This Post Has No Title…Just Words and a TuneSeptember 3, 2009
Another day working registers. Like yesterday, I spent most of the day at Creature Comforts. Register there wasn’t as awesome as stock, but it still wasn’t bad. The best part was playing tic-tac-toe with a little girl who only spoke Spanish. This was another chance to use what I learned this summer, and I did ask her name and how old she was. Other than that, it was all smiles, points, grunts, and charades, which I think is pretty amazing. It makes the world seem so much smaller when you realize that people can communicate almost wordlessly. So many gestures and inarticulate sounds are universal. We played for probably half an hour while her mom shopped, not really saying anything beyond “Ha!” when we won or “Gah!” when we lost.
After a short break, CDS (the Cast Deployment System) told me to find two of the Cast Members working parade duty and to give them their next assignment. Wouldn’t ya know, one of them was stuck on the other side of the parade route, so I had to stand there and watch the whole stinkin’ parade while I waited. I’m being sarcastic, of course. I love the parade! Every afternoon, I count down the minutes until 3:45, when it will start. You can hear the music coming from quite a ways away, and you can always tell when the parade is within sight: the crowd gets so still as people stop trying to squeeze through, and just stop to watch. Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade wasn’t my favorite when I first came to WDW as a guest. But, like all of Animal Kingdom, I’m starting to appreciate it more all the time. It’s less formal than the 3:00 parade at Magic Kingdom, and guest participation is much greater. In fact, it’s almost impossible not to at least clap your hands, and I almost always find myself humming along with the music. The giant animal puppets are definitely my favorite part, but I also love watching the faces of the guests who get to ride along in the parade. I’m sure their smiles are genuine when they start off in Africa, but by the time they reach Discovery Island, their cheeks must be hurting because their smiles are so forced that they’re nearly grimaces, and they’re barely waving. And they always look so self-conscious! Maybe it’s horrible, but I also find it entertaining.
All this, plus I finished up the afternoon working the Pin Porch, which is a Pin Trading center right outside of Island Mercantile. So of course there was lots of pin trading to do and guests to interact with. All in all, not a bad day.
Tonight I came home to the most delicious smell – one of my roommates put a pot roast in the crock pot with a note that it wouldn’t be ready until midnight, when she gets home, but that there would be plenty left for our lunches tomorrow. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love my roommates! It’s like a slumber party every day!
I finally found a shift on the Extra Hours Hotline that I could pick up. Next Sunday, I’ll work from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at DAK like normal, but then from 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. I’ll go work in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom. It will be a long day, but I think it will be fun. And It’ll put me halfway towards my goal of working in each of the parks at least once. The costume there is pretty crazy, but definitely an improvement on the Discovery Island dress. I’m probably going to try to go by costuming tomorrow to pick it up.
I’m sitting here, watching Project Runway, smelling pot roast, and I have to say…this is starting to feel like home. It’s still exciting and new, but I have this overwhelmingly wonderful feeling of routine; a feeling which I’ve missed for the last three and a half weeks. It’s very, very nice.