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Work and Play – My Disney Adventure!

This is a working program; a condition of our Visa is that Disney gives us a minimum of 33 hours a week. Now, whether we chose to work more or less than 33 hours a week is up to us. I personally have worked a 40-hour weeks since I got here but I have had a couple of weeks in the middle of my program where I only worked 25 hours.

I have had good days and bad days, but the good days definitely outweigh the bad.

I love my job! I love going to work each day and seeing what kind of magic can be created.

Sometimes the smallest thing, like trying to squeeze guests in earlier than their reservation time, is all the magic needed to impact our guests day in a positive way. My classes, although they involved work, were quite fun. So much interaction and great guest speakers who gave out cool prizes. My main reason for coming to Disney was to work and study with Walt Disney. But to be honest with you, I just feel like I’m on a big adventurous vacation for 6 months.

There is so much to do here, both on and off property. On property there are four different parks- Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, as well as two water parks- Typhoon lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Off property there is an unlimited amount of places to visit and explore, from diners, malls, bars, night clubs, to museums and beaches all over Florida.

Living in Disney housing we have our own housing events at least once a week. These events can be anything including trips to the fresh food markets, going to the beaches or to welcome events with rare meet and greet characters. During my program we have had two “major” events: our Welcome event, featuring meet and greets with Snow White’s seven dwarfs, and Starlit Splash. Starlit Splash was an after hours events held at Typhoon Lagoon. This event was full of fun and excitement with over 500 college program and international program participants running around Typhoon Lagoon and enjoying walk on attractions. Most events held are free for all program participants and usually they all have some sort of food and beverages available. At Starlit Splash they had a buffet of food running all night and unlimited Mickey bars being handed out, as well as a DJ and dance floor on the beach. There were even special fireworks every hour and we all received a Starlit Splash t-shirt on the way in – a treat for us to keep.

Between work and play, my program has flown by. I can’t wait to come home but I am also going to miss this life of ongoing vacation at Disney!

We don’t have very long left together so please stay with me as we come to the end of my journey. Have a magical Day ☺.

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