Previously on my Disney College Program journey, I finished my last day of Concierge Core class at Disney University and since then, A LOT has happened! Let me break it down for you guys.
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, my friend from the Disney Ohana Club and I went to Universal Studios Florida for the day. Unlike the last time we went to Universal, we didn’t rush things, instead we went with the flow and took our time in the parks. We did the ‘Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’ coaster, which was really cool because the song selection feature was working that time, so I chose Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart.” We also did ‘Men in Black: Alien Attack,’ ‘E.T. Adventure,’ ate some yummy Mardi Gras food, and rode ‘Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges’ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The latter was a river rapids ride and we got soaked! It didn’t help that we went to the ‘Poseidon’s Fury’ show afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the show, but we were in the air conditioned room for about an hour (that includes the wait time to see the show). Oh, I also had my first Uber Eats experience; I ordered shrimp tempura rolls and gyoza from a place called Jumbo Sushi, and they were pretty good!
Disney recently unblocked the parks from the end of April to the next two months. So I was supposed to go to Magic Kingdom on Sunday, April 24, because I was originally off that day, but my work schedule changed because my training got extended another week. I’m glad I had more time to get familiar with my concierge duties, but that meant I had to cancel my park reservation for that Sunday. You see, the Disney park reservation system is complicated; I’ll just leave it at that. To top it off, my throat was sore from previously riding a water ride without a poncho. My shift was from 2:00 to 10:30 p.m.
My third roommate finally showed up on Monday, April 25, so there’s four of us in the apartment now. I knew we were getting a new roommate, but Flamingo Crossings didn’t tell us what time she was coming. So by the time I woke up at 8:30 in the morning, she was already there with her parents, and I was in my pajamas, yay!
Also, my sore throat got worse and I had a cough, as well. Therefore, I wore a face mask to work for the rest of the week because I didn’t want to spread any germs at the Polynesian Village Resort. It was very strange because I got so used to hardly wearing a face mask in Florida, and it was not easy talking with a mask on. My shift was from 12:00 to 8:30 p.m.
I had two trainers for my job training and both of them were really nice. I was afraid of one of them, but on Tuesday, April 26, I tried my best to look at her in a different way. I eventually grew to understand her and now I enjoy hanging out with her at work.
One of the cast members brought lemon cake and Krispy Kreme donuts to work, and at first, I was hesitant to take some because I was still new to the concierge team, but my trainer reassured me that the food was for everyone. What’s cool about my workplace is that we get food sometimes. My shift was from 12:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27, was a special day for me because I went to Animal Kingdom before work. I got up at 4:45 a.m. to take the 6:03 a.m. bus, so that I could get there by 6:24 a.m. I wanted to get there 30 minutes before the park opened at 7:30 a.m., but the bus after 6:03 a.m. would’ve arrived at the park entrance a little too late for my schedule. It was such a surreal moment seeing the Animal Kingdom sign for the first time in person because I’ve watched vlogs of all four Walt Disney World theme parks for so long.
As soon as the park opened, I rushed all the way to Pandora to do ‘Avatar Flight of Passage,’ which was a 3D flying simulator attraction where guests can ride a Banshee and explore the world of Pandora. It’s a popular attraction at the park, so the wait times can get really long throughout the day. Luckily, I got in line early enough where the wait time wasn’t that bad. I was a single rider too, so from the time I got in line to when I rode the attraction, it only took 50 minutes total. ‘Flight of Passage’ was amazing and the scenes were beautiful; I’m definitely doing that ride again!
I also did ‘Na’vi River Journey,’ which is Avatar’s version of ‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘DINOSAUR,’ ‘It’s Tough to Be a Bug!’, and ‘Everest Expedition’ twice (thank you single rider line)! I loved ‘Everest Expedition,’ it did not disappoint me, ‘DINOSAUR,’ did however. The latter is an enhanced motion vehicle dark ride like ‘Indiana Jones Adventure’ at Disneyland, so I was expecting something similar to that. But ‘DINOSAUR’ was really jerky and I was uncomfortable throughout most of the ride. I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t been to a Disney theme park in almost a month, but I was exhausted after only being in Animal Kingdom for four hours (not including the time I waited to get into the park).
I left the park early enough for me to get lunch at Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort; they have really good pulled pork nachos. Work was ok; I was still scared to talk to my co-workers because I’m not a very sociable person. My shift was from 2:00 to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, was my last day of training and I was on fire! I finally felt confident in my abilities as a concierge, enough where I could be “on my own.” I (with my trainer’s help) assisted two guests with their deliveries where one received two packages that contained alcohol (at least one of them did) and the other guest/party had an Amazon package that was delivered to their room (I called bell services to verify that). Those were my proudest moments in my job training because I didn’t panic and I remembered to ask that guest with the alcohol packages for his photo I.D.
I handled two Disney gift card payments, encoded MagicBands, did the check-in process with guests, and learned how to do cash payments for the first time. Plus, I finally worked up the courage to make small talk with my co-workers, and they didn’t think I was a weirdo. My shift was from 2:00 to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29, was the moment I’d been waiting for since I was a kid: MAGIC KINGDOM, BABY!!!! My roommates and I (minus the new one) planned to go to the park a week in advance, and the day was finally here. Unfortunately, one of my roommates couldn’t get a park reservation, at first, because when she tried to book one, Magic Kingdom had no reservations left available. When I suggested we go to Magic Kingdom together, she already booked all three of her reservations, so she had to wait until she used one of her reservations to book another one. She finally got a park reservation for Magic Kingdom that Friday at 2:00 p.m. because that’s the time when guests can start park hopping. She couldn’t stay for long, but we had enough time to meet Mickey Mouse and take cute pictures in front of Cinderella’s castle together.
For most of the day, it was just me and my other roommate at the park together. We entered Magic Kingdom at like 9:14 a.m. and got so many more things done than I thought we would! We did ‘Splash Mountain,’ ‘Big Thunder Mountain Railroad,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ ‘Jungle Cruise,’ ‘The Haunted Mansion,’ ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor,’ ‘Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin,’ ‘Space Mountain,’ ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,’ and even the highly popular ‘Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.’ Some of the rides are better at Disneyland like ‘Space Mountain,’ ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ and ‘Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.’ But I love the ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Jungle Cruise,’ and ‘Haunted Mansion’ at Disney World, and I never liked the latter before, so that’s saying something! We even managed to watch the fireworks show, ‘Disney Enchantment,’ in front of the castle.
I have to say, though, one day I want to take advantage of the short lines during and after the fireworks show because my roommate had a bad headache that day, so we left right after the show. But still, for my first time back at Magic Kingdom, I wouldn’t have changed a thing (except that I was really indecisive all day because I overthink things). I’m so glad my roommates were there with me to share this magical time in my life!
Saturday, April 30, was my first “off day” where I didn’t leave the apartment and just relaxed. I needed that, especially after being on-the-go this past week of being sick. From Sunday to Wednesday, I was really sick. On Thursday, I wasn’t as congested and I could talk again. My recovery period continued on Friday and Saturday.
Once again, I was very productive, I did laundry, swiffered the floors, and cleaned the toilet. I tried to book a park reservation for Magic Kingdom at 2:00 p.m., but I couldn’t get a reservation. I guess it worked out, though, because like I said, I really needed a day where I did nothing.
I had a moment of realization that day, which could change my habits on the Disney College Program moving forward. The dryer cycle was six minutes away from being done, so I decided to listen to a couple of AC/DC songs on YouTube while I waited. First, I watched the band’s performance of “T.N.T.” at River Plate and of course, I was really feeling the song. The second video I watched was the music video for “Satellite Blues,” and that’s when the headbanging started coming in.
From that moment, I realized I hadn’t felt that much joy since I got here in Florida. That’s because I hadn’t made time for my rock music. I was so preoccupied with my job, trying to upload blog posts at a decent time, booking park reservations, finding someone else to go with me to the Backstreet Boys concert (long story), and watching every single episode of Imagination Movers (don’t judge me) that I completely forgot to make time for music listening.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Backstreet Boys, but bands like AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Judas Priest give me confidence and make me feel like a bada**. And during my program, I really need that feeling, so I need to bring rock and heavy metal music back into my life before I start turning into a daffodil! Plus, whenever I have a bad experience with guests, I can blast Deep Purple or Iron Maiden to let my anger out.
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