October has arrived and with October comes Halloween. This only means one thing: It’s time for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties! I have been to two parties and they are so much fun! I really love working during them too because you get to see everyone’s costumes. My favorite so far has to be the family dressed up as the Main Street Electric Parade. One was dressed as a dwarf in a mine cart and the other two were turtles complete with lights and music; they were so legit. During the parties there is a Villain Dance Mix and Mingle, which is a show on the castle stage complete with a meet and greet afterward. The parade is incredible as is the fireworks; definitely some of the best entertainment that Disney offers. In addition there are a ton of special character meet and greets (the seven dwarfs, the princes, Captain Jack Sparrow, Tarzan), lots of candy, and the Cadaver Dans sing in Frontierland. Since there is so much Halloween nonsense to see, most every attraction has little to no wait, which can definitely get boring when you are working.
Another special event also recently started: The Food and Wine Festival in Epcot. I went on September 27th for the preview and everything was heavenly. The food is absolutely amazing, but kind of expensive; you definitely have to pace yourself when you go, so you don’t spend absurd amounts. They gave out little festival booklets that have all the countries listed along with all the food and wine. When you go to each booth you can get your booklet stamped at each country so you can keep track of where you’ve been and where you need to go. Oh yes! Speaking of food, Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney has brought back their Holiday Sandwich. It is turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce all served in their artisan bread… it is hands down the best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life. You must try it!
In terms of Splash, work is the same old same old. It’s not as busy as the summer, which is nice but can get dull at times. We have also gotten plenty of new CP’s, so I don’t have as many closing shifts; winning! Since there is a candy trail in our queue during the Halloween parties, we can also pick up treat shifts. I have one on Thursday and am so looking forward to it! I’ve always wanted to hand out tons of candy :D
In terms of housing, we recently had another inspection and won the White Glove Award! Looks like a few hours of cleaning definitely paid off. We also recently got new buses; switched from American Coach to Transtar. I didn’t think that they new buses could be any worse than the old ones… turns out that they are. They are much smaller and have fewer seats and they tend to break down pretty often. The drivers are also still getting used to the routes, so they tend to run late. Hopefully they will start running better soon! My classes are also starting on Wednesday, so I’m very excited for those. I’ll be sure to let you know all about them.
Oh yes… Speaking of October, this means that I’ve been down here for about four months. It’s so sad that my program is almost over. I have made so many incredible friends and love my job; I just don’t want it to come to an end!
Well that’s all for now folks. I’ll try and include a post of pictures soon, but for now I have to finish my laundry and get ready for work. Take care and have a magical day!