Disney College Program – 2nd and 3rd month!

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My reaction to some guests:

Aloha, everybody, I have crawled out of the Disney mafia once again! Why Disney mafia? Because once you join, you can never really leave. I may have accidentally forgot about February and I realized that I missed March by a few days, but I am here now and I am ready to celebrate this Mickey Mouse Monday!


So, what’s been happening during February and March that’s been so hectic? Well, after working my butt off during February, I started off March by moving to a different apartment. (Long story short, the roomie situation didn’t work out) 
Then, I began to get really excited because two of my favorite people on this planet came down for an entire week!

My dad and brother flew down from Colorado and we spent every possible second together. Above is our photo at ‘Ohana (where I just so happen to work) and we had a great birthday dinner for Cooper! 


Afterwards, the entire week we spent between Disney and Universal, trying Dole Whips for the first time and greeting one of the raptors at Jurassic Park (nobody was harmed during the making of that photo). 


In addition, I have signed up for the Dark Side Half Marathon on April 23rd and have been training with a good training plan set by my good buddy back in College Station. We’re now officially less than a month away and I can definitely run with a good pace. Still gonna die cause I’m not a runner, so if that’s the case, why run a half marathon? 

Well, I am not going to have the ability to run Disney style after this college program is over. I’ll be back in Texas doing my thing, and paying for a resort plus park days plus the marathon adds up to quite a pretty penny. While I’m here on the program, I only have to pay the marathon fee and I’m golden!

We’re starting to hit the home stretch for the college program, and I haven’t been able to do as much off my bucket list as I wanted…yet. But I’ve still got about two or so months left so just have to make the most of it! 

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Disney College Program — 1st Month!

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This is literally my life right now. I wish I was joking.
Hello beautiful readers, and welcome to February! Sorry not sorry I didn’t do a Valentines Day post #singlelife

As you have probably guessed, I’ve been swamped with work. Whether that’s homework or Disney work, I’ve been running helter skelter learning everything there is to know about Disney, and at the same time, trying to remember all I possibly can so that I can make the most out of my internship this semester.  It’s been a lot on my sanity (and on my poor feet!).

But now I am back and I have to say, I’ve struggled with coming up with a decent Mickey Mouse Monday post. Between whether to talk about the parks, the rides, the internship itself, or something else related to Disney, I’ve had to think a really long time about where to begin. So, I decided I would take it month by month through the next 4 months so that not only will you lovely readers get to go through it with me, but you will also have my experiences and my knowledge if/when you are a part of the program as well. So, without further ado, here we go!

    
The first couple of days I wasn’t even close to my location. Instead I had a housing meeting, and then I had Disney Traditions where you really dress to impress (so very business like but not too crazy). During Traditions is when you go to Disney University, and learn all there is to know about Disney World in general, including but not limited to a tour of the Magic Kingdom to get everyone excited for their job and whatnot. It was crazy fun and I had a blast! I also Disneybounded as the Man of the Hour himself, Walt Disney.


See the resemblance? 

Since then, I have been working on my bucket list (in between school and Disney) on stuff to do at Disney before I head back to Texas. This includes eating food at different restaurants:

      
And meeting more characters:

    
Now since it’s only been a month, I’m not even close to wrapping up my bucket list yet (which btw if you want to take a look is right here). However, as the months continue to progress, I’ll be able to keep you guys informed and up to date on everything that’s going on. 

Also, I’ll be starting an Instagram soon! If you guys can’t get enough of my DCP adventure, then stay tuned for info on my Insta where you’ll see all the magic happening in addition to what’s going on on the blog! In the meantime, hit me up on Facebook, LinkedIn, or the beautiful little Contact button right up on the top of the page.

TTFN! Ta Ta for Now!

THE COLLEGE PROGRAM ADVENTURE HAS BEGUN!!!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the blog that has been mysteriously absent for the past few days! If you don’t know what quillegible means then it’s okay, it’s a new word that is under appreciated anyway 😉
Anyhoo, so the DCP has officially started for me, but before I get into that, I wanted to make a brief announcement:

LAST WEEK.

WE HIT.

OVER 150 VIEWS!!!!!!


Holy carp, that is incredible! Thank you guys so, so much for the support, I love to see you guys checking my stuff out. It really means a lot to me, and I love you guys so much. 


And now, for the second vlog that I’ve ever made! I’ve gotten some pretty good feedback on the last one, which really surprised me, but while that one covered my Top 7 Star Wars Costumes (which for some reason didn’t include Kylo Ren) this one will cover the past few days that I’ve been in Orlando, which includes Epcot, Casting, and all that fun stuff. So, without further ado, let the show begin!

What did you guys think? Did any of you guys start and finished the DATW challenge in one day? Do you like IllumiNations? Or do you want to see more DCP stuff? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts Page above! 

3 Great Shots

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NO, I’m not talking about alcohol (though I did talk about what fun it is to drink at Epcot legally).

What I am talking about is my journey through Texas and Louisiana, where everyone’s either a jerk or they’re stopping traffic cause some trucks pulled to the side (no…literally…that’s what happened). 

Despite these setbacks, I decided to put on my photographer’s hat and take some pictures, and since there’s only 3 days left until the College Program starts, I figured I’d share 3 picture-esque pictures. 

Starting with:


You saw it here first, folks. Now New Orleans is nothing short of unique, but it’s a great happenstance when I’ll be in a galaxy far, far away very soon. (Also ties in to my first vlog a few days ago. Click here to see it.)


If you don’t know what beignets are, then what are you doing with your life? That’s actually a very good question for me to ask myself, since I didn’t try beignets until this morning. So the answer to that question would be…I don’t know.


This picture was actually taken yesterday, en route to NOLA. It’s also probably one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, and one of my favorites, simply because it’s so simple. And also, that sunset. 

Anything about New Orleans that you love? How is it similar to the French Quarter of Disney World? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or the Contacts Page above! 

#4 Pick and 1 Day Late!

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Yesterday, I woke up at 3:00 in the morning to board a 6:00 flight which I almost missed. Then my mom and I had to drive from Austin, TX to New Orleans, LA and we finally made it at around 8:00 at night. I know. I missed a day of blogging.


However, I am back, and relaxing with a slushee of rum, Everclear, and some other liquor, before we hit the road again tomorrow morning at around 8:00 am. Don’t try that at home kids, I am a professional. 

And since I finally got my itinerary today, I decided to share an important announcement which fits the 4 days left theme (that I didn’t do yesterday) to make up for lost time. 


As you guys no doubt recall, I did a list about 6 days ago that listed my Top 10 places of where I wanted to work (forgive me for not including Be Our Guest, I have sinned). Click here if you want to read it as a refresher before you continue with this post.

Anyways, after much anticipation and waiting, I got my itinerary and found out I am to work at ‘Ohana, which was #4 on my list!


It’s going to be a major Hawaiian roller coaster ride for me! 
Have you worked at ‘Ohana before? Or have you eaten there before? What was it like? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page above! 

5 Golden Interview Pointers!

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to T-minus 5 days from my check-in to one of the most prestigious internships in America!


Hopefully, I’ll get my itinerary Thursday, and when I do, I’ll find out not only where I’m living, but where I’m working, both of which I’m super excited about! 

For today, though, a little birdy told me that applications for Fall 2017 are open, so I figured I would share my experience with the application/interview process in 5 basic pointers.

1.

Hakuna Matata. Yeah, it’s as basic as that. Don’t worry about what may or may not happen. If this is your first time applying, you’re probably not going to make it. Most applicants don’t make it until their second or third time applying. For me, it was my second time, and it was actually on a whim. I wasn’t planning on interning at Disney this semester, but it happened. The last thing you want to do is panic or stress. This may be a fantastic opportunity but it isn’t worth your mental health. So relax and Hakuna Matata.

2.

Do your research. I cannot stress over this one (and #1) enough. The more you know, the more prepared you’ll be, and the more prepared you’ll be, the greater the odds of your getting in. Case in point: when I was asked to complete the web-based interview, I looked up what to look for and what to do and I learned two things: one, that you need to be consistent with your answers and not just pick randomly, and two, use “extreme” answers often. Not for every question, but often. I took their advice and, within 24 hours of completing the web-based interview, I was asked to sign up for the phone interview.

3.

Smile! You are a beautiful specimen of a human being, and you deserve to let your light show. Even when you’re on the phone with your interviewer, he/she can tell if you’re happy to be there, or if you just want the paycheck. Smiling not only helps your chances, it also helps you feel better. 

4.

If you don’t know how to improvise, learn how to do it. Improvising is basically having the ability to think on your feet and being able to own the situation regardless. When I was on my phone interview, my interviewer asked me about a time when a customer was being unruly. Unfortunately, I couldn’t recall such a time (though I know for a fact that something like that happened), but I was able to recall a time when a coworker was being unruly and, since I wrote it down in my interview guide, I was able to improvise and use my interview guide to answer the question differently.

(Psst! Here’s the interview guide I used! Very descriptive and extremely helpful!)

5.

Have fun! You’re applying to work at the most magical place on Earth! Regardless of whether you make it, what role you’ll get, or where you’ll work, you’ll be part of the dream to make the most magical memories of a lifetime. And if you don’t make it this semester, there’s always next semester. And the semester after that. You get the idea.

Have you been in the Disney College Program? What are your tips for applying?

6 Tipsy Tips! 

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6. MORE. DAYS!!!


Still have yet to get my itinerary (grr…) but that’s okay, because at least I don’t have to wait for booze!


I’m driving down to Orlando from Austin with my mom on Thursday, and our plans are to enjoy an evening on Epcot the night before check-in. And of course, being 21, what better way to enjoy Epcot than to drink around the world? Here are the Top 6 alcoholic areas from Epcot that we have to try at least once:

Norway 🇳🇴 

Compared to other areas, Norway doesn’t offer as much alcohol-wise, unless it’s winter and you need some caffeine on the side with your alcohol! It’s going to be a long day for me, so I’ll need some delicious Viking Coffee to wake me up and oh by the way not miss out on the booze.

Germany 🇩🇪 


Some people prefer the dark German stout beers, but I’ve always been more of a light fruity beer person myself. Enter Schofferhoffer, the GRAPEFRUIT beer that is delicious as well as alcohol-licious! Not to mention Germany is the home of so many notable liquors, it would be an extreme disservice not to stop by!

Italy 🇮🇹 


Italy is the home of amaretto, limoncello, and strega, to name a few. So, how can we not visit? Not to mention the Rococco architecture of the Italian buildings are breathtaking, and among my favorite architecture designs of all time. Better yet, there’s a hilarious performance right in the middle of the square. So we get wine and a show!

Japan 🇯🇵 


Sake. ‘Nuff said.
France  ðŸ‡«ðŸ‡· 

Sure, France has wine, but last I heard the alcoholic slushes are the perfect treat in the Florida heat, and especially since the Viking Coffee would wear out by this point, I’d need all the energy I can get. 

And last, but certainly not least…

United Kingdom 🇬🇧 


The crown jewel of Epcot, the triumph of the United Kingdom, and my personal favorite Epcot restaurant: the Rose & Crown Pub! What doesn’t this place have – they’ve got beer, wine, food, and mixed pints for days. It’s the ideal end to Drinking Around the World and the perfect end to a night to remember before checking in to the College Program.

What are your favorite places to drink at Epcot?

7 Costumes Costuming! Or I did a VLOG?!

Welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness, and holy crap, there are 7 days left until the craziness that is Disney World!


But that’s okay, cause I’ve been able to spend time with my beautiful family before I head down to Orlando, and as if the timing couldn’t have been better, the museum in our Capitol is hosting an exhibit entirely dedicated to Star Wars costumes! It was fascinating, entertaining, and a lot of fun to walk through. 

Since Star Wars is a part of Disney, and has been for some time, I figured it would be a good opportunity to list my Top 7 Star Wars costumes that I particularly liked. Now I picked these specific ones for a reason, so if you don’t see your favorite costume, I apologize, I just thought these were the most interesting. Also, say hi to my brother! Ladies, he’s single 😉

Please note this is the first “vlog” I’ve ever done, so sorry that it’s not very long, nor is it the best vlog ever made. With that said, I hope you guys still enjoy!
What are your favorite costumes from our beloved Star Wars series? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page!

8 Best Disney Characters to Meet

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Hey everybody and welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness! The DCP countdown continues from 10 to 9 10 8 days remaining and I keep getting more and more excited! To celebrate, I’ve talked about the top 10 restaurants I would love to work in, and I’ve showed 9 different pictures that prove the existence of Hidden Mickeys outside of Disney World. How Disney gets those little buggers into the parks is up to anyone’s imagination, but now that there are 8 days left, I figured I’d count down the top 8 characters I want to meet at Disney World while I’m working there. Because, let’s face it, these guys are what makes Disney great. 

Besides, I did say in a previous post that I wanted to meet more characters, right?

8. Mary Poppins


Mary Poppins is one of the most patient nannies in Disney history. She also is a nanny during the time when women were fighting to get the vote, which feels like that fight hasn’t changed since the early 1900’s. Regardless, Mary Poppins is one of those characters that appears once in a blue moon, so to find her and take a picture with her would be a jolly holiday!

7. Pinocchio

No, I don’t mean during a parade. I mean an actual meet and greet with Pinocchio, which is actually harder than you might think. I’ve heard things about Pinocchio showing up in Epcot so I’ll definitely be looking there, but if anyone has any tips, let me know!

6. Cogsworth and 5. Lumiere

I put 5 and 6 together because you can’t have a Cogsworth without a Lumiere. Since Beauty and the Beast is coming out in March, how can you not want to visit with them?! Of course I wouldn’t want to forget Belle, but you can’t have an enchanted castle without Cogsworth and Lumiere!

4. Moana


Some people found Moana to be a decent movie or found themselves indifferent. I ended up loving it, especially with the lack of a romantic plot (cause let’s face it, we girls don’t need a man to save the day!) and with the concept of the supposed villain of the movie. I made two previous posts about it, but long story short, a picture with Moana would be fantastic.

3. Chewbacca

Sue me, I haven’t seen Rogue One yet. Doesn’t mean I’m not a Star Wars fan, in fact I love Star Wars, and that’s why Chewbacca is a part of my list. Especially after seeing The Force Awakens, I feel like it’s only right, you know?

2. Rafiki

No, I’m not a big fan of getting bopped on the head, thank you very much. But when you play Rafiki in a school play when you were around 14 years old, you tend to get attached to the lovable baffoon. So who wouldn’t want to see him?

And my Number 1 Disney Character to greet is…

1. Genie


The Genie. Enough said.

Who are your top Disney meet and greets? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page!

9 More Days = 9 Real Mickeys

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It’s time for the DCP Countdown again! Only 9 more glorious days until check-in at the Disney College Program and what better way to celebrate than to share with you a Disney World secret? We all know the Hidden Mickeys throughout the resort: from the bedrooms to the rides. So seeing them only at the parks might make you think that they’re a rare species, right? 

Actually, you couldn’t be more wrong. Now this might sound as crazy as the conspiracy that the JFK assassination was staged, but unlike that conspiracy, I have physical proof in photos from throughout the years that prove that Hidden Mickeys are not as rare as you might think.
Exhibit A:

This is a picture taken in Colorado. Given the year of that dumpster, I’d say that this photo is only a few years old. But you see the top of the dumpster? Turns out Hidden Mickeys aren’t very fearful if they’re hungry.

Exhibit B:


It isn’t known whether the photographer is aware of the supposedly “rare” creature on his head, but one thing’s for sure, the Hidden Mickey has the vanity of a peacock: why take a picture of a pianist when the real star of the show is right on top of him? Perhaps the Hidden Mickey is a sociable creature as well?

Exhibit C:


The most convincing evidence of all: a mother Hidden Mickey tending to her babies in her nest. This not only tells us that Hidden Mickeys are out there, but they breed and they are thriving. How could this be a rare species with a photo like this?
The fun doesn’t just stop there, though. Enjoy these pictures that further prove the existence of Hidden Mickeys outside of the Disney World Resort.

This Hidden Mickey is braver than I…this photo,  I’ve been told, was taken beside a haunted building right outside of Chicago. No grim grinning ghosts are going to scare this Mickey away!

This Mickey looks like it’ll go to great lengths to get its next meal…either that or it’s planning to make this unsuspecting kitty its next meal. Either way, this picture is nail-biting!

 Looks like Hidden Mickeys also enjoy a good visit to the local café as well. Do you think they’d prefer lattes or americanos?

Personally, I prefer an Apple…but iMouse sounds like a promising brand.

It’s unknown whether Hidden Mickeys can fly, or whether they’re like flying squirrels in that they use their ears as little parachutes. One thing’s for sure, though:

The Hidden Mickey for sure isn’t a rare species. If you see one, take a picture. It could be worth quite a few bucks.

What are some of your favorite Hidden Mickeys outside of Disney World? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contact page!