On my first official day as a Disney Cast Member, we spent many, many hours in a wonderful hooplah of boredom called Traditions. There were a few great moments, like when I took my first steps onto Magic Kingdom ground, received my name tag, and when Mickey Mouse himself walked into our classroom and spent a few minutes with us.
Today, I was that Mickey.
I had such a blast handing out little figurines to new cast members, gave a few hugs, a lot of high fives, and made about 50 middle age men and women smile, cry and laugh. But mostly smile. I did one ten minute set and then went and sat in the break room for the rest of my spare shift.
Getting paid to do nothing is also a nice perk of this job.
On my way home, I realized that while I spent my day welcoming people to their new job, my bestest friend, Leslie, was on a plane home to Utah.
Leslie, you've been gone for only a few hours, and I already miss you. I'll see you in June