I have to admit, I was really upset when I logged onto my Facebook one morning and saw fellow Cast Member alumni posting the news- Wishes was getting replaced, after 14 years of performing nightly at the Magic Kingdom.
As I get older, Mother’s Day always gets a little more emotional for me. I see less pictures of my friends with their own mothers, and more pictures of my friends being mothers- it still blows my mind.
Now that I’ve been married for over a year, I’m constantly bombarded by questions from well-meaning family, friends, and coworkers, of when I’m planning to become a parent myself. And the answer is, I just don’t know. Of course, I would love to have a little prince or princess to love unconditionally and take heart-warming pictures with. The truth is, I’m just not emotionally or financially ready to have kids.
Wouldn’t it be cool to make money just by being a full-time Disney fan?
That’s what I thought on a hot sunny Sunday, sitting in my South Florida apartment. I was in bed, hadn’t changed out of my pajamas yet, and on a whim started watching a Disney-themed YouTube channel called “TheTimTracker.” Tim and his wife Jenn are Orlando locals who go to the Disney parks a lot (as well as SeaWorld and Universal), and vlog about their day-to-day lives. They are charismatic, funny and charming, and I was instantly hooked. They have over 200,000 “subscribers” and film a video every day. Even the videos where they don’t go to the parks and just hang out at home were enjoyable! When I watched some more and found out that Jenn, the wife in the videos, basically made a living out of going to theme parks and editing their videos, I was in awe. She got to stay home all day and edit; when she wasn’t at home, she was out having fun! And I wanted in on the game too.
Let me preface this by saying that FOLK (as it’s known to the cool kids) is my favorite show in Walt Disney World. I never get disappointed when I see it, and I still get chills as the music dims and the first chimes of “Circle of Life” start playing. It used to be one of my favorite pastimes during my time working at DAK, and I often went with friends if I happened to end my shift early.
I got engaged to my now-husband on the original Soarin’. Yes, during the ride. Up in the air. Hang-gliding over the CA seaside. Therefore, Soarin’ Around the World will never quite measure up.
First things first, I love that they added a third queue. This drastically reduces the wait times, so that you can spend your FastPass on Frozen instead, and just wait on the stand-by at Soarin’. When my husband and I rode, we waited 45 minutes in the stand-by line- which is almost unheard of on a busy day at Epcot.
Two of the most anticipated rides of 2016 for me opened at Epcot in the summer: Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World. Both rides replaced or refurbished attractions that held a lot of nostalgia for me, but I was excited to ride both of them when they finally opened, regardless of my fondness for their predecessors. Let’s start with Frozen:
A little intro…
I’m a past Disney cast member, and I love visiting Disney, taking photos, and sharing news/ride reviews, etc. I used to work as a “Conservation Education Presenter” (now “Wilderness Explorer”) at Animal Kingdom in the spring of 2012, and I miss it every day. In the meantime, my husband and I hold annual passes and live in South Florida- we try to visit the world as much as we can!
This is my little corner of the universe where I’ll discuss any Dis-related (and sometimes personal) topics that come to mind. I welcome any advice and opinions, and I encourage everyone to stick along while I figure this blogging thing out! I’m also just getting into makeup and hair at the ripe old age of late 20-something, so I might as well share those tips as well.
Below you’ll find a link of a book I wrote detailing my experiences as a Disney cast member at DAK (Disney’s Animal Kingdom):
Thanks everyone, and I hope you enjoy the ride!
Hugs and fishes,