So my family came to visit this weekend, and I got to do Disney as a guest. I visit the parks frequently on days off…I’m currently in front of the Chinese theatre in Hollywood Studios…but this weekend I stayed at a resort, ate in fancy restaurants, the whole nine yards.
My sister and I stayed in a deluxe room at the Contemporary Resort, which was so fun. We could walk to and from the Magic Kingdom, and we saw the water pageant from our room. The room itself was gorgeous, of course, and the public spaces are all beautifully themed. I’d recommend taking the resort monorail back from MK one day and getting off at the Contemporary to look around.
My dad treated us to lunch at Chefs de France in Epcot, where we do get cast discount even though the Hub says we don’t! It was one of the most delicious dining experiences I’ve had at Disney, which is saying a lot.
This morning we had breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, which is a character dining experience at the Contemporary. Ever since I was a kid I’ve ridden the monorail through the resort and watched the characters meet the guests below, but I’d never actually eaten there until today! The food was incredible and we got pictures with the fab five. There’s a 20% discount here too, but it does run about $40 a person so be prepared for that.
Next week I’m cross-training at other Liberty Square foods positions so I’m sure I’ll be updating on that, and on Wednesday I have lunch at Sanaa and my first Heritage class!
Song of the day: Sound of Settling // Death Cab for Cutie
So today is a Thursday but it’s also my Sunday because after two days off I go back to work tomorrow. I’ve been here for exactly a month and everything here feels so magical and right.
Food and Wine Festival started two days ago at the World Showcase in Epcot, and yesterday I went there for some lunch (veggie BBQ from South Korea and a cannoli from Italy). It’s been crazy packed but I’m so excited to try a bit of everything!
Today my roommates and I went to Be Our Guest for lunch, and it was beautiful. The food was amazing, of course, but the theming was really what made the meal. Pro tip: reservations frequently open up last-second, so check often for the day you want to go!
Another fun thing for cast members to do here is bowling at Splitsville in Disney Springs. After 10 PM, you get shoes and two hours of bowling for $7. It’s a really popular location for post-work bonding, and it’s open later than most places in Disney Springs.
That’s all for now, guys! My parents are coming this weekend, and we have reservations at Chefs de France and Chef Mickey’s so I’ll definitely update on those!
Song of the day: Mr. Brightside // The Killers
So I just had two days off before what will be a nine-day streak of workdays, and I think I took full advantage of my time. Yesterday I went to Epcot in the morning, but because of Labor Day weekend the lines for everything were CRAZY so I just wandered the World Showcase! They’ve started setting up booths for Food & Wine and I’m getting super pumped for that.
Then I went to Animal Kingdom with some friends from back home, where we met Dug and Russell and rode the safari! I earned a few badges in my Wilderness Explorer booklet; I’m trying to become a Senior Wilderness Explorer by the end of the month.
I did a lot of productive things this morning (laundry, cooking, homework, cleaning…adulthood stops for no mouse) and tonight I went to Magic Kingdom with a friend from high school! I got to meet Mickey at the front of the park, which is the only location in which you can have a conversation with Mickey.
I then went to Storybook Circus for a cookie, where…fun fact…CM’s get a merch discount, not a food discount. This is awesome because the merch discount is currently twice the food discount! We then rode Space Mountain, and I got to see the new Celebrate the Magic.
Celebrate the Magic always reminds me of why I want to work for Disney, and how happy I am that they hired me and that I’m here. It also reenergized me, and I’m extra-ready for the nine-day week in front of me!
Song of the day: Style // Taylor Swift
So I am now about three weeks into my program, and as of yesterday I have finally earned my ears and become a trained cast member for my location (Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom).
At first, I was a little disappointed with my location. I don’t eat meat, but CHH is a seafood restaurant. It’s in the only part of the Magic Kingdom that I am relatively unfamiliar with, and, as with all QSFB locations, it isn’t exactly glamorous.
But I am now at a point where I really wouldn’t rather have any place as my home location. CHH always closes before park closes except on party nights (we, like most quick service places, are open for the Christmas parties; on the nights of Not So Scary, we close an hour after GA park close at 7). Our team of cast members is so incredibly friendly and helpful. I haven’t met a single long-term CM who made me feel bad for asking a question or messing something up. Plus, we have some awesome vegetarian gems on our menu. The guests are fantastic, and they’ve been helping me practice my Spanish.
All in all, I truly love my job. The point of this post was to kind of dispel some rumors about QSFB. A lot of people say you shouldn’t accept your DCP offer if your role is QSFB, but I completely disagree, because it’s really what you make of it.
Song of the day: Skinny Love // Birdy