Thursday, 13 September 2012

There’s No Place I’d Rather be Than on my Surfboard out at Sea

Everybody pay very close attention. I'm updating my blog within the week. Everyone say 'Ooooooh!'. Everyone say 'Aaaaaah!'. Everyone enjoy how I'm still stealing jokes from Jungle Cruise.
On Monday, I was back to being a regular Cast Member in Canada. I had a short opening shift, I didn't have any trainees, I wasn't wearing my trainer pin, and I was able to ER for half an hour to go to Magic Kingdom with Zach, who came in the last round of newbs two months ago. There were Hidden Mickeys in BBQ sauce on my flatbread pizza at Pinocchio's, there was a less-than-ten minute wait for Splash Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight still had FastPasses available and we got another tour of the utilidoors. Life at Magic Kingdom is freaking fantastic.
The most delicious of the Hidden Mickeys,
bottom right corner.
Very early the next morning, the majority of the Canada merchandise cast got ourselves out of bed super ridiculously early in the morning to get to Magic Kingdom backstage by 6:30am. We met one of our leaders there (a different Zach, new Zach slept in and missed it, ha ha) and bussed over to the utilidoors (the tunnels) of Magic Kingdom. We got a little turned around (we work at World Showcase, it's a circle) but eventually met our (ghost) hosts, Joseph and David, for a very special, very early backstage tour of The Haunted Mansion. We took two hours in safety vests to walk through the entire attraction, room by room, hopping alongside Doom Buggies with our extremely knowledgable tour guides pointing out every single little detail that we never knew about but absorbed with unprecedented concentration. Lights on the entire time, of course.
Canada merchandise cast under the portrait of Master Gracey.
Seriously though, I'll forget all my chemistry to remember Haunted Mansion facts.
We also got to be the first passengers on the day, and we were allowed to take as many flash pictures as we wanted (flash photography is prohibited, as the spirits are frightfully sensitive...that's a direct quote). It was definitely one of the highlights of my program so far. Afterwards, manager Zach granted me an ADO (another day off), as I was driving Lindsay to the airport, and really wanted to go back to bed afterwards.
Bad picture, but that's Lucifer, the Haunted Mansion "mascot" on the wreath.
Cast pet him for luck every morning. Yup, Canada cast included. 
After a very refreshing mid-day nap, Lesley and I went to Hollywood Studios for dinner and a marathon of Rock'n Roller Coaster. Twelve times! Partially assisted by mysterious FastPasses that just materialized for Lesley when we went to get round 5. Fate. FATE. Needless to say, I'm really really not scared of Rock'n Roller Coaster anymore. Hence, multiple poses for the photos.
The "We're Calling Eddie!" pose (back row)
Wednesday, I had another full day of training with my trainee. Suffice to say I'm going to be excellent for like my third trainee. Moving on...
Today I went for breakfast at Ohana, a table service restaurant at the Polynesian Resort, with Lesley and Rhys. It's family-style American breakfast with visits from Lilo, Stitch, Mickey in a Hawaiian shirt and Pluto wearing a lei. So magical. We were going to hit the Polynesian pool, but after a random recalling of Haunted Mansion facts from Tuesday, we decided to go to Magic Kingdom to see the attraction in action, as well as for me to point out things as fast as I could. Then we went on the Peoplemover, cuz it's fun.

Rhys, me and Lesley hanging (loose) with Stitch for breakfast.
Tomorrow will be another day off for me, and it'll start at Magic Kingdom again. I'll reveal why next time...


Note: Way too many of my Haunted Mansion pictures were too revealing of magic to be shared. Sorry for not ruining it for everyone.

Thanks to: Charlotte from England for the mail last week, as well as the Haunted Mansion ghost hosts for their spook-tacular tour. See what I did there?


  1. this is one of my favourites! I'm glad you're getting to do magical secret stuff so when we go in 20 years you can point it all out

  2. Hi! I just found your blog yesterday and am super excited! I have my phone interview to work at Epcot next week (for Canada, of course!) and have been looking up info (again) and blogs of participants. You're even in merch, which is what I'm hoping for! Your tour of the haunted mansion sounds amazing! How long are you there for?

  3. This has got to be the best blog I've ever seen!! And please ignore my question. :)

  4. Thanks for the love, and good luck on your interview!