ONE MONTH LEFT | DCP SPRING 2019

Where has this year gone? I cannot believe that it’s already down to only one month left of my Disney College Program. I am excited to be seeing my family and friends that I have been missing back at home soon but am heartbroken at the thought of saying goodbye to this program and the people here. It has been the best time of my life and I have grown in ways I never could have imagined. So, what’s been going on since the last time I’ve posted?

I worked a lot. From the start, I’ve loved my job and that love has only grown as the program has progressed. I get to work alongside some of the most amazing people who provide my days with laughter, professional growth, encouragement, and immense joy. I’ve had some amazing guest experiences whether it be a little kid hugging me exclaiming it has been “the best day ever” to just having a chat with an older couple who are annual pass holders about the love for Disney and seeing the joy on someone’s face when they ready “East Tenn State Univ” on my nametag and are from that area or went to ETSU as well. Of course, there are rough moments but the good always outweighs the bad and I’ve grown in my ability to handle all types of situations.

I’ve had plenty of park days. When you have the unlimited ability to go to a Disney park, why wouldn’t you take full advantage of it? Most of my off days and several mornings before work have been spent exploring the parks and resorts. I rode Big Thunder Mountain for the first time (and now it’s one of my favorites) with my roommates Sam and Kendra, ate at the iconic Beaches and Cream with Maddy, ate a lot of festival food at Epcot’s Flower and Garden, and even built up the courage to enjoy some time by myself in the parks (well, besides the thousands of other strangers there).

I’ve had hilarious late night chats with my roommates. I honestly don’t think I could have gotten better people as my roommates for this experience. One of my favorite things to do is have late night chats with my roommates after we get home from work! We even had a late night waffle party that was full of laughs and delicious Mickey waffles.

With only one month left, I’m hoping to make every moment count. I want to play in the parks whenever I get the chance and make tons of memories with my friends here before we go our separate ways. I’m looking forward to celebrating Earth Day and Easter in the parks this weekend. In a few weeks, I’ll also be having some visitors and I cannot wait to share with them this place I love so much.

Here’s to the last month and everything that it will have in store!

❤ / Bail

MAKING DECISIONS | DCP 2 & 1/2 MONTH UPDATE

It’s no secret, I’m pretty bad at making decisions. I have been for as long as I can remember. Whether it’s deciding what to eat for lunch, what color to dye my hair next, or what to wear to class, you can bet I’ve had an in-depth thought process happen while trying to pick. I’m an overthinker, no doubt about it! This *special* trait of mine has been really apparent recently.

I’m currently two and a half months into my Disney College Program and loving every moment of it. So much so, that I applied to extend my program through the summer. Now, when I went into the program, I was pretty dead-set that I’d be coming back to Tennessee in May. Little did I know just how much I’d fall in love with this company, this city, and the people here. It’s truly felt like home and the amount of love and joy I feel every day is something I don’t think I can fully describe.

So, when the opportunity to apply to extend arose, I took it. I wrote a couple of paragraphs about why I wanted to stay through the summer, chose my role and location preferences, and a few weeks later I was offered an extension. Then, I had a decision to make.

QUE THE BIG YIKES AND MANY DAYS OF ASKING MYSELF  “WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?”

There was something different about this decision. It was a really big one to make. I had a lot of reasons for staying in Florida. I love working at Disney World, I’ve made some INCREDIBLE friends here that I dread saying goodbye to, and l want to keep my journey with Disney going. However, there were also a lot of factors tugging me back home to Tennessee. A lot of my family members are going through a lot right now and I physically want to be there for them, the job that I loved back at home was being held for me until May, this is my last summer to be at home before GRADUATING college, and there are a lot of people and things I just miss about Johnson City.

Can you see why I was having such a tough time choosing? Plus, they only gave us about four days to give them an answer to whether or not we were accepting the extension. Talk about added pressure! After several days of constant inner debate, inner-lip biting (s/o to you, anxiety), praying, and a few tears shed thanks to it also coinciding with period week, I made my decision.

I declined the offer to extend my program and will be moving home to Johnson City in May.

It was a REALLY tough choice to make, but one that I’m at peace with. I want to be able to spend my last summer before entering the real adult world (post-graduation) at home in Johnson City and be close to my family who is going through a lot right now & could need me.

Don’t worry, I don’t think my journey in Orlando and with the Disney company is quite over yet! I’m already planning a trip to come back in June to celebrate my 21st birthday. I’m also planning on applying to Disney’s Professional Internships once I graduate next year and will definitely be looking into career paths in advertising and public relations with Disney.

I’m excited to see what the rest of my program will hold and will be soaking in every second of the experience! I’ve got some friends from home who are coming to visit in May, fun adventures to come planned with friends here, and many more days of working in the best park. The best is yet to come, I’m sure!

As far as what I’ve been up to recently, the last month since I’ve updated has been a blast! My sister, best friend, and their friends came to spend part of their Spring Break with me and I got to show them around my favorite place!! I got to go on a backstage tour of the Haunted Mansion ride with my coworkers. Spent a beautiful day Kathy & Wendy. Ate at Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh & friends. I went to the parks a lot and worked A LOT. It’s been the best of times!

Here’s to learning to make decisions. I’ll see you in May, Johnson City!

❤ / Bailey

CHECK-IN & CASTING | DCP SPRING 2019

I still can’t believe it. I’m having trouble grasping the fact that I’m officially moved into my Disney apartment and am a Walt Disney World cast member. I have been dreaming of this day for so long, and it’s actually here! As I know I’ve had a lot of people ask about how things are going, let’s talk about week one.

I started the drive to Orlando on Saturday, January 12th. It wasn’t the easiest start as I had gotten my car all loaded the night before, we were ready to go, and then my car wouldn’t start…yeah, not good! I had just had my car at the shop all week having it looked over to make sure it could survive the trip and then it died. Luckily, we were able to jump start it and get on the road. That day we drove into Savannah, GA to spend the night. We got up Sunday morning and hit the road for another 4 hours to get into Orlando.

Then, Monday morning it was time to go check into my apartment! I had a 10 am check-in time so we left the hotel around 9:20 in order to get around Orlando traffic. We got there a few minutes early but they let us in any way. I got parked and then took all of my paperwork inside our complexes clubroom where I got my key to my apartment, my housing ID, and my parking decal. It was a pretty quick process and then it was off to move my stuff in. I had Casting the same day at 1:30, so I only had about two hours to get everything in my room and somewhat set up. I quickly got everything inside and where I needed it and before I knew it, it was time for Casting.

Casting was a pretty easy process, but long. We took the bus from our complex to the casting building. We had to get fingerprinted, get pictures for another ID, and present documentation for our 1-9 (for me, that was just my driver’s license and social security card). It took about an hour and a half, and at the end, we were given a Mickey Mouse sticker and went on our way.

The best part about Casting was the actual building itself! It is such a magical place. The door knobs to get inside are the ones from Alice in Wonderland, they have paintings from Alice in Wonderland and various movies painted on the walls. Everyone was so friendly and excited to be there. It made a monotonous task more enjoyable!

Overall, the first few days have been going well! I’m settled into my new home for the next four months and ready to start this new adventure. I want to take a moment to acknowledge my amazing parents. Thank you for always believing in me and pushing me to do my best. Thank you for driving with me all the way to Florida and dealing with my anxious anger. Thank you for being my number one support. Without you two, I wouldn’t be able to chase my dream. I’ll miss you and see you soon.

❤ / Bail