Yesterday marked my 8 month anniversary at Disney.
People have asked me, “What other attractions do you work?" "Have you been cross-trained?” “What attractions do you want to work?”
Aside from guest service operations for Parades and Fireworks, I also have knowledge at The Tiki Room. When you train at Jungle, you are given the opportunity to train at Tiki. Within those months I’ve only been assigned two Tiki shifts so clearly I am rarely over there. I have not been cross-trained, although I submitted my interest form two months after I hired in to work at Indiana Jones. But given some thought, I realize I no longer want to work there.
What attractions do I want to work then? I actually don’t think I’d want to be anywhere else. I don’t see myself working anything else in Adventureland/Frontierland premises, at least not now. Although Jungle may be one of the most draining experiences, it is my home attraction. It’s where the casting agents thought I’d be best of with. They chose me; out of all the other college program participants that could have been selected, they chose me.
I’ve talked about cross-training. I’ve talked about transferring. I’ve talked about quitting. But I feel I still have much more room to grow while I am here in this department. What made me want to quit? I can name three: How exhausting it gets to constantly talk over and over, the guests, and sometimes even the cast members. I feel a few can be a bit snobby and inconsiderate and it makes working there quite objectionable.
Isn’t Disneyland suppose to be the Happiest Place on Earth? Technically yes. People have their reasons why it is and/or it isn’t. I still enjoy working at Disney and no doubt that there has been guests and cast members out there who are sincere, genuine, and considerate of others. I’m thankful for those people because without them, I don’t think I’d still be here.
Sometimes I feel if I’d be happier elsewhere. Then I thought to myself, I generally feel content. I don’t feel depressed nor do I feel over-excited coming to work but I think it’s the smiles and interaction with others, the guests and cast members, that make my experiences worthwhile.
Nevertheless, I continue to come to work with a smile on my face. It’s still one of the best things that’s happened to me.
Which college was your number one choice? Are you going to that school? If not, how did you handle the rejection? If so, is it everything you always thought it would be?
My number one college choice was Chapman University as you can tell. This was the only in-state private university I had applied to. I started the Common Application early in the year to be able to get a quicker result whether I would get acceptance. When I had found that my friend got in around February, I checked my status and it was still "pending.“ This was the only in-state private school I applied to that I knew if I made it in, I would accept my invitation to attend.
Several days later, I got a notification via univesity portal that I had been waitlisted. I wasn’t completely devasted because I knew I still had a chance yet I was a bit disappointed. I only applied to 7 schools with one being out of state in New York which my parents really did not want me to go. If I didn’t make it in Chapman, where would I go? Cal State LA? Cal State Fullerton? Cal State Long Beach? San Diego State?
Los Angeles was too close to home but convenient. Fullerton’s program seemed good, their location was not too close nor too far, and it was close to Disney (my dream job back then). Long Beach offered my major and the location is nice. San Diego was too far for my parents. A few days later, I checked my portal again and I found out that I had been granted acceptance to attend Chapman University. I was super stoked! I started telling everyone. I came home to tell my parents in such joy and excitement.
Days later, I had to withdraw my decision. I found out that the financial aid package that offered just wasn’t enough. I calculated many times and my parents couldn’t afford to pay the remaining even with the loans I would have taken. The rejection felt discomforting. I knew that this was the school I wanted to go to! I had my mind set and knowing that I had worked so hard to get there and later got crushed because of a financial factor; I didn’t know what to do. I was deciding to go attend a community college.
After days of reconsidering, I had given up Chapman for good. I looked back on all the CSU’s I applied and I thought to myself, maybe I can give this a shot. I started thinking rationally. It doesn’t really matter that much which university you go to, does it really? It’s how much effort you put in that you will get out. And now ever since I completed my first year, I felt I didn’t make the wrong choice at all. I’m at a university great for my major, I’ve met great people, I've joined a service fraternity where I've created bonds with many and even outside of my own chapter, taken interesting courses, and even getting accepted into the College Program primarily taking on the role as a skipper. It’s been such a great year and I really have no regrets. Here’s to the next 2 ½ awesome undergraduate years of college!
First time in 11 years of our friendship, I’ve never seen her so upset. She was so disappointed drowned in her tears and it made me sad to see her like this. I didn’t want her to give everything up because of this one incident. I didn’t want her to starve, I didn’t want her to continue to stay depressed, I just didn’t want her to give up so soon. She has a lot of potential. She’s never really had a father figure in her life either. I just want to see her happy and all she wanted was to help her mom in the future - that was of her best interest. I hope she’s learned a valuable lesson after this but best friend, if you happen to stumble upon this, I’ll be there to support you whether it’s physically or emotionally, through thick and thin we’ve been through. You know it and continue to illuminate your smile. :)
Anxiously, I waited for my 9:45AM call for the phone interview. It was 9:45 and I was getting a little nervous. I told myself I didn’t have to be nervous. Interviews aren’t intended to scare anyone. It’s just a way for the interviewer to understand who they are speaking to, their skills and what they can bring to the role they applied for, etc.
By 9:46, my phone rang exuberantly loud and it sort of took me by surprise. I knew it was the call so I picked up the phone and answered confidently with a smile. When you smile, it definitely changes the tone in your voice. I tried to keep that up the whole way so they know that I was enthusiastic about the positions I applied for and excited to work for a company that satisfied the customer experience and provided excellent service. I told the interviewer I really wanted to work for a company that holds the same values as I do and Disney was that company.
The interviewer thought of me as a great candidate. I thought at times I was talking a bit too fast for the interviewer to type because either I was being super enthusiastic or I was nervous. When I was talking, I didn’t seem nervous. I did stumble a little here and there trying to put my words together, but I tried my best and answered the questions confidently so hopefully that’ll shine through my interview.
Man, I just hope I did well as I thought I did. The interviewer said it would last 20-30 minutes; mines took about 28 minutes. I hope he sees that I am 110% ready for the role and definitely open-minded. If I had not been open-minded, I don’t think I would have gotten to become a participant of the College Program. It seemed like it was days when I interviewed for that internship. Well, wishing that they see I have potential and that I could further be a great asset for the company.
If I don’t get the position, it doesn’t mean I’ll give up. There are thousands who apply and only a number of roles available. It just means I’ll keep trying. Thanks to those who sent me a good luck message for my interview! I’ll keep you guys updated.
Despite the crazy mass of people, one of my GSO coworkers went up to me during break and told me that one of the Jungle Cruise skipper went to Disneyland as a guest and was on my boat. He told his coworkers that I did a great job as a new skipper and that I was hilarious. I didn’t believe my coworker when he told me. I was like “SHUT UP! NO WAY. ARE YOU SERIOUS?” It just totally made my day on my way to the Fireworks route.
Something else happened that also made my day. Before the fireworks, I was interacting with 5 little kids. We were just talking about random stuff both Disney and non-Disney and I felt like just a kid again. My lead came by and they looked at him and told him “TONY IS THE BEST!” I was surprised when they said that and it was just a great moment :’) I love those kids.
What a night. I love Pyro shifts! I need another Jungle shift soon.<3
You guys are officially brothers of Omega Sigma. I’m glad I got the chance to get to know every one of you during the past 9 weeks, and probably the first class I got to meet and interact with everybody. You guys are a pretty cool bunch so live it up! Congratulations to you all :)
If you live away from home, share your moving day experience. If you commute, do you feel like you are missing out on a true college experience?
The first two photos are my dorm experience near campus at Hope University while participating in Summer Bridge’s 5 intensive week program which was all paid for - food, room, and tuition! The last two photos are my experience getting an apartment at Nutwood Apartments. Both were a different experience.
I remember coming into the dorms checking in with my dad and sister beside me. I also saw other participants at the lobby which made me even more excited because I couldn’t wait to mingle with everyone. I was ready to get my keys, go upstairs to take a look at my new temporary home, and meet my new roommates. I came in and I saw that two of three of my roommates have already settled in but they were not present. My dad and sister then helped me settle in and wished me a safe and fun 5 weeks in Fullerton. I was absolutely going to miss them but I was ready to be “on my own.”
After those 5 weeks, I met a new friend who became my future roommate at Nutwood Apartments. My high school friend and I were the first to move into our new apartment. I was super thrilled. We set up our beds, tables, lamps, desk, and other necessities. We were really going to be “on our own” now. It wasn’t a scary thought actually. I guess I was just overexcited with the fact that I would be finally live on my own, take care of myself, transport myself to school, practically do everything by myself! I was excited to be an independent.
After my first day settling into my new apartment, my friend and I paid a visit to Disney. I felt so fortunate to practically live so close that I could actually visit anytime I wanted. That’s right, anytime I wanted! (So I got my annual pass a few days later).
It’s Friday the 13th, but I don’t really believe in superstition. However, I had an amazing night that night. In short, it felt surreal but it felt special and I’m glad to have shared it with such a sweet, wonderful, down-to-earth individual. You are simply amazing.
I ended getting up at around dawn and received a text message from my pbro AKim to go out and eat. We walked our way to Sonic, sat at our same table the first time we went there, and talked about life and the people in our lives, the fortunate and unfortunate events, and ourselves in general. There were happy moments, depressing moments, tough moments, but hey, it’s life and life goes on. There are just some things we have to leave behind us for the better. We made our stop to Cal State Fullerton and waited for another of our pbro BChastain to get off from work to hang, and to find out we were all matching of the same color coincidentally. Then, I picked up JSasaki along the way not too far away to hang out one last time before my trip to the bay. They almost always put a smile on my face.
After hanging with my pledge brothers, I was scheduled to hang with another IC brother in Irvine. I picked him up and we waited about 30 minutes until we finally got seated at Sushilicious where I finally first-hand experienced a revolving-belt of sushi, drinks, and desserts. It was a neat experience and overall great spending time socializing with BSajor ever since our first acquaintance at a random, un-planned inter-chapter event at Stanley’s.
I ended up getting lost plenty of times driving in circles around Irvine. I later found the freeway to take me back to Fullerton with thanks to my other IC bro PDuong who sent me directions back home. I finally got to my apartment past 10 and packed my belongings for my flight up to the Bay with my roommate and SChoy. I can’t wait to see you there Sandy, I’ve missed you! Flight leaves in t-minus 6.5 hours. I’m guessing I either under-packed or the girls just over-packed. I’m thinking the girls over-packed.
I’ll be up here for 4 days so I’ll update everyone soon maybe about the good food, breathtaking scenery, great company, hotel parties (only kidding), and experiences that are within my reach in just a couple hours! It’s gonna be a long day ahead of me. However, in all it was an amazing Friday, Friday the 13th. Peace.