!
Thursday, December 2, 2010

There Must Be Some Clovers in the Atmosphere

Geez Loiuse it is cold outside today! I cannot wait for that nice sunny Florida weather in 39 days!!

On another note, I've now had visitors from seven countries: the United States, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and Croatia! Hello, Guten Tag, Bongiorno, Hola! Thanks for visiting! I hope everyone is keeping warm (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case, I hope you're keeping cool!).

Also, shout out to Kristina, who sent me a sweet note in the mail that came with a Belle SillyBand! : )
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

40 Days! And Figuring Out Finances

Ahhh! I can't believe I am only 40 days away from checking in at Vista! I can't wait to get down there, meet everybody, and especially cannot wait to get my name tag, because then I will be an OFFICIAL cast member : )

My name here ^

I haven't been posting a whole lot lately, mostly because there isn't a whole lot to talk about! I know I COULD list out endless details about the housing complexes and the application process and the interview and every single role and whatnot, but there are plenty of other blogs (not to mention the actual CP website) that do a much better job of outlining those subjects, so I'm focusing this a little more on my personal experiences, not on the overwhelming details of the process. I think it's good to be informed, but better to experience things on your own.

For today's post, I'd like to explore the financial side of life for while I'm down in Orlando. I've read that life on the CP is like living in a bubble because your rent is taken out automatically, you don't pay utilities, and your only real responsibilities are to show up to work and to feed yourself. Easy enough. I am verrrry lucky because I found someone to sublet my apartment for the spring! Yay me. That's $385 I save per month.

Expenses: 
-Gas: I'll be bringing my car, so I'll have to pay for gas, obviously. Let's be generous and say it's gonna cost $100 per month. I don't spend anywhere near that amount now, but you never know.
-Fooood: This one's gonna hit me hard, because I'll be surrounded by tons and tons and tons of delicious food. Especially considering I'll be working a restaurant. I'll probably need about $200 for groceries and another $100 for eating out. Yikes. Let's hope I don't spend that much, but I'm just padding these numbers for safety's sake
-Fun: Coooome on. I'll be in Orlando. In DISNEY! Universal is just around the corner. Everything is just around the corner. This is also going to hit me pretty hard, I'm sure. Gonna mark this down as another $200 per month.

Total: $600 not tooooo bad. Okay, pretty bad, considering what I'm spending it on. But hey, I'm going to the center of the fun universe. Time to let loose for a little while!

Income:
-Pay: My hourly wage is $7.25. Assuming I work an average of 40 hours/week, that gives me $290/week. I don't know where I'm going to live yet, so I don't know how much my rent is. However, according to the CP website, the rent is $82-108, with a median of $95. That comes to $195. I know there will be other dues and taxes, so let's just say I end up with about $150/week, or $600/month. Boom goes the dynamite.

Total: $600 What up! Oookay, so I do want to end up with SOME money at the end of this program. Guess I'll either be cutting something from my expenses or funneling any money I don't spend into savings.

Good deal!

Also, my school rep is hosting a party for the people going down in the spring on Friday!
I'll have another post up soon to talk about it : )
Monday, November 22, 2010

50 Days! Well... Kind Of

So I've been doing a countdown of every ten days since 70, but yesterday was officially 50 and I was not around to post... whoops! I was actually in another state without a computer, so my countdown will just have to be for day 49. Whoa, 49?! How did I get to so low a number? I know a lot of people have been waiting for a loooooong time since their acceptance, but I received my acceptance with only 88 days until January 10 and didn't accept until day 82. It's still a fantastic feeling to be under 50 though : )

I finally did get an email from recruiting about my work location requests, which I was afraid they hadn't received before assigning me a location on Wednesday. So hopefully one of those 9 places I sent in will be my new temporary home next semester!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Role Disappearance

Today, my role on the Disney College Program Website disappeared. I actually probably wouldn't have noticed, except when I went to look at the Facebook Spring 2011 discussion board, there was a big discussion about "role disappearance" and I'm generally curious about any discussion that isn't "roommates arrival date blah blah blah" or "CP San Diego Meet Up" or something similar that doesn't really appy to me.
So when I clicked on the discussion, there were a ton of people messaging about how their role had disappeared off the website. A lot of people were freaking out, thinking it was a glitch or something, but then a few of the current people on the program noted that this probably meant that those people have been assigned work locations!
When I logged on to the site, lo and behold, my role was gone and I officially have a place to work... I just won't find out where it is for another 54 days! Oh the agony. And no, I will NOT have a current CP look it up for me. That's cheating and could get them in trouble. I'll just have to be patient.
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Location Request

During the first week of check in and meetings and paperwork, you find out your work location. Although you don't get to pick where you work, you can send in a request prior to your arrival as to where you'd like to work. Obviously, the broader you go with your selection, the better chance you have of getting something on your list. 
One of the things Disney does best is their dining. The food is usually pretty good (or better) and the theming is always spectacular. This is especially true in the full service restaurants, which is one of the reasons I am so excited about my role. I sent in my request this week for locations I would like to work at. I included 9, which I think is a big enough category to ensure I'll get something I like, but exclusive enough that I could be choosy.
My list was compiled based on things like location, how cute the costumes are, what times the restaurant is open, and atmosphere. The numbers after the name of the restaurant is a rating from diners. My top three were Ohana, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Cinderella's Royal Table. He
In the Parks
Coral Reef Restaurant  (79)
Cinderella's Royal Table (83)
Liberty Tree Tavern  (88)
Tusker House Restaurant (90)
Disney's Contemporary Resort
California Grill (90)
Chef Mickey's (84)
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
1900 Park Fare (88)
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Ohana (88)
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Whispering Canyon Cafe (84)

Additionally, here are some categories that I decided would be good qualifiers for a location
Great Views
Coral Reef Restaurant  (79)
California Grill (90)
Great Location
Whispering Canyon Cafe(84)
Cinderella's Royal Table (83)
Great Ratings
California Grill (90)
Tusker House Restaurant (90)
Ohana (88)
1900 Park Fare (88)
Liberty Tree Tavern  (88)
Character Hotspot
1900 Park Fare (88)
Cinderella's Royal Table (83)
Chef Mickey's (84)
Tusker House Restaurant (90)
Great Atmosphere
Whispering Canyon Cafe(84)
Ohana (88)
Coral Reef Restaurant  (79)
Potentially Pretty Cute(ish) Costumes
Cinderella's Royal Table (83)
Whispering Canyon Cafe(84)
Liberty Tree Tavern  (88)
Friday, November 12, 2010

The Awesome Apartment

I officially have a roommate! Actually, I have three : )
Last week, Natasha contacted me because we're both FSFB and arriving on the 10th. We got to talking and she told me about how she had her roommate and an apartment mate, but that they were looking for a fourth. After that, Kristina and Katie (my roommate!) both contacted me and we all got to talking. I absolutely love these girls and feel so incredibly lucky to have met them. They are all amazing and I cannot wait to hang out with them next semester. Last night, Kristina and I skyped until nearly 2 in the morning, just talking about life and Disney and whatnot. If the past week has been any indication of how our apartment life will go, it's gonna be a crazy awesome apartment! 

Brief info:
Katie (my roommate) is going to be a Lifeguard, which I expect will be pretty chilly at first, but sooooo nice towards the end of the program when she gets to be out in the sun all day. : ) She's from West Virgina, and will be driving down (like me!), so we'll both have our cars.

Kristina is going to be doing attractions (hopefully Great Movie Ride! I've got my fingers crossed for you!) and is from Michigan.

Natasha is going to be doing Full Service Food & Bev (role twins) and is from Southern California. She recently got engaged! Congratulations, Natasha!! 

I am so excited to get down there and get to know everyone better! 
Thursday, November 11, 2010

60 Days!

There are less than two months left until I will be in Disney World, signing in at Vista Way. Whoo!!

Also, Disney is coming out with a new Winnie the Pooh movie, appropriately titled "Winnie the Pooh." And best yet, I think it's going to have more of a spotlight on Eeyore than the past movies have. For those of you who don't know, 
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I love Eeyore!
I was give a tiny Eeyore stuffed animal when I was really young...like before I can remember young. One of my first memories is bringing my Eeyore into show and tell in preschool to show all my friends how awesome Eeyore was. And, as shown above, every time I go to Disney World, Eeyore comes with me. You should have seen big Eeyore's reaction when he saw small Eeyore. It was hi-larious. Well, maybe you had to be there. P.S. Bonus points for anyone who can identify where the picture was taken. No cheatin!
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