April, 2012

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27th Apr 2012

Living the Disney CRP Life

Life as a Disney CRP can be pretty crazy. We work hard and then we come home and play hard. I have not got to bed before 2am any night and I am usually up by 10am. Can I complain though? Definitely not – life here is so much fun and there is always something to do whatever you are in to.

I was off last Wednesday and Thursday and did Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom with Craig. We got loads done in both parks since they are really quiet right now and nothing has a crazy wait time.

On Thursday night we had arranged to meet the girls, UK and Canadian, at Downtown Disney to watch American Reunion after they had all finished work. The show was at 10.40. I got there really early and did a bit of shopping before meeting up with Sam Sainsbury and co who were having some drinks in Raglan Road. When Craig arrived we went to AMC to wait for the girls who it turned out were still waiting for a bus from the Boardwalk to Downtown. In the end we cut it really fine and just got into the screen in time for the film to start after we basically threw money and our Disney IDs at the cashier. It was pretty funny and the company wasn’t too bad either! The highlight of the evening has to be Sam running across the DTD parking lot to hold the bus only to get there and find that it was waiting for 10 minutes as it was early anyway.

Friday was my first EMH shift of this program and I was in Chippy. It was really quiet, spring break is over and after the fireworks we barely served any guests. At least EMH in F&B is not too bad and we are done by just after 11pm – much better than the crazy MK times of my last program. After I got home I just went to bed and crashed.

On Saturday I was finally back on podium although I ended up stocking due to call ins – it was a fun shift and I managed to change 14 kegs without any problems which I was pretty pleased about. I did not have too many frantic radio calls which I hope meant I did at least an OK job. During my break I spoke to Whitnie about doing Assigner training so hopefully I will be able to do that within a few weeks, a nice chance to try something new. I finished the night in Chippy as ever and we were out super early, which was a nice surprise. We had planned to go round to Lesley for Chinese but we were too late to order so we resorted to our standard Dominos pizza order – her housemate even commented on our obese eating habits, awkward.

I managed to get back to podium on Sunday and Mr B, one of our coordinators, asked if I would extend to close. A few extra hours pay is always nice so I agreed. I had a really fun shift and spent most of it bussing tables for the servers who were really weeded or just needed a helping hand – most people object to bussing since it is the servers job but I reckon that if we do a bit of bussing for them we get people in faster which makes life on podium nicer for everyone. At the end of the night I got a Great Service Fanatic card from Whitnie for helping my fellow cast members – was pretty pleased with that. We spent the evening at Craig’s for a few quiet drinks.

On Monday I had a nice early shift on Chippy Tills and finished at 6. I had arranged a meeting with a manager from Disney who I knew from my previous programs and those in the know will know the outcome – not something I want to put the details of here at the moment but suffice it to say I had a good evening. I did not get back till late so missed Lads but when I arrived back at my apartment a Mexican party was in full swing – it was broken up by security just as I got back. My apartment was not in too bad a state and by the next day they had cleaned up after themselves pretty well – I was very impressed.

Tuesday was my Friday and I had a closing shift on podium. I met some of the nicest guests I have ever seen. They wanted a table but we were not taking walk-ins so the gentleman said he would wait in the bar and could I wave at him through the window if we started taking them again. An hour or so later I got his attention and got him checked in – he even offered me a $5 tip (which I refused of course). It turned out they had dined at the Rose & Crown on their honeymoon and were now returning for their 28th wedding anniversary. We managed to get them fireworks viewing on Lower Deck and I even managed to seat them myself when Mel took over greeter. They were so nice and patient, if they ever read this, unlikely as that is – guys you made my week! I also got to do the rope for Illuminations, it separated our private viewing area from general viewing, and met a really nice family who wanted to know all about the UK and the program. I had such a nice day and it reminded me exactly why I came back.

Yesterday I went to DAK with Emily and Lesley. It was again super-quiet and we did pretty much everything with no wait including 2 ride of Everest and Dinosaur. In the evening we went to Sam’s apartment where the Norwegians were having pre-drinks for Chillers and then to Emily’s for a few more drinks.

Today we went to Universal and Craig persuaded me to get there early to make the most of it. In the end we managed almost every attraction in both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios with no wait of longer than 20 minutes. It was so much fun and I got to do loads of stuff I have never done before since I have not been to Universal since I went with my family in 2001. I am so pleased to have been here during a quiet time when I can really make the most of my annual pass. Yet another reason to love the Disney CRP life!

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18th Apr 2012

First Month Complete

I can’t believe I have been here a month already!

I was off Thursday and Friday last week. On Thursday I spent most of the day just bumming around doing laundry, shopping and other essentials. In the evening we all went to MK since it was open really late. Lesley’s Canadian roommate Jaci also joined us. It was a lot of fun and although the park was quite busy we managed to do quite a lot. We of course watched Wishes and I took my camera out for the first time since I got here and got some quite nice fireworks photos, they are not perfect yet but I have 11 months to get better!

On Friday I went with Geraint to Animal Kingdom which was basically empty. We rode Everest with a 20 minute wait and Dinosaur was a walk on. I also showed Geraint the Finding Nemo musical which he had not seen before. In the evening we were all a bit tired so we just went to McDonalds near the outlets for a chat and some munch. Emily and I then went to Lesley’s apartment for a few hours to chill.

I was back in Chippy on Saturday which was pretty uneventful apart from the screens stopping working which meant we had to fill orders one at a time while checking receipts which made the day go pretty quick. After work we all went to Lesley’s again to chill out with some Dominos pizza – nom!

On Sunday I finally had another Podium shift. It was pretty uneventful since we are quite quiet now that Spring Break is coming to an end. I made sure to get an early night and not go to HOB since I had 10.5 hours of Beer Cart/Stocket training the next day. Once we got back to Commons I dashed back to my apartment to get changed and then it was another trip to McDonalds where we met Dave who we realised was going to be my trainer.

I arrived for my training shift at 11 and Dave trained me for about 3 hours on Beer Cart which is really quite fun. You only have a very small number of products so it is not too difficult. Dave also taught me a few pouring tricks which make the whole thing a little easier. Dave had to break the assigner for a few hours so Charlotte trained me on Stocker for a while. Everyone complains about Stocker since it is hard physical work and you have lots of people calling for you to do things. I actually quite enjoyed it. I then went on my break and when I came back Dave had to go on his so I had to do Stocker on my own for a while. It is the Stocker’s job to change the kegs for the bar which is not really that difficult, you just life a handle and twist but if you don’t life the handle all the way you get sprayed with beer. It was a bit daunting at first but once I got into it I felt a lot better and I only got sprayed with beer once – whoops! In the evening I went back to LADS again and we met the Norwegian girls.

Tuesday it was back to Chippy and since we were relatively quiet it was just 2 Chippy tills doing filling as well. This made the day very hard work but it went really quickly. The only bad thing was that Craig and I needed to get away to go to Jellyrolls with the gang and since we were short of people we did not get to bank out until after 9 which meant it was almost 10 before we finished closing Chippy. We still had plenty of time though since the girls were meeting us at the Boardwalk and their bus was stuck in traffic – we ended up sitting on a bench in the Boardwalk for over an hour waiting for them to arrive. Jellyrolls was lots of fun as always and now I have 2 days off with no specific plans yet although I am sure some park visits will be involved!

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