Update on ‘Ma Vie’- Working For The Mouse

Hello, there! Well, you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet for the last few months. Don’t worry, dear reader, I have certainly not forgotten you. Quite the opposite, in fact, because the longer I took a break from writing, the more I thought about it! Despite my growing wish to write, my new job has kept me quite occupied!

Now, you may be wondering, “What is Chloë’s new job?” I have, for the last two months, been working for The Walt Disney Company. (Surprise!) Before I launch into everything, though, I believe you deserve a small backstory.

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here we are at ‘traditions’, a class that every Disney cast member goes through after being hired. it was fantastic. we got a tour of the backstage area at Magic Kingdom and Mickey gave us our name tags!

In September, I applied for the Spring 2015 session of The Disney College Program. By November, I received an email stating I’d been offered the role of Concierge at Walt Disney World, in Orlando! Needless to say, I was quite excited about it!

And that brings us to now (kind of). I began my program on January 26, and will finish on May 15. I can’t believe it’s been over two months that I’ve lived here! So far, I have worked at both the front desk and concierge at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, bought a car, laughed, cried, and experienced living and breathing Disney!

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elena (roomie #1) and me, enjoying Peach Oolong Bubble Tea in China as part of the Flower & Garden Festival
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elena (roomie #1), same (roomie #2) , and me- we were supposed to be “mugging” but i didn’t get the memo apparently!
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the three amigas on “galentine’s day”, out getting ice cream sundae

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IMG_0082Now, I don’t live alone here in Orlando. In fact, I have two lovely roommates, as you can tell by the pictures above! We have had so much fun visiting the parks hotels (we have a goal of visiting every resort and going on every ride), meeting the characters, and taking advantage of the wonderful opportunity we’ve been given.

To be honest, dear reader, I wasn’t going to share this experience on the blog. But, one of my best friends convinced me that my readers would be interested in this, because it’s a part of my life. And, if my blog doesn’t reflect my life, it loses a bit of it’s authenticity. So, I would love to bring you along on the remainder of my journey here at Disney World (and the surrounding area)!

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If you have any  questions about the program, from the interview process to the living situations to the benefits, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

I hope you are having a wonderful spring season so far!

-Chloë

And now, here are a few more pictures from my time here so far…

Ride Pictures
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tower of terror- we’re in the lower right!
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one of my favorite rides- expedition everest!

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baymax was so excited to meet mini-baymax!

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my face pretty much says it all in this picture

With our park passes, my roommates and I often go to the parks for a few hours, meeting characters and people-watching! My favorite character experience is when we got to meet Baymax and Hiro from Big Hero 6. I had never been this excited to meet a character before (I even took my mini-Baymax with me to meet them)! As you can tell from the expressions on my face, I was simply giddy with excitement when we finally made it through the 45-minute line. (Hugging Baymax is exactly like hugging an enormous marshmallow but 100 times better!)

The Parks (& Resorts)
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caribbean beach resort at dusk- definitely one of my favorites!

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evening view of disney’s boardwalk from the pier of the yacht club. another one of my favorite views

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one of my favorite pictures from the infamous mount everest
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rapunzel’s tower
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seeing the balloons on main street always makes me so happy!

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