On Sunday, May 15, 2022, I worked from 2:15 to 10:45 p.m. and it was a stressful day, for the most part. I cleaned the toilet and shower in the bathroom, so that was good. The day started off decently when a nice lady, who was the mother of another DCP participant, gave me a wine opener shaped like a Mickey Mouse key with a cute message written on the side. Then, things got crazy when it started raining in the evening. Some guests asked for umbrellas and some asked for wheelchairs (people can slip, after all).
Also, Magic Kingdom closed at 4:30 p.m., instead of their regular closing time at 11:00 p.m., because they had a cast member appreciation (those that have been with the company for a while) event that night. Due to the schedule change, the buses had to change their routes, which caused some guests to be upset.
However, like I said before, I like that everyday at work is different and not predictable because it keeps things interesting. Thankfully, something awesome happened towards the end of the night. I helped a guest change their park reservations. She originally had Epcot for Tuesday, May 17, and Animal Kingdom on Friday, May 20, but she wanted to flip the two park reservations, and that’s exactly what I did. I asked another fellow cast member for guidance first because I wanted to make sure I did the process correctly. I was very proud of that moment.
On Monday, May 16, I had the day off, which was nice. No Target trip, so I did my laundry, swiffered the floors, worked on a blog post, listened to music, and watched YouTube all day. I played The Rolling Stones’ Live at the El Mocambo 1977 release on Spotify and dang, these guys were incredible live, despite Mick Jagger not being a technical singer. I also listened to Aerosmith’s first four studio albums on YouTube and man, their riffs were freaking good back then!
My roommates went to a bar at Disney’s Boardwalk last night and even though they never bothered to ask me to go with them, I didn’t mind. I’m not the drinking and partying type of girl and I value my sleep very much. It just made me realize how different I am from my roommates. We have different taste in music, different sleep habits, different ways to have fun, different personalities, and different interests overall. I’ve seen Disney College Program vlogs where some become best friends with their roommates, but that is the complete opposite for me. Especially since my roommates were randomly selected; maybe things would’ve been different if I got to pick my roommates and interact with them before my program started.
For one thing, they’re a bit loud, so sometimes it’s overwhelming when they’re home. I should’ve expected this, though. No one said living with roommates was easy. Of course, I need to learn to compromise and not be rude to them because the last thing I want to do is start any drama.
On Tuesday, May 17, I had another shift from 4:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The downside is I got home at like 2:00 a.m., but on the plus side, I had a lot of time to kill from morning to mid-afternoon. I listened to the next four Aerosmith studio albums on YouTube: Draw the Line (1977), Night in the Ruts (1979), Rock in a Hard Place (1982), and Done with Mirrors (1985). Those four albums lacked the bluesy riffs I loved and by Rock in a Hard Place, the band’s music started to sound generic. There’s some good stuff on those albums, though. Maybe, I need to listen to them a few more times before I make my final conclusions.
I was in a bad mood at the start of my shift due to a bunch of loud DCP participants in the back of the bus. I never got to mentally prepare myself for work because my bus ride to the Polynesian Resort was so loud.
The worst part of my day, however, was when the DCP bus failed to show up! A week prior to my shift, I put in a request to get a later bus because the specific bus I take to get home doesn’t run past 12:59 a.m. The transportation center said that a bus would come on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:29 a.m. Well, 30 minutes later, I ended up taking a taxi home (thanks to a taxi voucher from my coworker) because the bus never showed up. I didn’t get home until 2:30 a.m. Somehow, I survived another day of unpredictable scenarios.
On Wednesday, May 18, I worked from 2:15 to 10:45 p.m. It was a much better day! The bus ride was quieter, I talked to my coworkers more, and the guests were nicer. What really made my day, though, was the conversation I had with this couple from Missouri. They were on a family vacation and we talked about Hawaii, Aulani, the Disney College Program, and the costs of traveling. I was so lucky to have met such nice people that day and they actually enjoyed talking to me, surprisingly.
I also got my offer letter to extend my Disney College Program. My original departure date was July 28, 2022. But if I extend, my new departure date would be January 12, 2023. There’s a possibility that I’ll be placed in a different role and location, though, which scares me. I have until Tuesday, May 24 to accept the offer.
On Thursday, May 19, I went to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with another friend I met through the DCP Spring 2022 Facebook Group. I don’t remember what time we got there, but we left after 9:00 a.m. We started off on a high note by riding ‘VelociCoaster’ (thanks single rider line); that coaster gets better and better every time! We also did ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure,’ got butterbeer, rode ‘Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit,’ watched a percussion show called ‘Beat Builders’ (one of the performers complimented my Iron Maiden shirt), ate burgers for lunch, and rode ‘The Incredible Hulk Coaster.’ I don’t know if it was because my hands were slippery from the hand sanitizer, but my face kept on getting hit by the restraint bar on ‘The Incredible Hulk Coaster.’ I still enjoyed that experience, though.
It was neat going to Universal Studios with someone different because the past two times I’ve gone with my friend from the Disney Ohana Club, so that definitely spiced things up for me. For example, I never thought I’d meet Donkey at Universal Studios Florida; I’ve seen him around, but I never considered meeting him until my friend brought it up earlier that day.
We left the parks at around 5:30 p.m. and after a detour to get gas, we made it back to Flamingo Crossings Village to shower and get changed for a Disney Villains character meet and greet event on the east side (my friend and I live on the west side). It was so cool! I got to meet Captain Hook, Queen of Hearts, and King John (he was my favorite of the night). I loved every minute of that day spent with my friend at Universal Orlando Resort, and I can’t wait to have more adventures with her before our program ends!
I was also off on Friday, May 20, and I took full advantage of it! I went grocery shopping at Target in the morning, made my dinner for the upcoming week (while listening to The Rolling Stones’ Live at the El Mocambo 1977 on Spotify), and picked up a package my mom sent me. I also listened to the first two Aerosmith albums on YouTube again to make sure that I like them, which I do a lot.
The highlights of my night were appearing on The LeBrain Train, my WordPress friend’s livestream show, briefly chatting with him and another one of my WordPress friends; and talking to my mom on the phone for over two hours. Appearing on The LeBrain Train made me feel like everything was back to “normal” because we were discussing rock music, and I haven’t appeared on the show in so long. My mom and I really clique, and have such great conversations together because we have similar interests.
On Saturday, May 21, I worked from 2:15 to 10:45 p.m. The beginning of my shift was rough because I was so out of it. I just had two days off and I had a blast doing nothing. Now, all of a sudden, I have to be serious again and not be lazy. My first guest’s room wasn’t ready yet, so they wanted to check on the status of it and how much longer until the room was ready. I meant to call housekeeping, but I accidentally called the back office; that’s how out of it I was!
Other than that, work was good and the best part was that I finally had my Beats Solo3 headphones with me! I didn’t bring them with me to Florida originally because I had my earbuds. But then, about a month into my program, I needed to get a new phone and unfortunately, there’s not an opening to plug in my earbuds. So, the headphones were the only option I had to listen to Spotify on my phone, since it’s Bluetooth and wireless. It took a while for my parents to ship my stuff here, but the box finally arrived yesterday. Now, I can listen to music on the bus in peace!
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