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! 

The DCP Countdown Begins…

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Hello and welcome to the Quillegible blog of happiness! If you don’t know what quillegible means, it basically means that it’s a tremendous compliment to a writer by calling their writing a gift from the Gods. (Look at the website title if you don’t believe me!)

Oh. My. Good. Lord. My Disney College Program experience officially begins 10 days from now, and guess how excited I am? (Hint: a little more than the Linda Belcher up there)

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am not only honored at this chance but also extremely nervous and anxious because my itinerary has yet to show up (#latearrivalprobs). 

So, to pass the time, I will be doing an additional daily DCP blog that’ll sort of tie in to my other Disney blog posts but will also be separate because it’s a countdown series. Today, since there are only 10 days left before my check-in, I decided it would be appropriate to list my Top 10 places that I would love to work at. Since I’m a Seater, I’m particularly excited about the restaurants at Walt Disney World since there are so many of them. Now I don’t know of any horror stories about any of the restaurants, and this list is strictly built by my opinion, so if you find yourself disagreeing with me, I apologize in advance.

10. 50’s Prime Time Café

The thing about all these restaurants at Walt Disney World is that it’s not just the food but the overall experience and the story they tell. After the World War II era of the 1940’s, the 1950’s has always been known as a decade of prosperity because Wall Street was finally able to crawl out of the Depression of the 1930’s and become an economic pillar in the United States again. 50’s Prime Time Café tells the story and gives us the experience of that prosperous decade that is otherwise known as the inspiration behind every primary school sock hop. To be a Seater here would be a fun bash in Fat City!

9. Olivia’s Café


I’ll admit…I had no idea there was a place called Olivia’s Café until I looked it up! Now I can only hope that I work there just so I could say I did! Now I don’t know if they have Seaters at this particular restaurant, but I really hope they do! 

8. Rainforest Café


Rainforest Café is a national chain of restaurants, so it’s certainly not unfamiliar to me. However, the experience of the restaurant where there’s a rainstorm every 30 minutes is nothing short of enchanting to all the kids who come to eat, and it’d be great to experience that as a Seater.

7. Victoria and Albert’s


I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria and Albert’s that the only bad thing is its price. Being a Seater in this restaurant would call for grace, a pleasant smile, and elegance. Working here would feel like working at Buckingham Palace!

6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Resaturant


I dined here once with my family and we had a great time. The food was decent, but everyone was so nice and it was a lot of fun feeling like we were actually in a drive-in theater! To be a Seater here would be a fun experience when I guide people into the restaurant and I see their faces.

5. Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Because it’s a Club, I don’t know if they need a Seater, but if they do, sign me up! Club Villain is deliciously evil from the drinks to the villains themselves, so being a Seater and having the chance to interact with this kind of place would be a barrel of laughs! Evil laughs, that is!

4. Ohana


Ohana means family, so if I work at Ohana, I’d get the real feel for family, which isn’t that what Disney is all about? Plus, someone probably has to clean up after Stitch’s messes, and I’d volunteer for that!

3. 1900 Park Fare


1900 Park Fare is a classic luncheon place that would be a dream to work at, because I would be the first face the guests see when they walk through the door. Plus, I love that classic 1900’s experience, much like I love the vibe of the 50’s!

2. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall


Who doesn’t want to be treated like royalty? Akershus is crazy full of people who just want to have a good experience at the end of the day, and I’d love to help however I can.

And Number 1 place for me to work is…

1. Crystal Palace


This is the place where I first met Pooh Bear and fell in love with Disney. This is a very personal reason for me to work there, but honestly, that’s the love that’s gotten me into the College Program, and it’d be fitting for me to work at the place that started it all for me.
Now I may get into one of these places, or I may get into none of them. These are only my top restaurants I’d love to work at, but at the end of the day, I get to work at one of the most magical places on Earth, and that’s more than enough for me.

Where are the places you’d love to work at Disney?

Mickey Mouse Mondays! – DCP Prep Part II

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Happy Monday everybody! Before I get started, I just want to give a huge shoutout to the month of January which is officially known as National Mentors’ Month! This is the month for not only thanking your parents for guiding you, but also your teachers, your tutors, your professors, your therapists, or anyone else who you consider a mentor. And now, it’s time for the best part of the week…MICKEY MOUSE MONDAY!


Now the Disney College Program starts in only a few short weeks for me, and to celebrate, I started a series last week called DCP Prep. I made two different long sleeved shirts that cost me only $5 to make instead of ordering them for $45 apiece. Click here if you missed it!

But now for Part II, in which I discuss some of the biggest Disney Do’s and Don’ts of the College Program. Mainly the Do’s…cause what part of Disney would you NOT want to do? Let’s consider it the Disney College Program New Year’s Resolution List of Quillegible Awesomeness! (Or DCPNYRLQA for short ;))

 I always thought Disney Meet and Greets were awkward, but after hearing so many wonderful stories of meeting Disney characters, I figured what better resolution to start off my list than to start meeting more characters more often? True, I’ll technically be working with the friends of these characters, and I may even know them personally when I see them, but greeting them could be magical in its own way. 

 I officially turned 21 last summer (and that was definitely a magical celebration!), and drinking around the world at Epcot is a famous pastime for adults who love Disney (or for adults who have been watching the kids all day). Plus, with other DCPs who are 21 or over, drinking around the world can be a celebration worth remembering!

 I’ll admit…I’ve always been camera shy. I never considered myself very pretty and therefore whenever my mom whipped the camera out for some reason, I never really enjoyed being the center of attention that way. However, since I’ve started working out, I’ve started feeling more comfortable with myself and I would love to have a photo session at Disney World for potential job interviews, college graduation, and/or just for fun, just to say I did it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a better background!

 Speaking of working out, RunDisney has 5ks which are perfect for noobs like me! If there ever was a time to do it, it would be this year. Dark Side 2017, here I come! (Side note: who should I dress up as? Hit me up and let me know! I’d leave to hear from you!)

 

Bet you didn’t know you could parasail on Bay Lake! You did? Oh…well…I didn’t. I’ve never been parasailing before (and I will admit after seeing the third Jurassic Park movie as a kid, can you blame me?), but being able to see Cinderella Castle and the rest of Disney World from a bird’s eye view? How can you say no? It’s a once in a lifetime experience that lets you see a whole new world (sorry not sorry).
This is only a small portion of my DCP bucket list that I really want to do while I’m in Florida. If you are going to be in the DCP or you were in the DCP, what is something you would recommend doing? Hit me up and let me know in the Contacts page, on Facebook, or on LinkedIn! Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting impatiently for January 30th…it can’t get here fast enough.