Where to begin? Well I have been living in Anaheim California for about a week now and am totally blown away by my experiences so far. I have many new friends, a new place to live, and a better understanding about what goes on behind the scenes at Disneyland that makes it so magical. And this has all transpired in less than a week. I am so excited to experience this next step after graduating from college. In this post I am just going to go through a basic overview of my time here and some goals that I have set to accomplish while I am here.
Last Wednesday I moved into my apartment and met my new living partners (roommates) Adam, Matt, Tim, and Jeff. They have all been great and we have gotten along very well. I am so blessed to have them here! But they are not the only people who I have been introduced to by this Program. There are so many amazing people who work and live in my building. You may get to know them a little through my blog over the next couple of months.
My apartment is a two bedroom with three (Me, Tim, Matt) in one room and two (Jeff and Adam) in the other. It is fully furnished with a full kitchen, living room, and dinning area. We have had a lot of visitors who have commented, “you suck, your apartment is way bigger than ours,” and it is true. I love having a kitchen again after living without one this last year at school. It’s also been nice not to have to find couches and other furniture to use off of Craigslist. I also have plenty of room to store my clothing so that it is not overflowing and all around my living space. For those of you that witnessed my room in college you will understand. I was also lucky to land a big TV (40”) for $20 from some nice ladies upstairs. So needless to say I am psyched to be living in such a nice place!
I got my first look at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during my first 3 days of training this last weekend. All I can say is that I am a little overwhelmed by the massive amount of work that goes in behind the scenes. Being backstage on the greatest show on earth has made me appreciate my experiences with Disney so much more! After now my job is specifically to bring happiness to every guest that walks through our gates, by creating magic that only happens with the Disney company. I get to do this by being the first person that guests interact with. My official position is in the Parking and Transportation department. I cannot wait to start this role specific job on Thursday of this week.
I have also gotten to spend some time exploring the local area around our apartment complex and discovered that we are located just a block from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks training facility. This means that I get to go skate whenever there is free ice time. This is just one of the many local attractions and perks of living here. Along with exploring the surroundings I have also gotten to go into both Disney Parks as a guest. One of the best parts of working for Disney is the perks. Free admission while off the clock, discounts on hotels and anything else that you can think of. Oh and free buddy passes! Anyway, the completion of renovations on California Adventure have just been completed and the park is so much more exciting than when I was here to visit in the early 2000’s, I am still in awe of how elaborate and real it feels when you walk into a new land. Here you feel as though you have been transported to a magical playground. I will just say this; when Walt Disney envisioned this park he did a marvelous thing! Bringing happiness to millions and several generations!
I also have some goals while I am here: 1. Ride every attraction that exists in both Parks. 2. Keep track of how many times I ride Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Car’s Supper Speedway, and the roller coaster in California Adventure. 3. Establish the building blocks for a successful career with the Disney Company. 4. Make memories that will last a lifetime for me and for everyone that I come into contact with.
With that said I am going to sign off. There will be much more to come from this guy as I am only 5 days into my Disney adventure! To those of you that took the time to read this, Thank You, now come see me and have a magical time! Until next time stay classy outside world.