The Disney Adventure

The Disney Adventure
The Cinderella Castle!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

39 days

Only 39 days until we leave, i get progressively more excited everyday. I really can't wait!! Trip planning is underway, the people who got lifeguard positions are a little frustrated because it turn out their wages are much lower than expected. We were told that lifeguards make more than the other positions because they have more responsibility. When they got their info packages, their wages were lower than everyone else's. My position's wages are the highest, I'm assuming it's because we do front desk as well as hospitality concierge. At the end of the day, none of the wages are high and it's the experience that we're really going for but it still is dissapointing to think you're getting a decent wage and then find out it's lower. The lifeguard position is also not a tipped position so no extra income there. The concierge and front desk positions get tips which i'm super grateful for!! More later!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Disney Package!!

The Disney packages have arrived!! We each get our own personalized package with our job descriptions and all kinds of fun stuff. It has our contracts, more detailed info about our housing etc. So cool. I'm getting really excited. There's so much paperwork to do tho. Criminal record checks, and fee payments and forms to fill out. We have like a meeting a week with our Camosun advisors. This monday is the due date for a bunch of feeds and forms etc. I've gotta pick up my criminal record check today and send it off to them. Here's my cast member description:

 'Concierge Cast Members will be working in one of our many resorts across the WALT DISNEY WORLD resort. Individuals in this role must be willing to work in all of the following areas: Front Desk, Guest Services, and Phone Room. Cast Members in this role may experience many different facets of the Front Office operations, including using a computer-based system, working in an environment with a high level of Guest interaction, resolving challenging Guest situations and cash handling. Responsibilities may include: checking Guests in and out of resorts, processing payments, answering Guest phone calls and providing information to Guets. Lobby Concierge Cast Members must be comfortable in a strong sales environment, as they will be responsible for creating individualized ticket packages and making dining and other kinds of reservations for guests.'

SO EXCITING!!! I get to do all the cool stuff!!!!!!! More to come soon!!

Monday, November 22, 2010


I'm getting really excited to plan our drive down the California coast. We MUST stop in Carmel!!!!  It's got North America's #1 Candy Shop!! Clint Eastwood used to be the mayor!!


It's gross and snowing and cold outside!!!! Makes me feel even more ready to move to Florida!! RIGHT NOW!! But on the bright side I get to wear the cute DC snow boots I bought in Banff. They all laughed at me, "You'll never need those in Victoria" they said.....who's laughing now!!?? There's snow!!!! Anyhow, this is the beginning of week 8 and there's only 3 more weeks of classes!! Huzzah!! BRRRRRR!!! I'm cold.

Saturday, November 20, 2010


ACK!! So much to do, so little time. On top of all our Dunlop House stuff, those of us going to Disney are trying to get all our paperwork and finances figured out. Since I'm a property owner there's a few more complications for me. We need proof of a certain amount of money, we need visas and insurance and plane tickets. and dermablend to cover our tattoos and also need to maybe sleep once in a while!! Three more weeks of classes and then that's done so that's a little reassuring, but still, this is such a hectic term to begin with. It's really important to figure out how to balance all the pieces of your life. I'm such a busy person to begin with (2 jobs, horses, training etc) that my life was already hectic. I've gotten much better in the last year or so about knowing when I need to stop and take a break. Well, maybe not stop, but at least slow down for a few minutes to breathe and take out my contacts!! I never thought that being an insomniac would serve me well but it's working in my favor right now. I'm also really grateful for the people that facilitate my being able to ride horses while I'm home. They really help with stress relief. When I'm riding or triathlon training is the only time that I really can shut my brain off and just's so amazing to just be and do and not worry about a million things at once. It's hard but I think that without that time I would go crazy. True story.

My future home?? I think SO!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010


So I GOT IT!!!!!! I'm concierge at the Disneyworld resort!!! I'm so happy to have gotten the concierge job. Concierge gets to do the front desk duties plus trip planning and concierge duties. NOW there's a million other things to do! There's flights to plan, insurance to get, bank notes to secure. Even criminal record checks. I had to get one when I went to the Rimrock but now that one is too old so I need to get a whole new one. No big deal, I haven't done anything illegal since the last time I got my record checked!! Linds and I are still planning our trip down the California coast, very exciting. And stressful. There's so much to do and we only have 45 days left!! SO EXCITING!!  And there's so much school we have to do while we're down there, which is exciting, lots of fun stuff to look forward to!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The waiting Game

Soooo we're still waiting to find out if we get to go to Disney or not. The interviews were a little intense, the Disney recruiter asked us about our tattoos and told Johnny and Linds they had to change their hair, so happy I got mine done the day before or she may have told me to do my roots too!! I HATE WAITING!!! I wanna know now so I can start planning our LA adventure!! EEK!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Interview Day

Interviews are is our accounting midterm...panic and chaos....exciting and stressful. by this time tomorrow my life could be changed completely....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

So much Prep!

So I'm going to continue this blog for my winter work term and figured I'd write now as well!! I'm currently in the middle of prepping for Disney and UCR interviews. I have a chance to be a part of the Disney/UCR International Education Program!! Camosun has never participated in this program before so those of us who are applying are kind of the guinea pigs. Everyone else already has their winter co-op positions, mostly in Whistler. I've had an offer in Whistler as well, but I'm really holding out for this position. If I'm accepted, I'll attend the University of California Riverside for several weeks in January, after which I'll continue to do online classes to finish the requirements to graduate with Camosun. After that, I would go to Florida, specifically Orlando, where I would work for Disney in the Disney World theme parks. I'd be in one or more of the resorts. Hopefully doing front desk, concierge type stuff. Needless to say, this is an amazing opportunity but very stressful to prepare for. On monday I have interviews with both the representatives from UCR and Disney. There's been a lot of paper work, applications, essays, and worrying. I'm trying to stay confident that I will get a position but I'm still very nervous. FLORIDA!!!!! There's a few of us from the program who are applying and when (not if!!) we get officially accepted, we are planning on flying down to Cali early and travelling around the state. There's so much to see and do that it would be a waste not to!! bye for now!!