Friday, September 11, 2009

Top Five Friday

Let me first say sorry for not posting yesterday even though I said that that’s when I would start. I didn’t expect that my History of Civilization essay would take me as long as it did. But here is my new first official blog under the revised format. Enjoy!

(Let me preface this by saying that these are in no particular order)

Top Five: Ways to spend your first day off

-The WDW Marathon – Let’s face it, there is so much to do and see at Walt Disney World that you might not know where to start. Do I do Magic Kingdom rides in the morning and then jump on over to EPCOT for Illumination at night? Or do I bring a sleeping bag, tent, and provisions and attempt to survive the 4 day wait time for Toy Story Mania? I say don’t overwhelm yourself on your first day. Let’s face it, you are going to be there for four to seven months. That’s why I suggest on your first day to do the WDW marathon. The marathon is what I call going to all four parks in one day. Don’t focus on hitting the rides, just stroll around the park and learn the lay of the land. Then head on to the next park and the next until you allow it to hit you: Walt Disney World is your new home and playground.

-Sleep in – Let’s face it, in a matter of one week you have uprooted yourself and moved to Orlando, Florida. You got settled in your new apartment and you’ve met a lot of new people you hope to become good friends with. You’ve finished all of you orientations and presentations. You’ve visited your job site and met the other people you will be working with and in most cases you’ve already worked a full day. IT’S AN ENERGY OVERLOAD. So on your first day off don’t feel as though you need to do something. Get into bed or on the couch (my favorite place to nap) and just sleep the day away and recharge your batteries. Then explore the parks or your housing complex the next day. If you don’t take the time to relax the program will wear you down.

-Make new friends around the housing complexes – I say this for two reasons. The first is obvious and it’s that you can’t have enough friends. Your fellow CPers, like you, chose to do this internship because they knew there was something special about it and right there you all have something in common. I made friends from all over the world most of which I still talk to and it’s because we all found ourselves united by a common goal so get to know these people, you’ll be glad you did. And the second reason is that basic logic says that if you are at the housing complex and you see other people in the housing complex then chances are you have the same day or days off and in the future will have the same day or days off. Get to know these people. This allows you to have a set of friends that you know that when you have a day off and want to go into a park you can call them up to go with you.

-Make sure you are well stocked- The last thing you want to do is come home from a long day of work at the Magic Kingdom or Typhoon Lagoon only to find out you are out of ramen or cereal. Take your first day off to compile a list that ensures that you always have a plethora of food around the house. Then take the bus (or walk depending on where you live) to Publix or Wal-Mart and stock up on food, toiletries, and anything else you might need. Keep in mind that this is Florida and in Florida we get hurricanes so make sure you stock up on batteries, bottled water, and have at least one flash light. The other thing is that it would help if you meet someone with a car because just a few miles up the road there is a Sam’s Club where you can buy your food and toiletries in bulk. (That’s what two of my roommates and I did on our first day off together and we didn’t have to worry about groceries for about two months)

-Take in a show… – …but not just any show. Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and the Magic Kingdom all have their very own night time shows. Hollywood Studios has an exciting pyrotechnic and water stage show starring Mickey and many of the Disney Villains called Fantasmic which is a must see. EPCOT has a nightly Pyrotechnic/ Fireworks show that take place in the World Showcase called Illuminations Reflections of Earth and it is by far my favorite of the three shows. But it isn’t the nighttime show I would suggest on your first day off. No for that you have to head on over to the Magic Kingdom and to see Wishes. It is a fireworks show about all the different types of wishes. The fireworks shoot up behind the castle and Tinkerbell even does a fly over the spectators. And it is while you are watching this fireworks show whether it’s by yourself or with other people that it hits you: I work for Walt Disney World, where dreams really do come true.

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