— All opinions are my own and do not represent those of the Walt Disney Company —
Disclaimer: If you are a future Cast Member, you may want to skip this post as it contains spoilers!
Thursday 11th October was a very exciting day: Traditions! This is a class that every Cast Member has to take before they start working and it is all about the heritage of Disney and how to be successful in our roles.
It was a very early start. We had to be at Disney University for 7:45am for an 8:15am start, so we were up at 5:45am and getting on the bus by 7am… eewwwww. I won’t go into much detail of what the class entailed but I cried twice because it was so magical! It was so interesting to learn more about what the Walt Disney Company represents, their ethos and whole concept of ‘show’.
After lunch we were taken to the Magic Kingdom to see ‘backstage’. I have always been fascinated by this part of Disney and my dad and I have always wanted to do the backstage tours they offer for Guests. A lot of people have asked me if seeing it all will ruin the magic, but now I’ve seen a lot of what goes on backstage, I can definitely say no, it’s made it all the more amazing knowing what actually goes on behind the scenes! I have always loved drama and musical theatre, and having been in a fair few shows myself, I love the whole concept of Disney World being a huge show where families and people of all ages have the world’s best entertainment all around them. They are fully immersed in so many different ways. I love that we are Cast Members, not employees; we wear costumes, not uniforms; we have Guests, not customers.
Again, I won’t disclose what we saw on our backstage tour (even if I was allowed I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone who might be reading this) but it was insanely cool. I kept having to pinch myself (metaphorically) because I still couldn’t believe I was there!
We then returned to Disney University (I will never get tired of saying that) and we received our blue IDs that show we are official Disney Cast Members. We also had a very special guest arrive to give us our name tags… a moment I had been looking forward to for so long!
You may be wondering why it says Chatham… it takes your place of birth automatically from your passport so I will be changing mine to good old Sheppey as that’s where I’ve spent most of my life!
The day got even more magical from there… to celebrate, a few of us headed over to Hollywood Studios to start using our free park admission straight away. We had planned to see Fantasmic! which is my favourite show in the whole (Disney) world. I was unbelievably excited.
We had dinner and headed over to the arena. We got AMAZING seats which made my first time seeing it in 7 years all the more special. As soon as the lights dimmed and the announcement for the start of the show started, I was crying. I adore the soundtrack the whole theme of ‘imagination’ and it took me back to a few weeks ago when I made Matt play it in the car one evening, as well as all the times I’d seen it with my family when I was younger. It was even better than I remembered and I think I continued to cry for about 95% of the show, especially when that music started up again and the truly magical moments happened at the end. If you’ve seen it, you know.
After a long and tired journey home, I was finally in bed, drained from the heat and a very long and emotional day. Yep, I’m going to say it again, I STILL can’t believe that this is my life for the next year and I don’t think this feeling will ever go away! I am so freaking lucky.