13th May 2012

Thursdays are not my lucky days

Tuesday night was meant to be another midnight Kickball but a miserable day of weather meant that at about 10 I got a message saying the pitch was waterlogged and the match was abandoned. I was actually really disappointed as I had been looking forward to it all day. In a turn up for the books I was asked to be a Disney trainer which I am very excited about – I have the Train-The-Trainer class in early June and hopefully I will get to train some of the newbies who will arrive in the first week of June.

Wednesday was my first Chippy opening shift since training and G was training Luke and Stacey from the latest arrival group. For some reason we were all scheduled for a 10.45 start with 4 of us opening which meant we were actually finished with plenty of time to spare for once. Things took a turn for the worse later in the day though when problems in the kitchen meant that Chippy and the restaurant had to close for about 3 hours. I finished at 17.45 about an hour or so after we reopened and banked out my fairly empty till before joining Sam, Craig, Bailey and Emily who were drinking around the world for Sam’s birthday. G and I went and got changed at Cast Services and by the time we got back they had reached the UK and were enjoying some beers in the beer garden. I then got my first character photo of this program – with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the UK Pavilion. We then moved on to Canada where the slightly worse-for-wear group enjoyed some final drinks before we cam back to the Commons and everyone went for a post-drink nap. We met later by the pool before transferring to Sam’s apartment where we did our standard pizza order, although from Pizza Hut this time – never again, Dominos is way better!

Thursdays are getting far too exciting for my liking – last week I had to call 911 for a guest and this week a mother came up to me and told me she had lost her 4 year-old son. We did a quick sweep of the restaurant and surrounding area before I called Joe my manager who sorted a proper search of the pavilion and then started the normal procedure for lost parents. Everything ended happily when we found out that the child was safe and well at Baby Care. The group were dining in the restaurant and at the end of their meal came and thanked me at podium for my help earlier in the day –  I was only doing my job but it was really nice of them to come and say something.

Friday and Saturday I was off and both days were spent in the parks. On Friday G, Mel, Rob, Laura and I went to Epcot where we managed to not ride a single attraction but rather wander around World Showcase for hours – it was quite fun and I had a really nice burger from the American Pavilion which I definitely want to try again. When we got back some of the CPs (American College Program) text me and asked if I wanted to join them for their final Wishes and Main Street Electrical Parade at MK since they finish their program in the next week – I joined them for an emotional evening, some of them I have known since 2009 and I will miss having them around. When I got back to Commons I went with Dave and Craig to McDonalds for some very late night dinner and chats about life, the universe and everything.

Saturday started with G, Lesley and I going to DHS where we managed Tower, Lunch at the Commissary (Fish and Chips!), Star Tours and Coaster within 2 hours before dashing over to MK to watch the parade which I realised yesterday I had not seen since I got here. To finish the day we headed for our 3rd park, Epcot – we did Mission: Space, Sum of All Thrills, Ellen, Food at Sunshine Seasons (My new favourite Quick Service), Living with the Land and Nemo before deciding to call it a night. Lots of people were heading to Cowboys tonight which I really want to do but Lesley was not feeling great so I walked with her to Walgreens to get some Meds and by the time we got back it was too late to get sorted – plus I start Assigner training in the morning and it would probably be a good idea to have had more than a few hours sleep beforehand. Just have to go next week!

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8th May 2012

Medical Emergencies and Major Storms

On Thursday I spent most of the day stocking which was pretty uneventful as the park was very quiet. As closing stocker I also had to close Beer Cart so at 9.00 I started counting and wiping down the whole thing. A few minutes later a guest appears and asks if she can see the paramedics as she got some firework debris in her eye. I of course offered to call 911 for her, I have done this a few times in my previous program so I am quite used to the questions that they ask and had most of the answers ready. A few minutes later the paramedics arrived along with security and the park duty manager. She was quickly treated and was fine but it had put me about 20 minutes behind on getting Beer Cart closed which meant I did not get out until almost 10.30.

Emily was hosting a Beer Pong night at hers so I rushed home and got changed and went over. All of the new arrival group who arrived on Tuesday had come over, it was nice to meet them before they get to the pavilion. They seem really nice, it is crazy how often new faces arrive!

On Friday I was on EMH Chippy Tills. It got pretty busy at one point and Whitnie our manager jumped in to help fill orders. I had a horrible feeling that I had given a guest incorrect change for $100 so I was slightly stressing that my till would be out all day. When I came to bank out I got a GSF card from Mr B for efficiency on Chippy Tills. My till was not out at all but due to being pretty stressed and fairly tired after a 10+ hour shift I left my hat on a table in the Pavillion and I dropped the GSF card somewhere – whoops!

On Saturday I was off and Lesley, Sian, G and I decided to head to MK. We got the B bus from Chatham which promptly broke down at Vista which meant we had to transfer to the C bus and go via Epcot and the Monorail. It did mean I could go and pick up my hat though so nobody would ‘borrow’ it while I was off. In the end the journey from Commons to MK took almost 2 hours – got to love American Coach sometimes! We did loads in MK and none of the wait times were too terrible, we then jumped over to Hollywood Studios where we did Coaster and Tower before deciding to call it a night. The evening involved a standard pizza evening at Lesley’s – I am pretty sure security are starting to think I am a pizza addict since I am almost always the one that goes to pick up the pizza!

Sunday was my first Beer Cart shift. Everybody loves Beer Cart but I am not a massive fan – I just find it a bit boring to be honest. Having said that about an hour before we closed things got quite exciting. A storm was approaching but nobody had told me to close so I stayed out and serving Beer. With very little notice a very powerful squall came in with high winds and driving rain. It lifted the display bottles and smashed them on the floor, it took all the beer cups and blew them across the street and lifted my receipt folder and blew a lot of my receipts away. I did not have time to get my raingear on so I was soaked. Once the storm had passed it took a little while to get everything cleaned up before I could re-open again. When I went to bank out in the evening I had to explain to Janet what had happened to my receipts – I felt really bad as I like to think I try and make her job as easy as possible but this time I had made it very difficult.

After work Craig, G and I met Sam and Bailey at Cast Services and Sam droves us to Downtown Disney to go to Ghirardellis for Ice Cream. We get a 20% discount which makes a Sundae about $8 – I had a hot fudge Sundae, it was amazing although it did give me a massive sugar rush. I got an early night as I had my first opening shift the next day – I am finally getting to the point where my seniority means I am not always closing. The new schedule also came out on Sunday and next week I am doing Assigner training which means a 50 hour week – I am really looking forward to it and the overtime will not be too bad either.

I was opening Chippy and was meant to be on an 11 – 6 shift and then had tentative plans to go to Starlit Splash, a cast only party at Typhoon Lagoon but during the afternoon the rain arrived and I decided I would not go and offered to extend. In the list of things I have left in places this week I also need to add my credit card in Sam’s car – it must have fallen out on the way back from Downtown, I am really not doing very well at the moment, I blame tiredness. In the end I worked until close – an 11 hour shift. I was pretty tired when I got home and just crashed out.

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