As Soon As You Become A Cast Member, Disney Becomes Your Life

As Soon As You Become A Cast Member, Disney Becomes Your Life

Only cast members know what it is like to work for a mouse.
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Working at Walt Disney World is a magical experience that few get to have in their lives. Unlike other jobs, you actually look forward to going to work to play on your "weekends." Also unlike other jobs, you get the special pleasure of spreading happiness to guests from all over the world.

This is not to say that the job is easy. You are challenged day in and day out with, let's say unique, guest experiences and expectations. But it has made you stronger as a person as a result. You are exposed to many different cultures that broadened your understanding of the world. You know how to say basic phrases like "how many in your party?" and "remain seated, please" in at least three different languages, but you know that the most important language is non-verbal, especially when you are attempting to soothe a guest who is "critiquing" you in a language you do not understand.

After you became a cast member when was the last time you waited in line more than 30 minutes? Why would you when you can get in for free anytime. Doing a whole day at the parks is almost unthinkable at this point. It's so much better to only go for a few hours, use your three Fastpasses, maybe grab a quick bite to eat and then go home early. Sometimes it's even better to go to the parks just to relax and hang out and not even go on a single ride. Why not? Walt Disney World is your home now.

You can get Mickey waffles whenever. Random morning off? Mickey waffles at Coronado Springs. Mickey waffles at Grand Floridian. Resort hop to find the best location. But y'all know Trail's End is the best.

Once you've worked for Disney long enough you have friends everywhere in the parks. It's like in college or high school when you can walk around and say hi to friends as you go to class, except at Magic Kingdom and Epcot. And honestly, this is so. much. better.

As a cast member you find yourself spending all your money on Disney merchandise (Disney knows this...they give you a great cast discount). You can't help yourself either because you are tortured every time you go to work seeing all the other guests with the merch you want. Like rose gold ears. I swear it's a trap. You know you didn't even want them until they were impossible to get. Then it just felt like the guests who did have them were taunting you until you finally found them at WoD and bought them. But you realize you didn't even buy them because you wanted them. You only bought them because they were IMPOSSIBLE to find so the exclusivity made you feel special.

You can tell the time by fireworks. 9:00, Illuminations. 10:00, Happily Ever After. Until they went and changed the time on us to 7:55. Who does that? Don't they know we set our day by these time signals?

Being a cast member in Orlando, Florida takes FOMO to a new level. Who cares if you're exhausted from working a 60 hour week. You still feel guilty for staying home to sleep on your one day off because in Orlando there are literally THOUSANDS of things you could be doing with your time. But all you really want to do is sleep and be a normal person.

As soon as you become a cast member people suddenly start contacting you for free tickets/discounts. You haven't talked to them in almost 5 years, whoops, suddenly you're a cast member and they just happen to reach out and want to reconnect after so long, at Disney World of course. And by the way, can you get me and my extended family in for free?

Living and working at Walt Disney World is an experience that most people outside of Orlando cannot understand. It definitely has its perks, like going to Disney for free, and experiencing magical things most guests never get to see, but it also is a challenge to adapt to the "Disney" life. However, no matter how much you complain, deep down you love your job and do it for the magic you get to create every day.

Cover Image Credit: Kevin Crosby

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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9 Things To Do In Nashville If You Have No Idea What To Do

Trust me, I was just as lost as you are.

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Nashville is a great place packed full of lots of really cool smaller great places that all offer their own unique take on the city. If you're like me, though, and have a hard time ~planning ahead~, then this list is exactly what you need. I went around and got lost and tried all the coolest hidden gems in Nashville so you don't have to. Here are some of my faves.

1. Milk & Honey Nashville

Located in the Gulch, Milk & Honey is the coffee shop/cafe from my dreams. It's decorated perfectly for any cute insta story and y'all when I say their coffee is amazing I mean it. Try it. It's so worth it, and pretty easy to find, too! You can browse their menus here.

2. Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop

While we're on the topic of coffee shops, Frothy Monkey is a MUST try. Trust me, I've drunk A LOT of coffee in my lifetime, and theirs is up in the top 10 of the best. They have other good things too, but if you're a coffee person like me, this place is heaven, I promise. It's right off 12th Avenue and within walking distance of lots of other funky little shops.

3. Two Old Hippies

This is the coolest little shop you will ever go into. Tucked away in the Gulch, it's within walking distance of Milk & Honey, so stop by after you grab a coffee and browse. They have everything from handmade clothes to cool books to refrigerator magnets. This is one of my all time favorites and I know you'll love it too.

4. Baked on 8th

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I fell in love the second I saw the cute sign. Baked on 8th has a great atmosphere and even better little pastries, cookies, and cakes. Their cookies were so good it took every ounce of self-control I had to not go back and order 2 dozen. 12/10 would recommend if you're into Instagrammable locations and bomb sugar-filled desserts.

5. Burger Republic

I get it, you've gotta eat more than just cookies and coffee. As far as restaurants go, this place is home to the best burger I've ever eaten, plus the atmosphere is pretty laid back and great, and it's an awesome place to go and watch pretty much any sporting event happening anywhere relatively close to Nashville. Browse the menu so you can know exactly what to order before you even get there here.

6. Fido

In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a HUGE fan of coffee shops and cafes. Fido was the most perfect little spot. It boasts about its gourmet coffee and great food, and rightfully so. It's also got the coolest funky vibe that makes you just want to sit and stay all day, and it's in a great location and decently close to Vanderbilt.

7. Go see some murals

Nashville is FULL of these bad boys. I know y'all have all seen the countless pictures of those people with big butterfly wings. Well, there's more and they're all around the city and on the side of pretty much every building. It's cliche, but tbh it's also kind of a must do while you're there.

8. Walk around Centennial Park and the Parthenon

This is a really nice place to visit if you're looking to spend a couple of hours away from the concrete of the city, and the Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the one in Greece.

9. Ride one of those little scooters around and explore

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I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I did not ride the scooters. They seem kind of dangerous and I know without a doubt that if I tried to get on one it would not end well for me, the scooter, or anyone within a 3-mile radius. With that being said, though, I did see a lot of people riding them and it looked pretty fun, plus it's a great way to see the city without walking too much. So if you just want to explore, hop on one of these bad boys and pray.

Nashville is a great city full of tons of tourist attractions and amazing musical history, but if you find yourself stuck with nothing to do for a couple of hours before your next walking tour, you're sure to find something on this list that you'll love. So, you're welcome.

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