Wednesday, 30 November 2011

''If you can dream it, you can do it!'' twice

Hey guys, exciting news. Somehow I just got accepted for ICP 2012 :D woop

This year I got the congratulations email on November 29th and my role with be operations from June 10th to August 31st 2012! I cannot contain my excitement at the thought of getting to go back to the Happiest Place on Earth!!

Watch this space for further hints and tips if you too got accepted for the ICP :D

Laura :D

Hakuna Matata

Well I guess I got a bit 'Tangled'

Hey guys, long time no speak!!! Sorry I was a terrible blogger whilst I was out in the old sunshine state, there was just always something crazy fun to do! But here I am back and ready to inform you of exciting things that happened during the rest of my program!

So I can't remember where I left off so we shall start with my exciting backstage tour of the tower of terror, which was so cool and really interesting actually. I also got to ride the ride with the lights on. If you ever get a chance don't say no! But be prepared it's scarier with the lights on! From here we shall move along to my first ever visit to typhoon lagoon! Which was awesome and it was a lovely sunny day, there were some awesome attractions there and some unfortunate photopass photography, if you know what I mean! This week was topped off quite aptly with a lovely little trip to the theater to see Winnie the Pooh, one of the funniest cartoons I had seen in such a long time. We were in hysterics at it, and we were the oldest people in there, oops. But it's cool to love winnie the pooh right?

The real icing on the cake here was the epic attempt we made at consuming the Kitchen Sink. The mega mammoth ice cream creation served at Beaches and Cream. It has, if I remember rightly 9 scoops of ice cream, every topping imaginable and a whole can of cream! It was epic and I had such a sugar rush! A once in a life time experience and one completed in honour of a great friends birthday :D

During the summer there were also many trips to universal, experiencing the harry potter ride and crowds not unlike oxford street! It was an epic ride, and you've gotta love fate when you line up in single rider line in a pair and end up riding together for a fraction of the wait time :) smiles all around! There was also many soakings on Popeye and Jurassic park! Epic times!

What a way to wake up! 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian may have been, without doubt, one of the best breakfasts I have ever had in my life. The food was amazing and the company (winnie the pooh, tigger, alice, mary poppins and the mad hatter) was pretty awesome too! I would advise this and with cast discount it's a steal! The following day I met for lunch at the rainforest cafe with one of my uni friends Alix who was in the US on vacation. It was such a surreal experience and one I'll find hard to forget :) Work was pretty cool too, lots of crazy and interesting people, who thought I lived in the Ukraine, US, Australia, Spain... well you name it some one probably thought I lived there!

A few weeks before my program ended my parents came out to visit. Whilst they were around there was a lot of half day trips to parks before work, it was hard to keep hold of there whereabouts but it was so good to be able to call them whenever I wanted and not worry about the time zones which turned out to be more of an issue than you would have ever thought! We went to universal together and there was an epic thunderstorm but it was so nice to spend time with them although there was a lot of complaints over the soaring temperature! There were some amazing photos taken too. Memories galore. But the saddest thing was when they left, even harder than leaving the UK myself! But it was all worth it in the end :D

Other highlights include Fantasia minigolf after work, the most fun golf course ever I think. All disney and fantasia themed completed by fantasmics soundtrack playing in the background over at the studios :D I didn't win but it's all about the taking part :D there was also a fun trip to steak 'n' shake experiencing for the first time ever a steak'n'shake milkshake, which was pretty much a desert in itself, it was so good though :D After this there was a long hot walk back to vista as we failed to understand that the bus didn't go to crossroads during the day! eek. Oh well we all made it to work in the end :D

Thursday the 18th of August was graduation day. It was my personal highlight of the program. All of us there getting our graduation ears and photos with the boss :) also freebies and dancing with the characters, especially pluto to the cupid shufflle. Song of the ICP? The night wasn't complete without a major thunderstorm and a visit to the magic kingdom for wishes :) such a great night, but so sad to say goodbye to one of our fab five (group of friends) who went home the next day! It was a great end to her program I think, well I hope :D

Ever wanted to learn random facts about MK? Well one day me and my friend Collette went and did the MK scavenger hunt. One epic hunt for clues all around MK. Riding rides, finding the sleigh in summer? getting confused and circling the kingdom many a time. It was an epic game for us although we didn't win, so much fun to be had before work!

When my program ended on September 2nd me and Heather moved over to the All Star Sports resort for my last 11 days in the US. I made the most of my mini vacation. It was so weird being a guest again in WDW but it was a nice way to end an epic summer :D the best summer ever!!

Anyways I am off for a while, continue to follow me here for further updates :D

Laura :D