Favourite Day At Work!
Yesterday (August 8th), I did my first 12 hour shift. I thought it was going to be reaaally long and tiring but surprisingly it turned out to go really fast and has definitely been my favourite work day so far. It was completely and utterly “cute kids at Disney World day”, I met so many adorable children!
I did Carousel Operator, Carousel Grouper, Castle Couture strollers, Guest Flow, Philhar Merge, Philhar Lobby, Philhar Theatre and Exit Glasses Then I had my first Wishes shift!
So the first part of my day that was awesome was when I was at Castle Couture stollers (which is directly beside the castle) and I saw the cutest thing ever. The mum was standing by the stroller and has this huge box with a Cinderella Castle playset inside. The dad then walks over with his daughter who is all dressed up in a little Cinderella princess dress and points at the box, all the while the mum is filming the little girls reaction. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen it almost made me cry! Her face just lit up and her mouth was open, oh my gosh I can’t even describe how sweet it was! The mum then told the little girl to stand in front of the real Cinderella Castle with the playset and get a picture. This box was almost as big as the little girl and she picked it up and shuffled herself into picture position with her dad in front of the castle, best thing ever! I told them that it was the sweetest thing I had ever seen and they said that she was the best, she never asks for any presents or anything and last year when they came they told her she could pick out something in a store and all she picked was this tiny little doll. I got so emotional over this whole moment!
The next thing that made my day was about 10 minutes later when I had another little girl dressed as Cinderella come over with her family and sat down on the benches outside Castle Couture. I had bubbles on me so I decided to blow some for her to keep her occupied while her parents were trying to contact someone on the phone. So I stood and blew bubbles with this cute little girl for like 20 minutes while she was trying to catch and pop them all. Then I got taken away by one of my coordinators to move a 3D glasses cart. Ugh, if only my job was to stand and blow bubbles with kids all day my life would be made!
At 7:45 I went down to the tunnels to meet with everyone else who was doing Wishes. I had my training class on Wishes when I first got here around 2 months ago and this has been my first time actually working it. Basically the whole area around the castle needs to be roped off because it is in the “fallout zone” for fireworks so nobody can be in the area during Wishes. So our job is to stand at the ropes to answer any questions that guests have but really just to make sure that nobody goes past the ropes when the fireworks are on.
I got given “Castle Front” which is probably one of the biggest positions for Wishes. I got given a radio and also a timetable that let me know the times that I can let people in and out of the ropes for those who have dinner reservations inside the castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
So from 8pm until 11pm I was at the ropes at the very front of the castle. People started sitting down in front of them and there were these 3 little kids in particular who were so cute!
These two kids were obviously brother and sister and were asking me what felt like a million questions on everything Disney. Where does Cinderella live? Why does Tinkerbell fly from the castle if it’s Cinderella’s house? Where do Mickey and Minnie live? Where does Tinkerbell live? Where’s Neverland? How do you get to Neverland? How can we get pixie dust? What does Cinderella have for breakfast? Can we sleep in the castle? Where do the other princesses live? Soooo many questions like this it was unreal! It was so cute though.
I told them that Cinderella and Prince Charming live in the castle and they asked me if she was going to be coming out tonight. I said no and that she would be up in her room watching the fireworks from her window. And they were like she’s up there right now? So I said yeah she is! They were like “for real?!” Awwww it was so cute, they were sat staring up at the castle to see if they could see her!
Then I had this other little girl, again dressed as Cinderella, who started talking to me. She asked if I could speak French and I said I could speak very little. I said “Bonjour, ca va?” to her and she just smiled so much it was so sweet.
The first showing of “The Magic, The Memories & You” came on which is the projection show which lights up the castle. I can’t even describe how amazing it was being able to see it from the very front of the castle with nobody blocking your view. I kept getting shivers throughout the whole show!
After that Wishes came on which is always amazing. I’m definitely going to cry on the last night that I see it!
Anyway, after Wishes was over there was a second showing “The Magic, The Memories & You” and after that was over, I was called on the radio to say that the Castle Front was clear, then the ropes were dropped and I got to go home.
100% my faveeee day ever at work :)