#MugginMonday: The Magic Kingdom-Where my Disney Journey Began

Good Morning! We’re back for another #MugginMonday! I posted a ton of my Disney World adventures last week, and I told you about how I ended up in Nashville….so I guess it’s about time I talk to you about where my 2.5 year adventure as a Walt Disney World Cast Member started. This is a story that has multiple parts, multiple costumes, and multiple mugs! So get ready I’ll be talking about this for a few weeks hehe.

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This was from the trip I took one year before I started working at Walt Disney World

This was from the trip I took one year before I started working at Walt Disney World

So a little backstory I’ve been a fan of Disney for basically my whole life. My family used to go every summer, shout out to my dad’s work conferences, so I spent a lot of time at Walt Disney World. My love of Disney didn’t taper as I grew up, but we did stop going to the parks when I turned 10, and we started to explore other places. Basically my parents insured that I would have wanderlust forever haha. I visited Walt Disney World again right after my college graduation and right before my 21st birthday.

I graduated college in 2010…right smack dab in the middle of the recession and even though I had a degree from Vanderbilt, and all these people told me that would be a big deal and help land a job…NO ONE WOULD HIRE ME. So I worked a lot of odd jobs while I waited to try to figure my life out. Honestly after two years of trying to get a job in my field I went a totally different direction and I started cosmetology school with the plan to go work at Walt Disney World. While I was in school I actually just randomly applied for jobs at Disney and Universal because I wanted to move and I needed some change. The good Lord was looking out for me because I actually got interviews at both places. They were for part time positions but I figured I would work at both to make ends meet…and I’d get in for free at both so WINNING.

When I set up my interviews I was set to go to Disney World First. I was TERRIFIED. They called me back and I had a very cool chat with a lady who’s name I don’t remember now, but she offered me a full time position in attractions. Internally I was yelling and screaming and crying, but I tried to play it cool while I got myself sorted out and got my start date. I remember calling my mom in the car and telling her I had a FULL TIME JOB at Disney World working in attractions. I didn’t know where yet but I knew I was going.

I did go interview at Universal and I honestly was sad I wasn’t going to get a chance to work there, because it was for a Harry Potter World position and I LOVE Harry Potter! They were very kind and gracious so big ups to them. My whole life went haywire and about 3 weeks later I was on a one way trip to Walt Disney World. It wasn’t until I’d finally gotten all the way through Traditions and gotten my name tag that I found out I would be heading to The Magic Kingdom (which at the time was my favorite park) to work Main Street Attractions.

This was like my second day of training. My good buddy @janelle_s took this <3

This was like my second day of training. My good buddy @janelle_s took this <3

I didn’t actually know what the meant, but on day one of training I was told I would be working on the Walt Disney World Railroad. This is hilarious because I legit thought the train from the welcome show (i know they don’t do that anymore and I will be bitter about that forever), was only for the welcome show. My family never road it on our trips so it was cool to be working on a new to me attraction. And I honestly LOVED IT. I loved it so very much. I was also trained in Parade Audience Control. I was not good at it. I did not like it haha. But I was a pretty good conductor on the railroad. It was so much fun and after about 6 months I got trained as an engineer. Yes that’s right- yo girl can operate a Disney Locomotive.

This was my first day of Engineer training. This was taken by @bamavon

This was my first day of Engineer training. This was taken by @bamavon

I will tell you when I started I was afraid of everything. But by the time I left I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It was such a special experience getting to work on an attraction that was so near and dear to Walt’s heart. The history in our locomotives is spectacular. So much so that I decided to go out for the Magic Behind our Steam Trains tour. I wasn’t actually expecting to be chosen…but I did. But on the same day that I got the call that I was going to be trained in the Train tour…I got another call that would change my whole entire path as a Cast Member…

Until next Monday… #chugalugchugalugchugalug

Coming into Frontierland Station in the winter time- yes it get cold in the cab. This was taken by @castlesandcaffine

Coming into Frontierland Station in the winter time- yes it get cold in the cab. This was taken by @castlesandcaffine