I just renewed my domain and I realized that its definitely time to write another blog. I’m afraid I’ve been putting it off for a LONG time and I’m sorry…For one thing, the longer I put it off, the more I’m stressed and avoid it at all costs. I am so busy, every single day! It’s hard to have time to send a letter or do laundry, forget exercising, writing blogs and cooking real food haha.
I’ve officially been working at Disneyland for one month. There are obviously a million things I could say (truly, a million) but if I did, this would become an absolute novel. I’m also unsure of what exactly I’m allowed to discuss about my role and everything about the Walt Disney company in general.
I am in Attractions and I run the Jumpin’ Jellyfish and the Golden Zephyr. My role is great because I get to be around guests ALL day long. I really love telling silly jokes on the Zephyr and making people laugh…there’s nothing quite like seeing a little girls face light up when I hand her an Honorary Scuba Diver sticker… Making guests happy is what I strive for; as I said in my interview, I treat people the way I would like to be treated…and believe me, I expect a lot when I’m at Disneyland! I really do try to go above and beyond.
It hurts a lot when a guest is upset (especially when they blame it on you specifically) but, as difficult as it is, you have to try not to let it bother you. I take everything personally myself; when a guest is upset for whatever reason, I try to fix it if I can. I absolutely hate telling guests that California Screamin’ is down for a month, for example, or that they aren’t tall enough to ride the Jellyfish… I know it makes them unhappy (sometimes VERY unhappy) and they are both things I cannot resolve. But, you have to get used to it and know that you’re doing the very best you can to make the guests have a great time, and if they go away upset or unsatisified…hey, you know you did everything in your power to change that.
No matter how monotonous the job gets (‘Please stay inside your rocket vehicles until they come to a full AND complete stop’ 50 times a day) you must remember that every three minutes your attraction is filled with new guests who are all unique and special, who have never been on this ride, who are with their families, who are having fun. You have to remember this and stay as happy, as friendly, as ‘Disney’ as possible. It’s a great job though and I love it immensely.
Everything in life has some cons with its pros but my job has more of the latter and less of the former, thank goodness.
Overall, I like my roommates, I really enjoy my job, I’m having lots of fun! I do miss my family horribly (and my poor car)! I also miss ANIMALS. I never realized what a big part pets have played in my life…I miss petting cats and dogs so so much. What I would give to have a warm little body resting next to me on the couch, or to hear my Benny Joon barking at his squeak toy. I would love to have a little betta fish but alas…we aren’t allowed even that. I joke with Jake that when he comes to visit me, he should bring one of his thirteen cats over with him for the day, let me pet it and then take it back with him. I’m only half-joking.
Me and my Roommates!
Me, Katie, Kylie, Cynthia and Alyssia
Much has happened since I left, I know that much is true. My dear ‘little’ cousin got married two weeks ago and I MISSED it. I’m truly crushed and heartbroken I couldn’t be there. I am going to try as hard as I can to come home for Christmas for a few days but we’ll see.; I don’t have a car, its hard to get days off, and gas/transportation would be expensive.
But on a positive note, this experience has been/is wonderful. Being truly on my own, paying real bills ($600 rent, yikes!), grocery shopping, cleaning, working a full-time job, going to class, all with the good ol’ city bus. My everyday life takes some serious planning, just to get all the trivial things done that need to be done. I’ve always been mature and independent so it’s not anything new…I know I’m grateful for already having been ‘an adult’ BEFORE I got here; I know many people who are having a hard time being away from mommy and daddy; they can’t budget, clean up after themselves or get to work on time.
So…this is all for now. A big, unexciting ramble of mush. I’m sorry it’s not amazing, especially for having been so long from the last blog, but like I said…I’m so busy and right now I’m tired and I would like to lay in my bed and read some good ol’ Jane Austen. Tomorrow I’m waking up early, going to the boardwalk games in Disney California Adventure and winning me a Bullseye plushie (from Toy Story). Wish me luck!