Sunday, May 20, 2012

I Dread Disney Depression

I leave in less than 2 weeks.

I get teary almost every day.  I'm not ready to leave this place that's so filled with Magic.  My last schedule dropped today, which made me cry once I got into a bathroom stall. I've started checking things off my 'last hurrah' list. I'm saying goodbye to the things I love here.

I'm a mess!  I'm not ready to go!  You can't make me!  I won't let you take me alive!

slumps against the wall, dreading the inevitable.

I'm going to miss this, this amazing, life changing experience.

I love you, Disney World, with all my kiddish heart

Ello! I'm Merida!

So, the newest Disney - Pixar movie to come out is Brave, and I'm way to excited for it!

The original release date was in May, so I was really looking forward to watching it here in Florida, but the date was moved to June 22nd, so I'll be home by then, unfortunately.

Remember this post from last month? Well, I was doing all that super greeting so Disney could prepare for the arrival of Brave's heroine, Merida.

I've been DYING to meet her! I've also been dying to run my fingers through her wig... but you'll see why in a second.
It's soooooo gorgeous and long and curly! It also makes the wanna-be red head in me green with envy.

She speaks with the cutest little Scottish accent, and was so nice to Emilee, Juliet, Becca and me.

I had just gotten off work, don't judge.
While waiting to meet her, you can color and shoot a bow and arrow, which was awesome, btw.

Merida has three little black bears hanging out behind her, and I think we all had more fun interacting with the bears than we did with Merida.

They move, chuckle, blink and smile. It's really adorable.  (Rumor is they are her triplet little brothers under a spell, can't wait for the movie to see!)



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Oh, The Beach!

I've been here 4 months.
I went to the beach for my first time on Sunday.

Do you see the problem here? It's taken me way to long to get to the beach!

Prepare yourself for a PHOTO DUMP!

The view from our hotel room

Dad and Nate in the freezing cold water

Pulling funny faces

again with the funny faces

The beach turned Nate into a little boy again

Ah, bliss

Family picture! Minus Dana... Sorry Dana

The parentals

My big little brother

Our nice snazzy hotel right on the beach

A Day In The Life

To make up for not posting in over 2 weeks (the family was here!) I've decided to give you all a glimpse into what a day of work is like for me here. Yes, you get a vague, slightly dull look into what I do five days a week here, and I'm NOT going to get fired for it. (Basically, I'm not going to spoil ANY Disney magic here, sorry.)

Every morning, when I get to work, I head into the Character costuming room & I put on a pair of Basics, a grey t-shirt & black drawstring shorts, clock in using my Disney ID, then I check in to Base. We are allowed to clock in up to 15 minutes early, so I always get to the park at least 45 minutes before work. After Base knows I've showed up to work, I head right back to Character costuming to pull my costume. That takes me about 10 minutes, now that I've been here a while, but when I first started, it took me almost 20 minutes. All my costume pieces go in a large black bag, which sits in the hallway while I go to warm-ups.

Yup, you read that right, warm-ups.  Every morning, we work with an 'athletic trainer' who leads us in some exercises. Then we do some character specific warm-ups on our own, which involves sit ups, bridges & weight lifting for me. Warm-ups last 20 minutes, then we pick up our black bags & head to our set locations.

Okay, let's fast forward a few minutes. It takes me about 10 minutes to get dressed, okay, really about 5 or 6, but I start getting dressed 10 minutes before set time to be sure.  Then it's off with a wave of Fairy Godmother's wand, & my character has come alive in 4D!

So I spend my set time giving hugs, autographs and high fives, & of course posing for lots and lots of pictures.   I stand up most of the time, but also spend a lot of time on my knees. I have nice big bruises on my knees because of that. My shoes hurt, I have lost my awesome posture, & for a reason I'm not going to explain, the underside of my chin permanently hurts. When I'm indoors, I get uncomfortably warm, sometimes even lightly damp. When I'm outside, I sweat like a 300 pound sumo wrestler. In this case, I completely change my Basics after each set (costuming washes everything for us).

So on to the question lots of people like to ask: how much time do I spend working, compared to sitting?
Well folks, here's the run down. If I spend 45 minutes on set, I spend 45 minutes off set. If I'm on set for 30 minutes, I'm off for 30. If I'm on for 52 minutes, dang it, I spend 52 minutes off. When I'm off set, I sit & watch TV. Or when I have my hands on a book, I read that, while sitting.

At the end of my day, I return every single costume piece, clock out, change back into my street clothes & head home.

So ladies & gentlemen, that's really it!

Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Well then! On with the show!