These Are The 7 Best WDW Merchandise Locations

The 7 Best Locations To Work As A Walt Disney World Cast Member, Ranked

I really loved working at every single one of these locations!


One of the very best parts about being a Walt Disney World Merchandise Cast Member is the fact that I get to pick up shifts in virtually any park and resort, so I decided that I would work in different places for an entire week, with the intention of writing an article ranking those locations from best to worst. After that week was over, I realized that I really loved working at every single location, so I decided to rank them as the seven best locations to work at.

1. Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Ana Paula Ricalde Muench

Liberty Square has always been and will always be my favorite land in the Magic Kingdom, and Christmas is my favorite holiday, so it was only natural that I had to work a shift in the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. At first, I was very nervous about wrapping the ornaments, because I really didn't want to break any of them. But then, once I got the hang of it, I loved every second of it. I really enjoyed wearing a colonial dress, and I even got to help a sweet little princess write her letter to Santa Claus!

2. Pirates of the Caribbean Gift Shop.

Ana Paula Ricalde Muench

There is something very special about working at the exit of one of my favorite attractions. I really loved interacting with guests and asking them if they liked the ride, what their favorite part was, and how many times they saw Jack Sparrow roaming around! The costume really made me feel like a true pirate, and all my fellow cast members were really nice to me from the very start of my shift. This was truly a swashbuckling experience!

3. The Emporium.

Ana Paula Ricalde Muench

The Emporium is in my top three stores to work because the costume is incredibly cute, the guests are all very excited to be walking down Main Street, U.S.A., and because I literally got paid to listen to Happily Ever After, Once Upon A Time, and all the parades. I truly felt like I was being transported to another time when I worked there, and I twirled around in my dress every chance I got!

4. Mouse Gear.

Ana Paula Ricalde Muench

Mouse Gear was the very first location where I picked up a shift, and I was honestly very nervous about everything at first. The main reason why Mouse Gear made this list is because of the amazing cast members who made me feel at home, and like I could trust them to help me with whatever I needed. I also really liked this location because I'm used to fast-paced environments, and I was never bored there.

5. World of Disney.

I can't really say anything but great things about my home location. All the people who work there with me have really become nothing short of family to me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. World of Disney is gigantic, and we basically sell anything and everything our guests could possibly imagine. I love how energetic our store is, and it's always going to have a very special place in my heart.

6. Epcot Camera Shop.


Honestly, what's better than working right below Spaceship Earth? I loved working here because I could look up to the sky and see the majestic Epcot icon towering above me. This was a very chill location to work at, and I really loved greeting all the guests who were on day one of their vacations, guests who had never even been to Epcot, and guests who were on the tail end of their trips. Everyone who walked below Spaceship Earth had a very unique and special story to tell, and I loved playing a small part of their magical Disney journeys.

7. Dinoland, U.S.A.

Ana Paula Ricalde Muench

As a Dinoland, U.S.A. cast member, you're not just another person. You're part of a family, and all your fellow cast members will call you cousin. Dinoland was a very fun location to work, because of its high energy, positive attitude, and loud music. It's the only place in Disney's Animal Kingdom where guests get to see animals that don't roam among us anymore, and they also get to party with Donald Duck, Chip, Dale, and some of their best friends!

As much as I loved working at every single one of these locations, it's time for me to return to my home location and to keep making magic for our guests there. This was a very fun week though, and I'll still pick up shifts in different locations in the future for sure.

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8 Things To Know About The 911 Dispatcher In Your Life

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week


For the first 18 years of my life, all I knew about 911 dispatchers was that they were the voice that came after the tone, from inside the pager on my dad's hip. The voice telling him where to go and for what. I had no idea after I turned 19 that I would soon become one of those voices. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week this year is the week of April 14th-20th. I felt it appropriate to write my article this week focused on that, considering it is such a huge part of my life. For the rest of the world, it is just another week. For us, this is the one week out of the whole year that the focus is on the dispatcher, the one week where we don't feel so self-absorbed about saying what we do is nothing short of heroic. Here are some important things to know about the 911 dispatcher in your life.

1. We worry about you constantly

My biggest fear in this job is picking up the phone and hearing my loved one on the other end. No matter what the circumstance. The map zooms to the area of the county where my family and I reside, and my heart always sinks. I get a giant pit in my stomach because the very real reality is it may be someone I know and love. Don't be annoyed when we call you twice in one day or overly remind you to be safe. We are just always worried about our loved ones.

2. Our attention spans can be short

We are trained to get the pertinent information and details all within a matter of seconds. I can't speak for everyone on this, but I struggle a lot with paying attention when someone is talking to me, please forgive me if it feels as though I've stopped listening after a few minutes. I probably have. I've noticed that I listen very intently to the first couple minutes of a conversation and then my mind trails off. Nothing personal, just habit.

3. We have great hearing and multitasking skills

Most of us anyways. We can hear the person on the phone, the officer on one radio channel and the firefighter on the other, all at once. I have found that this skill comes in handy when trying to eavesdrop, also not as handy when you go out to dinner and can hear all five conversations going on around you. I have yet to master shutting that off when I am not at work.

4. We are hilarious

It could be a combination of using humor to deal with bad situations and spending twelve hours at a time in a little room together. But I think it’s that we are just freaking hilarious, nothing else to it. If you go the whole 12 hours without laughing, you're doing something wrong.

5. We have a very complicated love-hate relationship with our jobs

I love what I do, and I truly believe I was meant to put on that headset. Everything happens for a reason and my education plans out of high school didn't work out because I was supposed to be here doing this instead. I love what I do. I hate it sometimes too though. I remember specifically once taking a phone call about an hour before my shift was done. As soon as I got into my vehicle to go home, I bawled my eyes out and swore to myself that I was never stepping back into a comm center again. I hated my job with a burning passion that day. My next scheduled shift, I went back to work because I love it too. See, it doesn't even make sense it's just complicated.

6. We are tired

Believe it or not, this career can be incredibly exhausting. Someone once told me "You just sit at a desk for twelve hours, that can't be that hard." Physically that's right, we just sit there. Mentally and emotionally the first phone call of the shift can drain you and then you still have a little over 11 hours to go. I won't go into details on that but trust us when we say it was a bad call. We are tired. Some of my days off I just sleep all day not because I'm physically exhausted but because my mind needs that much time to recharge.

7. We are crazy

I really have nothing more to say other than no sane person would be a 911 dispatcher. We are all a little 10-96 in the best way possible.

8. We love harder than most

We love strangers we have never met, we love our officers that piss us off daily over the radio (we piss them off too) and we love our co-workers that drive us nuts sometimes. It takes someone incredibly strong to save a life through the phone and someone even stronger to go back after they didn't. With that strength comes a weakness of vulnerability, we know our hearts will break more often than others, and we still continue to put on that headset to help others. The people with the biggest hearts work in a dispatch center. If you are lucky enough to be loved by one don't take them for granted.

The list could go on and on. Dispatchers possess so many skills and qualities that most people will never acquire in their lifetime. People think 911 and picture the police officer, the firefighter, the paramedic often completely forgetting the 911 dispatcher. For us, that's okay because other than this one week out of the year, we don't expect praise or thank you. When it comes down to it, we love what we do and we would do it no matter what.

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Humans Of Orlando: Home Decor Master Ashlee Rosemeyer

An interview with a home decor businesswoman


There wouldn't be enough adjectives to describe Ashlee Rosemeyer but inventive is just a start. I first met Ashlee through work and got to experience her ambitious work ethic, generous personality and care through her passions. She mentioned she had a passion of starting a home decor business and then in weeks this passion became a reality. This businesswoman and friend sits down with me to discuss her creativity, advice on owning your own business, and her future plans.

AshsToAshs Mission Statement: Mosaic pots for people who love plants. Handcrafted and made-to-order using unique, colorful glass to bring light into daily life. Let love grow with a free packet of seeds accompanied with each pot.

Q: About Me: (Age, Hometown, If you're in school or major or whatever hobbies, aspirations)

I'm 22 years old. I was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I graduated from UCF in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. My hobbies include crafting, specifically things that involve ceramics and mosaics. I love putting a unique twist on everyday objects. I aspire to continue to challenge myself and grow both personally and professionally.

Q: What profession are you in and whats your dream profession?

I currently have worked as a retail manager for the past four years. I do love expressing myself through style. However, my dream profession would be something related to my criminal justice degree.

Q: What got you passionate to become a business owner and create home decor?

I have a home of my own and absolutely fell in love with decorating it. The more I added in details, the more I thought of how cool it would be if I could add those special details into someone else's home and bring them that same joy.

I look up to Dazey LA. She's a female entrepreneur who specializes in ethically made products. I love how her brand is so personal to her and its bright, real and uplifting. Her clothing makes you feel empowered.

Q: What's the importance of creating a good environment for your home and does art help with that?

I believe that a good environment is vital in encoring a good mood and providing you with a space to grow. Art helps bring inspiration to everyday life. It inspires me to be my most creative self.

Q: What are your goals in 2019?

The main goal of 2019 is to grow AshsToAshs.

Q: What can you say to someone that wants to start their own business?

Just go for it.

Q: How has the social media platform change the way you're able to produce and be creative and reach people?

It helps you reach people that you wouldn't normally get to reach. It helps reinforce your brand and spread your message.

You can discover more of her beautiful handmade pots on her Instagram @_ashstoash_

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