last time i finished before delaney and i went to check out downtown disney
it is SO BIG like way bigger than disneyland’s
also home to my new fave shop
(if i was in merch this would be my dream location)
from when we arrived until last friday (2 days? 3 days?) we had multiple orientation type things and then on friday we had Traditions
Traditions is a thing that everyone who wants to be a cast member knows about
it’s a sort of welcome to the company thing, with a bit of history and ‘this is what we expect of you’ etc etc
this is also the day you get your name tag (a very, very big moment for me. you have no idea how much that meant) as well as a pair of ears
we also got temporary company IDs, so we were able to get into the parks and of course we took advantage of that and of our day ending at 1 and went to epcot as soon as we got back to vista
spaceship earth. or as tourists say, ‘the big golf ball’, ‘the sphere’, or ‘the orb’
epcot (walt originally intended it to be a legit city… ‘experimental prototype community of tomorrow’ like really futuristic and he had this really sweet design all laid out but after he died the imagineers were like ‘dude this is a HUGE huge project we definitely don’t want to mess it up so we’re not even going to try’ and so the real physical epcot of today is made up of future world (very science-y with areas focused on the land, seas, and space) and the world showcase (11 different country themed pavilions)
in the canada pavilion there’s a giant parliament looking building, which is home to a very fancy restaurant called le cellier, and then there’s a little niagara falls, as well as “~victoria gardens~”, a mini ode to butcharts. and then this movie called ‘o canada’ that is 360 circle vision. so you stand in this room with screens literally all around you and it starts off with a blizzard and a narrator talking about how barren and cold it is then martin short comes in and kicks him out and gives a sort of tour of the country. victoria’s in it, as well as butcharts and my favourite place in the world, cathedral grove (i cried, i’m not going to lie. it was magical)
i didn’t take any pictures except of this one inside the queue for the circle vision
(not very exciting)
the day after that, saturday, we had our first sort of training class. after traditions we sort of got sectioned off until it was just costuming. but saturday it was a bunch of us in entertainment - so costuming, performers, and equity (no-name parade dancers and musicians).
sunday, my birthday, we went to hollywood studios and delaney bought me those fabulous birthday glasses (we actually saw them at downtown disney that other time and i made her promise to get them for me)
monday was the operations section of training, so costuming, photopass photographers, and something else i can’t remember. we did a lil tour of magic kingdom, and got to see the castle show, dream along with mickey.
tuesday was finally narrowed down to JUST future costumers and we learned about all the different areas, and had the sweet opportunity to help pluto, daisy duck, stitch, and timon get ready. we also had tours of the four different main costuming complexes at each of the parks.
wednesday was the first real at work day of training, and we (me and another canadian from UCR) were starting off in animal kingdom, then yesterday at epcot, and today was our final day of training at magic kingdom. epcot is definitely my favourite, it’s a good in between animal kingdom’s slowness and magic kingdom’s business. and also because of the world showcase and the different international programs, there’s a ton of diversity as far as the cast that goes through there which is really cool.
tomorrow i have the day off, and i’m going to epcot to do the future world area (last week we only did the world showcase. although i will definitely be going to canada and watching circle vision again.) and then maybe go to this pin trading thing that delaney’s going to later in the day.