Saturday, 2 January 2016
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
|The always cool Games crew. Keep it classy, kids.|
My last Wednesday and my very last day at Disney World was a day I thought and hoped would never ever arrive, but alas all good things must end, apparently. I had to wake up early to make sure I had all my ducks in a row for what would be my last trip to Epcot. I traded pins one last time, and got all the FriendShip Boats just cuz I could, and walked onstage all the way to the pavilion for the very last time.
|The very last morning meeting crew.|
What a gorgeous bunch.
|Sammie and I on our last day. |
One of us is clearly happier than the other.
|Lindsay, Lesley and I on my last day ever. |
We're all in a very deep state of denial.
|I chose this picture because no one can tell I've been bawling my face off.|
|"Lindsey, Perth Ontario.|
Today is My Last Day."
|Me, my Storm Trooper hoodie and my very last Fantasmic.|
|A very obviously awesome group of Canadians.|
|My Disney Princess Build-A-Bear...|
|...Is a Disney Princess Hipster. She also has a lab coat.|
Saturday, 23 February 2013
When we last left off, I was off to the Spirit of Aloha dinner show at the Polynesian resort with Sam, Chelsea, Jackie and Ashley. It did not get rained out (Huzzah!), we did see a couple get engaged (Awwwww!) and the food/whatever drink was in Sam's hollowed out coconut was so good (Mmmmmmm).
|The Spirit of Aloha dinner show aka romantic Valentine's plans.|
|I find it hilarious that Magic Kingdom labels True Love as Limited Time Magic, don't you?|
|The only characters on property not requiring bathrooms breaks.|
|Aimee, Rhys and I hanging in our new castle, Port Orleans.|
|Pascal is cleaning the frying pan in our border!|
Disney details for the win!
I worked two days and was back to another few days off (let's all thanks seniority and vacation bids for that), in which Zach and I epically battled many a Disney villain, saving Magic Kingdom from imminent doom and destruction, aka played Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, an interactive way to explore Main Street USA, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Frontierland for the nerdy at heart. We did this all day long, so yeah it was tonnes of fun. We also did some rides, like Haunted Mansion, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor and, for my first time ever, the illustrious Hall of Presidents. You have to do it, at least once, it'll blow your mind.
|(One of these days, I'll get sick of this, but until then:)|
It's called A Salute to All Nations, but Mostly America.
|Running with a sock bun is a hell of an accomplishment.|
Note: This is the fifth year of Disney's Princess Half-Marathon Weekend. If you've participated in all five, you're a "Perfect Princess".
Thanks to: My new friend Mark at the Disney Institute, for the very special and unofficial pin I got this week.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
The 13th (ie yesterday) was the very last chance to use the Cast Member Family Holiday Celebration discount on merchandise throughout Disney World, ie instead of the usual 20% off, we were granted 40% starting at the end of October. As such, on Sunday I scoped out Magic Kingdom for any "tangible memories" I thought I might require back in Canada, taking breaks to ride, of course, the Jungle Cruise and I took in Wishes from the People Mover. On Monday I did the same at Hollywood Studios, but opted not to take any of my new things onto Rock'n Roller Coaster, less they end up on the floor of the show building. I did run into my former monorail pilot friend, Cam though, and let's just say that I don't have to wait in line if I decide to go back this week. Thanks bro, you're magical.
The nest morning I woke up early to do the same at Epcot, being a closer that evening. To my delight, the Odyssey (ie the cast cafeteria) had a pancake special for Pancake Tuesday, so my day started out with a delightful second (cheap) breakfast. I did a full lap of World Showcase (that's 1.2 miles, if you've forgotten) before getting my lumberjack on for the rest of the day.
|See all those cheap pancakes? That's why i did a lap of World Showcase pre-work.|
Yesterday, I returned to Downtown Disney with Rhys following my shift, making final rounds of Once Upon a Toy and World of Disney. There was an appalling amount of Cast Members in full costumes, no nametags, shopping. This is s huge no-no, by the way. I shake my fist at you, slacker CMs.
Very early this morning, Jodey and I clad ourselves in pink and went over to Magic Kingdom, where True Love Week in being celebrated. We met Snow White and her prince, then checked in for the main event of the day - the Keys to the Kingdom, a 5-hour onstage and backstage tour tour of Magic Kingdom (including lunch). Clad like guests with our Keys to the Kingdom nametags and earpieces (like during Traditions), we followed our Guest Relations tour guide, wearing the most adorable equestrian-themed costume, all around Main Street USA, Adventureland, backstage Frontierland, to lunch at Columbia Harbour House through the Haunted Mansion and into the (apparently) much talked-about Utilidoors (ie tunnels).
|Want to feel poorly dressed? Keys to the Kingdom tour.|
|We got to watch the Trolley Parade as part of the tour. YAY!|
Note: Alright, my second favourite fact of the day - they dye the water in Jungle Cruise so as not to reveal the actual depth of the river. Schweitzer Falls stirs up the dye.
Thanks to: My magical Scottish twin Linzi, who's program ended last week and is off for a North American tour before heading home. You're magical!
|Same year, same month, same name, we're twins.|
Monday, 4 February 2013
|Bedtime Stories with my favourite, and Mickey's favourite, bear!|
|The glory that is Stormalong Bay, the Beach-Club exclusive pool|
|A very pleased Duffy at Beaches & Cream|
|Duffy in Oz.|
|Newly re-fur-bished (Get it? Cuz they're bears?)|
Country Bear Jamboree
Saturday, 26 January 2013
|Briana, Sam, Amanda and I bond on Christopher Robin's bed.|
I know, Canada in the UK? Gasp!
|Merchandise and Attractions folk posing prettily.|
Thursday was graduation for all cast members with programs ending prior to March 1st (my end date is the 27th, for the curious). I got all dolled up and went over to the field behind Chatham Square, a residence like the Commons, with fellow graduating Canadians Briana, Amanda, DeAnna, Chelsea, Sarah, Sam and Ashley, where we proceeded to line up multiple times for our certificates, our graduation ears, our pictures with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, our pictures with our flag, and food.
|Canada, your CRP class of March 1st, 2013.|
|Magical twins Lindsey and Linzi celebrating our last days together.|
Friday was everyone's last day in housing, but obviously not mine yet, so I went to Animal Kingdom with Rhys to start crossing things off of my "I haven't done this yet" list. We tackled Rafiki's Planet Watch (featuring the Conservation Station), It's Tough to Be a Bug, the Triceratops Spin, the Africa Nature Trail and we met Russel and Dug from Up. In the evening, Lindsay and I spent quality time with the $10 dinner box from Pizza Hut, Molson Canadian and Mrs. Doubtfire.
|The Conservation Station!|
There was a lion having dental work done, but it felt rude to watch.
|Hakuna matata Rafiki, Canada will help you save the planet!|
Note: I found out yesterday that the entirety of Magic Kingdom, plus the 30 acres of parking, can all fit in the savannah of Animal Kingdom. How amazing is that?
Thanks to: DeAnna, for passing down her legacy award to me. It's now my favourite award of all time.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
|How Disney interprets 'Canadian characters'.|
Donald Duck...what are you doing?
|Duffy loves Canada. It's just over my shoulder.|
|Safety begins with fire and children on a beach.|
|Me, Briana, Amanda and Sam on the Hidden Mickey at the Polynesian.|
I've compiled a list (on Disney Parks receipt paper) of things I have yet to do during the remainder of my time. I hope to accomplish and document them all, for your enjoyment and mine.
Note: This week's Limited Time Magic is Long-Lost Friends week in Magic Kingdom. I shall attempt to track down Robin Hood.
Thanks to: Dana, for the Canadian treats (aka chocolate maple cookies that our guests would kill us for) this week!