You Call It Disney, I Call It Home
Moving to a new place is always stressful. In the weeks leading up to my move to Orlando I was anxious about the events that would follow the initial days. Questions like “Will I like where I work,” “Will I make new friends,” “Did I pack too much?” (The answer to the last question is a giant yes!) I was nervous to have to start over completely. This wasn’t just moving back to Hattiesburg to start another semester, this was taking my entire life and beginning again; a new apartment, new friends, new city (BIG new city), and new experiences.
Now that I have officially moved into Disney housing in Orlando my fears and nerves have calmed a bit. I had both Check in and Casting on Tuesday, there was a housing meeting on Wednesday, and today I just relaxed at the pool.
I live in Patterson Court with five other girls. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the apartment coming in, but it is bigger than I thought it would be. I couldn’t really judge the size from just watching YouTube videos from previous programs! There are three bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms. Meaning two girls each share a bedroom and a bathroom (with a tub! Heck yes!) We were also blessed with a walk in closet in each room, thank goodness because I brought way to many clothes! All six of us share a living room and dining room combo, a kitchen, and a balcony.
The complex is extremely safe, there is 24-hour security where you must show your Housing ID when you drive or walk in. My favorite part about the complex so far is the pool; I went yesterday after my housing meeting and tried to start getting a tan! Some other features the complex has are a fitness center that is open 24 hours (so I have no excuse to not get in shape), and a computer lab!
The first day was stressful, but also exciting. Mom and I pulled up to the entrance for my check in time of 9 a.m. There was a wonderful security guard who directed us in and I drove around the complex searching for the main building. Once we found it and parked I grabbed my bag and my check in paperwork and got in the line to wait my turn. In line I quickly spotted my new roommate Maci who had the same check in time, and the line went fairly quick after that! We got our Program Guides, key, and found out what apartment we were in directly before we took our Housing ID photo. Since I brought my car with me I had to pay my parking fee and get my decal. This was the point in the morning everything went wrong. “You need your vehicle registration,” the woman told me. Of course I had left it in the car, so I ran back and got it, filling mom in on the mornings events at the car before running back inside. When I got back in I tried to log into DORMS, the website where you pay the fee, but accidentally locked myself out for 30 minutes. Not wanting to sit around and wait I asked if I could come back later and get it. “Of course sweetheart,” she said. During my couple minutes of waiting I briefly met my second roommate Amanda!
We proceeded to drive around hunting for my building, which was in the very furthest back corner possible. Maci and her mom were already there and she had picked the room off the kitchen for us, which is where I need to be with my love of food! I had time to unload a few things from my over-packed car before I had to head off to Casting, where I met a third roommate Alex!
Sandy, the cast member on our bus, explained what we would be doing at Casting and played Disney trivia with us! Did you know that Bolt is a White American Sheppard or that Billy Joel was the voice of Dodger in Oliver and Company? On the bus going to Casting is when you pass under the Walt Disney World sign as a cast member for the first time. We counted down and cheered when we passed under it. I almost cried, of course! Casting took about an hour and a half, and once I finished mom and I took a break from unpacking and we all went and got lunch and groceries. Maci took us to this great place called Shake Shack, where I ate a delicious hot dog! If you have one in your area I highly recommend it, and its also pet friendly! We stayed up until midnight decorating my room and unpacking my belongings!
It’s not set in yet that I’m living and working at Walt Disney World, but as soon as I get my Cast Member ID and can get into the parks on Saturday I know I will be home!