Trust The Magic of Beginnings

“And with every passing hour, I’m so glad I left my tower!”

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Okay, so maybe I’m not leaving a tower, per say, but I AM embarking on a new journey in just 10 days!

Next Sunday, I drive up to Orlando with my mom, sister and two best friends. And next Monday…I CHECK IN FOR MY DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM!

Even though I’m super nervous to start my journey in the DCP, I am also SUPER excited!

I have spent so many years holding myself back and not going after things I wanted because I was scared to fail. I can’t tell you how many things I let pass me by because I couldn’t let myself take a risk. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that living in fear is no way to live your life.

Working for Disney is something I am passionate about, and up until I decided to apply for the DCP, it felt like an unattainable goal. I thought, “There is NO way I could ever work for Disney.” But, the moment I was accepted into the program…a whole new world of opportunities (see what I did there?) opened itself up to me, and now…I am unstoppable.

I am excited to work and live at Disney, but I am even more excited to find out if this is truly where I’m meant to be. This new adventure will teach me about myself and help me figure out the steps I need to take in order to make my dreams a reality.

I plan on working hard, playing hard and networking hard. This is more than just an internship at Disney for me–this is the beginning of a lifelong journey, and I plan to make it worth my while.

One of my favorite quotes is: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Another quote that works perfectly here is: Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.

I am finally, after so many years, going after something I really want…and I am so proud of myself. I refuse to let fear hold me back anymore.

I hope that if you choose to follow my journey, I can inspire you to go after YOUR dreams, because you’ll never know what’s possible if you don’t try.

Beginnings are just so magical and full of promise, aren’t they? ❤

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Having a Moment

Do you ever wake up and realize you’re three days away from turning 21?!

No? Okay, maybe it’s just me.

I’m currently having a moment. Growing up is scary–really scary. But that’s why I’m spending my 21st birthday in Walt Disney World, because not only is it my happy place, but it has no age limit.

Since I leave Thursday for my magical weekend, I decided to share one of my favorite Disney moments with all of you. Who doesn’t love to hear about magical moments?!

Here goes:

I am a Disney Princess. I may not be an official one, but I’m totally an honorary one. However, as much as I love princess interactions, I was so excited to meet Mickey Mouse, for the first time, during my last trip to Disney. Everyone remembers the first time they met the mouse that started it all, and I made it a priority to meet him.

My family, boyfriend and I were walking through Epcot and were passing the Epcot Character Spot. The wait time said five minutes, so we decided to head inside because really, who can resist such a small wait time? We had NO idea what character(s) we were going to meet, which only increased the anticipation. I didn’t have an autograph book, but I had a fanny pack my boyfriend had bought for me with a Mickey Mouse stitched on it by my mom. I whipped out my sharpie as we rounded the corner, and I gasped as I saw who we were in line to meet: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.

I completely freaked out. I was about to meet the big cheese, the boss man himself. When it was our turn, Mickey hugged each of us, joked around with my boyfriend and dad, and took a picture with us. When we got back in line to continue meeting the rest of the characters, I realized I hadn’t gotten him to sign my fanny pack. My mom flagged him over, and he LEFT his meeting spot and came to us in line. He happily took my fanny pack and the sharpie, signed the entire front of my fanny pack, handed it back to me and hugged me. I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t crying right now thinking back to that moment.

You can say that it’s childish and silly, but to me it’s a memory I will cherish forever. One day I hope to be a Cast Member, and I can’t wait for the day that I can call him my new ‘boss.’

Okay. NOW I’m excited for my birthday. Let the magical festivities begin!

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Do you remember the first time you met Mickey Mouse?

What has been your favorite character interaction?

Big Summer Blowout Indeed!

Can I, just, say something crazy?!

(I hope you love crazy!)

Disney is giving you the chance to ‘finally do what frozen things do in summer’ starting July 5 when “Frozen Summer Fun–Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” debuts!

This summer-long event, beginning on July 5 and ending on September 1, gives guests the chance to experience the world of “Frozen” in a way they’ve only dreamed about–until now.

Here’s a list of the cool events and experiences you can partake in if you’re heading to DHS this summer:

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome– Everyday at 11:00 a.m., your favorite royal sisters will make their way down Hollywood Boulevard in a horse-drawn sleigh, greeting guests along the way! Kristoff will be there, too, along with various ice skaters, skiers, and more. Once Anna and Elsa reach the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, they will officially welcome their royal friends to ‘Hollywoodland.’

Olaf on Summer Vacation– Oh the sky will be blue, and hopefully you’ll be there, too! Olaf is finally letting off steam and enjoying his very first summer vacation, and you’re invited to join in the fun! Pick up a Take-Along Olaf from various locations throughout the park (TBA) so he can be part of your summer adventures during your day at DHS. Don’t forget to snap some photos and upload them to your social media sites using the hashtag #OlafSummerVacation. You may even see your pictures displayed later on that night!

For The First Time In Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration–

I mean, it’s crazy.

What?

We finish each others–

LYRICS!

Anna and Elsa invite guests to join them in the Premiere Theatre for a retelling of their kingdom’s history along with sing-along moments from “Frozen.”

Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland– Yoohoo! Big Summer Blowout! Soundstage One has been taken over by Oaken and his cousins who have created a frozen funland, just for YOU! Inside you will find cold weather activities, fun photo opportunities, and much more! There’s even a frozen pond where ice skating demonstrations will be held, a “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” play area for children, plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, and special “Frozen” inspired foods and beverages.

“Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party– For the first time in forever, I’ll be dancing through the night…at DHS! At 5:30 p.m. each day, a DJ and live band take over the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage to bring you classic and contemporary summer rock ‘n’ roll hits. They’ll even play a medley of “Frozen” songs to get you dancing!

“Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular– Is your day at Disney ever complete without a fireworks show? Mine isn’t, and Disney has prepared for that! At 9:45 p.m. each night, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will come together on the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage for a grand finale to end the day’s festivities. But, of course, the real finale will be the thrilling, and enchanting, fireworks display set to music of “Frozen!”

I will rise like the break of dawn out of my bed to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for “Frozen Summer Fun” this summer! How about you?

Will you guys be there, too?!

Hopefully a trip to the wonderful world of “Frozen” is in your immediate future! ❤

*All information featured in this post can be found on the Disney Parks Blog!*