My Magical Thursday

I started off the day like any 20-something year old does in the summer…sleeping in until 2pm. It was a long night last night full of crazy shoppers in the Emporium, but the good news is we all got an ER (early release) at about 3am. And yes, that IS good news! I was scheduled until 4:15, but once you are done with work you are just hoping for an ER. So I made my way back home and crawled into bed around 5. I had to eat a grilled ham and cheese first. 🙂 So anyways, last week I had been deathly sick and didn’t leave the house except to go to the doctor. So I needed this day after feeling much better and I did some much needed exploring of my 2 favorite parks: Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom!

First, I called my momma to tell her about some crazy stories and just to catch up! I have been missing all my family & friends back home so sometimes it’s good to take a few hours and talk to those at home! I definitely needed it! But back to my story..

Animal Kingdom was first. I take AK very slowly because there isn’t terribly too much to do. It’s Tough to be a Bug is one of my favorites, but for some reason it’s always down when I go, so that was one major attraction I had to miss. So, I headed straight back to Expedition Everest. That’s always a good one to get out of the way because you never know if the wait will be 30 minutes or 90 minutes. Lately, it’s been quieting down though. I actually forget this all the time, but EE has a single rider line hidden away so make sure you ask if you want to go single, trust me, it’ll go wayy faster than standby! Next I headed back into DINOLAND and made a pitstop at Finding Nemo the Musical. It was cute and flashy, but I would probably only do that once on my program and be good. It’s a 40 minute puppet musical. Just let that sink in. FORTY. MINUTE. PUPPETS. MUSIC. and no Ellen Degeneres-bummer.

After Nemo, I made my way over to DINOLAND and just kind of looked around and took it all in. Part of this is a very cheesy, needs updating, carnival theme and part of it has really cool dino statues and posters everywhere and has the Dinosaur! Ride. I like the latter part of it all. But I did discover this little ice cream place that has cookie ice cream sandwiches and rootbeer floats and hand-dipped ice cream cones. I, of course, got a rootbeer float! And it was fabulous (I broke my budget goal by not spending money…but that was the ONE thing I got, so I did pretty well)!

I then headed over to see the animals chilling outside in their little habitats and saw a huge iguana and big parrots and I just love looking at animals I could probably do it all day. Which is what my roommate, Chelsea, does for a living. She drives the Kilimanjaro Safari Trucks and I wanted to see if I could jump on her truck before they closed at 7:30. So I walked over and I saw her greeting people outside (sad face!) but I did get to talk to her a bit and she promised me a safari ride later in the program! I got in line, but wait! there was no line!!! 🙂 This is both a good and bad thing. There is obviously a reason there is not a line and that is because the animals are most active in the morning. Definitely not at night.

I did get to see: giraffes, tons of antelopes and birds, the cheetahs! a rhino was right next to our truck, and the hippos were out of the water for once! I actually got to see some activity that you might not get to during the day, so I suggest going once in the morning and once in the evening to get the most out of the Safari! I then got to point out the warthog to the entire truck (there was like 8 of us in it)! I’m pretty sure they should’ve asked me to be a Safari Truck driver after that 😉

After my safari ride, I realized the park was about to close so I made my way up to the front, after stopping in almost every shop just to look around 🙂 and met Chelsea at the front of the park so we could go home and go to Magic Kingdom! 🙂 🙂 🙂

We made a quick stop at home to eat dinner and change and we were off on our MK adventure. We like our MK bonding time! I got to facetime Amanda and mom and Violette on our walk to the monorails and even got to show them a little bit of Wishes (the fireworks show). Amanda loves the fireworks and Scott loves the monorail and I love seeing my family, so it was a good night for everyone!! Chelsea and I walked into the most chaotic Main Street I have ever seen before too, which seems to happen most often than not. But this was full of Brazilian Tour Groups. Ugh.

We wove in and out of people and made our way around to Tomorrowland and checked the wait times and saw Buzz Lightyear was only 10 minutes, so we hopped in line. I kicked Chelsea’s butt! 😉 It was the first time I ever got to be a Galactic Hero!!! Which means I got over a million points!

So then we looked at our pics and were off to our next stop. We were going to see if Space Mountain was short, but it was at 60 minutes….totally not worth that! We skipped it and went off and did…wait for it: THE TEACUPS! I have never done this ride before in my living memory and since neither of us like to spin we kinda just let it do what it does without touching it, and we had fun 🙂 While we were in the kid spirit, we headed over to Dumbo! Which was equally as fun and I haven’t done that one since I was probably 6! We had a ball!!

We then headed back around to Haunted Mansion where I told her all the secrets they told us in the tour! We both love little fun facts about rides, so I knew I could tell her all the secrets! After Haunted Mansion, we figured we had time for just a few more rides but our tradition is to do Splash Mountain (even though I HATE! getting wet) but hey, it’s tradition! So we made our way over there and the electric parade was going on which we danced to and had a good, silly time. And then saw that Big Thunder Mountain was down, so we went to Splash Mountain feeling good about our earlier decision and made it on in about 20 minutes. We didn’t get very wet (yes!) and there was no line, so the guys asked us all if we wanted to go again and our whole log wanted to go again so they sent us right back out there. And oh my goodness, we got soaked. I think they did it on purpose because every little place you *could* get wet, we got soaked. But it was much more fun that way!

At this point it was exactly midnight, which means we had to leave. We tried very hard to make it to get a dolewhip before we left, but sadly they were closed. It was the only downfall of the entire day! And that we couldn’t make it on pirates, my all time favorite ride ever. But the very good news is that there is a Pirates of the Caribbean coming out in 2017! YAY! That is a great thing to look forward to. Maybe Johnny Depp will come to celebrate in Disney World 😉

That would make everything very magical!

Check out all the photos I took today on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shelby.shedrow/media_set?set=a.10154261224945531.1073741828.672150530&type=1

The Emporium

If you have ever been to Magic Kingdom, you have seen this store. This store takes up almost the entire left side (if you are walking to the castle) of Main Street. This store is comprised of 6 individual stores that together make one large Emporium. That being said, I have been working here and will continue to work here for the next 2 weeks (at least!) Now if you will remember awhile back I believe I had talked about working in American Adventures in Epcot. Let me tell you something about American Adventures, it is so small and tiny and wonderfully not busy that if you get deployed anywhere, it will most likely be larger than AA. Just for comparison sake: AA has 3 registers TOTAL. The Emporium has about 40-50.
The Emporium

I will be the first to admit it is extremely overwhelming to be put in the Emporium, as people will always look to you to find that club penguin plush or where the black mickey shirt with the mohawk is. And if you have no idea where these things may be (or if you even SELL that stuff) there is always that guest that wants to know where they could possibly even find it if it’s not at The Emporium!!! Well, I have a useful strategy. If we are going to sell anything, anything AT ALL, it will be at The World of Disney in Downtown Disney, which is free to go to so it’s not like people can complain about already going to “that park” or not wanting to pay for parking again. Also just for reference, WoD has 70+ registers and I hear rumors about wanting to expand it.

These stores are ran differently than what I am used to at Epcot. In AA, closing means staying 15 minutes after your shift to close the register and then leaving. At the Emporium, you stay 2 hours and 15 minutes after your shift to restock everything. The whole store has to be restocked before anyone can leave on a closing shift. It sucks.

But hopefully I will not be deployed here for much longer 🙂 just got to think of happy thoughts and the end results. I am learning tons of customer service and people skills.

Major Update

So, keeping up with a blog is a lot harder than I had previously anticipated. But never fear. Here is a good, long one to keep those updated! I had to refer back to my last post and I did an internal sigh when I realized just how long it has been. The last time we met virtually, I had gone to Animal Kingdom with my roommates. A ton has happened since then, but let’s go over some highlights and some of my favorite moments of DCP.

Haunted Mansion Tour:
This was absolutely fabulous and worth waking up at 5am to do it. If you get the chance, whether it’s the cast member tour or not, DO THIS! It takes you completely through the ride (walking) with the lights on with 2 tour guides who tell you all the hidden secrets about just how this ride works and a ton of things you’d never realize that go into detail! Just a fun thing, see if you can spot the Grand Floridian Victoria & Albert’s dishes used in the attic scene! The tour guides also mentioned that only one non-cast member has taken this tour. Neil Patrick Harris. Apparently, it was part of his contract in the Candle Light Processional that he would like the tour of Haunted Mansion and he was granted that wish. Disney is Magical for all guests! 🙂

Katy Perry:
Speaking of magic, Katy Perry was visiting Disney World the other week (4th of July) and she was in Epcot the day I happened to be working and just floated right by me into my fluff of bubbles. She was lovely and sweet and it made my week so magical to be able to interact with her!

Park Time:
I have been spending a few solo days/nights at the park just as much as spending days with my roommates in the parks! For Heather’s birthday (July 7) she wanted to go to Epcot! And because Gabby, Chelsea, and I also had the day off, we explored World Showcase to the max and ended the night on Test Track! I really enjoyed exploring World Showcase for 2 reasons. A) I work in America so I am literally spending months and months in this place and need to get familiar with my surroundings in order to help others in more efficient ways. B) I feel like I want to explore the world and this little taste of everything made me really intent on 1 or 2 more places added to my list. For example, Morocco. Probably my favorite (by far) of countries in World Showcase! This is a fabulous little taste of what I’m sure a whole country is like! Chelsea and I also went to Magic Kingdom one night just to hang out more and we got to do all of our favorite rides!
I then did a solo Hollywood Studios day, which I truly believe is a park you should do solo because there is too much differences in tastes here. Some people love the stage shows and some people love the rides and some people love both. I think I like a fair mix of both but there are some rides where I have little interest in doing again (or once). Therefor, I enjoy my own time here doing what I like.

Family:
Amanda and Scott welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Violette Anita, into the world on June 30 at 2 am! She is gorgeous and I have already FaceTimed her and I usually get a good morning picture from them (of her) daily! It makes me feel like I am not missing too much and will be home to meet her soon! I sent her a care package of all these lovely things including name engraved baby Mouse Ears! Pictures soon followed and she is just too stinkin’ cute in them! Good thing she has a few years to grow into them! I also got to talk to my mom yesterday on the phone for just a bit, which was lovely. I just wish I could get Jared to talk on the phone 😉

Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
Now I have been to Universal one time before (that I can really remember) which was Christmas the year the first world of Harry Potter opened. And let me tell you, it was fabulous this time around. It was indeed crowded (the wait for Gringotts at FIVE HOURS), but it was everything a fan could love. It was a truly immersive experience and I fully plan to spend a whole day there in September or August once school is back in and it dies down a bit. If you are a huge Harry Potter fan like me, this is a MUST! I even got a wand from Ollivanders which made the whole trip perfect! Unfortunately, I got incredibly sick after eating lunch and had to call it a day before riding Gringotts. But I did get to do everything else I wanted and I love just looking around there! However, be aware that this week annual passes with no block out dates started at $244 and just yesterday skyrocketed to $314. Same ticket, same features, crapton more money. Just be aware of that. I, unfortunately, did not buy my pass before this jump and was forced to buy a one day park to park pass. Which is required if you want to do BOTH Harry Potter experiences. You can bet Universal is milking this for all it is worth.
Check out my facebook album of Harry Potter

Roommate:

I love all of my roommates. It is seriously so crazy to me that as random as many of them were I love them all to death. I feel more relatable to some more than others just because our personalities are very much alike, but I could not have gotten so lucky with any other girls! We are one big family already and we love having late night talks and family dinners together when our schedules allow it! Chelsea and I even recruited 2 more Khaleesi fans (Game of Thrones) and they are both addicted like us! Whenever one of those parks opens, you can count us in! I really get along with my live-in roommate Heather. And I think our personalities mesh flawlessly to be able to get along in the same room. (at least she hasn’t said anything differently, yet) 😉

Work:
I saved this one for last because work is work. And yes, I am working in the happiest place on earth but that does not change the crazy hours or hard working aspect of it. However, I like my job and feel the benefits outweigh the negatives and would not give it up. I enjoy many of my co-workers and hope to build more friendships as time goes on! And speaking of work, I have been fretting nervously this past week after seeing my schedule for this week! I have been deployed to the Emporium on Main Street in Magic Kingdom. Which is the busiest shop ever. And one of the largest (World of Disney beats it in Downtown Disney though). But I am taking it in with an open mind and will just have to arrive SUPER early in order to figure out costuming and such. :/

If you haven’t checked out my album on facebook for the DCP, that is what I have been updating religiously: check it out here!