For Your Safety…

Yesterday I told a kid not to climb on the wall “because we’d hate to have to call someone to clean up your blood from the floor. Then we can’t send people to these boats because they don’t want to step in your blood and it’d just be a big mess.” His dad looked at me and said, “You’re a lovely person.” and went to their row. 

Yes. Yes I am a lovely person, thank you for your sarcasm.

On the same line, last week I was standing at FastPass return and was telling a kid not to play with the ropes. It’s a normal thing for me to tell people and thought nothing of it. That is until his redneck father came up to me and told me, “You don’t yell at my kid!!” I was seriously afraid this man was going to hit me. I apologized and told him that I only got onto his child for HIS safety. “It don’t matter. He’s a kid. Don’t yell at my kid. Let him do what he wants.” So, if his child pulled on the rope and the hook came undone and flew back and snapped him in the head, you will wish your dumb mohawked kid had listened to me. 

Just because you are at Disney does NOT give you the right to not follow instructions–ESPECIALLY when they are put in place for the safety of the GUESTS. It’s not my safety I’m worried about with kids playing with the ropes (except the safety of my job), but I’d rather not have to call a coordinator because you got hurt. 

Be smart. Be safe. Make good choices. 


Hello, Princess!

I already love greeting little girls who have visited the Bippity Boppity Boutique as the princesses they are dressed as. One day at Mast, I saw a little Ariel and welcomed her as such. Her dad turned to her and said excitedly, “She called you Ariel! She thought you were Ariel!” and the look on her face was absolutely priceless. Occasionally I will get the girls saying, “I’m not Belle! I’m Lily!” or whatever their name is. Usually they just grin.

A few nights ago, I had two Anna’s come through separately. To each I went up and sang, “Do you wanna build a snowman?” and continued to sing the entire song until they walked away and I could say, “okay byyyyyye”. The first little girl wouldn’t sing back, but she gave me a huge hug. The second wouldn’t sing, but the rest of her family did. When I turned to complain to whoever was working with me that no one ever sang back, the little girl ran back to me and started singing. I’m pretty sure it was more magical for me than for her.

I also like asking the Elsas if it’s their fault the country has been so cold. They usually just giggle and move on.

One day I was walking through Fantasyland as a guest when I saw two sisters dressed as Elsa and Anna. I turned and exclaimed “It’s Elsa and Anna!!!” their dad said, “$5 for an autograph and a forty minute wait!” I asked if they wanted to sign my autograph book, and they did. I talked to them for a good five minutes and then gave them pirate stickers that I had in my backpack.

Nervous Breakdown and Pirate’s Life

Yesterday was my second day of being off-training for Pirates. The first day was pretty uneventful–in the best of ways. But yesterday, my rotation put me on Tower–which scares me so badly. It isn’t hard if everything goes right, but Tower is the one every other position calls if something should go down. So, let’s just say I had a nervous breakdown during my time there.

It wasn’t anything bad…just that the stupid guy at Unload kept calling me every 20 seconds needing a coordinator, so I tried calling for a coordinator and got flustered. Then Port and Starboard kept calling me because I wasn’t dispatching boats, because I was trying to call a coordinator. Then literally EVERYONE was calling me and I was on the verge of tears when Jon finally came to take my place.

I feel like Tower should be a position you should do after you’ve become comfortable with the rest of the ride first. Just like me being moved from Bed Cleaner to Sales at Always Tan; it’s something you “earn” because it’s a lot more responsibility and work and severe safety critical. I got overwhelmed, and I know I will be fine to do it again and not make the same mistakes, but it embarrassed me that I sounded and felt like a 5 year old and didn’t know what to do when everything was beeping at once during my first rotation there.

Later in my rotation, I went to A Pirates Treasure of the Seven Seas, forever hereby known as APTOTSS (Or if you ask Mike, Applesauce), the treasure hunt game. I got stuck there. For. Two. Hours. Because after I got there, Pirates went down and they were forced to Evacuate. Yes, going through an Evac would be a learning experience, but after my time in Tower, I was glad to be away from anything crazy. Plus, I got to see the back end of the Electrical Parade and hear Wishes. I was a little wet and cold, but if you have to be stuck somewhere, APTOTSS isn’t a bad place. I got to see several families complete the game, and interact with them a lot. Most of them I saw later when I was loading boats to close.

Standing at the game (which you just lost), hearing Wishes play, singing the song, I felt a lump in my throat. I never ever believed I would be working here. Because my Wish DID come true. I’m here. It’s so unreal–Tower crap or not, I love it here.

The last hour of my shift was so much fun. I was put on Starboard, which is typically the Fastpass side. When the park slows down, there aren’t really enough people to send down to both Starboard AND Port, so I stood there dispatching empty boats. But I had fun because Jon and William each went to Port and I got to mess around with them and the people on their boats and just enjoy working. We sang pirate songs, I memorized the safety spiel in Spanish and said it loudly across the load area, and otherwise safely goofed off for the few guests in our last dispatches.

All in all, yesterday had ups and downs. But being anywhere for 11 hours usually does. I still love it, and I’m so happy to be at Pirates of the Caribbean.