Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Face to Face Interview…For Real!

Alright so it’s currently 6:42am and I am on the ferry HOME to visit my family as I mentioned yesterday! I’m weirdly awake after going to bed around 2am and hope that the awakeness will stick around as I have to run 10 miles, cook dinner and participate in a wonderful Oscar Party this evening! Long day…but sooo worth it!

Now to what you’re really interested in..THE INTERVIEW! I will do my best to recall everything..now:

We decided that Sam would wake up and shower first as she had to straighten her hair so I got to snooze a wee bit longer and got up around 6:45am. (It was a long week of waking up well before 7…except for that one sleep in…oops!) I showered, then scrunched my hair, dried it and wore it in a low bun slightly to the right of my neck with my bangs sweeping across my forehead. Natural, neutral makeup topped off with little gold hoop earrings and my swirly Mickey Mouse necklace! (I loveee this necklace…I bought it for myself last Christmas when as a cast member we got 50% off all merchandise! here is a picture!)


I was really anxious about what I was going to wear to the interview and spent many stressful hours shopping and calling for opinions, until my phone died! for the right thing. I ended up in a Jacob skirt suit with an RW& Co white detailed blouse. It may be the prettiest white blouse I’ve ever seen in my life – I love it! The outfit was the first clothing I’ve bought myself (besides a World of Color tshirt from Disneyland which doesn’t count) since March 2010 when I dropped 300$ at Lululemon. It felt very weird being in stores and handing over the credit card! I had mad sticker shock, and still am uneasy about the amount of money spent. However I was reminded that I have a bunch of other important interviews coming up as well, plus will need a nice outfit for Traditions if I do get accepted. So I’m convincing myself it falls under the category of ‘life purchase,’ that every bright young woman needs a go to suit! I finished off the outfit with some killer 2” black pointy toed heels from Wal Mart! You couldn’t even tell, they were nice! Haha.

So we left the hotel around 8:10 with Bri in a cab to the Sutton Place Hotel. We arrived early, but there were other people around that you could tell were interviewing. We went upstairs and waited outside the room. I saw my friend/old roommate Courtney which was super nice! We caught up a bit, and then everyone headed into the room. Sam, Bri and I sat in the front row, and a super nice girl named Tricia sat beside me.

The Disney recruiter’s name was Jeni and the manager interviewing was Shandon, a food and beverage manager from Norway (the pavilion, not the country ;) ). My heart was racing at this point as Jeni started the presentation! I was so excited! Even though I’ve obviously seen the presentation before, both online and at my first interview it was great. As cheesy as the Valerie character is in the video portions, seeing Epcot, the Commons, the costumes, and the whole Disney world, and having Valerie tell us to come and work there was amazing. It was also cool because there were International College Program people interviewing (the go just for the summer in between university years) so we got to see their presentation too with bits about working quick service, custodial, at resorts, and as character performers! It really made me miss the experience and super pumped to have my interview! Then Kristen from Yummy Jobs stepped up and told us our interview times…and mine was 4:15pm. It was currently about 10:30am? Yes, that is a lot of waiting! We headed out the door and a group of girls headed over to Starbucks! There was Danika (who is actually the sister of this guy Adam, who I just missed on my contract but heard all about and was friends with some of his friends. It’s a small world after all!), Shannon, Rodi and Jodey (all from dinner the night before), Tricia (she had some really interesting stories about being in Mexico while there was an earthquake!), Sam, Bri and I. I hope I’m not forgetting someone. We had Starbucks and chatted about lots of random topics, including natural disasters, which was really neat! Rodi had been in the eye of a hurricane on one of her trips to Florida! Hurricane Charlie if I remember correctly. She is really into photography and I’m excited to creep her facebook photos…yes I just admitted that publicly, but she’s been all over Europe, Australia, Fiji etc and takes pretty artistic photos, I bet you’re all wishing you could snoop the pics now too! J Tricia had some great stories about a mission trip she did to Mexico, she said the earthquake felt like the whole world was swaying, and then rumbling, and you couldn’t step off it. Seems like a pretty intense sensation, I’ve only ever felt little quakes.

Rodi’s interview was at 12:15 so she headed off for that and the rest of us went to Joey Burrard for lunch. It’s an upper scale Cactus Club I’d say, and I had a really yummy, yet over priced salad. $20 dollars for some greens, two sliced up strawberries, some pecans and dressing? Yikes! This post is making me realize how insanely cheap I am now. Don’t judge me! The highlight of lunch was when Tricia spotted TOMMY EUROPE!! He’s the trainer on the Slice shows “Bulging Brides” and “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp!” Kim and I watch these shows often and I was so excited! Probably way too excited haha. I tried to creep a picture, because he was having lunch with his wife and adorable little girl, so I didn’t want to interrupt. However when he left alone and walked right past our table, Bri asked if I could have a photo and he said YES! It’s an awful picture of me, but proof!

I wanted to beg him to let me on the show, however instead I just told him we PVR all his shows. Yup, I was a swooning dork. I saw something like that to him, yet when I peed with Mariah Carey last year I didn’t even flinch until I got out of the bathroom and yelled to my friends “I just peed with Mariah Carey!!!” right in front of Nick Cannon. I’m a special girl J

We headed back to the Sutton Place Hotel and waited downstairs for a few hours as time crept closer to 4pm. The other non-repeat girls had their interviews and our group slowly dwindled. I called my Dad for a quick pep-talk which actually worked great! All day my emotions kept going from excited to anxious to nervous to nervous excitement to anxious. Eventually we went upstairs and met up with Courtney until it was time to give my paperwork to Kristen!

I had to bring 3 copies of my passport, my resume, and my filled out Disney application. She stapled them all together, asked a few questions and then we were ready to go! I waited outside the room for Jeni so nervous excited! We shook hands and went in the room. Let me just say this about Jeni: She is the friendliest lady ever! The exact person you would think of as a Disney cast member. Smiley, welcoming, she puts you at ease right away and the whole interview felt like a casual conversation.

I sat down and she said she was just going to look over my paper work. She commented on the fact that I had other fine dining experience (in a good way) and then asked me how I felt about the restaurant going signature.

*For those of you who don’t know, Le Cellier Steakhouse is becoming a signature restaurant March 1st, 2011. This means that the entire restaurant is getting an overhaul, new tables, new settings, new menu and new wine/drinks lists! And of course – better service! It’s going to make an already fantastic experience unbelievable. Hopefully!*

So I told her how excited I was and that I thought it would be an incredible change and she asked why and I told her about how I’d been to Artist Point and Victoria and Albert’s (which are signature restaurants) and how the service was there and such. She was interested in Victoria and Alberts because she had never been yet, so I told her it was incredible, especially being a vegetarian, I’d never had the option of a 7 course vegetarian meal before. She said she was also a vegetarian (score 2 for the animals ;) ) and then asked me all about the experience and service level. Then she asked what it was like selling steaks at Le Cellier and I told her I had no problem with it, but that I loved cooking so it was interesting to me how the prepared everything. I honestly never had problems selling steaks, I told my tables all the time how absolutely incredible they were – and no one was ever disappointed by my recommendations. The only thing that got me sometimes was when the prime rib was ordered rare…it looked like it still had a heartbeat…but I digress.

She asked me how my first contract was and if I was okay that it would be a different experience. I told her that my first contract was unbelievable, it was the best year of my life and actually made me switch my entire career path to hospitality from politics and that I was excited for a whole new experience this time, and that there was so much that I wanted to do that I didn’t have the time to the first time. She asked how I felt about a new management team and I said that I loved Christina and learned a lot from her but that I was also excited about a new manager because he would bring a different group of skills so I’d learn even more. She asked if I had tattoos and how my record card was and then that was about it. It was super short and having read Sam’s blog, she asked us totally different questions. I kind of said oh wow that was short, and asked her if she looks at us rehires differently than new applicants. She said that it was a good question and that they are looking for people with serving experience but also that they want to give new applicants the opportunity. She said she kind of just gets a feeling about people and that she loved my enthusiasm and not to worry. Then she said the dates wouldn’t be until the fall/early 2012!!!! SOOO FAR AWAY! And that we won’t find out for 3-4 weeks!

The Toronto interviews are this Tuesday and then the Montreal ones are Friday I think? Then she has to make some decisions, get back to Orlando, start processing everyone into the system, and then they tell us! Such a long wait. After our interviews Courtney told me she told Jeni that she was nervous about going into service and that I really helped her study the menu and such, and that Jeni told her ‘I forgot to tell your friends, but tell them that when you guys get down there you’ll be in quick service for a few days then go right into service.’ It sounds so positive that it’s freaking me out hugely!!! I’m scared of being excited because I’ll be even more disappointed. Plus my interview was first of the rehires so many she thought she liked me, and then is going to interview all the others and realize I wasn’t so special. Or maybe they only have a few spots for rehires and I don’t fit into their plans. I don’t know. I can’t know and won’t know for WEEKS! Gah! I am one of the most impatient people on the planet so it’s going to be really tough.

I also have to make some huge decisions this month which is stressful in itself. I have an interview to work at a luxury resort for the summer on Wednesday, and then I’m going to Toronto the week after for another interview. Then have to decide what to do about university as well! And I can’t make any decisions until I hear back from Disney. I didn’t want to get my hopes up about a second contract so I got a lot of balls rolling and now is the time where I have to juggle all of them! We also have a new family member arriving in the next month or so which is so incredibly exciting, as well as my ½ marathon training and regular working. I also may be starting a new part time job next week. There is so much going on!!!

I also feel like I forgot some of the questions/answers from my interview! I’m sorry! This is what I looked like when I got home from my interview:

I crashed HARD on the couch after a very stress/anxiety filled, early mornings, late nights, week. Originally I was leaning on my sister with the pug curled up on my legs, but I was the sole one left by this time. The sad part is I missed the rest of Say Yes to the Dress!

So please cross your fingers, cross your toes, cross your brother’s, sister’s, boyfriend’s, girlfriend’s, parent’s and pet’s fingers and toes as well that I get good news from Disney, and if not from Disney then from one of my other interviewers, and if not from one of my other interviewers then from the student loan people ;)

26 days and counting…

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Pre Face to Face Interview

Alright...first of all I did not post the night before because I stayed downtown with my dear friend Sam and they did not have internet. I'm pretty sure it was a sketchy hotel now that I think about it... haha. So I'll start from the beginning ... two days ago...

Thursday !

I've worked at 7am all week this week so it's been early long days. Thursday was no different and I finished work at 3. I walked down the hill to work rather quickly as I had left without my keys that morning (I woke up late...well fell back asleep...and my dear brother Gareth saved me..THANK YOU!) and my sister/bro-in-law were going to work out right when I got home. So as I walked in the door they walked out and I was left to pack my bag, walk the pooch, and head on my way to the bus stop to meet Sam downtown. For someone who lives in Vancouver I rarely go downtown...or anywhere outside of my work, running, friends bubble. I know - not very exciting! So I got downtown, strolled to the HOJO on Granville (aka the cheapest hotel downtown!) and met up with SAM! It was so exciting to see Sam, and it didn't at all feel like it had been nearly a year since I had seen my 'little sister.' We fell right into conversation as if we'd had coffee the day before, and went up to check out our hotel room and wait for Sam's friend Brianna, who was also interviewing, to arrive.
If I were clever I would have taken a picture of our hotel room to show you..but lets just say it was SMALL! But perfect for us :) We had a closet to hang our fancy outfits, a bed to sleep in and a bathroom to shower in. We went for dinner at Red Robins with some of the girls (Bri, Sam, Jodey who was 18 from Calgary, Rodi who was 24 from Coquitlam, and Shannon who was 19 from Red Deer but was going to school in Vanocuver) interviewing the next day. It was nice meeting new people and I really liked them! It was the first time I've been to a restaurant in a very long time so it was exciting!!! I had vegetarian fajitas and they were yummy!!!
After dinner we walked back to the hotel and I chatted with Shannon on our walk. She was really really nice and we discovered we both are big fans of Spring Awakening! It's so exciting! haha. So perhaps if we both get programs we can hit New York and some musicals, or at least some travelling shows when they come through Orlando/Tampa!
Sam and I talked way too much! We couldn't stop catching up and talking about old friends and times. I really didn't think it would happen - clearly I was ridiculous thinking I wouldn't chat chat chat. haha. We also went over our questions and answers we'd been working on and eventually I fell asleep.
6:20 came really soon when Corben Bleu started singing this song to us

Yes, we went all out with our Disney theming! This song played after Illuminations every night during the Celebrate promotion while we were working at Disney World and it was really cute to hear it! We also blow dried, straightened, primped and primed to The Disneyland 50th Anniversary Dreams Come True Fireworks music! I was jammin' ;)
So speaking of 620 coming early....I am catching the 630am ferry tomorrow morning to travel over to beautiful Vancouver Island (aka HOME!) to see my Mum and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, Kona and Breeze and my BED!!! .... I love my bed.
Therefore I'm going to leave this one as a cliff hanger and if I have the will power to keep my eyes open I will give a full recount of my interview day during the ferry ride...otherwise I shall share all the dirty details later on in the day! I will do it tomorrow though because if I don't I'll forget!
Here's to a lovely evening..even though it's already 1am, and I shall give you the details and my ridiculous non-stop reliving of every moment tales - tomorrow!

3-4 weeks until I find out if I'm going to Disney World!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Imagination

There is a buzz in the air.
You're huddled together with your family on the towels you bought a few hours earlier just for this reason.
Everyone has taken turns holding your spots while the others grabbed dinner.
You feed scraps to the ducks swimming along the waters edge..even though you know you're not suppose to.
You look around for any sign that it's about to start.
You've heard the warning that the lights around the Rivers of America are about to dim. You ask again and again the time on your Dad's watch.
Your head whips around and your stomach gets butterflies as you hear...


You know that nervous excitement you get when you hear that you're about to enjoy Mickey's vivid imagination? But it could become an overwhelming nightmare? And then the sound of the lights going up...man o' man.
That's kind of how I feel about my interview right now. Nervous excitement, because it could go really well or become an overwhelming nightmare! haha. Let's hope the good prevails!

1 day 15 hours 31 minutes until my Face to Face Interview! Gah!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Freakout!

So I'm having a major panic attack! I'm so anxious and nervous and can't think about anything but the interview!! and not in a productive way! I keep trying to say in my head 'Kate why do you want to work for the mouse again?' (I know they won't word it like that haha) but I just get so kerfuffled and can't get my answer out straight. 'Ummm because it's been my life plan since I could think consciously??!!' Not really an acceptable answer. I need to just have some tea and calm down a bit, it doesn't help that I'm stressing because I just found out two more past cast members are interviewing as well. Soo many repeats! Yikes. I know I just have to worry about me and do my best. I'm going to repeat that. I just have to worry about me and do my best. ...There, instantly calmer :)

Well, sort of.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ahh I'm So Behind!!

So to make my excuse quick, we haven't had the internet at home for the last couple of days!! It's one of those things I definitely take for granted - and sadly, feel lost without!! I didn't really realize how much I do on the internet until I didn't have it. Such as blog, www.wdwip.com creep, livestrong-it-up, track my 1/2 marathon training schedule (thank goodness I wrote it out or I may have missed my 10 mile run today ;) ) and of course my favourite www.pbfingers.com!!

The writer of Peanut Butter Fingers is Julie, who I don't know at all, but she went to the University of Central Florida (which is where I've been accepted), lives in Orlando (which is where I shall live!) and writes about healthy eats and exercise (two of my favourite things!). It's super dorky but I also like when they go places that I've been, it's kind of like seeing your favourite places as part of a TV show. Yup, I'm just that dorky. I thought it was weird at first to read her blog and not know her, but my dear from Alyson turned me on to it and said - "If she didn't want it read by strangers, it wouldn't be on the internet!" So I've missed my creeping ways, and am currently at work early, computer in hand, just so I can update MY blog with this post - and check my email on a full size screen, sometimes the blackberry just doesn't cut it!

So anyways....back to the REAL point of this blog...I recieved this email from Kristen on Friday:


Greetings Kathryn!

Wow… just 1 week to go before the Vancouver Interviews with Walt Disney World! Disney Representatives and Yummy Jobs are so excited to meet you and help you get started on what will be an adventure of a lifetime!

Just to help you feel more comfortable about the interviews, here is a little recap on how the day will go!

On arrival at 845am you will be greeted and signed in. At 9am you will get to meet Jeni and Shandon, from Disney World, and see a presentation all about the program! This presentation will include all the information you will need; it covers everything from housing to job roles, and everything in

between. And there are even some keepsake prizes for a few lucky people! Once the presentation is over you will be assigned an interview time and a have a chance to sit down and chat with the others at the interviews, you never know you could be sharing a room/apartment with one of them!

Once you have your interview, which will probably be one the most fun interviews you will ever have (it’s Disney style!) you are free to go, or stick around to talk to your newly made friends.

Some tips for the day:

Just be yourself, Disney wants to see you! Be excited!

Have all your paperwork ready to go.

And of course…

SMILE J

I look forward to seeing you bright and early next Friday!

Have a Great Day!

Kristen Thornton

Yummy Jobs



Paperwork....yah...about that. My printer is out of ink, so my resume has been printed in a slightly grey colour, think I'll lose points? If I don't get the job we're totally blaming the printer ;) I've been trying to think about answers to possible questions, and have been talking to my good friend (and little sister!) Sam about the interviews quite a bit, as well as all the incredible things we hope to do if we get accepted!

This was my to do list last program:


My friend Matt went through the list at one point and put his name beside all the things he did as well. Although some things will stay the same, such as ride every Disney ride at least once, and see every attraction (except It's Tough to Be a Bug!) and go to Key West.. how could you not want to go somewhere that looks like this:
Yup, that's a REAL PHOTO! Wowzers!

The list will also be a lot different in many ways. I'd love to attend Disney University courses on resume building, interviewing skills, contact building, and Disney history (Maybe I could teach that one ;) ) as well as run the Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon, and the Princess Half Marathon! I would like to go to the Gaylord Palms ICE! show thing, canoe, go horseback riding, do a segway tour, and finally, stay a night at the Polynesian Resort! It was the resort I always really really wanted to stay in, and I stayed in a lot of resorts, but never made it here. I'd also like to go for Tea at the Grand Floridian Resort!
Obviously this is just the beginning of the things I would like to do! There is so much that Disney has to offer it's guests, and as cast members we get an even better deal on most of it! And has much time as we spend taking advantage of it, at some point a lot of it becomes just there, and we rather sleep in or chill and watch TV in the A/C. If I get this second contract I'm going to make a huge priority of exploring every nook and cranny of Walt Disney World and making sure that at the end of the year I can look back and say - hey, I did pretty much everything I wanted to here, and still saved tons o' money ;) (don't worry Mum!!).
The interview is this Friday and I'm totally nervous, anxious and excited! Thursday evening a few interviewees are going for dinner at Red Robins on Robson Street to meet up, chat, share a meal and get our jitters out a bit! It should be nice. I'm still undecided on what I'm going to wear for my interview, which you would think wouldn't be that big a deal, but it is! You have to feel comfortable and like you look good to feel good sometimes ;)
I'm off to work hard now! Have a beautiful day and hopefully the home interview will be working soon :)

4 days 15 hours 3 minutes until my Disney Face to Face Interview!!

(Ps - Hope you loveddd the bold today! It has started out as just the kind of day, when you can't open your mouth without a song jumpin' right out of it...)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Location Location Location!

I received this email from Kristen this morning:


Greetings Kathryn (Kate)!

Many thanks for confirming your preferred interview location of Vancouver on February 25th. Walt Disney World and Yummy Jobs very much looks forward to assisting you on taking this next step on your adventure the US. During the presentation and interviews you will be given the opportunity to meet with Walt Disney World, interview, and have any of your questions about the program answered!

Your interview will be held at:

The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

Friday, February 25th 8:45am- 5:00pm

Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2K6

Telephone: 604-682-5511

Website: http://www.vancouver.suttonplace.com/default.htm

You will need to arrive at 8:45am as the Disney presentation will start at promptly at9:00am. After the presentation your interview will be scheduled. You must be prepared to spend the whole day at the interviews and will be required to dress in professional / business attire.

It is essential that you bring the following items to the interview:

  1. 3 Photocopies of your main passport page (picture page/passport number)
  2. Your Passport
  3. An up to date copy of your resume
  4. Walt Disney World Online Application Form
  5. Role Check List
  6. A black pen to fill out any forms

We will be sending you a link for the Disney Application form and an attachment copy of the Role Checklist in a second email that will arrive to your inbox by 8am tomorrow morning. Please do contact us if you do not receive this second email by 8am tomorrow.

If you have any questions about the location, please do feel free to contact me for assistance.

* Please do note that if at any time before the interviews, you discover that you are no longer able to participate in the program, please do email me. This will ensure you are able to be considered for Walt Disney World should you wish to reapply in the future.

Once again, congratulations on reaching this stage in the recruitment process and we look forward to meeting you!

Kristen Thornton

Yummy Jobs


It's very exciting to have a location. Even though I knew the date, and that it would be downtown, having an exact location somehow makes it feel very real and cemented down. Does that make sense? Now I just have to figure out what I'm going to wear!! Oh and try to think about some answers to interview-type questions. I know why I want to go back - its my dream coming true all over again, however I don't exactly know how to convey it in so many words without gushing like a big weirdo! haha. We shall do our best and at the end of the day if they want to rehire other people instead of me, I can't do anything about it - as long as I know I did everything I could at the interview.

I'm also excited because we're planning a dinner the night before the interview to meet up with everyone and chat. Sam (my little sister from my first contract!!) is coming over from Victoria so it will be really nice to see her, as well as one of my roommates from my first contract Courtney, and meet everyone else! This dinner before my last interviews really helped to make me a tiny bit less nervous, as walking into a room of familiar faces is always easier than walking into a room of unknowns!

One year ago today I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras! I'll try to put together a post about it soon!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

An Email from Yummy Jobs!

Random family photo to start off the post...
...this was our families meeting place if the adults ever got "lost," because at Disney it's the adults that get misplaced, not the children ;)




Greetings!

We hope all is great and that you are getting excited for the interviews with Walt Disney World!

We have just spoken with Walt Disney World, and wanted to send you a quick update regarding the interview locations. For the interviews the Disney Travel Team is working diligently to confirm the exact address/building for which the face to face interviews will be held. While we do hope to have this information in the next few days, we did want to touch base to confirm that the interviews would be held in the downtown areas of your chosen interview city. If you are looking to book hotels, we would recommend to aim for the downtown core to ensure the easy access to the interview building.

Along with the exact interview address we will be sending the information on what you will need to bring with you to the interviews, so do keep an eye on your emails.

We look forward to sending another update soon!

Have a Great Day!

Kristen Thornton

Yummy Jobs



So that means that we aren't sure were it is still! Disney is definitely having some kind of problems finding the best location for the interviews, I hope they figure it out soon though! It doesn't really make that big a difference to me as I live in Vancouver currently and can just bus over the Lions Gate Bridge pretty easily, but it would be nice for the other people interviewing from further away so they can stay at the same hotel or one right by it as it's going to be an early morning!

I spent a long time talking to my dear friend Ashley this evening (who appeared in those lovely Spirit of Aloha photos! Ashley has already been accepted for a second contract and starts April 12th!! This is also exciting because I happen to be seeing Ashley April 2nd...because I'm going with her on her road trip to the south! We planned out a lot of our stops and stays tonight and it really only looks like we're going to be paying for 2 or 3 nights of the whole trip because we have friends in all the right places! We found some incredible road side attractions as well and some amazing stops that will make certain people VERY excited!!

I also will be flying east for a Cruise Line interview in a few weeks. It's a pretty stressful tense month coming up with a lot riding on a few very important interviews and decisions, so everyone cross your fingers and toes that everything works out.

"All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them" -Walt Disney

So if nothing else, there will be some beautiful Toronto/road trip pictures popping up in a few months. And some major plan making. It's time for bed so I can wake up and run off the stress!


14 days 23 hours 43 minutes until my Disney Face to Face Interview!

Estoy muy nervioso!


I'm almost as nervous as I was when this photo was taken. My family thought 'oh let's put Kate in the front because she's little and won't be able to see otherwise,' thus began my life long fear of heights ;)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Graduation!!

Ridiculously early morning shot!

When you get near the end of the Disney Program you are invited to graduation - a breakfast you get up at a ridiculous early (comparatively) time and in our case, be bussed to the Contemporary Resort for a free (that is a big word down there: FREE) breakfast!! Everyone dresses up classy and it's a pretty fun event!

You get a free caricature drawing as well which was interesting! The managers come as well,
Yelitza!
Janice!

it's all a great photo op...they aren't the only special guests though...

Grad Mickey and Minnie!

Then we headed over to the Magic Kingdom,

danced in the Celebrate Parade
Minnie!
Craig Dancing!
video
and took some graduation photos!!
Craig, Me, Pierre-Luc, Kelly, Kyle, Amanda & Chelsea

We kind of failed at they throwing of the hats picture...

Craig wanted to make graduation extra special

Pierre-Luc, Kyle and Mich in a Doom Buggy!

Afterwards the group split up and Michelle, Kyle and I went back to Le Cellier and ate lunch to celebrate! It was a really great day :)

Chowdah, Red Sox & the Freedom Trail

BOSTON
We flew through North Carolina and got upgraded to first class because our flight was cancelled! Sooo exciting!

We were only in Boston for a few nights.

We decided to follow the Freedom Trail, here's the Wiki blurb:

The Freedom Trail is a red (mostly brick) path through downtown Boston, Massachusettsthat leads to 16 significant historic sites. It is a 2.5-mile walk from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown with simple ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and other buildings, and a historic naval frigate along the way.

We started at the USS Constitution and then moved on to the Bunker Hill Monument.
We travelled all along the trail to Quincy Market

Where the fake Cheers is located!

Below is a few random Trail pictures!!


Yay Duckies!

The next day we did a tour of Fenway Park! It was super awesome! We had a great guide with a baller Boston accent just like you would imagine. The NHL Winter Classic was a few days before we got there and they were taking down the ice while we did the tour. Here are some Fenway pictures! We got to hear some great stories, sit on the Green Monster, tour the press box etc. Even though I'm not a big baseball fan the stadium was so steeped in history, it was phenomenal.




I don't know how to make the underlining go away...Sorry! Anyways that was about Boston, it was super short but so much fun! We stayed at a great hostel and roomed with an Australian named Lauren and went to the pub with her one of the nights! She was a lot of fun and is always welcome for a visit!!
I would love to go back to Boston, especially during the baseball season! It would be amazing to watch a game in Fenway. There is just way too much to the city than can be seen in two and a half days.
Melissa, the girl I went with, did have New England Clam Chowder as well and said it was
delicious!

Sorry for the weak post, I tried! Disney Grad is next!

17 days 1 hour and 11 minutes until my Disney Face to Face Interview!
Sooo sooo nervous? Yup!