Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's My Money Card, and I Need It NOW!

Just a brief word of advice: don't put something in the oven right before you go out to do laundry. It's highly possible that the money card machine will break down while you are loading your clothes and you will have to run around your apartment complex like a mad person and go to three laundry rooms AND the clubhouse before you find a machine that works.
Sunday, January 23, 2011

OJT Schedule

Now I know this will be very different for every single person who goes through Full Service Food & Beverage training, but I thought I would share what my training schedule was like so you could maybe get an idea of what yours will be like. I know for a fact that various locations for fsfb OJT,  or "on the job training", are different because I had ten days of training before my assessment, while my roommate Natasha only had two. Haha maybe Kona Cafe is just very thorough.

Anyways, after Traditions, I had my resort orientation day, a day of online learning basics at Disney University, and a day with both online learning and location orientation. I didn't start my OJT until a week after Traditions, but from what I understand, that was a long time to wait. But believe me, I made up for the time wasted because I then had seven straight days of shifts lasting seven hours or more. It was tiring, but I was just glad to finally be starting work and getting some hours in.

For our location, there are five different roles that a front of house seater can do. They are: seater, greeter, assigner, coffee bar, and runner. This breaks up into several smaller tasks that I won't go in to. Here is what my training schedule was like to learn these roles.

OJT 1- Culinary, Bakery, Bar... aka tasting day! Read more about it here
OJT 2- Podium Overview... learning a little bit of everything about my different roles as an FOH seater
OJT 3- PM Server & Runner... follow around a server and run out their food when it comes up
OJT 4- PM Seating & Greeting... seating and greeting at night (obvious)
OJT 5- PM Assigning... assigning the parties to the servers and tables
OJT 6- Podium & Assigning... working both of these roles
OJT 7- AM Seating & Greeting... seating and greeting during the day (also obvious)
OJT 8- AM Podium... doing podium stuff for the breakfast and lunch shift
OJT 9- Coffee Bar day one... working the coffee bar! Fun but early in the morning (5:00 am!)
OJT 10- Coffee Bar day two... see above
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Taste Testing

Yesterday I had my first day of on the job training, but oddly enough, I didn't even touch anything relating to my actual role. Instead, I donned my nifty chef's outfit and followed people around the kitchen all day for my culinary training. Our location does it so that we're familiar with the menu and can adequately describe and recommend dishes. And because it's yummy. But mostly, it's kind of boring and hurt my feet. I literally just watched people cook for like ten hours. It was interesting, but I always felt like I was in the way. The kitchen is a scary place with lots of scary terms and words. I really enjoyed the free Banana-Chocolate Creme Brulee, though!!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Time to Face the Music

Okay, after a long and wonderful day off playing at the parks, I'm ready to face my costumes again, with their too-short pants and the too-high waist. I feel like a mom from the early nineties who makes her clothes from left over fabric other people don't want.

If this is my employer reading this, jk! I totally love my costume and my job : D : D : D

Anyways, here they are! My "fantastic" costumes....

FOH seater:
 FOH bar:
Monday, January 17, 2011

Dressed For Success

Well the past couple of days have been fun, boring, stressful, relaxing, and of course, very interesting. I feel so behind because I have yet to actually start working at my location. I've done a tour of my resort (the Polynesian), I've done a LOT of online training modules, I've gotten a tour of my location, and met some of the managers and people who work there.

Today was my second day doing work on location at the Poly, and that meant that we got to go to costuming! I got a sneak peek of the Magic Kingdom costuming department yesterday, and that was intense. Luckily, we have one just beyond our parking lot, so I can even pick up and drop off costumes on the way to work. Like I said, since it's just for our resort and not an entire park, the building was smaller and didn't have as many different costumes in it, but it was still overwhelming, and it was pretty much a do-it-yourself kind of place. After several attempts of finding the right shirt and pants and other items, I was ready, and ended up checking out 18 items. Yikes.

What's cool is that for my restaurant, I get three different outfits/combinations: culinary (where I get to wear a cute chef outfit), front of house seater, and front of house bar. Yay! I'll post later with pictures of the outfits. I don't feel like changing anymore right now.

Piece of advice: when you go to get your costumes for the first time, don't wear a complicated outfit! Wear something you'll be able to take off and put on easily. You'll be changing A LOT.
Saturday, January 15, 2011


Hey! I've now gotten over 1,000 hits to this blog, most of which were probably from my sister. People from 10 countries have visited my site! Thanks to everyone who's come by to say hello. : ) I hope you're enjoying it!
Friday, January 14, 2011


Huh? What? Oh, sorry folks, guess you caught me snoozing there fore a second. I've never really had any problem with staying awake once I woke up, even if it was early. But for these training sessions I've been waking up in the 5-6 o clock range, and by the time I get home early afternoon, I'm tuckered out. And it's not just me: yesterday our entire apartment had a nap time for about two hours. The College Program wears you out.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Living in a Perfect Day

Today was awesome. Traditions was fine, mostly boring, and afterwards I was exhausted and hungry, so I slept until 4:30. At five, we headed out to register for classes and spend some time in the parks.

We didn't get to Hollywood Studios until six, and it closed at seven, so we decided to make the most out of our time, and we got on Tower of Terror, Rock N Rollar Coaster, and Toy Story Midway Mania within the hour. After that, we went over to Epcot and got dinner in Mexico by the lake, where it was verrrry chilly. We walked around World Showcase and when we reached France, it was dessert time, so we all got something from the bakery at the back of the pavilion. By that time, Illuminations was starting, and we got the perfect spot to watch them. Although we only spent about three or four hours between the two parks, it was a great way to kick off our time in the parks and I am so excited to go again!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Both Natasha and I recieved a phone call from Disney today, informing us that our traditions class was changed to the morning. Now all four of us will be loading on the buses at 6:45 tomorrow morning! SO excited to start!
Monday, January 10, 2011

My first week

I am all checked in and moved into my apartment. We're not completely settled yet, but after the day we've had, having everything out of my car is an achievement.

I got my work assignment today, as well as my apartment (obviously), and my training schedule for this week. I'm not going to go into all the details of the check-in process, because there are some other great posts that can do that for me, but it wasn't actually that bad. I'd say our time frame was perfect: we got there at 7:30, waited until a little before 8 when we were let in, left for casting at 8:30, and were back by 11. It was awesome. After that, we got lunch, moved in all the stuff, and headed to the housing meeting at 2:45, which was (no offense Disney) supremely boring and lasted two hours.

Now, for the grand announcement, I will be working at...

Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort!

I am so so so relieved to have gotten a location I like. Well, I'm assuming I'll like it. I haven't been there before, but I wanted a restaurant that was in either MK or a resort associated with it, and I've always wanted to go to the Polynesian. I am so happy to have a nice location to be working at, and it was so cool to hear where all the different people I met were going to work. Our whole apartment seems to have lucked out: Katie will be lifeguarding in both Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, Natasha will be working at Cinderella's Royal Table (AWESOME), and Kristina is working icon attractions in Hollywood Studios (no clue on what that means.. she finds out Wednesday.)

My schedule for this week is:

Monday- Check in, Housing meeting 2:45
Tuesday- Off
Wednesday- Traditions 2:00 with Natasha
Thursday- Off
Friday - Orientation to Restaurant
Saturday - Food & Beverage Training at Disney University with Natasha

It's going to be a very exciting week and I can't wait to get started! It's nice to have so much free time but at the same time I want to be officially official : )
Sunday, January 9, 2011

1 Day!

10 People I'm Really Going to Miss (In No Particular Order)

AHHHHHHHH! Check in is tomorrow! I can't believe I've come this far and now I'm finally here, about to check in and become an official Disney employee. I'm so happy to start the program, but it's going to be soooo hard being without certain people in my life for four months. They're the ones that make my life great and I love them all so much. I'm not going to be able to write much for this post, because if I do, I know tears will ensue, and I hear they're not good for keyboards. I'll just leave it up to pictures to sum up some of the people whom I love most in my life.

   1. Kyle 
I'm going to miss this guy a lot 

   2. Dad

3. Mom 

4. TJ 

5. Jessie 
She is my soul sister. And my sister sister. Being at Disney without my Mims will be hard : (

6. Prince 
Yes, my dog made the list. He is adorable and the best dog in the world.

   7. Mercy 
   8. Gillian 
   9. My Flagline Ladies 
   10. My Sousa Buddies 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saying Goodbye

Tomorrow, I leave to drive down to Orlando. It will be just my mom and me, because the next week's winter weather is making it look like it might be difficult to get back up after dropping me off, and people have school and work to take into consideration. Yesterday I said goodbye to my brother; today, I said goodbye to my boyfriend; and tomorrow morning, I will say goodbye to my sister, dad, and dog.

As a send-off present, Jessie surprised me with a funfetti Disney cake, complete with Mickey candle and Disney princess shaped sprinkles. My mom sang "Happy Internship to You" and we all enjoyed one of the last nights we'll have together for a while.
The cake... after our family got to it : )

Saying goodbye to Kyle was tough. I'm used to my brother being in another state, and even though they are less than two hours away, my family and I still adapted to the change of being apart for the school year. However, even during the summer Kyle and I are not apart for long, and if we are, it's a 45 minute drive. I don't know how I'm going to handle being apart for four months. We haven't been apart for four weeks. Heck, it's less than four hours since he left and I'm not doing so hot.

Maybe getting down to Disney and starting things up will help, but until then, the waiting is hard.

Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful

Elsewhere! In Georgia, we're expected to get winter weather and snow all next week. In Orlando, the lowest low is 40. Awesome. This is why I'm glad I'm doing the Spring program. Well, among other reasons. : ) P.S. Does anyone else think they got Tuesday and Monday's pictures mixed up? 

2 Days!

2 Things I Will Not Miss At All (In No Particular Order)

1. My stupid dishwasher which has been broken since I moved into the apartment. 
2. The Milledge bus route and its riders. For those who know what I'm talking about, you know. For those who don't, be glad you don't.
Friday, January 7, 2011

3 Days!

3 Things I'm Really Going to Miss About Georgia (In No Particular Order)

1. Snow day in March
2. Getting to see my family all the time
3. G-day and all the excitement of spring semester

The Final Countdown

Aaaaand now that song is playing in your head. : )

Since about the 70 day mark, I've had a paper chain counting down until Christmas (red and green links) and, of course, check-in at the CP (purple).

Now I'm down to the last four links! I can't believe that check-in is almost here! 

I can't wait to be walking main street with the castle ahead of me! I'm so sad to leave my friends and family, but I know that doing the College Program is going to be such a good way to start off my career and get my foot in the door. There are some amazing experiences waiting for me down in Orlando, and I'm so excited to get down there and get started! 

I hope all my fellow Spring CPers are having a good time preparing to travel down to Florida!
Thursday, January 6, 2011


I have officially completed packing my car. With the exception of things I'll need in between now and Sunday, everything is in there, from my clothes to my printer to my on-boarding paperwork.

I'm not going to lie, I've always considered myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to packing my car. I've made about eight trips over the past three 1/2 years in between college and home, and even with all the awkward angles of my trunk and backseat, I always manage to get everything in securely. I'm especially proud of this trip, because I'll be having passengers in my car, so I had to ensure that there was enough room for everyone and their long legs (a family trait). It's like a complicated three dimensional puzzle and I solved it. Booyah. Happy packing!

4 Days!

4 People I Cannot Wait to Meet (In No Particular Order)

1. Katie
2. Kristina
3. Natasha
4. Elizabeth 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

If It Fits, It Ships

So the more I load up my car, the smaller my trunk appears and it seems like the pile of things I need to bring is getting bigger and less likely to fit in there. I have an Altima, which has a decent amount of room, but my family is driving down with me, so EVERYTHING has to fit in my trunk so that people can fit in the cabin of the car. We'll see how this goes...I've got four days until we actually drive down, which should be plenty of time to find a shrink ray or space bag the size of my trunk.

5 Days!

5 Things I'm Excited About For The College Program (In No Particular Order)

1. Trying all the yummy food
2. Free admission to the parks!!
3. Working in an awesomely themed restaurant
4. Warm weather
5. Grocery Bingo

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

6 Days!

6 Disney Resorts I'd Like to Visit (In No Particular Order)

1. Grand Floridian
2. Wilderness Lodge
3. Polynesian
4. Port Orleans
5. Animal Kingdom Lodge
6. Boardwalk

Monday, January 3, 2011

7 Days!

7 Characters I Want My Picture Taken With (In No Particular Order)

1. Mickey
2. Minnie
3. Eeyore
4. Pooh
5. Tiana
6. Belle
7. Goofy

Sunday, January 2, 2011

8 Days!

8 Disney Movies I Love (In No Particular Order)

1. The Little Mermaid
2. A Goofy Movie
3. Ratatouille
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Up
6. Finding Nemo
7. Toy Story 1 and 2 and 3
8. The Princess and the Frog
Saturday, January 1, 2011

9 Days!

9 Rides I Can't Wait to Go On (In No Particular Order)

1. Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Jungle Cruise
3. Rock N' Roller Coaster
4. Great Movie Ride
5. Splash Mountain
6. Astro Orbiter
7. Walt Disney World Railroad
8. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
9. Expedition Everest

Happy New Year!

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