A quintessential child of the 80’s, I had the distinct pleasure of growing up in what was called the “new” golden age of Disney animation. I remember the big summer blockbuster releases of Aladdin, Beauty & The Beast and Pocahontas…then eagerly awaiting the VHS release that holiday season…awww, memories.
Not so surprisingly, I was also a big fan of the Disney parks…well, pretty much one park: Tokyo Disneyland. See, I was born in Japan and even for the four years we were living in South Korea, we were never *too* far to pay good ol’ TDL a visit. I was lucky enough to have a Grandpa willing to take me there and endure countless rounds of ‘it’s a small world’ – the only thing I would ride for the longest time, and to this day, still my favorite ride! I wrote a tribute here 🙂
As the years went by, the thought occurred to me that maybe, one day, I could be a part of the Disney company. I wasn’t really sure how, or if was even a good idea or not, but it was more of a fleeting idea. Sure enough, however, the time came, when I was in college and heard about the Walt Disney World College Program.
Lots of people actually complete this program while still in college, but after discussing it with my parents, we came to the conclusion that I would apply for it during my last semester of school, and try it that fall after graduating. If it was terrible, and not anything I imagined, no worries – but if I loved it, I could take it from there.
Me and Michael Kelley, 2007 WDW Ambasssador
I am sure you can guess how that turned out!
From August 2006 through September 2010, I literally had my dream job of making dreams come true in a variety of roles: from my first, unglamourous-yet-rewarding position of Merchandise Main Street Entrance (AKA STROLLERS!) to attractions, the Dream Squad, and eventually Guest Relations and VIP Tour Guide. True, there were ups and downs along the way, but to be perfectly honest, pixie dust from the truly special experiences more than made up for the icky ones…and I will never have a shortage of fun stories to tell you!
Although I am no longer a Cast Member, my love for Disney is the love of a lifetime, I would have to say. Hubs and I joined the Disney Vacation Club during our honeymoon Disney Cruise, and in 2011, I completed the COAST TO COAST Disney challenge of running a half marathon on both coasts for the first time! The rest is really runDisney history…
So, long story short. Disney = love & if you ever need any Disney advice or have park questions, I’d be happy to help – speaking as just me!
Here are a few Disney resources I’ve posted on the blog…
- Planning a Disney Vacation, Pt 1: Staying ON vs OFF Property.
- Planning a Disney Vacation, Pt 2: Krissy’s Resort Picks.
- Why Plan our Disney Vacation when you can have a PRO do it for you?
- How to Beat Disney Withdrawals
- My favorite Disney Resort: The Grand Californian!
- Resort Review: Bay Lake Tower
- Resort Review: Beach Club Villas
- Resort Review: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
I spend a lot of time on DVC Central, the coolest place on Facebook for the most up-to-date news on Disney Parks and resorts and in 2013, I contributed several posts to the Touring Plans Blog and now, I am excited to share more family-centric posts as I experience the parks as a mom.
See you in the parks!