In another lifetime, I worked at Disney World in the Magic Kingdom. Before the festivities of Playlist Live, I had a full day to spend at Epcot to roam around with Blake and enjoy all it had to offer. These are my stories. DUN DUN.
I got a quick mirror shot before we headed out. I’m not sure how I feel about this weave (especially after the humidity and my hair’s lack of a poker face). I do, however, love this scarf and dress from the Gap.
The weather in Orlando was so nice that day. It was mostly 80* and it rained intermittently, but there were plenty of places to duck in and avoid the weather.
I think Blake was excited about riding the tram, but he is always remiss to show it. Also, I’d like to preface this with an apology as all photos of Blake will be from a low angle because he is roughly twice my height.
The Flower & Garden Festival is going on til the end of April I think? so I basically fan-girled all the dope topiaries and exhibits.
They also had food and booze to accompany the floral festivities, which again, yes, we partook.
After some rain we headed back to Future World for one of my favorite attractions in all of Disney World: Captain EO. Followed by the aquarium after The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
And finally, we finished off the evening with Illuminations, the fireworks spectacular in the middle of The World Showcase. I am already planning to visit Orlando for Halloween (Mickey’s Not So Scary and live Rocky Horror at Universal have to happen…). It was such a magical experience, guys. Even as an adult it felt like an enchanted place.
And so, this was Friday of last week.
I actually didn’t go natural until after the Disney College Program, but I can give you advice on what I’d do now if I was going back!
The Disney Look is a pretty loose guideline. What they’re really hard on is extreme hairstyling and facial hair and piercings or tattoos. They won’t mind if you have curly hair, or a fro, or braids or twists—and those guidelines only apply during your work day. So if for 8 hours you just put your hair in a ponytail and wear a cute headband, you can do whatever you want on Disney property for the rest of your free time. With my hair now, I’d probably just do a wash n’ go, or on lazy days do a little afro puff or twists. I really hope that helps :D
I would say the best thing to do is be patient. After you apply and do your phone interview, it takes about a month to hear anything back.
If you have a car, I’d bring it. The bus gets super packed and sometimes you have to take a way earlier bus because everyone tends to work the same hours at the parks. The parks are literally 10 minutes away from the apartment complexes at most, but the buses can take an hour or more depending on traffic! Eww! Plus, taking your suitcase to get groceries so you can wheel it back through Vista Way is NO BUENO.
I would recommend saving up at least $500 for the move down there, because it’s like moving anywhere really. I had a lot of my stuff shipped, but blankets, pillows, etc., were too big to fit on the plane and had to be bought there. If your school will give you money to go, I definitely would apply for it!
Most importantly, if you get accepted, don’t take things too seriously. At the end of the day it’s like a job anywhere, and there are good days and bad days, but definitely meet your neighbors and go to networking events and take classes if you can! There’s so much you can learn and there’s a lot of opportunity if you network your butt off.
I made a Disney College Program Bucket List, so check that out!