Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hoppity Hop Hop Hoppity Hop Hop, Easter's on it's way....

and the Easter Bunny and Mrs Easter Bunny are back at the Magic Kingdom!

I got to photograph them yesterday, and they are soooo cute! Pictures to come.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Characters on Main Street

This week, I've been deployed on Main Street all week, which means I get to wear the blue shirt-white knickers combo. I love Main Street...and now that I am character trained, I love it EVEN MORE.

Being character trained on Main Street ROCKS.

At night time, I have the opportunity to photograph Mickey, Minnie anddd the Princesses - usually Cinderella, Belle and Aurora. During the day - I have all of those opportunities plus the characters who hang out outside - Pluto, Daisy, Snow White and Pinnochio.

I'm almost always with one of them... and it is fantastic. Time flies, and I have never laughed or cried or aww'd so much at work.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Characters in "East"

At the Magic Kingdom, there are three deployments where I can be place to assist guests with photos. The first is West, which is mostly characters, so many locations go down in the evening as they go to sleep for the night. Second is Main Street, which has a combination of characters, castle and the View - definitely the most variety. And last is East, which is mostly castle, but has three characters who have PhotoPass with them during the day.

I've been deployed in East all week, so I haven't had many opportunities to photograph character meet and greets because I mostly work at night. The characters in East - Rapunzel, Buzz Lightyear and Chip & Dale - have outdoor meet and greet locations, so they are only out until the sun goes down. So when I start work at six or seven, I don't have the opportunity to photograph them.

But earlier this week, I started work at three for a few days - which meant I got to work with both Rapunzel and Buzz! It was so much fun and the time flew. Since Rapunzel isn't in a parade like Buzz, so she doesn't have to save her voice, she can talk to the guests - and she is hilarious! The little girls who come see her are ADORABLE. Since Buzz is in the parade, he can't talk to guests because he has to save his voice - but he definitely communicates with them in his own way - and all our guests love it! My favorite is when little boys hug his legs because he's so tall.

Next week, I'm deployed on Main Street all week - which means a LOT of Character opportunities! I'll definitely give you an update with my opinions!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Character Training - I've finally "Earned my Ears"!

Today, I got character trained! It was wonderful and fantastic and everything that I hoped it to be, but I suppose I should start at the beginning.

Character training was at Epcot, somewhere I've never worked before so, of course, I got completely lost trying to figure out where the Photopass base was. It isn't laid out like Magic Kingdom at ALL, so I was very confused. Luckily, a stray Epcot PhotoPass photographer saw my wide eyes and took pity on me, so she showed me around.

Once I made it to base, I had to check out a camera and meet up with the rest of my training group - which was one girl from Hollywood Studios and two photographers from Magic Kingdom - my friends Travis and Mary! That was awesome, it was nice to train with people for once - especially people who I was already friends with!

The first part of the day was pretty basic - lots of slide shows and such. It was the same as the rest of the training, except character oriented. The second part of the day rocked though - we got to try our hand at photographing character meet and greets. Which, at Epcot, meant Daisy and Stitch, followed by Donald when he was hanging out in Mexico, followed by Mulan in China.


Character meet and greets are so fast paced that time just flies. Anddd, it was so much fun! I loved each one, but I think Mulan was my favorite because she talks to guests, and little kids and their interactions with her are hilarious.

After Mulan, it was time to do a photo review and then the day was over... I was done by 5pm, which was so strange coming from the Magic Kingdom!

Now that I've officially earned my ears - Character Training was the last step - I finally got to remove the red ribbon from my name tag! YAY! I'm now officially a fully trained cast member...score!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

One More Disney Day

Work has been the same all week, but now it's March (CRAZY, right?!) which means that I get character trained next week! I am so excited to add some more excitement into my work week, since I've become used to the current patterns.

Yesterday (Leap Day) was "One More Disney Day", which (for those of you who may not know) meant the Magic Kingdom was open from 6am on the 29th to 6am today. While I didn't go for the entire time, I ended up going to the Magic Kingdom around 4pm and then met up with some friends (both from work and from the complex) as well as making new friends along the way. We stayed ALL NIGHT - so I experienced the Magic Kingdom at 4:30am, which was a crazy once in a lifetime experience. I didn't get home until 7am this morning, where I promptly crashed and woke up about an hour and a half ago.

One More Disney Day was the most fun I've had in the parks this entire program. I don't know if it was the spirit of the event or the people I was with or what, but it was amazing! There was such a spirit of camradarie among everyone who was determined to last all night long. We didn't ride many attractions (beside Splash Mountain (TWICE!)), but instead waited in line (for over four hours) to meet Flynn Rider and Rapunzel. Rapunzel is out every day, but Flynn is always out saving the kingdom and was only there that night. So we made lots of friends in line as we waited to meet our favorites from Tangled. It was definitely lots of fun.

I'll update soon with pictures, but I'm feeling a little under the weather for the past few days and I don't think staying up all night helped. Oops. Have a magical day everyone!