CATCHING FIRE BOOK/MOVIE "REVIEW"

Alright. I have returned from my second viewing of Catching Fire and shall now attempt to review it as best I can. 

Firstly, I want to re-cap/talk about the book. In preparation for the premier, I re-read Catching Fire the day of. When I first read the trilogy, this was my absolute, hands-down favorite. (I actually haven’t read Hunger Games more than once. I’ve started it a few times, but haven’t completely read it more than the initial first time.) I cried through the entire book, and it was where I fell in love with Peeta. During HG, I was strictly Team Gale, because he was a much more masculine, un-emotional basket case character than Peeta. But, because Peeta IS all of those things, he and I are exactly alike. In HG, Peeta is very much a lost puppy when it comes to Katniss. In Catching Fire, the way he acts is so close to my heart. While it kills him to keep up this act knowing Katniss doesn’t feel the way he does, he goes with it. It’s better to be able to act in love with her for a little while than never, I guess.

The first time reading it, I wrote about it. I’m just copying and pasting now:

Like Haymitch told her, “You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve  [Peeta].” It’s so true. He’s too good for her. He loves her. “If you die, and I live, there’s no life left for me at all back at District 12. You’re my whole life…I would never be happy again…It’s different for you. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be hard. But there are other people who’d make your life worth living.” He means Gale, mostly. He’s basically telling her he would die for her so she can go back to her mother, sister, and Gale. But he will die loving her. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had come down to the two of them if he would kill himself just so she could be the Victor.  The entire time reading, I cried. I cried because I wanted to love Peeta as much as Katniss should, but I can’t. Because Peeta is me.
Gale doesn’t deserve Katniss. She doesn’t deserve him. They’re relationship is weird. At first they were like brother and sister, but deeper than just that. Like it was obvious they would someday end up marrying, but they hadn’t grown past their need to protect each other and their families. Gale didn’t seem to show any real romantic interest until Katniss returned from the Games. As a romantic, I hated that. At least Peeta didn’t hide it after he said it to all of Panem. Gale and Katniss pretended their kiss never happened for a long time. By the time Gale told her he loved her, she was too confused by her own feelings between him and Peeta.
Katniss has a stronger life bond with Peeta, because of the Games. But Gale has kept her mother and sister alive, as she has his family. She begins to need Peeta for comfort and safety, while keeping Gale for the safety of her mother and Prim. As far as SHE is concerned, she needs Peeta. But she and Gale are the same. They both lost their fathers in the mining accident, hunted together, and lived in the Seam together. While Peeta knows nothing of the suffering they went through together before he suffered in the Games.
But Katniss herself is confused because of the pressure put on her by the Capitol. President Snow threatened her into staying with Peeta, by threatening Gale. It’s almost like that scene in Phantom of the Opera; she will be unhappy either way because her loves for Peeta and Gale are so different.
I think she is destined to be with Peeta. Not just because he’s the other main character, but because of fate. Of course it’s just a book, but within the story, fate still has to happen. Because Peeta’s father was in love with Katniss’s mother, and she chose a coal miner instead, it is kismet that Katniss will choose the baker’s son over the coal miner.

My feelings about all of this has not changed even in the second time around reading it. Still, this time, I didn’t cry like I wanted to. I couldn’t even tell where I would have a reason to cry. Also, I remembered the make-out sesh on the beach to be much longer and even better than the cave scene from HG. In re-reading, I was very disappointed in my expectations from the first read. I didn’t remember the book being SO MUCH about the space between the 74th and 75th games. During the first read, the games seemed to be so much longer. The story didn’t progress quite as quickly as I recalled. Of course, I read all three books in just a few days, so I was running on new-book adrenalin and couldn’t sleep until I had finished the stories. Reading Catching Fire as a stand-alone for purposes of preparing for the movie may have made my experience much different.

But as for the movie, I was very pleased.  I think one reason I love it so much as a movie adaption is the script’s use of actual lines from the book. Even less-than-iconic lines were used in both the book and movie, and I think it helps make the film seem like a better adaption. Even with details being left out (LIKE PLUTARCH’S FUDGING WATCH OR THE WHOLE CHARACTER OF MADGE IN HG), aspects of the book are so well added back through the dialogue. That’s something I wish had been done more in Harry Potter, for example. SO MANY great lines from the books were left out of the movies.

Let’s talk about the costuming and makeup in these films. How AWESOME would it be to design or even wear these creations? You have absolute freedom because the Capitol is CRAY. I wish we had more chances to see the styles on each of the extras, because it amazes me. Also, let’s talk about how Katniss and Rihanna have a similar hairstyle:
Back to things left out. Something that bothered me about the movie in comparison to the book is the fact that Plutarch Heavensby gives NO hint to being an ally to Katniss until the very end. Yes, he convinces Snow to not blow her up right away, but other than that he seems just as much of a scumbag as the president until you see him with Haymitch and Finnick at the end. At least in the book he seems a little more on her side from the beginning (*cough* the watch *cough*). 
I wish they had talked more about Haymitch being the victor of the previous Quarter Quell. That’s kind of important. They really didn’t talk at ALL about previous QQs, which is hard for viewers like my parents who have to be re-told the plot all the time. I’m still waiting for a book/movie/short story/well-written fanfic about Haymitch’s time in the games. Along with this, did we forget Katniss’s mother lost a friend to the 50th games? Of course, she was related to Madge, a character that, according to the movie, doesn’t exist. Mrs. Everdeen really hardly exists in the film anyway. 
I literally just got on Tumblr for a second and found this by the ever-fabulous Tyler Oakley:
So. Fudging. Accurate. 
Something else that sort-of bothered me was Katniss’s random bouts of PTSD. Yes, we know she has nightmares and thinks a lot about what she had to do in the games, but in the movie she freaks out ONCE about shooting Marvel (right? Marvel? Some kid anyway.), but doesn’t think twice about it again. She wakes to nightmares, but isn’t worried by picking up a bow again. So that just seemed odd to me. 
In The Hunger Games movie, there was a lot more commentary by Caesar. There was none once the actual 75th game started. I really liked that about the previous movie, because Stanley Tucci is the perfect Caesar, and I love his character. The only time we were torn away from the game itself was for stupid President Snow and he can go fall in a hole. I missed Caesar and his über-white teeth.
Now, I am going to re-read Mockingjay, because I just feel like I need more to the story. I also really want to like this book more the second time than I did when I first read it. I expect to look very much like this: 

This Our Blog Party We Can Say What We Want–Substances

*DISCLAIMER* Like my other TOBPWCSWWW post on Religion, this is ONLY meant to share MY OPINION on a certain topic. Like the Miley Cyrus-inspired title suggests, it’s my blog and I’m going to use it for my own voice. Many people I care about very much, and many strangers have inspired this post, and I just want to say that I don’t mean to hurt you in any way. But I have to say this because I have to share how I feel.

Something I never thought about having to deal with in adulthood is knowing people that drink or smoke or use other such substances. Yes, I knew cigarettes and alcohol was a thing, and it didn’t bother me that much. But in going to college and now about to move to Orlando, I’m becoming more and more aware of choices people make in regards to these things.

Alcohol has never been an issue in my home. My parents drink, but have never abused it, and I have never looked at legal drinking as a bad thing. For myself, I do not see any kind of alcohol in my future. I don’t like the smell, don’t like the affects it can have on people who choose to abuse it, and definitely don’t like the calories. But I’ve never been around people who I know drink while underage. Not until recently.

In high school, there were a few people I knew that drank, but I didn’t care much for them so it didn’t upset me quite as much when it came to them. But in college, when some of my very best friends began telling me about getting drunk on holidays or weekends, I began to get upset about it. I was aware of the partying people at HSU, but I wasn’t friends with them, and, like the guys in high school, didn’t really care. It was when it was people I considered myself very close to that caused me to worry about the friends I had chosen. In seeing the kinds of people taking part in the DCP who will be partying and making terrible decisions, I don’t want to waste my time making friends with them only to find out their habits later.

What bothers me the very most about these people drinking is that they are underage. When you are at home with a parent or other responsible, legal adult, I’m not so upset and judgey. Still maybe a little, but not near to the extreme as when people are sneaky about it. Age limits are put on certain things for a reason. Because there are those who NEED age limitations, even if there are others who do not. American teenagers and young adults are a majority of idiots, and putting an age on alcohol consumption/purchasing is a great thing, though it is not enforced very well. Go to another country where the age is lower and drink legally. But nothing bothers me more than those who abuse alcohol under the legal age.

Alcohol isn’t the worst. Yes it is fattening and not great in excess, but there have been studies that show it has some benefits. Here and here are two articles I found discussing the risks and benefits together. Find your own articles, as well. Still, for me, I don’t like it and would much rather be fully aware of my surroundings and actions.

I’d rather be around people who are drinking in moderation than smoking. I DO NOT tolerate smoking of any kind, whether it’s cigarettes or hookah, or whatever. I don’t even have proper thoughts or reasons, because I shouldn’t have to. Smoking is SO terrible for you, and please browse the CDC website on this. I can’t even read all the facts on this without crying. I can’t imagine why someone would choose to kill themselves with cigarettes.

Not only is smoking one of the worst things you could possibly do for your health, you smell GOD-AWFUL, and why would you want to smell that bad? Why would you want the added wrinkles when you’re older? Why would you want your nails to look like that? Why would you want to sound like that?

There are so many wonderful people who do smoke. Smoking doesn’t make you a bad person, so please don’t think I’m saying that. I found a list on IMDB of people who smoke, and I love so many of them. Hell, Walt Disney died of lung cancer because he smoked so much. Classic films are full of smoking, because that was just the norm. These days, though it isn’t uncommon, smoking doesn’t have the same attractiveness that it may have in Audrey Hepburn and Clark Gable days. Cigarettes aren’t cute. Think of the secondhand smoke and the people who you are affected because of your actions.

Drugs are another VERY OBVIOUS thing that I am against. No explanation necessary. Don’t do it.

YES. These are CHOICES you and only you can make. I understand that. But it’s a choice that affects other people. If you say or do something that hurts someone else in the process of YOUR habit, it is no longer just about you.

I just think, why not do something better with your time? Paint your nails, learn to knit, read a book, drink some coffee. Why do something that can potentially END your life because you created a bad habit? I also consider overeating just as harmful to your life, and that’s something *I* struggle with. It’s a habit that is just as hard to break as smoking and drinking. No one is perfect, but I definitely do not condone any actions that involve alcohol, smoking, and drugs.

Eating in the DCP?

From older blog posts, you know I have been on a journey to change my diet and health lifestyle. It’s had its ups and downs, for sure, but I’m actually quite proud of what I’ve done. Even times where I haven’t stuck completely with health, I’ve made up for it with other things. Because I haven’t been working out like I wish I would, eating less than I normally would have and trying to make better decisions has made all the difference. 

There’s no way I won’t eat cake if we  have it. Or have a soda if I’m out with friends at dinner. But the trick is not getting a refill, or not eating ALL the cake we have. That’s what has made me able to maintain the weight I have been at for so long. NOT gaining back everything I lost over the summer is much more important than losing more. 
But, with that said, I WOULD like to get under 200 pounds before I move off on my own to Florida. Life will be so busy and tiring, I can only imagine I will NOT go to the gym like I would like to. If I go at all. But I have decided on a grocery list already that will help not feel so bad about what I eat while I’m down there. I’m hoping eating not-awfully will be easier than I think. With two of my roommates NOT eating any kind of gluten, and one not eating red meat, I think it will be easier to not buy those things in the first place. Not to buy Oreos and M&Ms and Lucky Charms and ice cream, but to get better options to at least keep around the apartment. If I don’t buy it, I won’t eat it, and won’t really even crave it. 
In the parks, it’s another story. I will still most likely eat whatever when I go there. But what is most important to me is to keep food AT HOME that is good for me. 

Thor 2 vs. Tangled

As anyone who has spent any amount of time on my social media accounts or with me in person would know, I’m obsessed with movies. My holiday wishlist is nothing but movies and books. So, as you would guess, movies of books would be very high on my love list. In the last week, I have been to a movie theater 3 times for 2 movies, spending about 13 hours there in total. And every. Minute. Was. Worth it. So, let’s talk about that.

The first movie I have seen this week was Thor: The Dark World (hereby referred to as Thor 2). I went to see it with friends on Saturday, and was very reluctant to go in the first place. When I saw the first Thor movie, I hated it. I love all of the Avengers, but Thor was by far my least favorite. Not to mention we saw the first one in 3D and I sat there pissed off the whole time because of that. So when going to see Thor 2, I didn’t have very high expectations. But earlier that morning, I got to spend a little time with my HSU friend, Braxton, who was in town briefly. He told me that the second was SO much better than the first, and that I would love it, so I had no choice but to believe him.

He was right. But, the little poop spoiled the movie without spoiling the movie. *I* won’t be the one to spoil it, but he did a little damage to my viewing because of a comment he made at breakfast. I will, however, share this video. It isn’t really spoiling any major plot, I promise. It’s just a cameo that is the entire reason I even saw this movie the very next day.

Yum. So many giggles.

Another thing in the movie was how many references to OTHER movies you could make. My favorite is Tangled.  Here are my comparisons, which do kind of have a little spoilers in them:

  • The castle in Asguard looks VERY similar to the castle in Tangled. 
  • Thor has long, luscious, blonde hair. 
  • *SPOILER* When Thor’s mother dies, the funeral scene is eerily like that of the lantern scene from Tangled.  I couldn’t find a good photo from Thor, but if you’ve seen it, don’t tell me Meredith and I were the only ones singing “And at last I see the liiiight” in the theater. 
  • Zachary Levi. Whose character looks exactly like a blonde Flynn Rider. #NoComplaints.
Another movie I saw this week, of course, was Catching Fire. I don’t really want to say too much about it, because I would like to see it one more time to fully appreciate and critique it. After waiting a year and a half, full of expectations, one can’t have a good grasp on their emotions after just one viewing. But I will say that I very much enjoyed it, and have a lot of thoughts. But, again, I will have to see it again to formulate them and decide what I want to say about it. 

MILEY CYRUS

And now, the moment I know you’ve all been waiting for….my Miley Cyrus post.

For months, I’ve been obsessed with Miley for whatever reason. I’ve wanted to write a blog post about her, but haven’t been able to form coherent words because I’m in such a state of confusion about her. I love her, but I don’t, but I REALLY really do love her. So yesterday, I decided while I was at work to write about some thoughts and try and pull them all together and analyze why I love her, and hate JBiebs, and compare some parts of Miley’s career and just gush about her.

Firstly, before I talk about my reasons for loving/hating MC, let’s just talk about her. Remember when it “Can’t Be Tamed” was SO crazy? What about her “rap” about deleting her Twitter? I remember everyone freaking out about that. Or when she was filmed smoking Salvia? Okay, that one was a big thing. But the others weren’t. Also, her hair. I have loved her haircut since the day she did it. Everyone thought she was going Britney and shaving her head, but I loved it. I’m all for girls cutting all their hair off. Obviously. I don’t think you can do anything better to show you’re transitioning to something than drastically changing your hair. Whether it’s just discovering who you are, or trying to get away from a certain perceived role, cutting/dyeing your hair is the best way to do it. Just look at Emma Watson or JLaw or even women who cut/shaved their hair for movie roles: they committed to breaking away for “traditional” styles that women have. So for that, I commend Miley for getting away from the Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana look.

Miley Cyrus is beautiful. I loved Hannah Montana when it was on, but never really was a fan of her. 11-year-old Miley was annoying and goofy-looking (as most 11-year-olds are anyway), and I was more of a Lily fan anyway. But right up before she cut her hair and currently, I think Miley is gorgeous. Except when she does the weird knots on her head. That looks dumb. Even her style (when she is actually wearing clothes, mind you,) –sometimes– is pretty cute.

I’ve been Googling her photoshoot for Cosmo, and I’m just in awe at how pretty she is. 
Let me get into my specific reason for loving her. While I do NOT condone her behavior, she still owns it. I like her for her confidence in what she is doing, and not being ashamed for who she is. In looking at her various Cosmo interviews, she said that she’s never hidden anything. When compromising things would come out during Hannah Montana years, she never hid what she was doing; it was just who she was. Even though her actions are not at all classy, she still owns it and has actually transitioned from Hannah Montana Miley to Bangerz Miley very well. It wasn’t as though one day we all woke up from Best of Both Worlds to We Can’t Stop. There were plenty of things in between as she matured that led to who she is now. And now, she’s just being Miley. I love Miley for the same reason I love Jennifer Lawrence: while JLaw is moral, kind, and caring, and Miley is sexualized, and ratchet, they both know who they are, and don’t worry about anyone but themselves. 
As I am obsessed with her, I’ve been listening to all my Hannah Montana and other Miley songs, and have found a lot of similarities between her old and new careers. 
  • See You Again: I can’t sing this song now without doing it this way, “The last time I freaked out, I just kept looking down, I stu-stu-stuttered when he asked me what I’m thinkin’ ’bout. Bangerz, bangerz. Felt like I couldn’t breathe, he asked what’s wrong with me. My best friend laughed and said, ‘Oh she’s just bein’ Miley.’ “
  • Hoedown Throwdown vs. 4×4 feat. Nelly: Really. Listen to the music of these two songs. I’m sure someone has put these together on YouTube, because they are basically the same song. Okay. I just checked, and I can’t find it anywhere, but just listen for yourself and compare them. 
  • Then there’s this: 

Speaking of, her VMA performance was just a mess. I haven’t even watched it all the way through, only what people have shown on other videos and in Gifs, but from what I’ve seen, it was a wreck. The thing that made it popular, was because it was SO MUCH. It worked because Miley is doing everything right. Whether her performances are good or shocking, they get us talking, which means publicity. 
So why do I love Miley, but HATE Justin Bieber for acting the exact same way? I still don’t know. I’ve never been a JB fan anyway, but even now he’s the biggest douchebag and all-around awful person. He spits on his fans, pees in mop buckets at restaurants and other unmentionables. But, really, they’re moral compass is set in the same direction. I just will always hate JB and love Miley and that’s how it’s going to have to be. 
Either way, they can’t be expected to maintain the 12-year-old image they started with. It’s impossible. If they did, society would ridicule them for NOT growing up. But instead, they grew up, and are being ridiculed for that. So you can’t win. 

DCP on Facebook

Facebook groups and pages are good ways to get to know certain groups of people. You can have a community and meet people through the page. You get a lot of good from them, but, unfortunately, you get some bad along with it. Being involved in 5 DCP Groups and one page, I’ve learned a lot about the people I will be spending the next 6 1/2 months with. It’s not all pretty, and it’s actually a little scary.

I’m in so many groups because I wanted to be able to be in contact with different groups of people. There are different groups depending on your role, move-in date, housing, etc. I just added myself into all of them for networking.

 I’m in the MAIN DCP 2014 group, though I have removed and re-added myself so many times because there are so many arguments started in the comments of posts. The drama that exists in these groups is insane.  We haven’t even had a chance to MEET each other, and I already hate some of those who will be attending the program with me. Although I’ve heard the parent group is worse, the regular student group is pretty bad, too. Everyone who was even interested in the program is a part of this group, so you have a mix of NLIC’s, alumni, and current accepted CPs. This leads to drama just because of the sheer size and emotions going through everyone for whatever reason.

I am also in the group for those who are accepted into the spring advantage program. This is a little bit smaller, and really, this and all the other groups I am in are the same. They run together and the rest of my pros and cons about these pages are for the groups in general. I’m also a part of the attractions group, and the January 13th arrivals group.

Besides the drama that is mostly present in the main group, the main thing that bothers me about the type of posts made is the way people ask their questions. When people ask, “Is anyone moving in on [insert day here]? I don’t want to be the only one!” Out of 5,000 people, you WILL NOT BE THE ONLY ONE MOVING IN ON ANY GIVEN DAY. It’s just an idiotic way of asking a question. Same with “Is anyone accepted into [insert role]?”or “Is there anyone from [Insert state]?” If you were asking a specific city, I would be more caring, but it’s just the way the questions are formed, more than the actual question they mean to ask.

What I love about being a part of these groups is for the actually useful questions. Like about the Disney Look, or things to do around Orlando, how off days work, or the typical shift in the program. It’s worth it to ignore and silently judge people’s dumb comments when you’re looking for something specific. I’ve used it myself to double-check something or find out how life down there works.

Tonight, I discovered a new page. The DCP Confessions page. It just sprung up, and I thought it would be interesting to like it and see what happens. If the main Facebook group has drama, this page is the MOTHERLODE of drama. This page is the drama mama. It’s disgusting what people will say when they get to remain anonymous. We learned this from the HSU Crushes twitter page, that people are gross. Here are a few examples of the worst things said (so far) on the page.

Okay, Confession #11 is probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever read in my life. And I’ve read a lot of funny things. 
This page is a lot like the Whisper App, which I can only take in small doses. This is worse, though, because I will possibly be working with these people. I will not ever meet the people on Whisper. It terrifies me that these people are going to be my co-workers. They’re going to my in my apartment complex. 
I’m not going to pretend that I’m better than any of these people, because I’m not. But I do have higher priorities than using the program to hook up with people and party and make bad choices. The program and the opportunities I am going to be given are too important to me to jeopardize that by being gross. I just have higher standards for myself.  (Although if Chris Evans or Jensen Ackles were to offer their bodies, I wouldn’t say no, but that’s not going to happen so there is nothing to worry about.) But the amount of people acting this way makes me sick. Just because you’re in college does not mean you don’t get to take this seriously. Act like the adults you will inevitably become. 
I’m not a prude. I used to be, but I’m not anymore. But this is scary. Disney has standards, and these people obviously do NOT. I can’t believe some of these people made it into the program, while others who never got a chance had to be rejected so these disgusting people can hook up at Vista Way. People who would take the program seriously as a job are not able to, because of sluts taking up the acceptances. And that makes me very sad. True colors are being shown in this page, and I have no way of knowing who to avoid until it’s too late because anonymity makes it so easy to be fake.

Last Day to Hear From Disney

I forgot that there are still people who have not heard back from Disney…

I almost feel like I (and others who have been accepted) have taken for granted the fact that we are accepted.  Having been in the position of rejection from last semester, I can’t imagine how I would have felt if I had been a part of the community on Facebook. Although I didn’t make it this far into the application progress last semester, it still would have been very difficult. But for those who have been waiting for news and did not get the answer you wanted, I want to offer this:

This will sound patronizing and may not make you feel any better, but please know it comes from my heart. I have been here. I was full of excitement to apply, and devastated when I did not make it past the WBI (I’ll write more about this in a later post). I didn’t even have a chance to be considered or pended. To me, I thought my chances were shot forever and would never make it because I had failed the first WBI I took. But my mom encouraged me to apply again this semester, and I couldn’t be happier that I didn’t give up. Had I been there for this semester, yes I would have met great people, I’m sure. But I would not have the roommates I’m going to, I wouldn’t meet the people I’m going to. I was not meant to be in the Disney College Program in the Fall of 2013, and I see that now. But in February, it killed me.

Your time is not the spring, for whatever reason. Apply for fall. You’ll get to be there for CHRISTMAS for Pete’s sake. Why apply for Spring when you can experience Christmas at Disney. Think of all the friends you will make the next time you apply that you never would have if you went this coming semester. There is a reason you are where you are, and I wish I could tell you why. This semester for me hasn’t been the greatest, and hasn’t been what I wanted it to be; next semester is my time. Maybe the next is yours. But whatever you do: DON’T GIVE UP. You are not any less a magical person because you are no longer in consideration. There is a special place at a Disney Park for you in a future semester.

I really hope this helped put the situation you are in into perspective. At least try and think about it that way. All I can stress is that everything works out exactly as it is supposed to, whether it’s the timing you want or not. 🙂

Maybe this is dumb, but I want to say it anyway: If you want to talk to someone (about anything, really), I’d love if you would message me! If you want to know how it is to be in the DCP so you’re even more prepared for when you get it, add me on Facebook or follow this blog or whatever. I have LOVED Instagram stalking current CPs this semester, getting to see what they experience. So don’t be afraid to do something like that. It actually helps to live vicariously through others.

Current DCP Bucketlist

In preparation for Disney-living, I decided to look through my park apps and make a list of attractions that I have still yet to visit in all my times at the parks. It’s a pretty lengthy list for having been 5 times. I didn’t realize just how many things I haven’t done yet until making this list. What a disappointment. But, hey, I know which rides I like, and I don’t vary much. But with being down there for at least 8 months, I can take my time at the parks and enjoy myself.

  1. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  2. Meet Talking Mickey
  3. See all the castle stage shows
  4. Carousel of Progress
  5. Astro Orbiter
  6. People Mover
  7. Barnstormer
  8. The Train
  9. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  10. Tales with Belle
  11. Fairytale Hall
  12. Philharmagic
  13. The Enchanted Tiki Room
  14. Aladdin Carpets
  15. Dumbo
  16. Test Track
  17. Ellen’s Energy Adventure
  18. The Seas
  19. Turtle Talk with Crush
  20.  Soarin’
  21. Imagination
  22. Captain EO
  23. Eat at Be Our Guest
  24. Eat at Casey’s Corner
  25. Meet SO MANY CHARACTERS
  26. All the shows (Except Fantasmic) at Hollywood Studios
  27. Agent P
And, just like that, there are 27 things I haven’t done. I also have never been to any of the water parks (which is fine by me, but I’ll probably go at least a little while I’m there). A lot of the attractions on my list I am ashamed to have never ridden them. Like Soarin’ and Dumbo that are STAPLE Disney World attractions, I’ve never done them.  My family rode Soarin’ at DLR, but I wanted to see the Aladdin Stage show instead. I also rode The Voyage of the Little Mermaid at DLR, but haven’t been to the one in New Fantasyland yet. 
A few of these things, like Agent P and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, I just want to do for fun. Obviously they are geared towards younger guests, but if I’m going to be there the rest of my life, I have plenty of time to do EVERYTHING there is to possibly do in the parks. 
Another thing I really want to take time to do is explore the resorts. I’ve been to very few resorts outside of those we stay in (All-Star, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach), and I love seeing how each one is different. I’ve been in The Contemporary, The Polynesian, The Boardwalk, and The Yacht Club, but only very briefly. Every time I’ve been in another resort, it was to get somewhere else, not to have any real business there. So, I most definitely want to be able to wander around without being rushed to get to any place at any time. 
Finally (for now), the current last item on my DCP Bucketlist is to somehow see the abandoned parks. That is a whole SEPARATE blog post to talk about the feelings I have about this. But know it’s a thing and there are legal ways to go by and see them from afar. 

The Disney Look

Before I begin, let me say these guidelines do NOT in ANY way, shape, or form, keep me from being excited about the DCP and working for the Disney Company. I promise. But today is the first time something has happened that I think, “Eh. Yeah. Not looking forward to that too much.” but it doesn’t take over my feelings for the program in itself. This will just take some getting used to.

I was already aware of certain guidelines Disney has for it’s Cast Members. I knew I would have to remove piercings, cover my tattoo, change my hair to something normal. I had come to terms with that. Today, I began looking through my closet for more professional dresses that I could wear to Traditions and class. In looking at the Disney Look for non-costumes roles (i.e. Traditions and class for me), and comparing them to my closet, I have about three individual items that aren’t even able to be worn together.

Fabrics should be those traditionally acceptable for business, such as tweed, wool, cotton, polyester, silk, linen, rayon or blends of these fibers. Unacceptable fabrics include spandex, gauze, metallic fabrics, sheer fabrics, clinging knits, denim and chambray. Patterns that are large graphics, large company and non-company logos, and styles that suggest extremely casual sportswear are not permitted.”

                                      

I understand having a business-like dress code. But how is not being able to wear patterned dresses more professional than having patterns? The dresses I own are long enough to be professional, and are styled appropriately. I have shoes, which I think are still office-worthy, but are too patterned to work for Disney. 
The guidelines aren’t ridiculous. KPA dress code was ridiculous. I just don’t happen to own anything that fits, which only means shopping. If I want to work for the company, I need to change my mindset to be able to find solid-colored business casual clothes.  That’s what I’ll be wearing full-time someday. 

Side-note from clothes: I have a hair appointment for next Wednesday. As is obvious from the photos above, the bright blonde needs to go. 

There is my necessary post about DCP dress. I’m sure when I get costumes for attractions, there WILL be something about the shoes I have to wear, cause those are NOT going to be cute. But, it’s part of working there. Once I’m there and everyone else is wearing the same not-cute shoes, I won’t care. It’s part of what I love as a guest seeing the CMs in costume, so of course I will be okay with it once I’m wearing it. 

I’m still unbelievably excited. 🙂

I just don’t believe that “professional” and “patterns” can’t be friends. 😉