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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Engaged in Walt Disney World

So, my WDW vacation is over, but I have some wonderful memories as always. One of which is that my boyfriend of 3 years asked me to marry him!!!

We were standing on our balcony in Saratoga Springs overlooking the water when he took my righthand ring (that he gave me for our 6 month) and pretended to put it on my left hand. He had actually put on a diamond Tiffany engagement ring and said "Will you marry me?" It was so cute. Of course I said yes! The ring is BEAUTIFUL (it's platinum!) and I am SO happy, it doesn't seem real. He even asked my parents for their permission to ask me. We are starting such a wonderful journey together and in a few weeks, we will back in Florida! I can't wait.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Hi everyone! Today is my last day of vacation here in Walt Disney World and I have great news! I know my actual role!!! Mike and I met a very nice person who is doing Fall Advantage on Kilamanjaro Safaris and he said he would look us up on the HUB!!! He facebooked me and told me that I am working at EPCOT Attractions West (which is more than likely Mission Space and Test Track!!!!) Thank you Adam!!! I am SO excited to know what I am doing and it is really funny because we were planning on going to EPCOT today anyway! :-) Unfortunately, Michael was not yet listed on the HUB so his specifics are not yet known.


Have a magical day!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Disney World

I'm in Disney!!! It is day 3 of my family's Disney World vacation, and we are having a great time. I have been noticing several people doing the CP here and have done a little bit of chatting with them... Mike also tried to speak with someone who works on the Monorail to see what he would be doing for the CP (Transportation) and they said that he would be helping people on/off the monorail and eventually he may be trained to drive!! So jeal.

Anyway, I discovered a ride that I would love to operate: Studio Backlot Tour. I never thought of it before, but we went on it yesterday and it was so much fun! So, I don't think I will be calling for any more requests, seeing as it is so close, but I'm sure I will have fun with anything I do.

Oh, I also had breakfast with Belle this morning at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Resort and we are twins! lol I don't know what casting was thinking when they didn't hire me for a character, more specifically, Belle from Beauty and the Beast. :-P I don't really think I looked that much like her, but she certainly looked the part, it was great. She may have been a little more thin than I am but I could just be being critical of myself. Whatev.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Login Page

So I called yesterday to find out about the Login page thing. The first time I called, I spoke with a man who I have talked to before (who never seems pleasant, which is strange because that is not the Disney way) and he basically told me it was not there because I was using FireFox and they only recommend that you use Internet Explorer to look at their website. I said Ok and tried going on the site with Explorer. Same thing happened, no role.

So I called later that day and spoke with a very nice young lady who told me that she will look it up. I was really hoping that she was going to say "Ah, yes you have been selected to host The Great Movie Ride or Jungle Cruise" but unfortunately that didn't happen. She said that I am "in the system for Attractions" so I guess that it means absolutely nothing that my role disappeared.

Oh well. On the DISboards, someone received a phone call from Disney telling her that she was selected to host Innoventions and she would have to memorize about 15 pages of script to spiel off about different products. Someone who is a current cast member with Disney responded to her saying that when you are selected for that, you also get a $1 premium pay increase! So instead of making measily minimum at $7.26 in FL, if you are selected for this, you get at least $8.26 (which is almost respectable!! lol). So that is exciting for her.

Hopefully I will find out before I get down there what I will be doing. We shall see!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Login Website

Where is my role???

I logged into the website today and found that my role had disappeared. It still has all of my correct season and date information, but the role has disappeared. Other people on DISboards have had this happen too, but I am going to call to see if maybe they can tell me what my actual job will be!

We'll see!

Sunday, December 13, 2009


So... not too much news the past couple of days. Definitely not going to be a character, which is upsetting, but I am really excited for the program. Talked to my step-cousin Tyler yesterday which was nice... (he is also doing the CP).

In other news, I am going to Disney for vacation one week from Wednesday, which means I am also almost done being an RA! Don't get me wrong, it was fun, and I made a lot of great friends, but it was stressful at times and a little much to combine with an engineering full course load.

I know it's early (still have about 40 days until I leave), but I kind of started packing today... I put my new TV and a twin comforter and sheet in one of my space bags (which was a great investment!).

Anyway, it's funny that now that classes are over, I don't know what to do with my time. I'm so used to being busy nearly 24/7 that I don't know what to do when I have down time. It's good, because it makes me more confident that I will be able to handle working full time and taking 4 online classes.

Auf wiedersehen

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Attraction Request

So, I called Disney again yesterday to request a specific attraction. At first I wated to only ask for Jungle Cruise or The Great Movie Ride because those are the most guest interactive and challenging because you have to memorize a long spiel. But then I realized that since Mike is doing transportation, he may be working on the monorails until really late. (The monorails run up to 2 hours after the last park closes- and Magic Kingdom can be open till 2am with extra magic hours!) So, I would want our schedules to coincide at least a little bit (either both working mornings or both working nights or something), meaning that I should prob work at the Magic Kingdom at an attraction that is open late for extra magic hours. In addition, since I will no longer have my RA income, I will really need to be able to pick up extra shifts (Disney only guarantees something like 32 hours of work per week) to make sure ends meet. BUT, I am taking 12 CREDITS of online classes at URI while on the program. Needless to say, I am going to be extremely busy. Fortunately, Mike doesn't need to keep concurrent full time status to keep his financial aid (but I do, which is why I have to take so many classes) so he will be able to pick up extra shifts to make more money for us. He will, however, still be taking 2 online courses (he needs them to graduate on time).

So anyway, I decided to request either the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios or anything in the Magic Kingdom (even though I really want Jungle Cruise). By the way, none of these requests are guaranteed, if there is more need in the Animal Kingdom, I may end up there- who knows! Anywhere I end up, I know I will have an AMAZING time!

I think that on my family Christmas vacation to Disney World (in less than 2 weeks!!!), I will ask cast members at different attractions who may look college aged if they are in the WDWCP and what they get for hours, etc. Maybe I will end up calling the recruiting office back to completely change my preferences!

So, that is all for now. Sorry my posts are so long!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Official Audition Results

Well, that email worked.

Just checked my email to get that sinking feeling in my stomach. This is what I read:

We would like to thank you for attending the recent Walt Disney World® Entertainment audition in your area. Unfortunately, you were not selected for a role as a Character Performer.

If you have not already completed an interview and would like to be considered for other roles, please call 1-800-722-2930.

If you are still awaiting a final decision on your status, you will be notified within 4-6 weeks.

If you were already extended an invitation to join the Disney College Program, we encourage you to notify us of your decision through our Web site as soon as possible.

If you have already accepted an invitation for a different role, please continue to visit our Web site to help prepare for your arrival.

Thank you again for your interest in the Disney College Program!

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Disney College Recruiting

This was tough to hear.

More on the Audition and PI stuff

So, I made a phone call today to the Disney Job Line and they told me that I am STILL BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIPS I APPLIED FOR!!! I can't believe it. But at the same time, I feel like they don't actually know. Shouldn't I have heard by now? When I applied for PIs for this past summer, no one ever got back to me. I just never received an email rejecting me at all (and I was never offered a position either).

Honestly, it's just one less decision to make :-)

In terms of audition news, there is none. Brenna wrote on the DIS boards that she thinks those who have not heard about their status are in the character pool. I am NOT keeping my hopes up and I plan to audition when I am down there just the same. So, I have emailed Ms. Marciari several times now with no response from her. Once I received an automatically generated response because she was on Vaca. and another time I got nothing at all. So, I just sent this:

Ms. Marciari:

Hello, my name is Tabitha McLellan and I auditioned for a position in entertainment for the Spring 2010 season in the Disney College Program. I am contacting you because I was told that I would receive an email telling me one way or the other within 2-3 weeks of auditioning and have yet to receive one (over 5 weeks later). I was wondering if there is still any possibility that I will be offered a Character Performer Role, or if everyone has already been offered a role who passed the audition, or if perhaps I am in some sort of character pool with a pending status until further notice?

Any information is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Tabitha McLellan

I hope she responds to this. I have heard that other people have gotten answers this way. I mean, I basically know that it's a "no" but I can't help but wonder why I haven't received a rejection email yet? If only they knew how badly I wanted this.