When you work for the Disney College Program you wake up thinking about what park you are going to go to that day or how long your shift is about to be. You never really think about when your program ends and all the things you will miss.
It has been two years now since I packed up my life and moved into Vista Way Apartments in Orlando, Florida to work for the Walt Disney Company under the Disney College Program. I miss everything from riding Transtar to eating a Mickey Bar before my shift. You never really realize how lucky you are for the experience and memories you are making until you do not get to do them everyday.
I miss the food.
The food is always amazing no matter where you go. Being able to plan my breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the app was a huge advantage. I was able to try many different cuisines and flavors.
I miss my costume.
I miss waking up, getting dressed, and watching my costume turn into a masterpiece. I was incredibly lucky; I was a lifeguard. This meant that I got one to wear one of the coolest costumes since all I wore was a swimsuit, white shirt, and swim trunks essentially. I miss the way my costume would smell after my shift, full of chlorine and sunscreen.
I miss the weather.
The warm sun hitting your face or a short thunderstorm was the perfect weather. While it may be too hot at times, it was nice. Warm weather is where my heart goes.
I miss my co-workers.
You meet some of the greatest individuals at your work location. You become close with them since you basically see each other every shift. You make memories during your shift and lean on each other for support. Not seeing them everyday sucks.
I miss my apartment.
I know this sounds silly since Vista Way was not the nicest apartments. However, I miss walking into my apartment and sharing a room with another girl. Sitting on the couch talking with your roommates late at night staring at the blank white walls is something I will never forget.
I miss going to the parks.
Going to the parks on days off is the thing to do. Creating adventures, riding rides, meeting characters, and just being plain silly in the parks was amazing. Feeling like a kid again is a feeling no one can resist.
I miss taking the bus.
In a weird way, I miss taking the bus. I enjoyed listening to my music and people watching as I waited for the bus or on the bus. You got to meet new people you might not have otherwise.
Some of these might be obvious or silly to miss, but cherish each memory and moment you have during your program. One day your program will be over and it'll be two years later and you are desperately missing everything about the Disney College Program.