Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On With The Show!

So today I'm trying something new...

Today is my first shift working at Hollywood Studios! I'll be performing in the role of "generic untrained special events guide."

To be honest, I have no idea what that entails, but I'm so excited to find out! It's been a goal of mine to pick up shifts in each of the four parks, and now I will be able to knock another park off that list (having obviously worked a time or two in Magic Kingdom c-: ).


Speaking of trying new things, this past Saturday I did another shift that was completely new to me. Each year, Disney hosts a special event for two nights in September called Night of Joy. They have popular Christian bands and artists come out to perform at three stages set up around Magic Kingdom. This is a ticketed event after hours, and with special events comes a need for extra help on hand. Luckily for a certain seasonal cast member, that meant more hours towards my 150!

I picked up a Magic Kingdom Outdoor Foods shift from 8 pm - 2 am (eeek!). This was the latest I'd ever worked for a Disney shift, but it honestly didn't feel that late to me. ODF is responsible for most of the carts and stands you see around the parks. They serve popcorn, drinks, ice cream, and other assorted goodies. Towards the end of my shift I was talking with one of the supervisors, and she was explaining how they staff all those carts and keep track of it all. It really is amazing all the work that goes into selling everyone's favorite snacks!

The work was not necessarily difficult, just fast paced. You had to quickly learn and remember which bin a  certain ice cream was in, how to make the popcorn without burning it (which I did the first time I made a batch. OOPS!), and when to refill certain items. Honestly, the part I liked least about ODF is the drinks cooler. Think about how cold and refreshing your drink is when you purchase one from a stand. Think about how cold the ice water must be to keep it that temperature. Now think about dunking your arm into that ice water over and over again to get drinks all night. Brrrrr!

I really loved working my first outdoor foods shift. The folks who work and lead ODF are such a fun bunch, and I would definitely pick up there again if given the opportunity!


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