Ten Ways You Know You’re A Disney Cast Member

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this is all so true! so freaking true it’s actually scary. to this day, two months after i ended my contract in orlando, i am STILL calling girls “princess.”

“Cast members around the world are a special breed of people. Working for the company has also given us a special (and at times odd) skill set. Here are 10 things I’ve noticed since working at WDW:

1) You can judge a group just by glancing at its size.

Sure, you always ask “how many in your party?” but you already know the answer. Yes, of course you included the babies in the count when the parents don’t. You’re already prepared when the Guest doesn’t respond with a number and only points to the large group and says “us.”

2) You can’t help but call little girls “princess,” even on your days off.

And when you do accidentally let that slip, her parents look at you like the biggest creep…

3) You can tell exactly what time it is by the fireworks shows around Disney property.

I once had a CM at Hollywood Studios point to IllumiNations and say “Oh hey look! It’s Wishes!” My response? “Nope, there’s too much red used in those fireworks for it to be Wishes. It’s Illuminations. We use more blue.”

4) You dream about work once you go home.

This can be good or bad. I’ve had nightmares about evacuations-gone-wrong on the PeopleMover. I also dreamed Stitch high-fived me before he teleported out of the chamber.

5) You get super-defensive about your job, especially if you work attractions.

Sure, you can vent to your coworkers that you think your ride is lame, but you’ll defend your attraction to the death to a Guest who tells you it sucks and Disney should take it out.

6) You keep tabs on the cool new merchandise and when your seasonal discount pops up, just waiting to buy what you want.

Yeah, I’ll take a pair of Glow with the Show ears and that adorable Eeyore pillow pet, please.

7) The letters “E” and “R” are your favorite letters, especially when put together.

Conversely, the number “101” has the potential to be the most stressful number you hear at work.

8) You know exactly when to hit up your favorite attraction while playing in the park for maximum fun.

Riding Rock and Rollercoaster three times in one hour thanks to the single rider line? Yes, that sounds quite nice.

9) You still fan-girl over seeing characters and friends of characters backstage.

Hey, Prince Phillip. You like pizza? That’s cool. Me too.

10) You get really creative when answering Guests’ questions.

“Oh that line coming from Cinderella’s castle? Well, Peter Pan drew that in the sky for Tinkerbelle to follow. He doesn’t want her to get lost.” “Sorry, guys. Stitch escaped and did more damage than we thought. Come back later on tonight and see if we’ve got the teleportation system back under control.”

I know this is a really general list, so feel free to comment [on the original post] with even more ideas. To my CMs, what are quirks you’ve noticed working for the company?”

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i recently read an article (?) on ways to raise your vibrations. for those of you that don’t trust me and/or don’t want to click the link, i will copy and paste it.

although these may not “raise your vibrations”, but make you feel better, they’re excellent to put into good practice. i am going to try to conduct myself in a more positive light each and every day, and choose things that challenge me; make me sweat, emotionally and physically.

“All your thoughts and feelings are energy, and energy is vibration. Learn to Raise those Vibrations and watch your life change dramatically.

1. Find something beautiful and appreciate it. Beauty is all around us, from the morning dew to the evening stars and everything in between. Most go through life not noticing all the beautiful things that are around them, and yes it’s every where, so take the time to notice them, and appreciate them when you see it. Whether it’s the scent of a flower or the way rain ripples in puddles of water, appreciate the beauty life has to offer.

2. Make a list of all that you are grateful for. Making a gratitude list shifts your vibrations from focusing on what you do not have to what is already abundant in your life. There is more to be grateful for than you could possibly imagine. You can start with “I’m Alive!” and expand from there. Gratitude is the Attitude.

3. Meditate. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and breath in and out. Too often we rush through our days with a scattered brain leaving us in a state of anxiety and stress, Meditation helps to calm your spirit down and put you in a peaceful state of mind. 10 Minuets of meditation a day can change your life forever.

4. Do something for someone else. Giving to someone else shifts your thinking from “I don’t have enough, to I have more than enough to give to others.” Abundance is a high vibration.

5. Stop complaining and gossiping. Complaining and Gossip puts you in a very low vibration. Ask yourself “Are the things you are talking about bringing you more of what you want?” if not then, Stop complaining, and start finding ways to rejoice.

6. Move. Exercise. Get active. Vibration requires movement, the more you move the better your vibrations move. So Get Active! Dance! The happier you feel, the more you will draw happy experiences to yourself because you are operating at a different frequency.

7. Realize that you have more control over your life than you thought. You are not a victim to circumstance, past, family upbringing, trauma, or anything else. You can change your life in an instant. Just realize this. In many wisdom traditions this is called “total responsibility.” No one is responsible for how you feel right now but you. It isn’t a curse. It’s a blessing because it gives you your power back.

8. Breathe. Just sit and try to make your breath longer, fuller, and more relaxed. It has a direct affect on your nervous system and helps to calm you down. A calm vibration is a high vibration.

9. Do Something You’re Afraid Of. Fear holds us back from being in a state of love and happiness, and facing those fears opens you up to a greater world of possibilities. Fear of Heights? Go skydiving. Scared of public speaking, say a poem at an open mic. You’ll begin to realize your fear was worse then the actual problem, and a sense of relief will wash over you.

10. Have a Meaningful Conversation with a Friend. Rather than gossip or complaining, talk about you ideas. What do you have planned for yourself? what do you think is the nature of reality? Are we spiritual beings having a human experience? Talking about these things with someone helps to raise both your vibrations by thinking big. If you don’t have someone to talk to about these kinds of things with, there’s a community of higher minded individuals located on the link I posted.”

or pick me! i’d love to have meaningful conversations with everyone!

ALSO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO RAISE GOOD VIBRATIONS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eSN8Cwit_s

http://www.social-consciousness.com/2013/10/10-ways-to-raise-your-vibrations.html
http://www.mindopenerz.com/10-ways-to-raise-your-vibrations/

but don’t tell my feet… my achy breaky feet… i just don’t think they’d understand

hola amigos y amigas!

yes, i am alive. i apologise about my absence yesterday. i got a little carried away with working, my friend starting her half sleeve, going out for supper, making (surprisingly delicious) gluten-free brownies, and playing knights of the old republic. in other words, i was more social than i normally am. kind of.

it was also my dog’s 13th birthday yesterday. which makes her a whopping 91 in human years. coincidentally, the same age as betty white. my dog is betty white.

anyway, today started off normal. woke up at 0630 (hahaha lol jk snoozed until 0715. oops) then got ready for and headed into work.

the usual at work. i honed my skills at drive-thru, worked on bar a bit, hopped on cash. lil bit o’ this, lil bit o’ that. 11:45 rolled around and i was supa stoked because i was supposed to be off at 12 but a coworker walked in and mentioned she had a concussion so naturally, we sent her home. since i started the latest of everyone, i was asked to stay until 4 to cover part of her shift, which was no problem because $$$$. i’m a drive-thru window whiz now and i am UNSTOPPABLE!!11!!!

i spent a lot of time with sean, who is a drive-thru bar HERO. i rarely see him do anything but. anyway, he, like most other people i work with, is pretty rad.

anyway, since i wasn’t expecting to work a full 8 hour shift, i didn’t wear the appropriate footwear to work so my feet are crying and screaming hateful and hurting things at the rest of my body.

anyway, canadian thanksgiving is this monday! i’m so excited to see all of my family; both from my mother’s side and father’s side. i developed a very sincere, serious love for my family. it’s complicated to explain why and it’s hard to talk about why it’s taken me so long but maybe i’ll be comfortable enough to post about it later.

i apologise about the scattered topics in this post. nothing supremely interesting has happened in the past two days. apart from my friend starting her star wars half sleeve.

[ps if you like elton john, the song tiny dancer, joseph gordon-levitt (why i watched it), jimmy fallon, or a combination of the above, i strongly urge you to watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ajQ-foj2Q]

set phasers to CAFFEINATED.

it’s been another great day, so far, in the auburn mermaid’s world!

i started off refreshing my skills on bar (i can now steam milk like a champ) and not to toot my own horn but i created the most densely beautiful foam i’ve ever seen. *slips on stunna shades* though, i’ve come to the decision that i need to work on whipping and drizzling my drinks; as i’ve never had a steady hand (I’M NOT AN ARTIST, OKAY) and apparently enjoy manhandling the whip bullet.

my adorable coworker also briefly touched on cold drinks and smoothies, which was super.

i also put on the headset and started training on drive-thru and wow! it was exhilarating! everything is incredibly user friendly and i love how the veteran baristas aren’t afraid to help you rise above the challenge and offer tips and tricks that help them with efficiency.

i was super tired because my baby pawed at me and made the life choice to climb all over my body, head, and pillows at, oh i don’t know, 0400. she also needed to go out to use the loo. i let her off my bed and she immediately popped a squat and peed. IMAGINE MY FRUSTRATION. anyway, i let her out and it took her two million years to finish her business.

oh god my dog farted and i think my world is ending.

because of my exhaustion, my shift supervisor allowed us a drop shot. what this is is a butt load of espresso. i think 3 shots? anyway, it’s basically a barista’s version of a tequila shot (minus the additives such as salt or citrus). it’s just straight espresso.

anyway, i was zipping here and zipping there. it honestly is what got me through my shift. so far i think i’m liking it.

every day i can feel myself improving my skills as a barista. i’m very excited to see where i’ll be in a month.

#SHOUTINGBACK

if you know someone who doesn’t believe sexism exists, show them this video & direct them to this twitter page.

as a survivor of abuse & sexism for 15 years, i believe it’s important to spread the word that sexism DOES exist; in both genders and that people should not be silenced.

i’m ecstatic and excited that someone is using social media to spread this message and give survivors the courage to have a voice. it shows great movement.

N.B: sexism isn’t a gender thing. it’s an ignorance thing and can happen to ANYONE.
sexual assault can also happen to anyone; regardless of age, race, gender, religious faith (including atheism)

i wouldn’t call myself a feminist, either, as this puts a pretty hat on male issues and places them on the back burner.

despite recently having started my job at starbucks, i find myself applying for an open-ended job at my favourite website. don’t get me wrong, starbucks is great. but working, from home, at my favourite website would be just peachy!

as i zip through the quirky yet in depth application process, i find myself stumped by one of the questions they’ve asked:

“Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less”

and all of a sudden i know nothing about myself. i’ve spent 3 years analyzing why i do the things i do, say the things i say, and why i have succeeded in some areas and failed in others… and i blank out!

…then all of a sudden, i forget what i was thinking about and just really want a breakfast sandwich. DAMNIT.

3+ years of self-evaluation and i’m still not sure what track my mind is on. or how it works, for that matter.

the beginning.

i started my job at starbucks on monday, september 30, not knowing exactly what to expect.

a coffee shop. save the 3 months at mcdonald’s, i have had no experience working with food, let alone a million and one varieties of caffeinated beverages.

it all started off with my manager, who is a doll, telling me about the locals and how i would very quickly start to get to know them.

i would love to go on about my training, the things they told me, tips, tricks, yada yada yada but i wanted to talk about this customer i saw.

i first noticed him on my first day; sporting a vietnam veteran trucker hat. having spent a year in america, i thought nothing of it as most veterans wore them (they also sold them in gift shops so anyone over the age of 75 could potentially sport them).

anyway, my manager, paolina, informed me and a fellow trainee that he was a frequent visitor to our store, not disclosing any other information.

every morning as i went into work for my 8 o’clock shift, he was always sitting in the same seat out on the patio, with his chocolate brown dog perched in the chair next to his, probably sipping his usual.

a few days go by and this never changed.

then wednesday, october 2, i noticed he was wearing a vietnam tshirt, tucked into a pair of dark wash jeans, held up by a thick, cognac coloured belt with VIETNAM carved around it.

i also noticed a big, red pick up truck parked outside the store, in the same spot it had been during previous days. i thought that it had belonged to the vietnamese family that comes in every day.

i was wrong. yesterday, i saw him, after purchasing his regular coffee, check out a bulletin above our condiment bar featuring an advert for a gathering for the vietnamese culture, filled his cup with coffee cream, left the building, then collected his dog from his typical seat on the patio and climbed into the red pickup truck.

i wonder what this man’s life was like. i’ve heard through the grapevine that his wife is vietnamese.

i would really like to figure this man out.