#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.
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.
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.
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