Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day 32

I've officially been here for a month! Yay!

July 4th was amazing. We went to The Boardwalk and were able to see both Hollywood Studios and Epcot fireworks. The 5 minute tag they had added to Epcot's Illuminations was brilliant. Though we couldn't hear the accompanying soundtrack and narration it was still a marvelous site.

I had my first dining experience. On the following day, July 5th, I was immediately pulled from my spare position to work at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary. The first set I was practically shaking I was so nervous. In addition to it being my first dining experience, it was additionally my frist time working dining with a tour group taking up half a room! Everyone wanted individual photographs and autographs, and they were all taking their time about it. Fortunately there weren't loud or rambunctious, there just a great deal of people in bright green shirts taking up the first room! The captain did compliment me at the end of the shift tho, saying that I had done particularly well for my first time. I was very happy and relieved to hear it.

Since my shift didn't end till 3 and the dining shift ended around 1, when I returned to base I helped out the costuming people. First sorting Goofy's gloves, and some of the bloomers for one of the parades. Then I got to help one of the costumers, David, put together Tiana's gown. Oh, My, Goodness. It is sooooo gorgeous. And HEAVY! There are three layers to the initial skirt and then she has to wear a sort of dress on TOP of that. There were, I believe, 4 or 5 hoops in her skirt, each significantly larger than the last. (After we had put together the skirt I went under it and felt like I was a lamp and her dress the lamp shade.)

I've heard many of my fellow character performers say that face characters can be kind of snobby and stuck up, because they feel they are above us. I like to think that this isn't the case and it's simply that we perceive them that way. However I couldn't help that notice that when I was in costuming with David, goofing around, when an Ariel came to get her dress she gave us this kind of... look. However, determinded to kill the stereotype, I complimented her on her bag, which happened to have many Disney autographs on it, all in different colour markers. She immediately smiled and was pleasant. So, perhaps they only act this way because they think we don't like them. I don't know, I have hope yet.

Originally posted at Win Blog .

Going on this thought, I came to the realization that perhaps other cast members felt this way about ALL character performers, Face and Fur. I've been trying to say hi and smile at people as I pass them backstage and noticed that some seem surprised, others smile back, and others just look at me like I'm crazy, if they look at all. I hope we don't all come off as snobby :( .

Last nite we went out to celebrate Jesse's birthday and our one month anniversary as official Disney Cast Members. We previewed Taste of Africa at Animal Kingdom, which was a blast! I highly recommend it to anyone who will be visiting Disney World. Essentially, following Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade, vendors come out and offer all sorts of food, music, attractions, and more. There was a live band, and a WONDERFUL MC/DJ. It was staggering to see how many people work for Disney (It was a cast member exclusive event). Especially considering I know many people who had no idea what it was and many others who didn't come.

After that we went to the Cheesecake Factory, which was delicious and then to a bar called The Peacock Room. I didn't realize you could still smoke in bars in Florida, so was surprised by the smell of cigarette smoke upon entering. Oh well. I'm doing laundry today.

Yesterday, before all this partying and celebration I had work with Stitch in Tomorrowland. I hope I get the shift again because it was a lot of fun. My attendants, Kurt, who looked like a Ken Doll, Erin, and Anna, were such fun. They made it a very enjoyable day. The Performance Supervisor, or something like that, came and evaluated all of us. She said that she liked how I personalized my time with each of the guests, adjusting to them. It was nice to know that my efforts are noticed. She did note that I needed to put more energy into my character portrayal. I completely agreed with her and we had a nice discussion about sleeping and eating, two things I have yet to get on a regular schedule and am therefore feeling a little worn and less energetic than usual. She completely understood, which is good because I feared I sounded like I was making excuses. She was very sweet and I'm glad that she enjoyed what I was doing on set.

Well I think that's all for now. I'm going food shopping today, woot.

Have a magical day!

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