Well, 48 hours from now I will be at Traditions! If you're unfamiliar, Traditions is an 8-hour orientation class that basically welcomes you to the Disney Company and really explains their core values and such, and it's also where you get your ID and nametag (which I am extra excited for: I've been dreaming of one of those nametags forever!). I believe that you can go into the parks as soon as you get your ID card, so after Traditions I may just have to go into Disneyland, grab myself a celebratory pumpkin spice latte or Dole Whip (depending on the temperature) and just walk around for a little while!
Of course, being so very close to learning all about this job is making me much more impatient about finding answers to all the things I want to know. I think it's a combination of my normal anxiety, and my urge to do everything perfectly for this job... I want to make them proud! I'm a little bit of a control freak when I really care about things.
Last night, I found myself scouring the internet for recently hired cast members who talk about certain things like what kind of hours you get when you're new (most information I got was conflicting: some people say you get a TON of hours if you tell them you're available [which I did] and other people say you're lucky to get five hours a week during non-peak season), how costuming works (I guess you rent out a costume and take it in when it needs to be cleaned?)... there's so many little questions like that that have turned from "little questions" to absolute BURNING curiosities!
Regardless, I'm very excited to start, and extra happy that I'm starting around the holidays: they're bound to utilize me. I've heard that in addition to working on Main Street, I can put my name in for "special events" and get called in for those as well. I'm totally game for all of it.
It's so strange being genuinely excited to start work because of the job (rather than just for the fact that I'll have income). It's so strange to work someplace I truly, truly care about, a place that holds so many fond memories, a place where I can help other people make their own fond memories (and maybe sell them a few trinkets as reminders!). I've been very lucky with everything Disney has brought to me, and now I get to return the favor as best I can.
This afternoon I believe I need to go to the union office and apply, but I have to call first and make sure I'm understanding their instructions fully... yet another question, but it's my first time working for such a huge company, being part of a union! Questions are forgivable.
I'm also really excited about all the fun content I'll be able to bring to the table here on delighted... fun park photos (I am definitely using this as a chance to brush up on my photography... and save for a new camera!), different things to do and eat at the parks, park events like Dapper Day, and just fun little anecdotes about what it's like to work in the park! I'll have something exciting to blog about :)
I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post, of course, but I'll try to be somewhat regular and bring more quality to this blog. :) It's such a fun place to share things.
As a cast member would say, have a magical day!