Chapter 4 - Disney Elite

Chapter 4

il_340x270.1257011904_h2l7

Here I was again...Casting. It had been two years since my first visit to Team Disney Anaheim (TDA). This whimsical building along Interstate 5 whose magical paint changes tones as you pass by. It was a Monday in September, and my husband had flown home the day before. I was excited to be back here, once more ready to start my Disneyland journey.


As I checked in at the Center's front desk I was mesmerized by the CCTV they were showing a rerun of the latest Legacy Award ceremony. While I can not recall who the recipients were that year, I do remember thinking, how wonderful to be awarded the Walt Disney Company's highest honor. I took my seat on the blue velvet bench and waited for the interviewer. I was nervous but at this point I would have swept the horse droppings off Main Street U.S.A.! A very nice man took me back to his office and we began talking about what I was looking for. I was not a fan of unions due to my experience with the airlines, that coupled with my decades of travel experience of course meant he was again sending me to The Walt Disney Travel Co.. 


He asked only one interview question What is your favorite Disneyland memory. There had been so many over 35 years of visiting my favorite place on earth. The one I chose to share with him was holding my two year old son on my shoulders for his first Disney firework show "Magic in the Stars" There was no feeling to compare with hearing him react to the incredible sight and sounds above Sleeping Beauty Castle, then carrying him down Main Street U.S.A. while he fell asleep. The interview was scheduled for the next day.


I really felt like a local! I was able to take an OCTA bus to my interview at WDTC. Last time i was in this call center my loving husband was physically by my side. He was with me again, this time in spirit, as I waited for what I hoped would be the last interview to become a Cast Member. We took a tour of the center and eight of us sat in a training room for a group interview. 


I never leave interviews feeling like i nailed it. So the next two weeks waiting to find out if my gamble had paid off were terrible. I kept myself busy getting to know the area and applying for other jobs. My husband even managed a visit, and I had a great time showing him the treasures I had discovered in our new home town. I even took a large leap of faith and turned down a job offer with a financial company..


Then one day the phone rang I could tell by the prefix it was the resort. The young lady on the other line advised that I would be working at Disneyland! As she gave me the details I realized I was going to be a CM! I immediately called my husband and told him the news. I then took a deep breathe and thanked god that this crazy idea may have worked. 


What excitement and adventure lay ahead? Would it be everything I hoped for? I was about to find out.



WDW UPdate 6
Giveaway: Rose Gold Ears

Related Posts

 
  1. Comments (0)

  2. Add yours
Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 voters
There are no comments posted here yet

Disney Elite Top Rated Posts

Magic Kingdom Momma
09 October 2017
The Resorts
Deluxe Resorts
Special Events
Cast Members
​Yeehaw!Well howdy there, pardner! Do you have a pony lovin' child in your household? If you do, and you plan to be in the Central Florida region sometime in the future, I highly recommend you mosey o...
Ree725
22 August 2017
The Parks
Epcot
Gigi celebrating with Mickey and Goofy There are no shortage of things to celebrate in our lives, but a birthday is a guaranteed party every year...
Rumpelstiltskin
21 August 2017
Movies
Lucasfilms
Disney is reported to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone movie. This is one of several movies that are planned outside the Skywalker Saga. Disney has a Han Solo movie ...
Magic Kingdom Momma
04 September 2017
Disney Springs
Merchandise
Disney Springs
I was fortunate to have visited Walt Disney World (WDW) a number of times before moving to Central Florida in June of 2012, when my husband was accepted to graduate school i...
Magic Kingdom Momma
17 September 2017
Food
The Parks
The Resorts
Disney Cares
Passholder Perks
Hurricane on the Way…When my family and I learned that Hurricane Irma was churning its way straight toward us, seemingly growing more powerful and dangerous day by day and hour by hour, we knew our Se...
LostBoy
01 October 2017
The Parks
Disneyland
Disney's California Aventure
Special Events
At a recent outing to the resort my dear friend "St. James" was looking forward to the delicious pumpkin flavored beignets. To our Halloween horror the Mint Julep Bar has discontinued the flavor! So I...
LostBoy
30 December 2017
The Parks
Disneyland
Disney's California Aventure
Merchandise
Pin Trading
The Resorts
Special Events
Cast Members
The highlight of my working life occurred while I was working at the Disneyland Resort for Walt Disney Travel Co. (I began working for the company in 2007). The promotion for that year was "The Year o...
Magic Kingdom Momma
03 January 2018
Food
The Parks
Merchandise
The Resorts
Passholder Perks
Disney Springs
Cast Members
Those who know me know this: I love Walt Disney World, art and really good coffee. So imagine how thrilled I was to come upon one of the coolest things at Disney Springs, Mickey Mo...

Disney Elite Top 5 Leaderboard

1
LostBoy
1576 Points
2
Ree725
1390 Points
3
admin
1077 Points
4
Rumpelstiltskin
1000 Points
5
jilliann68
715 Points
View Leaderboard

Recent Discussions

Want to take a quiz?
Posted on Saturday, 26 May 2018
Help us pick our next giveaway!
Posted on Monday, 08 January 2018

Recent Comments

admin posted a comment in We Have A Winner!
Please check your email address you used to register for our contest. I sent you a email there respo...
Guest posted a comment in We Have A Winner!
I never did receive it
Guest posted a comment in Chapter 2 "Remember When"
Thanks so much for sharing this awesome info! I am looking forward to seeing more posts by you. I'm ...

Sample Quiz Top Scorers

5.00
5.00
Cron Job Starts