Good morning everyone! Yesterday was the first day off I’ve had since I got here that I literally did nothing. No chores, no grocery shopping, I didn’t park hop. I just woke up, drank coffee, watched Silver Linings Playbook, and then got a call from one of my favorite home town people Lauren! So we went to Earl of Sandwich and two stores in Downtown Disney. It was a really nice relaxing day. Then when I came home I watched the Katy Perry documentary (which is actually really impressive, I have a whole new respect for her) and then the Taylor Swift one as well with my fabulous room mate, Jordan. Today my parents are on their way here and at 3:20 Im picking up Mike from the Sanford airport with them. I can’t wait :).
But today I want to talk to you, who I’m hoping are potential or CP’s in training about what exactly you’re getting into that you might not expect coming from the program or working at Disney World. In my opinion, the program is still 100% worth it and a lot of these rules and regulations really just aren’t a big deal to me but to some college kids here… they don’t cope well.
1. Guests are mean
Not saying that they all are. But a lot of them are. There is also nothing you can do about this fact. The only thing you can do is smile and be the bigger person and if you don’t you could lose your job. I’ve been yelled at for the most ridiculous things. I thought I was prepared working in both restaurant and retail, but Disney World brings out a whole new monster in people, and not a cute one eyed green one like we all know and love. The other day within two hours I was yelled at for Test Track being down due to lightning in the area. Here’s the exchange. Guest: “What the f**k is wrong with you people? Why is it that every attraction is closed? My kid was looking forward to this one ride and you have the nerve to CLOSE it?! I should have gone to another theme park this is horse sh**!” Did I forget to mention you get cussed out a lot? Fun tid bit I definitely was not used to encountering. Now what I wanted to say was “ExUuUuUuse me but 1) you are talking to someone who clearly works at Mission: SPACE not test track so how do I have anything to do with this? 2) Test Track is a metal building with an outside component in which you drive at 65 miles an hour around the circumference of the building and an outside track. Do you really want to be pelted in the face with hard rain going 65 MPH? No? Didn’t think so. Also you could get struck by lightning although right now I’d love it if you did. Also, it’s the only ride in all of EPCOT that has to close when it’s raining. We’re open and dry inside so shut the heck up and quit complaining. Also it’s Florida the sun will be shining and the birds will be chirping in a matter of 30 mins so if you could back the hell up and get out of my face that’d be lovely you toothless sea hag.” Needless to say I would be terminated. If you know me at all, you know how hard it is for me to bite my tongue when people are being ridiculous. So with a heavy heart I said “Ma’am I’m so sorry, I’m sure that it is very frustrating. However Test Track must close down because the lightning is a safety hazard and it’s important to the Disney company that all their guests are safe here in the park. This attraction however is up and running. Would you like a fastpass so your family may ride? Maybe by the time you exit Test Track will be open again.” I’m looking at this as a character building for me. I’ve gotten really great at that Disney smile through gritted teeth. Other things I’ve gotten yelled at for: guests not coming back during their fast pass time, guests losing their belongings, guests not being able to send their children under 7 in the line by themselves, children being under the height requirement, the list really goes on. So if you can’t handle being yelled at for the most ridiculous things and having to slap a smile on your face and take the heat for it then this is not the place for you.
2. Housing rules are actually enforced
I’ve touched on this subject before. But you WILL get terminated if you break these. Sometimes you get a warning, sometimes you don’t. It’s better to be safe than sorry and if you don’t care if you get terminated or not then don’t come because you are wasting someone else’s shot at being here who actually cares about the College Program. In the spring CP group alone there were about 30 CPs assigned to Mission: SPACE. You know how many actually made it to graduation? About ten. That’s not a really good success rate is it? Because these people break the rules. It’s stupid. I’ve had 6 of my friends terminated in the short time I’ve been here and I know my room mates and other friends all know more people who have as well. Mind you we’ve been here a little over 3 months. One got terminated on his LAST DAY OF HIS PROGRAM. Another, my friend got termed because she had another Cast Member over at her apartment past the 1 am curfew. Then three of the four girls we were going to room with got terminated for alcohol in their rooms and the last one (who ratted them out) ended up self terming a week later. Which is also my pet peeve. If you’re going to self term THEN DON’T COME. It’s ridiculous. So if you can’t abide by the housing rules then you shouldn’t be here. They are strictly enforced.
3. You will work. A lot.
Apparently this happens every semester. CPs come here expecting it to be one huge vacation in Disney World. It’s not. Is it fun? Yes. Is it worth it? To me… yes. But I am tired. All the time. I work an average of 43 hours a week and despite all that you still want to go out at night, stay up late with your room mates, and go park hopping. You’re tired and you don’t make enough money to be calling out all the time and still make rent and enough for gas and groceries. Also if you call out too much you will be terminated. You’re cheap work, and you are replaceable.
4. You will run into conflict
When I came into my program I expected everyone to be just like me. Excited to be here, taking it seriously, nice, and a little on the freak side when it comes to Disney. There’s way more people on different sides of the spectrum. There’s those awkward people you don’t really know why they’re here because they literally hate Disney and most likely they will hate you as well. Don’t even try to understand them. Half the time I want to grab them by their shoulders and shake them. Why are you here if you don’t like people or Disney? Is it that awesome $8 an hour wage you just can’t say no to? Go to Sam’s Club and make $11 just by standing at the counter and ringing up groceries. Then there’s a whole new beast of Disney people that I can’t tell make me more annoyed or less than the previous. There’s the people who are so magical that you feel like you’re going to throw up every time they talk. Like… STOP BEING SO HAPPY SHUT UP IF YOU TELL ME TO WHISTLE WHILE I WORK OR TO JUST KEEP SWIMMING ONE MORE TIME IM GOING TO KARATE CHOP YOUR THROAT. But I guess they at least want to be there right? Hmm.
Then there’s a whole other kind of problem I experienced first hand. Room mate issues. Due to wanting to be respectful to her, I won’t go into details but I can tell you that it got pretty bad. I didn’t want to come home to my own apartment, I felt like I was an outcast and like I did something wrong like murder her favorite pet or something. Long story short, I went to the housing department at Chatham Square and set up a mediation between us. It was that bad. Housing talked to us together, we aired out our differences and what our problems were, and then talked to us one on one. Since then it has gotten significantly better, and who knows we might actually be able to be friends again one day like we were at the beginning of the program. But it sucks, so if you’re having conflicts with your room mate just address them before they get out of hand. Nobody wants to feel unwelcome in their own home and above all just remember to do to others as you’d want them to do to you. You don’t have to be best friends or even like each other, but you do have to respect each other and remember that nobody comes on this program wanting to pick fights and be like that.
Well that’s all folks. If you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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