do you ever just cry because you’re you
Just popping in to visit my boyfriend. Who’s totally not dead. Nope. Totally alive.
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014)
donna’s hairor amy’s hair
Amy, you are enormous parts of my life. And you are all I ever remember.
Mitch and I established Animal Kingdom as our date park. <3
My current role is Character Attendant.
Previously, I was a Merchandise Hostess.
Pros for Merchandise:
- You get to see all the cool new stuff as it comes in, and hence you get first pick.
- It’s an easy job. Easy easy peasy register work.
- Where I was there was variety, as I worked in seven different stores.
- Lots of time to bond with fellow cast members.
- All the CPs get closing shifts so there were some quiet periods where we could all just goof off together.
- Depending on where you work you might get to drive ECVs (those ugly grey scooter things) and they’re fun.
- Also depending on where you work you might get to help with Parade Control which means you get paid to yell at guests when they ignore your directions, woo!
- Sleep ins all the time.
- Once register trained you can work at pretty much any store anywhere.
Cons for Merchandise:
- It gets boring. I mean it’s pretty repetitive.
- Not a lot of people realise that Disney has this thing called Package Pick Up, where you buy something then get it sent to your hotel or the front of the park for you to pick up later. They don’t wanna carry their merch around so they all save their shopping for the end of the day, which equals a lot of standing around doing nothing before the evening rush.
- Re-stocking after closing was the bane of my existence.
- General rule for breaks is one per three hours which is pretty good, I think, but you only get half an hour for lunch and that’s not enough time to let my food digest man.
- Guests can be so dumb and getting them to pay with their magic bands, nine times out of ten, was physically painful because they couldn’t grasp the simple concept of touching the flat part of their band to the scanner. Geez.
- Sometimes the hours sucked. I generally started work anywhere from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, then finished somewhere between 11:30pm and 1:30am. You become kinda nocturnal.
- Until BAM they throw you a closing shift followed by an open shift with the exact bare minimum of eight goddamn hours between, which if you don’t have a car equals about five hours of sleep by the time the buses get you home from work and back again.
Pros for Character Attending:- The awesome characters you get to work with, duh.
- The breaks! So many breaks! Breaks for everyone! And an hour for lunch, hallelujah!
- It’s pretty easy once you know the routine of where you’re working, how the set schedule goes and which responsibilities fall to each attendant.
- There’s a lot of opportunities for story telling and helping to make that Disney magic for lots of guests.
- So many cute children oh my god cutie patooties everywhere.
- You get a lot of awesome opportunities to meet rare characters and get rare/discontinued autographs, and if your captain’s nice they’ll let you take photos with characters (so long as you take your name tag off!).
- You’re statused as global and can work at any park or event.
Cons for Character Attending:
- Why are so many characters outside in the elements. Why.
- People get really mad at you when you cut the line and you will get yelled at and probably threatened, maybe even physically hurt. Don’t take it personally.
- People always try to skip lines and some guests think it’s funny to be a dick to the characters. You have the responsibility of stopping these things from happening.
- So many idiotic parents oh my god dumb people everywhere.
These are just from my personal experience and I’ve probably missed heaps coz I’ve just got back from an eleven hour shift and am brain dead.
But I hope that helped!
If you have the same program end dates, you can request to room together. The rule used to be that you had to have the same start AND end dates, but now it’s just the end date. So if you guys can coordinate your programs, there’s a chance you’ll get put together.
If not, you can try talking to housing and requesting a change. Maybe they’ll be able to accomodate you.
Good luck! :)
Heyyyy sorry for getting to this so late, as you’ll soon find out Disney hours are crazy hours.
But basically nothing is supplied in terms of bedding and toiletries. You get a functioning bathroom with no supplies except maybe a shower curtain (fuck Disney and your stupid bath/showers, just give me a glass cubicle with a door please and thank you). You get a bed with a mattress. You get a dresser and a chest of drawers. And that’s it.
It’s like playing the Sims without cheats, where you only have enough money to buy that tiny little house and it comes with a fridge that only lets you cook low to medium quality food and a bed that never lets you get a great nights sleep. Yep, that about sums it up.
You start from scratch, and work your way up from there.
Have fun at Walmart!
Ahh thank you darling! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story!
Unfortunately I’m a sporadic updater at the best of times, and working these bloody crazy long hours for Disney has made writing anything of a decent length really difficult. I’m still slowly pushing through all of my fics though, and I will update when I can.
Thank you for the kind words!
Hey there! All the information I have about applying for the program can be found here.
I believe that you can only apply for the program happening in the next calendar year - aka. you’ll have to wait til next year, 2015, to apply for 2016.
If you can’t make it to a web interview or a face to face interview I’m not sure if you’d be able to apply. You’ll have to email Disney and ask them about the specifics though, sorry.