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Today would have marked one month until the end of my college program here at Disney.
Instead, today marks one month until a majority of my best friends leave and embark on new journeys, and I am beyond upset about it.
I was always told that the best years of my life would be spent during the four years of my college career, but my college career has been filled with tons of turbulence and detours. It’s hard to have the best years of your life when you move away from all of your friends and have to start over in a new school…twice.
I’ve always tried to make the best of it, but at some point I decided that the best years of my life would be after college.
That is, until I started the Disney College Program.
This has been, by far, one of the best years of my life. The friends I have made here are the friends I will have for life–I am SURE of it. I will be flying to Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan and Texas in the coming years, and I will be driving down to Coral Springs, Fla. and driving up to Bradenton, Fla. to visit six of the most amazing ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
My program would not be what it is without them. Through all of the tears, the breakdowns, the upsets, the laughter, the goofiness, the sheer happiness…they have been there. They’ve listened to my ridiculous rants, laughed at all of my attempted jokes, held me when words could not be found, and given me a reason to be excited to go to work every single day.
My heart is literally breaking as I write this, because I know that time is running out. I know that one month from today, four of them will leave, and I will be devastated. I know that I will hold onto them for dear life before letting them go and having to continue my program without them. But I also know this:
If nothing else, doing this internship was the best decision I ever made because I met them. The perks are great, the pay is alright, the connections are awesome, and the work location isn’t SO terrible. But the six girls that have become my family…they top the list of why this program was the best thing to ever happen to me.
So, with this last month upon us, I’m excited to make every moment count. I’m prepared to lose sleep. I’m prepared to be on the go A LOT. I’m prepared for long drives. I’m prepared for so many pictures. I’m prepared for laughs, smiles, and tears. I’m prepared to make memories that will last a lifetime with the girls who have stolen my heart.
If you need a reason to apply to the DCP, this is it…right here. Apply because the friendships you make here are long lasting; they are bonds that cannot be broken.
Katie, Abby, Denning, Erin, Katherine and Mary…this one’s for you. Now let’s have some magical moments and make these last 30 days count ❤ #WODSquad
I am now 59 days away from starting the journey of a lifetime in the most magical place on Earth! To say I am excited would be an understatement, and even though I’m nervous…I’m ready to embark on this new path.
As my arrival date rapidly approaches, it has come to my attention that I have not created a Disney College Program bucket list! And, of course, that is unacceptable.
It’s a rather gloomy day here in Southwest Florida, which means it’s a perfect time to brighten my mood by thinking of all the wonderful things I want to accomplish on my program.
If you have any other ideas to add to my list, please feel free to comment below! I’m sure I’ll be adding things to my list up until the day I arrive 🙂
DCP Bucket List (In No Particular Order)
- Watch ‘The Kiss Goodnight’ at Magic Kingdom
- Dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Attend the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue
- Stay at a moderate resort
- Take a full day to resort hop
- Attend the campfire sing-a-long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
- Have a Pina Colava
- Dine at Chef Mickey’s
- Meet every character and get their autograph
- Witness a proposal ❤
- Celebrate my unbirthday
- Visit all four parks in one day
- Attend rope drop for every park at least once
- Dine at California Grill
- Disneybound with friends
- Take a tour
- Attend the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot
- Pin Trade
- Attend at least one Star Wars Weekend
- Be one of the last people to leave the park
- Try to watch as many nighttime shows in one night as possible (I’ve currently watched two in one night!)
- Get an entire car on a ride of just me and my friends
- Devour a kitchen sink sundae at Beaches and Cream
- Buy a Mickey balloon on Main Street, USA
- Go for a carriage ride
- Go to DisneyQuest
- Go to a Spring Training game at the ESPN Sports Complex
- Spend a night out at Downtown Disney or the Boardwalk (House of Blues, Atlantic Dance Hall, Jellyrolls)
- Try my hand at archery
- Dine at Ohana at nighttime in order to catch Wishes
- Watch Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian
- Attend the Spirit of Aloha
- Explore Tom Sawyer’s Island
- Dedicate one day to just watching shows/meeting characters/taking in the sights…NO RIDES
- Watch the Hoe Down in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom
- Buy something at Company D
- Ride the Tower of Terror 13 times in a row
- Be kissed in front of Cinderella’s Castle
- Have a photo shoot in front of Cinderella’s Castle
- Spend a full day in each park at least once–opening to closing.
- Get my graduation ears embroidered with my name
- Take a roadtrip with friends and go somewhere outside of Orlando
- Create a magical moment happen for a guest
- Do every attraction/show in every park at least once
- Eat/drink around the world with friends and wear matching tanks! These tanks in particular
- Design a shirt at Design-A-Tee in DTD
- Ride Characters in Flight
- Go to a movie night at one of the resorts
- Get a bunch of friends together and stay at the Grand Floridian for a night
- Go to one of the water parks (or both) at least once
I figured I’d start with at least 50. It seems I already have my work cut out for me!
If you have any more ideas, don’t hesitate to let me know! Totally looking forward to a magical, fun-filled semester!
Do you ever see those 30 day challenges and think to yourself, “I am so going to do that next month!”?
I do. And then I never make it past the first week or two.
So, instead, I’m going to do a 30 day challenge in about three minutes. It’ll be a fun, quirky post and a good way for you all to get to know my #disneyside ❤
Let me know if we share any favorites!
*Side Note: I am REALLY bad at picking favorites….so honestly…I may have anywhere from 1-5 favorites. Bear with me. It’s hard.*
1. Favorite Character- Buzz Lightyear (but I also love Elsa–but she’s a queen, so she gets her own category. Oh, I also love Marie from The Arisocats.)
2. Favorite Princess– Aurora (although I think Anna may be become my new favorite–we are SO similar. Oh wait, also love Rapunzel)
3. Favorite Heroine– Anna, hands down
4. Favorite Prince- Philip
5. Favorite Hero- Hercules
6. Favorite Animal- Pegasus
7. Favorite Sidekick- Olaf ❤
8. Favorite Villain- Maleficent
9. Favorite Original Character- Mickey Mouse
10. Favorite Song– Okay. I have a few. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” “Let It Go,” “When Will My Life Begin” and “Go The Distance.”
11. Favorite Love Song– “I Won’t Say I’m In Love” and “See The Light”
12. Favorite Villain Song- “Poor Unfortunate Soul”
13. Least Favorite Song- Honestly, anything Snow White sings. I can’t stand her voice. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.
14. Favorite Kiss- Belle and the Beast after his transformation
15. First Movie You Saw- I THINK it was The Lion King? I know I was obsessed with it when I was younger!
16. Favorite Classic- This is WAY too hard. I love Sleeping Beauty (as a classic princess movie), but I also love Toy Story, which I totally consider a classic.
17. Least Favorite Classic- Pinocchio. I dislike this movie so much.
18. Favorite Pixar Film- Toy Story, but also Monster’s Inc. LOVE THEM.
19. Least Favorite Pixar Film- Probably Cars
20. Favorite Sequel– The entire Toy Story trilogy. So well done. Love it.
21. Overrated Movie- Cars, and Tarzan.
22. Underrated Movie- The Aristocats. Can we give some love to this movie, please?
23. Movie That Makes You Laugh- Monsters University
24. Movie That Makes You Cry- Oh. My. God. Toy Story 3. If you didn’t cry…are you even human…?
25. Favorite Scene From Your Favorite Movie- I have a lot of favorite movies, but…my favorite scene is the lantern scene from Tangled. It makes my heart so incredibly happy.
26. Saddest Death- Oh gosh. There’s so many…but probably Mufasa.
27. Favorite Quote– “They say if you dream a thing more than once it’s sure to come true.” ❤
28. Favorite Theme Park- Magic Kingdom
29. Favorite Theme Park Attraction- Yeah…and here we come to a problem. I have a lot. Space Mountain, Test Track, Expedition Everest, Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania. (I know, I have two for Hollywood Studios. But I love them both SO much.)
30. Favorite Theme Park Show– If it’s a nighttime show, Wishes. If it’s just an entertainment show, probably Finding Nemo the Musical at DAK, or Festival of The Lion King.
Are you going to take the challenge? What are your favorites?
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?!
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!
Do you remember the first time you met Mickey Mouse?
What has been your favorite character interaction?
It’s no secret that I love Walt Disney World. It’s the Most Magical Place On Earth and my favorite place to be. I have dreams about it, talk about it constantly and I am always planning my next trip because I can’t get enough.
But that isn’t why Disney reigns supreme. This is:
Last year, Magic Kingdom saw an estimated 18,588,000 people walk through its gates. Yes, you read that correctly. Over 18 million people visited Magic Kingdom last year, which happened to be the highest theme park attendance rate for 2013.
Isn’t that crazy? Magic Kingdom beat out every other Disney park, including its predecessor, Disneyland, which has many of the same attractions. But have no fear–every Disney park made it onto the Top 20 list of Theme/Amusement Parks in North America. In fact, Disney filled up the first six spots on the list with Magic Kingdom coming in 1st, Disneyland in 2nd, Epcot at Walt Disney World in 3rd, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 4th, Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 5th, and Disney’s California Adventure in 6th. When you add up the numbers, an estimated 74,841,000 people visited Disney parks last year. 74,841,000.
And that doesn’t even include Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Parks, which ranked 1st and 2nd on the Top 20 List of Water Parks in North America. Typhoon Lagoon had 2,142,000 visitors and Blizzard Beach had 1,968,000.
You may not like Disney. It may not be your favorite theme park to visit, but the numbers don’t lie. People visit Disney parks more than they visit any other amusement park in the country.
But the real question is–why?
I could probably write an extensive essay on why Disney continues to come out on top despite Universal having the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Busch Gardens having thrilling rides and roller coasters. But the answer can be summed up in one sentence:
Disney appeals to and has something for everyone.
Disney is marketed as a theme park for all ages. It’s a place where families can come and enjoy time together–together being the operative word. Many theme/amusement parks cater to an older crowd with thrilling roller coasters and less rides for the entire family to enjoy. This is where Disney comes in to save the day. Disney has several parks that house a variety of shows, rides, and other entertainment that will keep everyone entertained. Even those die-hard Disney haters (yes, some do exist) will find SOMETHING they like.
And, if you thought Disney’s theme park success started and ended here in the United States, you were wrong. Disney reigns supreme throughout the world.
Tokyo Disneyland had 17,213,000 visitors last year, which is more than Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Tokyo Disney Sea had 14,084,100, Disneyland Park in Paris had 10,430,000 and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris had 4,470,000.
In fact, Disneyland Paris is said to be the most visited attraction in Paris, beating out the very famous Eiffel Tower. That. Is. Crazy.
And if you’re STILL not convinced that Disney reigns supreme, allow me to list just some of the things that The Walt Disney Company owns:
Lucasfilm (aka STAR WARS)
Pixar Animation Studios (Responsible for many movie favorites, such as Up, Wall-E, and Toy Story)
Disney-ABC Television Group
ABC Family (How many of you love Pretty Little Liars?)
ESPN (Hello, sports fans.)
Marvel Entertainment (Hello, Avengers fans.)
Disney Interactive Media Group
I could keep going, but the entire list is long and in depth. Plus, I think you see where I’m going with this.
I love Disney because the magic in the parks translates to EVERYTHING they do outside of them. Even if Disney isn’t your favorite place to visit, I guarantee at least one of your favorite things has a little bit of pixie dust sprinkled on it.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is the short version (yes, this could be longer!) of why Disney reigns supreme ❤
Let me know what you thought about this post in the comments!