Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Deployed & Extended

So I did NOT in any way forget I had a blog, I've just been reallllly busy. I just found out last night that my program got extended, so now my departure date is May 13, 2011. I also switched roles, I'm now in Full Service Food and Beverage which means I'll pretty much be a hostess.

Full Service Food and Beverage
Full-Service Food and Beverage is a non-tipped role.
Responsibilities may include:
  • Greeting and seating Guests in restaurants
  • Managing a seating chart and resolving Guest situations
  • Utilizing a computerized reservation/seating system
  • Cash handling - both manual and using computerized registers
  • Rolling silverware, folding napkins, and keeping area stocked
  • Light cleaning, multi-tasking
  • Standing for extended periods, working outdoors 
Since my last entry I've also gotten deployed to the Magic Kingdom. At first I was sooooo upset because unlike everyone else that is my least favorite park, but it's not as bad as I thought. I work in Tomorrowland at the Tomorrowland Terrace. It used to be called the Noodle Station but for some reason that part has now been dropped from its name. Its funny because since the place is only open during a few weeks of the year no one knows what they're doing. We're all helping each other learn, so no one's yelling at anyone (I LOVE that part). The part I hate is that we have to tuck our shirts in (so we all look like someone's grandma) and the guests complain about EVERYTHING. I've had people say theyre never coming back and that we ruined their vacation because there's no more seating....they're VERY dramatic.But all in all I'm glad I've been deployed because now I can say I've used the A-Vac, and now I have a better appreciation for Sunshine Seasons!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Costume pic!

I finally got a pic of me in my costume! It's sad cuz I only have it cuz Jose's program ended :-( but now ppl dont have to ask about what I wear to work. I personally feel like it looks like ketchup and mustard... lol
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

I finally got sick :-(

So I finally got sick :-( And I called in today because my job is crazy and scheduled me for 2 11hours shifts 2 days in a row. They let me go home 8 minutes early yesterday which did absolutely nothing for me lol. I slept allll day today.
Luckily I have people down here looking out for me. One girl switched shifts with me so I would only have to work 6 hours. I still called in but that was real nice of her. Another guy cooked me breakfast and another guy cooked me dinner and gave me some nyquil :-)
My uncle just arrived in Orlando today. He's spending the weekend here and is staying at the All Star Sports Resort. Tomorrow we're heading over to Hollywood Studios at 8am! Anyone who knows me knows that I'm NOT a morning person, but they'll only be here for 2 days and I want them to see as much of the parks as possible. My friend is getting them in free tomorrow and I'm getting them in free on Sunday.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

I passed my assessment :-)

Yesterday I passed my assessment and earned my ears! Basically that means I'm done training. It took forever because our restaurant is so big and there are so many positions; bussing, stocking, shops, etc. We had to be trained at each one and then was given a week to practice. We had 2 rounds of training, so we had 2 weeks to practice what we were taught and about a week of training. There was alot to remember and I'm sooo happy I was given my assessment with Ashley because when I forgot something she was there to answer (and vice versa). It also helped that we were crazy busy so the coordinator and manager that gave us the assessment were both sidetracked lol.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Soooo busy!

I have been soooo busy, it's ridiculous. I was looking back at old posts and started laughing. I love how I thought I'd have time to post a hidden Mickey picture every week and to research dining restrictions throughout Disney. That stuff is definitely NOT going to happen. I barely even have time to get to Walmart to buy stuff I need. (SN, the grill at Sunshine Seasons is all Gluten free, even the gravy).
So obviously I've been getting crazy hours at work, which is good. More hours at work means more money, i just wish I had time to spend it lol.
Peak season is officially over at Epcot. For the past 2 days the ride Soarin has had a wait time of 5-10 minutes. A couple weeks ago I waited more than 2 hours for it. We've also all been getting Early Releases (ERs) from work. I've only gotten one, it was last night and it was only 15 minutes early but still, thats crazy especially because a couple weeks ago we were rushing to close on time.
They finally trained me in something other than the dining room. In the dining room you clean tables, sweep floors, stock the condiment bar, and take out the trash. It is soooo boring, time drags on so slowly. Last week I got trained to work all of the stations; the grill, soup and salad, wok, sandwiches, and bakery. Time flies by when I'm placed there because it's not as boring and you're always busy even if it's just joking around with the cooks. I also think time goes by quicker because the trainers always introduce you to people. When you start in the dining room alot of other cast members will totally ignore you for the whole shift, but in the shops (bakery, grill etc...) they're more likely to talk to you. So because of this I've been hanging out with them outside of work a little bit. I saw them at House of Blues, went out on Tuesday and one guy was there, and then last night I went to dinner with a big group of them. A group of International CPs are leaving tomorrow. I think this batch is all going to Europe. We went to a restaurant that had karaoke and turned it into a little club. Everybody was up singing and dancing. We even had a few of the employees dancing lol.
Anyone who's doing the program with a medical note- youre medical note will arrive after you do. I dont remember if I talked about this before but it took about a week for mine to arrive. Disney had already received it but my work location hadnt. I was still battling with them last week (or earlier this week, it's all a blur to me) about the medical note and what exactly it meant. The good thing is that I talked to enough people (even those other people said didnt matter) so they brought me into the office twice about it and for the past two days they havent even given me the assignment that I have issues with. They even said they'd train me on the registers so that I'll be less likely to get it (I think they were just tired of hearing me complain lol).
On a darker note, one of my roommates already got termed. Another cast member heard her curse while onstage in her costume and told a manager. There apparently were no guests around but she got no warning, she left earlier this week. Moral of the story: Disney doesnt play. Think before you speak and follow the rules!
Tonight is one of the last welcome pool parties. I think there's only one more. I'm excited to see some of the ICPs for the last time and for the free pizza lol. I'm hoping to go see Fantasmic with Megan, Dana and some other people later if my feet dont go numb first :-(  Just one more day til I get a day off :-)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Our tub drains!!

Everytime we take a shower we end up standing in our dirty water :-( I feel sick just thinking about it! But the guy came this morning to fix it, I'm soooo happy!

Yesterday was my first day working at my work location in my costume. It was soooooooo much easier than I expected. We get paid to talk to the guests!! I'm used to working at the dining halls at my school where we get in trouble if we stop and talk. I can already tell I'm gonna like it. We also get to do the chicken dance and hokey pokey every day with the kids which def is NOT a bad way to spend the day (especially when you're getting paid to do it!).
It has been sooo crazy out here. Training took up so much time and now working is too. I just calculated it and I'm scheduled for 46.5 hours next week from sunday to saturday! That will def make up for this joke of a paycheck i got today ($30).

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dead Tired

I now see why the vast majority of CPs lose weight! EVERY time I come from work I'm so tired I feel like I've been drugged (I havent!). Disney drains all my energy for some reason. I've skipped sooo many meals because I'll come home from work and my sleepiness will outweigh the grumbling of my empty stomach and I'm too tired to care. I havent even started working in my work location yet! 
Today I had my park orientation. I dont know if I said before or not but I'm at Sunshine Seasons at Epcot which is located in the same building as Soarin. We briefly visited it today and it was VERY busy. Something tells me it wasnt even considered 'busy' because there were a few empty tables. 
This location serves healthier quick service food. While looking around I noticed all of the roasted chicken they were serving. It's a food court style restaurant that allows you to see back into the kitchens and from what I've heard there is absolutely nothing fried being served there. 
During our orientation we got to ride Spaceship Earth, walked around the park, took a boat ride on the lagoon to save us from walking the World Showcase, and saw some videos on the history of EPCOT. Once all of that was done my trainer came to get me and a few other people and took us to get our beautiful [sarcasm] costumes. They're honestly not the worst I've seen but def not something I'd choose to wear all day and night. 
We then got to do more of those boring computer assessments that put me to sleep during my food and beverage class. All of this lasted from 8am- 4:30pm. Once I got home I put my costume in the closet and fell out on my bed. I'm surprised I even remembered to change my clothes lol. 
Tomorrow I'm lucky enough to close and the night after I get to stay til 1am (Lucky me! [sarcasm]). Hopefully it wont be as bad as it sounds, I cant wait to get paid for all my 'hardwork' lol

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hello Orlando!

So I'm all checked in, unpacking the last of my stuff, and just finished traditions and my food and beverage class. I can't believe I'm FINALLY here.
It already seems like I've been here forever and its only been 4 days. For those of you worried about the check in process and everything I can honestly say; dont worry! Everything is so straight forward and laid out for you.
For your arrival at Vista Way do make sure you get there early. I arrived in line at 7:30 and the line was already wrapped around, but I did get the apartment I wanted. When you get to the station to pick your rooming situation know that the person that assigns it to you does not have all options available at their computer. A girl in front of me was told Chatham was full already yet I live in Chatham and I was only given the option of Patterson and Chatham yet I know tons of people that were placed in Vista. I'm sure this is to accommodate as many people as possible.
I was placed on the first bus over to casting right after I was done checking in and happened to sit next to one of my roommates. I got really lucky, all of the girls in our 3 bedroom apartment get along great.
Casting took a long time! The biggest headache for me was fingerprinting. My right ring finger didnt want to cooperate for like 10 minutes but the people are all really patient so it really wasnt a big deal.
Then we got dropped off at Vista and were then allowed to get moved into our apartment. My mom picked me up and we drove straight to Chatham so I could pick my room. I had the option of the room right off the living room, a room with the closet in the bathroom, or a room with the bathroom door going into the hallway and into the bedroom. I chose the 2nd room because I dont want to be kept up by anyone in the living room and I dont feel comfortable with people's guests using our bathroom and having so much access to our room.
A few hours later we had the housing meeting where we were told about what is and isnt allowed and why. One piece of advice: DONT wear flip flops. It's freezing in there! But believe me, you'll appreciate that once you get to traditions...
I had the 12th free and I spent it getting to know my roommates, at the outlet mall down the street from the commons, and by going to the Vista Way pool party. The pool party was interesting lol. We got there early and it got crowded really fast. We met some cool people (like some gorgeous Norwegeian guys) but it got to be too much so we left early.
The next day I had to be on the bus bright and early for traditions because I had the 8am class. It was soooo hard to stay awake, I'm not gonna lie. It was warm in the room so it was the perfect environment for a nap! LOL Me and my roommate kept falling asleep and she said she even had someone come up and wake her up. It was informative though. We got to go into Magic Kingdom and explore Fantasyland (i think) for like 15 minutes. We didnt get on any rides but we did see some 'princesses' getting the royal treatment :-) I ended up winning 2 little Disney figurines. One was for sharing a Disney memory and the other was for being on a winning team. We left Traditions that day with out pass that allows us to get in the parks free and official name tag.
I came back to the apartment, took a nap, and then went to Hollywood Studios for 2 hours. It was pouring so I only found one person to come. I've never understood why people act like theyre gonna melt in the rain but me, my rainboots, and umbrella made it to DHS in one piece and went on Tower of Terror and Rockin Rollercoaster without waiting in lines. The park was pretty much empty, it was great!
I had the day off on Monday and I went to Animal Kingdom, DHS again, and then the Polynesian to watch the final night of the Summer Nightastic fireworks from the beach. I love the Polynesian and was excited to find out we get cast discounts on DoleWhip :-)
Today I had a food and beverage class at Disney University at 8am and once again was struggling to stay awake. We had a great facilitator who LOVES his job. He told us of little magic moments he created for some kids. One example was of a boy in a wheelchair. He overheard the mother telling him she'd try to get him to meet Mickey. He issued the a 'no strings attached' form that allowed them to bypass the line in Toontown to see him. He later found out that this boy was terminally ill and wouldnt make it to the end of the month. I almost cried, it was so sad/sweet. Later we had to log into the hub and take little quizzes on info that was given to us about food safety. It was all on the computer so I got done early and was allowed to get home and take a nap haha.
Looks like me and my roommates are going to the parks again, probably MK or Epcot. Wishes starts again tonight and I cant wait to sing the beginning song lol
Oh, for those of you coming soon, the Electrical Parade has been extended so it will still be here into September and so will Star Tours even though there were rumors that yesterday was the last day before renovations.
I've definitely come to learn that free time does not exist at Disney. This post has taken me like 3 days to write lol I guarantee you'll love it down here despite all the sleepless nights (you'll be so busy meeting people and having the time of your life)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

This is one of Disney's deluxe villas with rooms starting at $295 per night. This resort is equestrian themed and Victorian style that was inspired by the late 1800s New York retreat that was famous for its spas and horse racing. This resort is broken up into 6 sections: The Springs, The Paddocks, Congress Park, The Carousel, The Grandstand, and the Tree House Villas.

The Tree House Villas stand 10 feet off the ground on pedestals and beams and offer 60 3-bedroom vacation homes.

The 3 bedroom grand villas sleep up to 12 people.

High Rock Spring Pool is the 161,000 gallon pool that features a beautiful waterfall and unique waterslide. Overall there are 4 pools and 2 playgrounds.

QSFB Locations

The Artist's Palette
This location is featured on the Disney Dining Plan, is generally open from 7:30am-11 pm, and is located next to the Turf Club. Mickey waffles, salads, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, and hotdogs are served here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hidden Mickey

Hidden Mickeys are 'a subtle tribute to Mickey Mouse'. They are hidden all throughout the parks and resorts. A common place to find them are on walls and on the ground. They can be a cluster of three types of flowers, or simple three pebbles situated to resemble the ears of our favorite mouse. There is even a book available at Barnes and Noble that has documented hundreds of them. If I can remember and have a camera on hand I will try to post a hidden Mickey of the week

*No, that's not my tattoo :-)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Designed to resemble the Florida Keys, this is a Deluxe Villa Disney resort with rooms starting at $295 a night. To make reservations you can call 407-827-7700.

There are 761 studios and villas that consist of studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and in this three bedroom villas. A studio consists of 2 queen sized beds, one bedroom has a king size bed and a queen size sleeper sofa, two bedrooms have a king size bed, two queen size beds in the second bedroom, and a queen size sleeper sofa in the living room, a three bedroom has a everything a two bedroom has plus a third bedroom that includes 2 double beds.

Studios and one bedrooms can sleep 4 people, two bedrooms can sleep 8 people, and the two story 3-bedrooms can sleep 12 guests. Villas include kitchenettes, living rooms, and their own individual laundry facilities. This resort is the original Disney Vacation Club resort but is available to all guests when not occupied.

QSFB Restaurant

Good's To Go
This restaurant is featured on the Disney Dining Plan and is generally open from 7:30am- 10pm. It is located near the main pool and is counter service with outdoor seating under umbrella shaded picnic tables. It serves salads, chicken nuggets, sandwiches, chips, ice cream, and an assortment of beverages.

Turtle Shack Snack Bar
This is a poolside bar that is only open seasonally. It is included in the Disney Dining Plan and serves sandwiches, salads, a full service bar, pizza, and packaged snacks.

Disney's Port Orleans- Riverside

This resort is set up with a rural south feel. The resort is divided into 'parishes', quest rooms are either in the Mansion homes or farther upriver on the Bayou. To make a reservation you can call 407-934-6000.

2,048 Mansion and Bayou guest rooms are all the same size. Each room has 2 double beds and 963 of the rooms have trundle beds which are designed for children. An additional fee of $15 per night is included with the trundle.

All buildings have 2 or 3 floors but only the Mansions have elevators. Rooms are a little small but can fit 4 guests. Rooms include a refrigerator and coffee maker.
The bayou rooms surround Ol' Man Island. This is a 3 1/2 acre recreational area with a pool, playground, and fishing hole.

Doubloon Lagoon is the pool complex located between French Quarter and Port Orleans. It features a water slide in the shape of a giant sea serpent.

QSFB Locations

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court

This restaurant is featured on the Disney Dining Plan and is generally open from 6am-midnight. This is a Mardi Gras food court that serves bagels, pancakes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. Refillable mugs are also available for $12, can only be used at the resort, and is good for the guests' entire stay.

Disney's Port Orleans- French Quarter

This is one of Disney's moderate resorts and rooms cost $149 a night and up. In the lobby there is a mural with musical notes, those are the notes to "When the Saints Go Marching In". To make reservations you can call 407-934-5000.

This resort includes 1,008 guest rooms. The guestrooms are all located in seven 3 story buildings (they have elevators). Each room has two double beds (king sized beds may be available). The rooms are a little smaller than the more expensive Disney resorts, but they can comfortable fit a family of four.

It is possible to get connecting guest rooms but it is not guaranteed. The least expensive rooms overlook gardens or parking areas and the most expensive rooms offer water views. All rooms have coffeemakers (with coffee) and refrigerators.

Doubloon Lagoon is the pool complex located between French Quarter and Port Orleans. It features a water slide in the shape of a giant sea serpent.

QSFB Locations

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court
This restaurant is featuredo n the Disney Dining Plan and is generally open from 6am-midnight. This is a Mardi Gras food court that serves bagels, pancakes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, and chicken nuggets. Refillable mugs are also available for $12, can only be used at the resort, and is good for the guests' entire stay.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New vlog

I finally made another vlog. In it I talk about 5 Disney CP must haves, renters insurance, and Disney vacation DVD and maps

Friday, July 23, 2010

'A Few of My Favorite Things' Disney Quest

Disney Quest is located on the West Side of Downtown Disney. Disney Quest is made up of 5 floors, is open from 11:30 am-10 pm on weekdays and 11:30 am- 11:00 pm on weekends, and costs $35-41.
Attractions featured include Animation Academy, Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, Cyberspace Mountain, Ride the Comix, Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride, Virtual Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean- Battle for Buccaneer Gold. There is also a Replay Zone that includes old favorites such as Pacman, Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Centipede.

'A Few of My Favorite Things' Cirque De Soleil-La Nouba

Cirque de Soleil- La Nouba is only shown at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 'La Nouba' is french and means 'to party, to live it up'. The show features acrobats, whimsical characters, trapeze artists, cyclists, mimes, dancers, and live music. The stadium seats 1671 guests and the show contains no intermission. It is performed 5 days a week and is described as "indescribable". The average age of the performers in this show is 28.

Here's a behind-the-scenes view of the show:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

'A Few of My Favorite Things' Bibbity Bobbidi Boutique

Bibbity Bobbity Boutique is a salon for little girls to become princesses. They can get their gowns that resemble each of the Disney princesses, a wand, shoes, crown, and picture.

There are different options for the young princesses and princes:
  • Cool Dudes package - boys at least 3 years old can get a cool makeover of colorful hair gel and confetti. cost is $7.50 plus tax
Girls aged 3 years and older can choose from 3 different hair styles
  • Fairytale Princess
  • Disney Diva
  • Pop Princess
3 packages are available along with the 3 hair styles listed above
  • Coach package- includes hairstyling and shimmering makeup. Price starts at $49.95
  • Crown package- includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup and nails. Price starts at $54.95
  • Castle package- includes the Crown package and the Imaging Package (one 6" x 8" and four 4" x 6" photos in a princess-themed photo holder) and complete costume of your choice with accessories. price starts at $189.95

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney opened in 1975 and is all about outdoor shopping, dining, and all around entertainment. Parking here is free along with admission and transportation to all Disney resorts.
This part of Disney World is split up into 3 parts:
  • Pleasure Island
  • Marketplace
  • West Side
Pleasure Island used to be the place for adults to go clubbing, but in 2008 the clubs closed to make the park more family friendly with restaurants and shops.

QSFB Locations

Earl of Sandwich
This locations is featured on the Disney dining plan and is open from 8:30am- 11pm. It features indoor and outdoor seating and is home to the infamous sandwich that resembles a Thanksgiving dinner. Other food that is served includes, jerk chicken, salads, soup, smoothies, muffins, brownies, and a wide variety of sandwiches.

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain
This icecream shop is open from 10:30 am- 11:30 am and is not on the Disney dining plan. It features 2 sections, one's a retail store where guests can purchase chocolates and a soda shop where the ice cream is served. Sundaes, floats, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate, coffee, and a wide variety of ice cream flavors are served.

Wolfgang Puck Express
This restaurant is featured on the Disney dining plan and has covered outdoor seating and very limited outdoor seating. It serves, pizza, waffles, omelettes, sandwiches, salads, and pasta.

Wetzel's Pretzels
This pretzel shop is counter service. It places a new twist on the classic pretzel with creations such as 3 cheese pretzel, sinful cinnamon, and the Mexicali.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Renter's Insurance

So the buzz on the Fall 2010 CP facebook group is renter's insurance: do we need it or is it optional?
Well it's official, we need it.

The Disney College Program website says:


Cast Members living in our complexes are required to secure renter's insurance.

Apartment management assumes no liability in the event of fire, water/flood damage, theft or damage to apartment property and/or any belongings of Cast Members who live in our complexes.

The College Housing Department can point you in the right direction, or you can check with your parents' homeowner's insurance if applicable.

Someone called recruiting today and they actually said that if we don't have it at check-in we will be turned away. This is only applicable to those of us who haven't checked in yet, the lucky Fall Advantage people don't have to worry about it.

I'm personally NOT happy about all. Maybe I'd feel different if we weren't in a recession and i had money just laying around for things like this but I obviously don't.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Swan & Dolphin

The landscape of these resorts includes waterfalls, a beach front location, and rows of palm trees.
The Swan and Dolphin are not technically Dsiney resorts, they are owned by Westin and Sheraton but guests here do enjoy most Disney resort benefits.

This resort is located between Epcot and Hollywood Studios and near Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom. This resort features 17 restaurants and lounges, 5 pools, a white sand beach, and 2 health clubs. These buildings are very distinguishable by the 47 foot swan and 56 foot dolphin on top of the buildings.

Non-smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available. There are 756 rooms and 55 suites in the Swan with either one King size bed or two Queen size beds. The Dolphin has 1,509 rooms and 136 suites that have either two double beds or a king sized bed.

Reservations can be made by calling 800-227-1500

QSFB Locations

Java Bar
Open mornings, this bar serves coffee, other popular beverages, and pastries.

This buffet/cafeteria style restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. American food is served.

Splash Grill
Located near the pool, this seasonal restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, and burgers.

Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Beach Club Villas

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club are deluxe resorts and cost $340+ a night. Disney's Beach Club Villas are deluxe villas and also start at $340 a night. The Yacht club was made to resemble a New England yacht club. the Beach club is set in a sand and surf theme and even features a croquet court and beachside cabanas. These resorts are next to Epcot and are set around a 25 acre lake. To make a reservation at the Yacht club you can call 407-934-7000, and 407-934-8000 for the Beach club.

Rooms in the Yacht club have a nautical theme and rooms in the beach club have a beach theme. Most rooms contain a king sized bed ( or 2 queen sized beds) and two sleeper sofas. Each room has a ceiling fan and chess or checkers boards can be requested.

There are 208 Beach club villas and they are available to Disney Vacation Club members. When these members are not occupying the rooms, they are available to all other guests. Each villa has a queen sized bed, double sleeper sofa, kitchenette, and DVD player. Larger villas can sleep 4 to 8 guests.

QSFB Restaurants

Beach Club Marketplace
Located in the lobby of the Beach Club resort, this restaurant usually opens at 7am and serves croissants, pastries, salads, and sandwiches.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Located at the Beach Club, this is the home of the infamous Kitchen Sink. This is a huge sundae that is served in an actual kitchen sink and is usually shared among friends. This restaurant also serves coffee, burgers, sandwiches, salad, and many unique ice cream creations.

Hurricane Hanna's Grille
Located near Stormaway Bay, this restaurant is typically open from 11am- 6pm and is included on the Disney Dining Plan. Fruit, a wide variety of drinks, and ice cream is served here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BoardWalk Inn & Villas

Set to resemble Atlantic City in the 1940s, this Deluxe resort has a quarter mile long, Coney island style boardwalk. There is definitely a carnival atmosphere to this resort and rooms start at $340 a night. This resort is connected to Epcot's International Gateway by a walkway. Reservations can be made by calling 407-939-5100.

There are 371 rooms in this resort that sleep up to 5 people, have 2 queensized beds (or a King size bed), a child's daybed. 2 story garden suites in this resort have their own gardens that are enclosed by a white picket fence. They sleep 4 and have a living room on the first floor and a king sized bed in the bedroom loft. Club level rooms and suites are also available and most rooms have private balconies or patios.

There are also 383 vacation villas that are known as the Boardwalk Villas. These are a part of the Disney Vacation Club and are available when not occupied by members. Each studio has a queen sized bed, double sleeper sofa, plus a kitchenette with microwave, coffeemaker, and small refrigerattor. There are also 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villas that sleep 4-12 people and feature dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, master baths with whirlpool tubs, and VCR/DVD players. There is also a king size bed in the master bedroom, queen sleeper sofa in the living room, and a queen size bed plus a double sleeper sofa in the additional bedrooms.

This resort features 3 pools, one of which includes the 200 foot long Keister Coaster that was modeled aftera wooden roller coaster. The slide is designed to look like the tongue of a clown.

QSFB Locations

Boardwalk Bakery
Cakes, pies, pastries, sandwiches, and coffee is served here. Guests are also able to watch the bakers at work through huge display windows.

Seashore Sweets
Saltwater taffy, candy, coffee, ice cream, and frozen yogurt is served at this old fashioned shop.

Pizza Window
This restaurant serves pizza, whole and by the slice, along with soft drinks, beer, and water.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Michael Jackson

You're probably like, 'wait this is a Disney blog, Michael Jackson doesn't have anything to do with Disney'. WRONG! I found this great video of him singing at Disney Land lol

Some of you might also know that there used to be an attraction featuring him called Captain EO...well it's back! It was open in Epcot from 1986-1994 and re-opened in July 2, 2010! It is a 4-D film that was produced by George Lucas. I saw part of it on youtube, it was a little corny for me but I'm still plan on seeing it when i get to Florida because I love 4-D attractions :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Getting Termed

So today on the facebook Disney CP Fall 2010 group someone wrote that they were just termed (fired) after a random inspection because they had a decorative knife and pepper spray...Disney does not play! They have no tolerance for any kind of weapon, even light sabers, and apparently they feel pepper spray is dangerous.
First of all, for those of you who don't know, while living in Disney CP housing you will have inspections of your apartment. This is when they check to make sure the apartment is clean, you're following all the rules (not hanging up more posters and stuff than allowed), and don't have any weapons or anything illegal. These inspections are usually scheduled and you're given a heads up a couple days before, but as this unlucky girl found out, they have the right to inspect your apartment any time they feel like it. They also have the right to go into your locker that they provide, so just because it's locked up does not mean it's off limits to them.

I read a couple months ago that a whole apartment had gotten termed because someone's mom had come over, cooked, used cooking wine, and left the bottle in a cabinet in the kitchen. Although it was cooking wine and not drinking wine, the whole apartment got termed because it contained alcohol and it was a wellness apartment (under 21, and no alcohol).

Apparently getting termed is one of the easier things to do during the CP. Not knowing that something wasn't allowed does not make them give you a second chance. Here's a list of things I know will definitely get you termed (feel free to add in the comments section if you know any I've missed):
  • getting caught drinking while under age (even off Disney property)
  • alcohol in a Wellness apartment
  • having any kind of weapon (including lightsabers)
  • missing too many days of work
  • threatening a roommate
  • accumulating too many points
  • getting caught at another apartment complex, or with guests in yours after 1 am
Also, dont try to sneak people into the apartment complexes after hours in your trunk, the guards are very aware of this trick and will not hesitate to check lol

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

This is one of Disney's moderate resorts and is located near Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Occupying 200 acres, this resort consists of 5 'villages' that each represent a different island (Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, and Aruba) and a 45 acre lake known as Barefoot Bay. Each of the 'villages' is brightly colored and feature pastel colors, white railings, and bright metal roofs. Because of its size, there are 'internal resort shuttles' that are available to help guests get around. You can call 407-934-3400 for reservations.

This resort has 2,112 rooms, making it one of the largest resorts in the nation.

Of the 2,112 rooms, around 400 have a Pirates of the Caribbean design! The other rooms feature soft, tropical color clusters with Finding Nemo characters on the bedding. Although there is a variation in prices, the most expensive rooms are the same size as the least expensive, the only difference is the desirability of the view from the windows.

Each village has its own pool, one even had a waterfall and slide with an old Spanish Fortress theme.

QSFB Restaurants

This is a food court that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (usually about 6:30 am-11pm). Calypso music is always played and there are 5 different 'food ports' to choose from.
*Limited room service is available from 4pm-11:30pm

Grab N Go
Pastries, fruit, bagels, pies, salads, cheesecake, sandwiches and ice cream are served here.

Royale Pizza and Pasta Shop
This is an italian-style eatery that serves breakfast food, pizza, and fresh sandwiches.

Montego's Deli
Daily specials are served here ranging from pancakes to Philly cheesesteaks. New York style cheesecake is also served.

Old Port Royale Hamburger Shop
This 'hamburger shop' serves burgers, sandwiches, fries, and mickey waffles.

Bridgetown Broiler Shop
Breakfast platters, made to order omelets, and roasted chicken is available here.