Thunder from Downunder I

June 15, 2010

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
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They may look harmless and innocent, but please, do not let their angelic, semi-tanned (minus me who clearly matches the wood top) appearances fool you. They came from all over Australia; Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane with only one thing in mind. With their powers combine they were an indestructible partying, booze-consuming, and adventure-hungry force… a force that Carlos was not mentally prepared for.

CHAPTER 1
~ The Arrival ~

It was a sweltering summers evening here in Orlando; much like the one we are currently experiencing here tonight. All the Aussies had arrived safe and sound to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Check-in went as smooth as one could hope. The resort was nice enough; comfortable beds, an adequate bathroom for Gavin to beautify himself in and a nice pool with a water slide, that’s right, a water slide. Moving on up in the world, people!

It could not have been more than five or so hours after arriving that the bright-eyed, eager youth of Australia began begging and pleading with me to introduce them to the cheapness that is American alcohol. They didn’t have to ask me twice. After all, who was I to deny them of such a privilege?
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CHAPTER 2
~ Ale House ~

It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t nervous. I felt comfortable enough but I knew I was taking a risk by crossing cultural boundaries. I mean, it just didn’t seem fair introducing a country that is quite capable and at ease of drinking anyone and everyone under the table (this is just one of many Australian stereotypes, but one we stand by; one we are truly and wholeheartedly proud of) with a bunch of piss-weak Americans. I thought long and hard about this. I figured that at worst, we would just sacrifice Nicole; our one drink wonder, and that would make us even. This made  sense in my head. All seemed fair again. Enough delaying, bring on the buckets and pitchers.

Pitcher after pitcher after pitcher was consumed. It was a marvelous sight; the Australians and the Americans mingling together as if we were united as one (under the rulings of her majesty, the Queen, of course). Beer got the party started until shots just added a whole new definition to crossing boundaries. The saying ‘beer before liquor, never been sicker’, was completely blown out the window tonight. We were all just bouncing off the walls like one big happy drunken family that had just been reunited after twenty odd years of being lost at sea.  The alcohol slowly yet surely began to work its magic. Speech became difficult and the right words seemed somewhat troublesome to get out. Conversation quickly took a turn for the worse. Well, maybe not so much for the worse, but enough to send Gavin into a table-hitting ball of laughter and for me to fall to the floor while simultaneously hysterically laughing and crying at the one time. See, even when I’ve had too much to drink I can still multi-task. I should add that to my resume. This is where true love begins to blossom between Aussie Nicole and American Carlos. Will cupid pull through for the sake of us all?

When the night ends with the purchase of three shots and five beers as well as food for $25 and two car loads in a bar parking lot harmoniously screaming out a drunken rendition of Backstreet Boys ‘I Want It That Way‘ (while Carlos makes it his duty to mount me in the front seat, of Bryan’s car), you know you’ve had a good night (and perhaps too much to drink). This almost brought a tear to my eye. I felt at ease with my decision to introduce my Aussies to my Americans.
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CHAPTER 3
~ Magic Kingdom ~

A new, sober day. To be honest with you, I’m not quite sure how I got myself out of bed this morning. Today would be the first of four Disney park days.  Magic Kingdom is the only dry park on Disney property and just as well after our  ‘welcome to America‘ Ale House adventure last night.

Would it be Magic Kingdom without a cliched jump in front of Cinderella’s Castle photo? Yes, we do range from ages 19  – 25. Don’t you be judging now…

Magic Kingdom really is the place where dreams come true. No matter how old you are here, there is always that brief moment where you revert back to your childhood and let the kid inside of you come out and get excited. Now, whether you express this sense of excitement or not is totally up to you, but don’t go being in denial about it; it happens to the best of us. I dropped the tough girl persona within minutes of stepping foot into the Magic Kingdom almost one year ago to this day. And since we are being honest, yes, yes I did download ‘Celebrate You‘ by Corbin Bleu, the pre-tune to the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade and yes, maybe I do sing along and dance to it in front of my mirror when my room mate isn’t home!
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lo·sing ones shit (sht)
Vulgar slang
(verb)

1. The act of meeting Mickey and Minnie for the first time.
.. .. … .I’m going to lose my shit when I see Mickey and Minnie.
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Today was Gavin’s day to, as he’d loosely refer to it as, ‘lose his shit‘. This is a very simple process for one Gavin Thomas. It involved presenting him with either Mickey or Minnie Mouse. The two of them simultaneously would clearly be sensory overload for the young Mr. Thomas so it was much to my delight when we stumbled upon Mickey’s House and were greeted by the two of them in a separate building out back, possibly Mickey’s garage? I think Mickey and Minnie’s secret rendezvous meeting point seemed to be the more appropriate answer; these two were out of control all over every one. It was something like out of a reality TV show titled Minnie Gone Wild. I’m not sure what side of the bed Miss. Minnie woke up on this morning (or if she mistakenly popped a few of Mickey’s Viagra pills), but she was rather touchy feely; throwing kisses out left right and center then dashing mischief glances over toward Mickey in hopes to see him jealous after she’d smooch it up with all the boys. She was all about the hand action; hugging, poking, tickling, hands around everyone’s waist. Mickey could do nothing more than silently suffer and accept the fact that his girl was feeling rather whore-ish on this pleasant summers day. Who would have thought Minnie had a frisky side to her; definitely not me. All this hot Minnie action was, no doubt, causing Gavin to experience heart palpitations like no other. He shoved his camera into my hands while mumbling a quick ‘Oh my God’ under his breath and leaped toward Mickey for a long, loving embrace. Gavin had officially lost his shit.

I had not had my photo taken with Mickey or Minnie for some time now so I figured since we’d waited in line, I may as well take advantage of this situation (and of Minnie). The anticipation and all that sexual tension that was floating around the room proved to be all too much for the Aussies, because after all of this, we got wet. Very wet.  That’s right, we rode Splash Mountain and got drenched from head to toe. Not what you were thinking, right? Dirty buggers.

Our night at Magic Kingdom ended with a big bang. I can’t say I’m surprised if you suspect that Minnie had something to do with this, but fortunately for Mickey’s sanity and the longevity of Disney World, you are wrong. Get your mind out of the gutter, people. I’m talking about the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular! Since arriving at Disney World last year, Wishes has quite possibly been my favorite thing ever apart from the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor so I was ecstatic to be sharing this treat with my Aussies. This would be the last time that I’d be seeing Wishes as it is going on hiatus over the Summer and being replaced with the Pirates and Princesses Fireworks Spectacular. Knowing this, I felt a teeny tiny bit sad, but also eager and excited to experience what was to come. The lights around the park dim and a sweet, innocent little voice begins reciting the lyrics to Star Light, Star Bright as the first round of fireworks shoot their way up into the dark night sky. Pretty sure the Aussies are at a loss for words and I’m quite confident that Gavin is  discretely having one of his little moments. Oh Wishes, how I will miss you and the lingering memory of the extended Wishes Holidays Spectacular that I will hold ever so dearly in my mind. Somewhere between Wishes ending and us trying to exit Magic Kingdom through a stampede of guests, we ended up at Steak ‘n’ Shake. Today was a good day.

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CHAPTER 3
~ Let it Rain ~

Tonight, as promised, we had made plans to venture out to club Rain. Now, I will begin by being honest with you straight up. I really do not remember much from this night. It may or may not have something to do with the self-consumption of two shots and six beers in a short period of time; I’m just saying, this may have something to do with it. I can quite confidently tell you that the night began by pre-gaming with my Aussie and American boys (and girls).

From here, I can also confidently report to you that we made it into Rain, despite being somewhat tipsy at the door. I remember lots of dancing and drinking; Bryan handing me drink after drink. At one point I remember our Aussie and American crew completely owning the stage but the rest of it is just a blur; a blur of fun, none the less. Somewhere along the line, it ended up looking like the hot mess below.

I don’t know how we made it out, or how I ended up in Ali’s car, but what I do know is that I was ecstatic to hear that we were making a 3am Maccas run. Late night (early morning) Maccas runs are possibly one of my favorite things to do when drunk. Nothing makes you feel better upon waking up that next morning knowing that you devoured a McNugget Meal  only hours earlier and passed out on a full stomach. A good night was had by all, except for maybe Nicole who’s empty heart beat only for Carlos and perhaps Brendon who had been approached by another male and asked how much his services would cost. We got home somewhere between the hours of 3 and 4am. We needed to be up at 8am for another day of debauchery. This was going to prove to be quite the task, especially since Gavin was no where to be found.
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~TO BE CONTINUED~

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Parental Unit Arrival

June 4, 2010

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
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Mum cried when she saw me at Orlando airport. That was to be expected. I am rather miss-able so I can’t say that I blame her. It would be impossible filling the void I left when I moved away way back in June of 2009. I can’t imagine what it would be like not having all that extra laundry to wash and iron, no special dinners to cook, one less bed to make and bedroom to clean… really, I can tell why she had those tears rolling down her cheeks when we hugged for the first time in ten months. Yep, she missed me! We were like one big happy family again, minus Darren and Chris…

I had only one objective while mum and dad were in town, and that was to show them the time of their lives; after all, they had done a pretty neat job putting up with me for the last 24 years, so I felt as though this was my one chance to give back and show my appreciation, and that, I think I successfully did (well, at least that is what they led me to believe).

Mum and dad stayed at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. This resort is mainly used for Disney Vacation Club members but non members are also able to make reservations there. Apart from the Grand Floridian, I had not yet had the chance to check out any of Disney’s other Deluxe Resorts; Saratoga Springs fell under this deluxe category and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The grounds of the resort were absolutely gorgeous and perfect to a tee.

We had the basic studio room which was simply adorable. There was a double bed, a fold out couch bed, balcony, bathroom and a cute little kitchenette which kept mum extremely happy. Both mum and dad were very impressed with the room, as was I. If this was  just the basic studio room, then the one, two and three bedroom options must be ridiculously amazing!

The Turf Club Bar & Grill restaurant at the Saratoga Springs Resort also deserves a notable mention. We ate here on two separate occasions, both times for dinner and the service and food were exceptional! I should also mention that on neither occasion did we have reservations, but they managed to seat us extremely quickly, even on Mother’s Day! On our first night Claude was our host and on the second night, Linda was our hostess. Both were amazing and very accommodating to any of our requests. The food was amongst the best I’ve had at any on-property restaurant whether it be Disney owned or third party. I recommend the Onion Rings for appetizers and the New York Strip Steak for main. it was incredibly delicious.  The Angus Chuck Burger was also one of the best I have yet to find anywhere at Disney!

With my complimentary admissions, I was able to get mum and dad into all four parks for free which was pretty awesome. We did Epcot for mum and dads 30th Wedding Anniversary…

Magic Kingdom so mum could feel like a little girl again…

Animal Kingdom for Mother’s Day and because they mentioned something about wanting another baby…

And Hollywood Studios because no Disney trip would be complete without it…

Our mornings were early, our days, long, and our nights, late, but we had so much to fit into the ten shorts days that mum and dad would be  with me at Disney before embarking on the rest of their big U.S.A. adventure. The humidity had arrived just in time and although the temperature only hit the low 90’s, on our day at Epcot, with the humidity taken into account, the temperature sweltered to a lovely 103 Fahrenheit. Despite this ridiculous heat, Epcot was by far their favorite of all four parks. At the time the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival was still on so the garden beds were looking all pretty and more colorful than usual; of course this made dad love it all the more.

Ten days went by way too fast, and before I knew it, mum and dad were off to New York City. Although their time here with me was short, I am so happy that they enjoyed themselves. I know they’ve never really had the opportunity to travel and  see all the amazing things that I’ve been blessed enough to see so I felt a sense of happiness knowing that after all these years of raising my brothers and I, that they could finally go on an adventure of their own, on their own without us being burden on them. I loved seeing dad get caught up and lost in how amazingly beautiful Epcot is and I loved the genuine look of excitement on mums face when she got to meet Mickey and Minnie and how she’d wave and high-five the characters as they went down Main Street U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom during the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade.

I’m glad that after all these years, mum and dad finally understand why I love it here in the U.S.A. and at Disney so much and I hope, that even for a short moment while here, they could revert back to their childhood and get lost in the most happiest place on earth; Disney World.

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~ MORE OF MAY MAYHEM TO COME ~


Graduating Disney Style

June 4, 2010

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
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Neglect:

  1. disregard: lack of attention and due care
  2. leave undone or leave out
  3. the state of something that has been unused and neglected
  4. fail: fail to do something; leave something undone
  5. fail to attend to
  6. what I did to my blog during the month of May

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I have said it before and I will say it again, sorry! No, really, I am; from the bottom of my butt (because, lets face it, my butt is way bigger than my heart, haha, get it? Anyone? I really crack myself up!) To my hundreds of loyal readers and adoring fans, I have left you blog-less for over a month now. I cannot begin to imagine how you went on with your daily lives while I ran around like a headless chook trying to cram more action into 31 days than any human should ever try and do!

Let’s see, first up, there was my graduation from the Disney International College Program. I found this relatively odd since they made me graduate two and a half months prior to my program end date. What happens if I get terminated in my remaining six weeks? I already have the certificate to prove that I have successfully completed my internship with Disney. I almost feel inclined to do a nudie run through Main Street, Magic Kingdom during the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade with my Disney I.D. lanyard around my neck while screaming, “Fools! You already gave me my certificate of completion…”  Now, that would be a magical moment right there if I have ever seen one! Now, let’s not forget to mention my Mickey graduation ears… Without those little bad boys I would never be taken seriously! So glad I was able to pick myself up a pair.

I waited in line for an hour in the scorching hot Florida sun to get a photo with these two.  One bloody hour! Who do they think they are anyway? Really!? Well, to answer my own question, yes, really, because, despite the fact that the person inside the Mickey and Minnie costume may very well be a friend or possibly even my neighbor, I still get pee-my-pants excited when I get to give Mickey a kiss and give a big bear-like hug to Minnie! Yes, I know, I am a loser. Shut it.

Graduation was a fun day… it would have been extra fun if it was actually relatively close to my departure date though. That nudie run is definitely something to keep in mind.

Nudie run aside, it was time to get serious; well, as serious as you can be when you have a wondering imagination like mine and have a mouse as your boss. Why such seriousness, you ask? Well, that very next day mum and dad were making the treacherous journey over from Australia to come and visit me. One would think they were coming over with hopes that maybe after having to fend for myself in a whole new country for ten months that one may have slightly grown up and matured? Ehh, high expectations…
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~ TO BE CONTINUED ~


Mum & Dad…

April 28, 2010

Get here in 2 days! T-W-O, TWO!

So excited; haven’t seen them in 10 months!

They’ll have no choice but to wear these pins while with me at Disney…
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Splish Splash I Was Takin’ A Bath…

April 20, 2010

Disney mates at Animal Kingdom

… at Animal Kingdom!

The weather man could not have been more precise when he said that there was a 60% chance of precipitation forecast for Monday. The weather man being right, imagine that! Well, upon waking up it looked quite nice out; a few clouds floating about, the sun was shining and it was rather warm out so we decided to take our chances and head to Animal Kingdom for the last time before Jung leaves us on Friday.

Today was to be all about good times, friendship, plenty of photos…

AHHHH! STiTCH!

and… a celebration of new life! (Finally, now they have to let me stay in the USA, right!)

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Until it began pouring down rain. Now, when I say rain, I don’t just mean your average little sprinkle… I mean bucket loads of rain, pouring down like crazy! It came out of no where too and was at it’s heaviest just as we jumped onto the Kilimanjaro Safari truck. I was somewhat disappointed because I love riding the safari and thought the rain would spoil the ride for the simple fact that all the animals would be hiding; seeking shelter from the hurricane-like rain but to my surprise though, it was quite the opposite!

I’ve never seen so many animals out while on safari; it was delightful! There were two hippopotamus trying to bite each others faces off in the water; all four giraffes were out and standing all together in a line which I found rather amusing; the ostriches came right up by our safari truck and were dripping wet while another was sitting by the truck route keeping its eggs warm; there was a lonely elephant slapping its trunk and head down repetitively into a pool of water trying to wash itself (in the rain… yeah, go figure) and there was some weird lama looking animal pacing back and forth; it almost looked as though it was in distress from the torrential rain. Rain was flying into the truck from all directions, there was mud all over the truck route and the safari truck and the tire trenches had become pools of water; it was almost like we were on a real African safari! Best one I’ve ever experienced at Animal Kingdom!

Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom

Needless to say soon after, just like the ostriches, we too were soaking wet. I guess it didn’t help that we went on the Kali River Rapids ride and Jung and I just happened to be sitting in the two seats that took the most hits of water. My back was completely soaked! We took some time to go and watch The Lion King musical performance and saw this as an opportunity to dry off… only the AC was blasting so high we almost froze to death. A happy freezing, though, because The Lion King musical they put on at Animal Kingdom is AMAZING! Everyone was clapping away, I had my feet moving along to the Disney classics and also had my shoulders moving to the beat. It really is a phenomenal little production; if you haven’t taken the time to see it, I suggest you do!

We also took the time to see the bird show; Flights of Wonder. This is possibly one of my most favorite things to see at Animal Kingdom. Monday was the second time I had gone to see Flights of Wonder. Not sure if they ever have a different guy as the ‘tour guide”, Guano Joe, because it has been the same guy both times I have been, but he does an excellent job in playing the part and he’s quite the comedian. The 25-minute show features at least 20 species of exotic birds from right around the globe and often showcases their humorous side (yes, birds indulge in humor too!).

American Bald Eagle - simply beautiful

Of course, the day would not have been complete without encouraging (forcing) Jung to take a ride of Everest. She squeezed my hand so hard while she screamed and was on the verge of tears while I laughed and screamed simultaneously. I’m going to miss her so much 😦


So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Good Bye…

April 15, 2010

Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
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Every few months the one disadvantage of the Disney College Program comes around. Someone’s internship comes to an end and it is time for them to go back home and for us to say farewell.

Unfortunately, this time, it just so happens to be one of my close friends, Jung 😦

Here’s some photos from our last outing all together at the Magic Kingdom…

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Flower Power?

March 28, 2010

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival started a few weeks age here at Walt Disney World, and last weekend I finally got the chance to check it out.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

For those of you who have never experienced the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot before, it is a spring special event filled with a colorful array of flowers, gardens, topiaries, live music and educational events. It runs through March 3, 2010 – May 16, 2010.

Now, I’m no gardening expert nor am I an earth hippie, but I do appreciate amazing gardening art in the form of topiaries… and not just any old topiary…

Boooooooring!

BUT…

DISNEY TOPIARIES!

Yes, that is right, Disney topiaries; the art of growing plants and training them over a frame to create a three dimensional object in the form of a Disney character! Actually, I will be brutally honest here, this sounds like a completely slow, long and boring process, but the final results are somewhat amazing…

Grandma & Grandpa Mickey & Minnie upon entering the World Showcase

Bambi looked adorable in Canada

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go...

Lady & The Tramp in Italy

Mickey & Minnie in the USA

After admiring all the fine Disney topiaries at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, it made me gain a whole new appreciation for gardeners and gardening; and for a split second there, it was almost enough to make me want to go outside and do some gardening of my own… but no, far too lazy for that so I shall sit here and enjoy typing this blog… a much easier alternative to showing my appreciation.


Case Of The Diminishing Australian Accent…

February 25, 2010

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♥ Today I got asked if my accent came from Boston.
Lady: Is that a Boston accent you have there?
Me: No, it’s Australian.
Lady:
Weird, I could have sworn you were from Boston.
Me:
Boston, Melbourne, kind of close.
Lady: *Nods in agreement.*
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On Saturday a lady yelled out to her husband, “Come check this out, this girl is from New York but her name tag says she’s from Australia!”
Lady: Why does your name tag say Australia?
Me: Because I am Australian.
Lady: You sound like you’re from New York.
Me: Pretty sure I’m Australian.
Lady: Odd.
Me: Yes, very.
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On Friday I was talking to a family, all of which had Australian accents:
Me: You guys are from Australia?
Daughter: Yes.
Me: Me too! What part?
Mum: Canberra, you?
Me: Melbourne.
Dad: YOU SOUND LIKE A BLOODY YANK!
Me: Thank you. No tickets for you.
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Last week some British couple were amazed that I said ‘cheers’…
Man: *Laughing* You said cheers, that’s funny (thinking that I’m making fun of him).
Me: Why wouldn’t I? I’m Australian.
Lady: You’re Australian?
Me: Yes *points to name tag that says Melbourne, Australia*
Man: How long have you been in the U.S. for?
Me: Seven months.
Lady/Man: Woah, sounds like you’ve been here for seven years.
Me: Thank you. No tickets for you.
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Some random day a few weeks back…
Lady: Are you really Australian?
Me: No, I just wear this name tag for fun.
Lady: Oh, OK!
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Another wonderful couple making my day…
Man: Wow, you’re a long way from home!
Me: Yes, nothing a 25 hour plane ride can’t fix.
Lady: Funny, you sound like you’re right at home though.
Me: I get that all the time.
Lady: I’m not surprised.
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And one more time just because American’s make me laugh…
Lady: Are you from Boston?
Me: Only on Wednesdays.
Lady: Good thing today is Wednesday then!
Me: Yes.


Wide World of Children.

January 22, 2010

CHILDREN!

<Insert Jaws music here>

From January 17 until January 25, the performers of La Nouba’s Cirque du Soleil are taking a much deserved vacation; dark week, if you may. Good for them, but for us, this means…

DEPLOYMENT!

Dun, dun, dun.

Horrible, horrible deployment. It’s almost like a punishment for something I never did wrong. Last time we had a dark week I was lucky enough to escape deployment and spend my glorious week in the Cirque Box Office ruining guests’ vacations by telling them there were no shows on that week. That was fun. Well, fun until that dramatic mum with her overly dramatic daughter came to my window. Let’s reminisce, shall we…

Mother: I’d like two tickets for tonight’s performance please.
Me: Sorry ma’am, the performers are on vacation this week, there are no shows on until next Tuesday.
Mother: But I promised my daughter we’d see the circus. We came here for the circus!
Me: Sorry ma’am but these black out dates were published months ago.
Daughter: Mommy, does this mean I can’t see the circus?
Mother: Yes, sweetheart, we can’t see the circus. I’m so sorry.
Daughter: But mommy! <Insert daughters tears here>
Mother: I know sweetheart, I know. <Insert mothers tears here>

*Mother grabs daughters hand, turns around, and they walk off crying into the sunset together.*

Would it have been wrong to wish them a magical day at this point? Hmmm. I quite like my job though, so I guess we’ll never know.

It was almost like a scene out of a movie, way too much for me. Until today, though, little did I know that I’d rather ruin guests’ vacations over being deployed to Disney’s Wide World of Sports. Ugh.

Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Today, for the first time ever, I ventured out (deployed: forced, had no other option, needed to pay rent) of my comfortable Cirque bubble and entered into the unknown… The Wide World of Sports.

Here, for a wonderful six hours of my life (that I will unfortuantely never get back), I registered children *cringes* for a four day gymnastics tournament that is taking place there. Childrennnnnn. Children from right around the U.S.A… and a bonus few from Colombia and Puerto Rico. Oh, the joys! You’d think I’d be use to children by now, having worked at Disney for six months already, but, fortunately, at Cirque, children are in the minority. Today though, today was like child influx day. Way too many kids, all wearing sparkling, glittery gym gear with their overbearing parental units and coaches, all ready to compete against each other and let their fangs and claws out! I wanted to bury my head into my hands and disappear into a child-free world! Lie. I almost wanted to eat my own hands so I wouldn’t have to register them anymore! GAHHH!

The kid influx was one thing, but then the kids parents. Woah. So nasty and competitive. Maybe I just don’t get it, because back home in Australia we don’t do sports the way schools here in the U.S.A. do it, but man, it was weird. I’d like to say that I never want to be surrounded by that many competitive children, or any sort of children in those numbers, again, but unfortunately (yes, to your horror, and mine), I must report back there again tomorrow for another lovely six hour shift of registering gymnastics kids. Fun, fun, fun! So much fun I can barely control myself!

Today made me appreciate Cirque that little bit more than I already did.

*Hugs Cirque*


So long, farewell…

January 8, 2010

Goodbyes suck.

Disney College Program Disadvantage:
Saying goodbye to those you have grown close to over
the last few months who’s program ends before your own.

I’ll miss you guys so much!

The Cirque crew farewelling Jenny, Sean and Mike 😦


All Dressed Up…

January 3, 2010

For New Years Eve at Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba!

Despite the fact that we are dressed like boys,
aren’t we just the cutest things you’ve ever seen..?

Australia, Puerto Rico, China & South Korea... what a mouth full!

Guests, please note: NO PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!

The Cirque usher gang looking very sharp pre-show!

New Years Eve at Cirque was a blast. We had two shows as  normal, both sold out, but the ending of each show was quite the sight. All the guests were given different coloured glow sticks, and at the end of the show when the lights went down just before the  performers ran out to take their bows all 1,600 guests cracked their glow sticks and started spinning them in the air.

At the same time, hundreds of balloons fell from the ceiling while ‘Happy New Year’ lighting appeared on the walls. The band started playing Auld Lang Syne while the performs took their final bows. I was standing in the mezzanine looking down on this all and let me tell you, it really was something. Such a pretty sight. It was a spectacular ending to an amazing and life-changing year and I couldn’t image spending it anywhere else with anyone else.

We were out by 11pm and after that it was PARTYYYY TIME!

<insert limited drunken memory here>

I really love my Cirque family. The Disney International College Program was the best decision of my life and I’m glad I picked the 12 month program instead of the 6 month one otherwise I’d be going home in two weeks, and I’m by no means ready for that yet. There are, however, several College Programees at Cirque that I have grown fairly close with that leave next week. I’m not sure how to say goodbye to them. They have all become a part of my daily life here and since none of us have our families here with us, we all act as family to one another. It is going to be so hard to say goodbye. I’m 110% positive that my softer side will come out next week and that I will bawl my eyes out whilst trying to part ways.

I am not a fan of goodbyes 😦