It's election day! And if I'm going to be completely honest with you, I had absolutely no clue what that meant before today. You see, I'm here in Disney World, I live everything Disney - if it's happening in the real world, there's probably a good chance that I have no flipping clue that it's happening.
And then I turned on all of my social media accounts. Apparently, Louisiana is one of the places that could tip the scales in favor of one party or the other (which is super cool). So that means that every. single. person. that I know is going off about voting today. Well, as much as I would love to vote today, I'm still registered in Louisiana (because I'm not about to register in Florida when I leave soon).
I don't know about you, but I go either one of two ways when it comes to political aspects of the United States: I'm either all about voting and I start watching the debates and reading about them three months before anything even happens, or the day to vote comes and I have no clue who anyone is and I have to have a crash course in who's who.
Thanks to our cast discount, my roommate Mads and I decided to go to Mickey's Not So Scary (MNSS) Halloween party. I didn't really feel like dressing up for it, and neither did she, so we just put some clothes on and went! I ended up looking like Minnie Mouse, on accident, but it was a ton of fun anyways.
The park opened for MNSS guests at 4pm, so my roommate and I got there for opening (obviously). At 7pm, any guest who is not attending MNSS party has to leave the park. When they say by 7pm, they're not kidding. They have a ton of cast members walking around, checking your wrists for the first hour and a half/two hours.
The wait times weren't bad at all for any of the rides. We pretty much walked onto all of the rides we wanted to do (Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain). Plus, there were tons of candy spots where you could go trick-or-treating, which of course we did. By the end of the night we each had a bag (that they provided for you) 2/3 of the way full of candy. Lord knows we didn't need that much candy, but it was something fun to do.
I'm not the biggest fan of meeting characters, so we didn't wait in line for anyone besides Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack and Sally aren't usually ever in the parks so this was really fun to get to meet them. Plus, they're Mad's favorites. They had a bunch of other characters you could meet if that's something that you're into. Plus a lot of the characters are dressed up in Halloween costumes.
Overall, I think it was totally worth it. We were there from 4pm, until about 11:30ish. We got to see HalloWishes, the Boo to You Parade (totally worth going see for this alone), and Celebrate the Magic. We didn't really wait in line for anything, we got to see the park decorated for Halloween (so awesome), and we got tons of freaking candy.
Living right next door to Walt Disney World, you have so many opportunities. One of these opportunities that I'm quite wary of is meeting characters. Now, here at Disney there are two different 'classifications' of characters, if you will. There are face characters, and fur characters. The difference between the two is a bit obvious, however the biggest part is that the face characters can speak to you and the fur characters don't.
Now, me being the person that I am, I'm kind of wary of meeting the characters. Quite honestly, meeting the fur characters creeps me out a little bit because they don't really speak. It's a thing that I have - I'm terrified of Dolls & Clowns & Ventriloquist Dummies - so I'm not too sure how I feel about meeting the fur characters - even after meeting a few. I'll probably go out of my way and meet a few more, because why wouldn't I.
However meeting the face characters is a lot less awkward for me. They speak to you and make sure that you feel comfortable. So far I've met both Ariel and Tinkerbell and they were absolutely precious. I've run into Snow White, Belle, and Rapunzel in passing, who were also amazing. Meeting Jack & Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas was an amazing experience, and something that I'm so glad that I did at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Luckily my friends have been amazingly supportive of meeting the characters - fur, or face - and will do whichever I please. I'm going to make it my mission to meet every character that I can while I'm down here, because let's be honest, when else could I do this? Some people wait for years to be able to meet Mickey Mouse, and I could go see the boss man any day before work, if I wanted to.
Working at Disney World there are a lot of interesting questions that I get asked, as I'm sure a lot of other people get asked as well. There are some questions that I get on a daily basis that I somewhat laugh at a little bit. Now a lot of these questions are definitely Epcot/Innoventions/my ride based because that's where I'm based.There are really only two questions that I always find super amusing, regardless what time of the day it is.
The one question I get asked the most often that I find really amusing is "How the hell do I get out of the park?" HA! Actually, you just look for the big golf ball and that'll lead you to the quickest way out. I can understand the question if you're in the back of the park, but when you're right in the front of the park I don't really understand. Plus, there is only one way in and out of the park.
Two: Where is [insert any ride name here]? Usually, they're standing right in front of it, especially if they're asking the question to the person at the front of the ride.
There are other questions that aren't as amusing really, but they're quite necessary. On a daily basis I answer the questions: Where's the nearest restroom, where's the closest place to buy a coke, how long is the wait, is there a fast pass for this ride, where can you find [insert ride name here], and what time does the park close.
I love having guest interaction all day every day. Even when it gets to be a little much, it's still my favorite part of the job that I have. If I didn't have the guest interaction, and the option to make a difference in people's vacations, than I don't think that I would enjoy my days at work as much as I do.
Well, you see....back in August when we first got down here, I decided to buy a Universal season pass. It was possibly the best and worst decision I've ever simultaneously made. You see, I hadn't ever been to Universal and the closest thing that I got to looking it up was watching YouTube videos that it was included in. So when my roommate Sarah was talking about buying a Universal pass, I jumped at the chance.
The best thing about actually owning a season pass is the fact I can just go to the park for four hours a day if I want to and leave and not actually feel bad about leaving so soon. Plus, the pass that I did doesn't require me to pay for parking. So I'm not spending $17 on parking every single time that I go out there as well.
The easiest way to describe Universal is honestly to say it's enormous. Like my roommate Sarah and I spent four hours on one side of the park and barely covered anything. Then the next time we went, we spent five ours on the other side and still barely covered anything. I don't understand how people can be expected to spend one day there, either at both sides of the park or just one side of the park, and accomplish everything that Universal has to offer.
My roommate Sarah and I actually went on September 1st, and RODE THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS. Which, if you're a true Harry Potter fan, you know that September 1st is the day that all the students go back to school. It was only fitting that we rode the train back to Hogwarts that day.
Funny story, so I texted my mom & my dad & sister when I got there a picture of the castle. My mom's response? That doesn't look like Cinderella's Castle...well, that's because it's not... but okay! My dad? Huh, where are you? And my little sister: OMG NO WAY TAKE ME THERE. Well, at least someone got it.
Otherwise, I'm not really sure what to say about Universal because it's absolutely crazy and I haven't really spent that much time there. So the next time we go, I'll definitely write an update because holy hell there's so much to do.